Principal Architect, IT Applications

Principal Architect, IT Applications

Date:  Nov 17, 2023

Location: DFW Headquarters Building 8 (DFW-SV08)   
Additional Locations: None
Requisition ID: 70263 


Are you ready to explore a world of possibilities, both at work and during your time off? Join our American Airlines family, and you’ll travel the world, grow your expertise and become the best version of you. As you embark on a new journey, you’ll tackle challenges with flexibility and grace, learning new skills and advancing your career while having the time of your life. Feel free to enrich both your personal and work life and hop on board!

Why you'll love this job

  • ​This job is a member of the Information Technology team within the Information Technology Division.
  • ​This position is a senior technical role on a highly skilled and experienced team providing technical application design and leadership services.

What you'll do

  • Oversees and contributes to the technical approach of application design
  • Collaborates with developers to guide the architecture approach for the Functional and Technical Design; reviews, revises, and approves the content of these design documents
  • Creates required documents to support technical application architecture, vision, strategy, standards, policies, and presentations
  • Continually contributes technical input and responses in meetings and discussions in order to support the best application architecture
  • Escalates technical issues when needed to keep project on track and minimize risk
  • Creates, maintains, and communicates application architecture standards and procedures related to design, development, and other associated activities
  • Reviews Requirements where applicable, offers alternative best-practice solutions prior to start of design
  • Reviews source code changes and/or unit test cases when applicable (i.e. where design, coding or project can involve high risk).
  • Provides technical assistance and feedback, as needed, related to applications and architectures 
  • Consults and advises resources for related application architecture and infrastructure services and technologies
  • Applies appropriate technology to reduce costs and/or improve productivity resulting in value to the company
  • Maintains an effective approach on problem solving, multi-tasking, coordinating, and scheduling in accordance with stated goals to ensure visibility and predictability
  • Influences and empowers team members for growth and independence
  • Consistently demonstrates a positive, professional, leadership attitude and frame of mind when working with and communicating with others
  • Design batch and real-time integration solutions across mainframe, cloud, and midrange
  • Oversee and manage Disaster Recovery for all product applications
  • Help educate team members about cloud standards, strategies and application migration approaches
  • Drive proof-of-concepts and implementation, with hands-on development involvement

All you'll need for success

Minimum Qualifications- Education & Prior Job Experience

  • Bachelor's in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Technology , Information Systems (CIS/MIS), Engineering or related technical discipline, or equivalent experience/training
  • 8 years of development experience in Java and Java Frameworks 
  • 5 years architectural and design experience
  • 2 years of Architecture experience building applications in Azure Cloud


Preferred Qualifications- Education & Prior Job Experience

  • Master's in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Technology , Information Systems (CIS/MIS), Engineering or related technical discipline, or equivalent experience/training
  • 3 years of technical or team leadership experience
  • Airline industry experience


Skills, Licenses & Certifications

  • Proven ability to build strong and sustainable relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Hands-on experience in systems development in a variety of computing architectures and environments; proven experience with conceptual strategy and direction
  • Proficient in Agile and SDLC methodologies
  • Proficient in application architecture and design using Unified Modeling Language (UML)
  • Knowledge of Cloud Native, Service Orientation and Event Driven design and development
  • Significant experience in requirements analysis and use case development, with a thorough understanding of software development life cycles, development and technology tools, testing methodologies, and requirements gathering
  • Experience supporting and directing technical architecture for supported business domains
  • Passion for change and continual improvement with ability to effectively lead, drive, and support change
  • Proven ability to work across multiple functional teams in the creation of business solutions
  • Experience with the operations characteristics of large scale and highly available computer systems deployed in a variety of software and hardware environments
  • Knowledge of systems integration practices and understanding of Service Oriented Architecture principles and practices
  • Ability to simultaneously manage a large Architect workload involving multiple projects, day-to-day tasks, meetings and ad-hoc technical requests
  • Ability to adapt to unexpected events, new facts, and rapidly changing circumstances
  • Ability to thrive in a sense-of-urgency environment and leverage best practices
  • Ability to be highly responsive and communicative, act with urgency, commit to follow-through and delivery, and respond to many simultaneous challenges with tenacity and innovation
  • During adversity or challenges, ability to apply discipline, responsibility, initiative, and resources to stay on course and/or achieve resolution
  • Understanding of the application environments and related tools, and their relationship to each other
  • Understanding of the end-to-end implementation process and procedures

What you'll get

Feel free to take advantage of all that American Airlines has to offer: 

  • Travel Perks: Ready to explore the world? You, your family and your friends can reach 365 destinations on more than 6,800 daily flights across our global network.
  • Health Benefits: On day one, you’ll have access to your health, dental, prescription and vision benefits to help you stay well. And that’s just the start, we also offer virtual doctor visits, flexible spending accounts and more. 
  • Wellness Programs: We want you to be the best version of yourself – that’s why our wellness programs provide you with all the right tools, resources and support you need.
  • 401(k) Program: Available upon hire and, depending on the workgroup, employer contributions to your 401(k) program are available after one year.
  • Additional Benefits: Other great benefits include our Employee Assistance Program, pet insurance and discounts on hotels, cars, cruises and more

Feel free to be yourself at American

From the team members we hire to the customers we serve, inclusion and diversity are the foundation of the dynamic workforce at American Airlines. Our 20+ Employee Business Resource Groups are focused on connecting our team members to our customers, suppliers, communities and shareholders, helping team members reach their full potential and creating an inclusive work environment to meet and exceed the needs of our diverse world.

Are you ready to feel a tremendous sense of pride and satisfaction as you do your part to keep the largest airline in the world running smoothly as we care for people on life’s journey? Feel free to be yourself at American.

Additional Locations: None
Requisition ID: 70263 

Nearest Major Market: Dallas
Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth

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