Lead Software Architect - Technical.ly

Lead Software Architect

CareFirst |  Reston, VA, United States | Dev / Eng

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Technical.ly Coverage

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:  Under the direction of the Director, System Development, the incumbent’s accountabilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Leads the effort to produce the enterprise level application architecture solutions and architecture designs for large to complicated integration applications. Leading the definition of enterprise level strategies and technical directions by ensuring the definition of standards and procedures, understanding and championing industry best practices. Defines enterprise level strategies and technical direction. Defines the system, technical, and application architectures, and in some instances the business systems architecture for major areas of development.

2. Leads complex projects/issues that require in-depth knowledge across multiple technical areas and business segments.  Integrates existing infrastructure with new applications by selecting the technology (Angular, Reacts,  Solr, NiFi, Node.JS, B2B Gateway, ITX, Java, Redis, DevOPs) that provides the best solution for business needs.  Responsible for design of applications based on business need and integration.

3. Partners with the engagement manager and business leadership in the definition of the enterprise level architecture documents.

4. Leads the process of CareFirstApplications Architecture Review Board (AARB).  Leads the peer reviews of the architecture design deliverables as a member of the Application Architecture Review Board.

5. Maintains knowledge of and apply industry best practices for architecture, participates in cross-functional component architecture teams, and develops future architecture and technology migration plans. Evaluates and selects from existing and emerging technologies the options best fitting business and IT strategic needs.


Required: This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related IT field or equivalent work experience. More than 12 + years of experience in enterprise projects and 8+ years of relevant architecture design experience.

Subject matter expert in project management execution of multiple enterprise level, mid to large sized projects; experience in participating in multidiscipline, high-performance work teams/groups and demonstrated competency in developing efficient and effective solutions to diverse and complex business problems.

Expert in the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of large-scale systems. Extensive experience in developing technical architectures. Expert knowledge of information systems, spanning at least two to four component architectures. Extensive experienced in translating business strategies, across several business units, into effective solutions. Expert knowledge of Software Development Lifecycle.

Expert understanding of design patterns and their application at all levels (conceptual, logical and physical). Excellent working experience of UML, SOA (including EA1 and B2B), Security, data modeling, AI, ML, big data platofrm, object modeling, SOA and system performance optimization and business Rule Engines/workflow.

Demonstrated success in architecting large scale enterprise software. A combination and good balance of architecture design and hands-on development skills. Proven strong technical leadership skills. Entrepreneur and solutions oriented Proven ability to lead the design of large-scale systems with N-tier architecture


  • The incumbent would have the ability to identify and resolve complex situations in a responsive manner, and take corrective action to eliminate re-occurrence. Extensive understanding both long-term and short-term ‘big-picture’ perspectives.
  • Ability to understand the business architecture, processes and strategies. Strategic thinking and leadership with excellent abilities in relationship management.
  • Excellent analytical, planning, and communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with others and facilitate problem resolution. Ability to anticipate future IT direction to support Corporate Initiatives. Excellent understanding of Enterprise Architectural process and practices.

Preferred: Master’s degree in Computer Science or related field preferred. Experience in the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of large-scale systems, preferably across multiple hardware and software platforms (in the health care industry). Experience with intranet development and implementation is a plus.

Equal Employment Opportunity

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Hire Range Disclaimer

Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.

Where To Apply

Please visit our website to apply: www.carefirst.com/careers

Federal Disc/Physical Demand

Note: The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.


The associate is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position. Occasional walking or standing is required. The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects. The associate must frequently talk and hear. Weights up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.

Sponsorship in US

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship

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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Mother Rooms
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Online Trainings
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays

Describe the culture at CareFirst.

The culture is one of continuous learning. We are working to create tomorrow’s health plan — one that puts the service and security of our members first. Member security drives every decision we make as a company. We’re always looking at how and where we can improve our digital infrastructure. We’re open to creativity.


What are some of the ways you empower employees to make a difference at CareFirst? 

We believe that each of us has an opportunity to make a difference in our roles and the community.

For the past two years, the company has held an enterprise-wide event to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace and communities called the Week of Equity and Action. Through this, CareFirst associates participate in virtual trainings and community activations that reaffirm the company’s commitment to empathy, understanding, diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. In 2019, associates collectively volunteered more than 10,000 hours of time with and for more than 30 non-profit organizations. This included assembling more than 5,000 personal hygiene care kits for individuals experiencing homelessness and packing nearly 14,000 infant bundles and 345,000 diapers for families in need. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Week of Equity and Action included 38 virtual workshops hosted by associates and external speakers; opportunities for associate to share their talents through skills based volunteering sessions with 70 non-profit organizations; and strategic partnerships with minority, women, Veteran and/or LGBTQ-owned businesses in the community.

CareFirst has taken intentional steps to encourage associates to continue conversations and action around diversity, equity and inclusion, including increased trainings and resources, leadership coaching, the launch of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, and increased internal and external communications to ensure associates feel supported in the workplace.


What qualities do you look for in tech job candidates?

Overall, we look for people who want to be part of something bigger than themselves. Individuals with a service mindset and a community focus, as well as the requisite technical skills and expertise.


How has hiring been affected since COVID-19?

We’re happy to say that hiring has been business as usual. We’ve onboarded 800 people since March, 2020.

For 2021, we aim to grow our tech workforce by 15%, with a focus on developers in cyber security, data science, UX and EPMO, as well as technical and non-technical project and product managers for next gen government programs.

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