Solution Integration Architect$ 60k/Year Flexible Long-term
Good fit for: Telecoms Consultant, Telecoms Engineer
Do you have a telecoms IT background? Do you have the ability to analyze, research, and resolve challenges in all aspects of an IT solution being deployed in a customer environment? If yes, then this role may be for you.
We have high expectations for our software architects to implement solutions within a telecoms customer base. You will execute the integration of complex BSS architectures including internal products, already installed applications, and other interfaces. You will also provide support in the configuration and customization of our applications.
-Apparao A, Software Architect
Solution Integration Architects work with the newest IT products in a demanding environment. You should have already worked as a Solution Integration Architect in various projects and this will be the next step in your professional career.
Architects within this team are expected to have high standards of code quality and will have daily and weekly targets. We measure the quality of work through our First Time Acceptance rate, meaning that our Product Chief Architects accept the work delivered by the software architects immediately and 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 help you resolve blockers which may be slowing down your performance.
A hiring event is a scheduled online event where all our relevant testing relating to a role is conducted on the same day. Submissions received during the event are graded the following week, and successful candidates notified if they have progressed to the next round which is an online interview with a Hiring Manager.
Execution of on-site and remote integration for complex BSS architectures including internal products and ecosystem of new or already installed applications, interfaces configuration & integration
Executing modeling of customer tariff structure
Support in configuration and customization
Define acceptance test scope
Working with 3rd parties in trouble resolution and ensuring compliance with requirements
Co-accountable for the operational launch of the solution
Co-accountable for migration testing (tooling and process) and first executions
Co-accountable for functional and non-functional testing of the deployed solution
We believe in continuous growth and strive for continuous 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 learn how an organization operates with an automated continuous deployment pipeline; you will learn how innovation and experimentation with technology can help drive productivity improvements, reduce costs and free up your time to do more meaningful and interesting tasks.
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. You will learn how our centralized software factory model benefits an organization and gains from the economy of scale; the more we grow, the more efficient we become. We want you to become a specialist in some of the parts of our software factory model and allow you to master your technical skills while interacting with the top 1% global technical talent.
A good fit for...
8+ years in IT or Telco
Experience in SI
Experience in Team Lead
Experience in Project Management
A good fit for...
5+ years in IT or Telco
Experience in SI
A good fit for...
2+ years in IT or Telco
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As an SA, what are the opportunities to learn and work with new technologies?
The learning responsibilities belong to you. However, we can provide support and adequate content to help you. To be able to work with new technologies, you will need to re-apply and take the specific tests on the desired technology stream.
What are the key things I need to do to ensure I am successful as a Software Architect?
Besides the apparent technical knowledge required to do the role, and keeping yourself up to date with the latest technology updates, you should also have a comfortable and quiet environment to work from. You should set a good calendar for your week which is repeatable and which allows you to dedicate long blocks of time towards your work with Crossover.
How do you measure the productivity of a Solutions 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.