C++ Chief Software Architect$ 100k/Year Flexible Long-term
XO Want to learn how to guide a talented pool of architects to come up with new ideas to continuously improve our cloud-based SaaS systems and solve business problems?
Are you inspired to drive up the code quality for our 100+ products portfolio? Interested in utilizing your years of experience as a C++ Chief King Architect to help to solve anti-patterns and increase our customers’ experience? If yes, then this role may be for you.
You will work on a variety of products in various industries, work with top talent, and be on some of the most interesting technical projects which you can find.
- Carlos R, Chief Architect
XO As a C++ Chief Software Architect, you can expect to be a member of one of our central assembly line teams such as faster, code cleanup, or an auto unit test team. You may also be in the role of a product Chief Architect, responsible for a product’s quality and weekly release.
If you are working in the code cleanup team you have a great responsibility to increase the quality of the code of new products. You will do this by identifying anti-patterns and solving them, implementing microservices, and ensuring products follow SOLID coding principles.
In the auto unit test team you will generate unit tests using automation. As part of this team you can expect to build, extend, and introduce new tools to improve automated test generation. One of the roles of a Chief Architect within the bulk unit test team is to find patterns that can be applied to any C++ project.
Chief Software Architects will have daily and weekly targets to work against. We measure the quality of work through our First Time Acceptance rate, meaning that the Product Chief Architects accept the work delivered by the engineers immediately without having to ask for a rework.
In all cases, you will have aggressive daily and weekly targets to work against and you can expect to receive daily and weekly feedback about your performance. The regular feedback is used to help you improve immediately and to resolve blockers which may be slowing down your performance.King
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XO Achieving an expert level understanding of our customers’ environments and their use of our products
Architecting and leading technical delivery of one or more products and match the needs of the target customer base
Creating solutions architecture, algorithms, and designs for solutions that scale to the customer's enterprise/global requirements
Mentor Java architects and engineers to deliver high quality of code
Deliver a consistently high-quality product which has a high “First Time Acceptance Rate” from the engineering leadership.
Comply with Chief Architecture process playbooks
Working a standard 40-hr week and mostly Monday to Friday
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XO We believe in continuous growth and strive for constant improvement. We also have an obsessive focus on improving the quality of teams, and you will learn how to do this as part of your work in our continuous journey towards improving the quality of products.
You will also learn how to operate in our metrics-driven culture, which is the foundation of our success in measuring and improving every engineering process and product we deliver. This also ties into the use of WorkSmart Pro, where you can learn how to improve your efficiency during your standard working day.
At the end of the day, we want you to become a specialist in some of the parts of our software factory model and allow you to master your software architect skills by interacting with the top 1% global technical talent.King
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XO How can a C++ Chief Architect get promoted to new roles?
If you are a top performer in your role then it is possible for you to apply to new roles and move up the career ladder. From a Chief Architect role you may apply for a Software Engineering Manager role then progress to VP of Engineering. The possibilities exist and your career path is only dependent on your performance.
As a C++ Chief Architect, what are the opportunities to learn and work with new technologies?
The learning responsibilities belong to you and are endless. Chief Architects are expected to be versatile in various technologies and open to learning new tools and new technology stacks. Chief Architects are also expected to be innovative and identify new technologies which can be leveraged to automate manual tasks and therefore freeing up time for more intelligent and interesting work. .
What does a C++ Chief Architect day look like?
A standard day in this position is typically comprised of the following tasks: a short daily check in with your manager to review blockers which you may have and request assistance when needed, a commitment to your manager on what you are going to achieve that day, potentially a short team meeting to review overall team progress, working on your actual tasks as set for the team..
Once a week you can also expect to have a coaching session on your performance as well as demo your work to our internal or external clients.
How do you measure the productivity of a C++ team?
We do not measure the productivity by technology. Every team has a metric which they deliver against; by default, every person within the team is measured by the same metric on a weekly basis. For example, the metric for our maintenance team is “number of bugs fixed.” The cost per unit of the maintenance team on a weekly basis is the total headcount cost of the team for a week divided by the number of bugs fixed during the same week.
I heard you have a tracking tool to monitor your teams, why do you use it?
One of the key objectives of our productivity tracker is for it to be used by our Crossover partners to log time and eventually get paid. We also log information about our Crossover partners to understand what tools and applications they are using. This helps us to build work patterns of our people and identify best practices which we can share with all our teams. As an engineer we expect that you would be spending at least 80% of your time in your relevant IDE with the remaining 20% spent on email, meetings and reviewing documents.
Do you use Agile?
Like most organizations, we make use of subsets of Agile. The one key difference though is that our teams are highly specialized in the task they do. For example, we have a maintenance team whose only task is to fix bugs on our products. Rather than being product specialists they are process specialists.King