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Requisition Number:  3007
Position Type:  Permanent
Position Length:  indeterminate

Ottawa (Downtown), ON, CA

Closing Date:  November 20, 2019 - 23:59 EST

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Solutions Architect

Take a central role
The Bank of Canada has a vision to be “a leading central bank—dynamic, engaged and trusted—committed to a better Canada.” No other employer in the country offers you the unique opportunity to work at the very center of Canada’s economy, in a diverse and inclusive organization with significant impact on the economic and financial well-being of all Canadians. You will be challenged, energized and motivated to excel in an environment where we are reinventing central banking, renewing ways of doing business and reinforcing a culture of innovation.


About the position
This job poster will be used to staff one permanent position and one term position of 5 years. 


We are currently seeking a Solution Architect to join the Financial Market & Banking Operations (FMBO) Portfolio in the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department. Reporting to the Assistant Director, Business Solutions & Architecture, you will work collaboratively with scrum teams to lead the development of the technical solution architectures for various projects within the Portfolio. You are accountable for creating architectures for the development and integration of business and information systems to enable streamlined application interfaces, improved application redundancy, efficient distribution of data and improve service reliability in support of business objectives. You ensure that the integration of services, data flow and infrastructure architectures meet evolving business and operational requirements as well as standards for reliability, scalability and availability.
As a member of the Bank of Canada ITS architecture community, you will also work alongside other Solutions Architects and the information technology community to help review and critique other initiative solutions to ensure they are closely aligned with the Bank’s road maps and best practices. 


Your future responsibilities

  • participate in all phases of the project life cycle to implement the required information technology, adding technical know-how, creativity and a seasoned perspective to initiatives and teams
  • play the role of the lead technical authority and responsible for planning all activities leading to the development of the solution architecture
  • identify technical issues and risks and define mitigation approach
  • analyze the current solutions environment to identify deficiencies and opportunities for simplification as part of evergreening projects
  • define and document the structure, connections and relationships of operational processes, data, applications, user interfaces and infrastructure  
  • facilitate the evaluation and selection of hardware and software technology and product standards, as well as the design of standard configurations and their implementation and migration into operations
  • research and monitor technology developments and industry trends; assess their applicability, functionality and reliability for the Bank; and recommend technologies that will enhance productivity and the achievement of the client’s business objectives
  • promote, reuse and apply existing solutions in new ways and help evolve new reusable components, patterns and templates


Your education and experience

  • bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering or another related discipline
  • minimum of seven years of overall experience across a blend of information technology and business settings, ideally in a mix of banking, government or mid- to large-size corporations 
  • a minimum of three years of experience in a solutions architect role in organizations with 200 or more employees using various high-availability solutions 
  • A minimum of three years of relevant hands-on working experience with one of the following technology:
    • Java EE
    • Spring Framework
    • Oracle 12c Technology platform (SOA Suite, OID, WebLogic, FRS, and Database)
    • IBM MQ


  • an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered



  • exposure to diverse work environments, with a broad understanding of multiple business sectors, hardware and software technologies and IT security
  • recognized IT industry certification such as TOGAF, Zachman, ITIL and project-management certification
  • knowledge of Microservices, PaaS 
  • knowledge of leading vendor platforms, such as Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft and IBM 


Your knowledge and skills 
As an experienced Solutions Architect, you are a self-starter with the ability to quickly grasp the essence of complex issues. You are an effective communicator, able to clearly convey key points, organize content, and write in a style appropriate to the audience and purpose of the document and presentation. You can quickly grasp the essence of a complex issue and communicate key points. You are self-motivated and independent, requiring little supervision and with the ability to function effectively as part of a team. You will contribute towards creating positive team dynamics by engaging in productive and respectful conversations, dealing with conflict in a timely way, helping team members who may be struggling and having a positive attitude towards the team's goals. 



Language requirement
English and French essential (bilingual) with a minimum starting level of intermediate (level 3) in second official language. Training may be provided to help reach the required level of functional (level 4) in second official language.


What you can expect from us
This is a great opportunity to join a leading organization and be part of a high-performing team. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet your needs at every stage of your life and career.

  • Salaries are based on qualifications and experience and typically range from $92,500 to $115,500 (job grade 18)
  • Depending on performance, you may be eligible for performance pay for successfully meeting (7 to 10% of your base salary) or for exceeding expectations (15% of your base salary). Exceptional performers who far exceed expectations may be eligible for higher performance pay.
  • Flexible and comprehensive benefits so you can choose the level of health, dental disability and life and/or accident insurance coverage that meets your needs
  • Extra vacation days (up to five each year) that you can purchase to add to your vacation entitlement
  • Indexed, defined-benefit pension


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Additional information

  • Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Security level required: Secret 
  • Relocation assistance may be provided, if required


We encourage applications from women, Indigenous peoples, veterans, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.