Architech: Team Lead / Senior Java / Solutions Architect

Architech Solutions is looking for several positions, from a Team Lead [craigslist]:

Architech Solutions is seeking a Team Lead with a focus on the wireless telecommunications sector. The successful candidate will help lead development of a new software product targeted to the mobile advertising space on an international scale. You are proficient with viewing systems from various perspectives and clearly articulating decisions to a varied audience. We are looking for a focused, driven, detail-oriented, and big-picture thinker with the ability to consistently drive winning solutions. 

You are intimately familiar with wireless communications technology at the enterprise level: a real mobile guru. You have real-world experience architecting/implementing carrier-grade projects in the telecommunications space. You are an expert in Java and J2EE and experienced with a broad range of enterprise integration tools, technologies, and architectural patterns. You have experience with ESB products such as Aqualogic and WebSphere, portal platforms such as Weblogic Portal and Plumtree, XML and web services, Messaging Products such as MQ and MSMQ, as well as broad experience with industry class RDBMS systems. 

A solutions architect [architech]:

Architech Solutions is seeking a Solution Architect with a focus on the wireless telecommunications sector. The successful candidate will help lead development of a new software product targeted to the mobile advertising space on an international scale. You are proficient with viewing systems from various perspectives and clearly articulating decisions to a varied audience. We are looking for a focused, driven, detail-oriented, and big-picture thinker with the ability to consistently drive winning solutions.

You are intimately familiar with wireless communications technology at the enterprise level: a real mobile guru. You have real-world experience architecting/implementing carrier-grade projects in the telecommunications space. You are an expert in Java and J2EE and experienced with a broad range of enterprise integration tools, technologies, and architectural patterns. You have experience with ESB products such as Aqualogic and WebSphere, portal platforms such as Weblogic Portal and Plumtree, XML and web services, Messaging Products such as MQ and MSMQ, as well as broad experience with industry class RDBMS systems.

And a Senior Java Developer [craigslist, architech]:

Architech Solutions is seeking a Senior Java Developer with a focus on the wireless telecommunications sector. The successful candidate will participate in the development of a new software product targeted to the mobile advertising space on an international scale. 

You are a speedy and proficient developer who can remain focused in a fast-moving environment. You are familiar with wireless communications technology at the enterprise level: preferably a real mobile guru. You have experience with Agile development methodologies such as SCRUM and have real-world experience developing carrier-grade applications in the telecommunications space. You are an expert in Java and J2EE and experienced with a broad range of enterprise integration tools, technologies, and architectural patterns. You have experience with ESB products such as Aqualogic and WebSphere, portal platforms such as Weblogic Portal and Plumtree, XML and web services, Messaging Products such as MQ and MSMQ, as well as broad experience with industry class RDBMS systems. 

I’m not sure what the difference between the postings on Craigslist and on their site implies; perhaps the Solutions Architect and Team Lead are really the same position?

They’re also looking for QA, tech writers, and business analysts, so you can follow the links to their website to get more information on those fronts.

The Good
This seems to be a good time to join Architech, as they’re going through some growth, and it looks like their clients are among those not currently suffering from the subprime meltdown to any great degree.  In particular, i’d hazard a guess that the work they’re hiring for has to do with Rogers.  The role is fairly senior, the process seems to be some form of Agile, the work seems to have the potential to be visible and of significant scale.

The location seems to be 3 Church Street, right by the Bier Markt, St. Lawrence Market, etc.  Lots of shops, restaurants, food around, and not too far off the beaten path with respect to the TTC.  This is one of the better locations I’ve seen.   They may even have a foosball table.

And, of course, the usual gaps in information: what’s the team? are they hiring a whole new team for this, or working with some people already on board?  how big will the team be? what’s the compensation?  And finally, although there is some information about things like the work, the role, the process, there’s still room for more.

The Bad
SOA and ESB are often employed by companies swayed by technology hype rather than solid technology choices backed by a skeptical agile YAGNI sense.  That said, I believe that either one of those technologies can be chosen for the right reasons as well, and I can’t say that Architech has chosen these for the wrong reasons, only that many companies do.

Although I’m sure they’re just being thorough, the postings have come through Craigslist a fair number of times within a relatively short period, which is vaguely annoying if you’ve got a feed and you keep seeing the same items repeated.  I doubt you can generalize that into a “problem” about working at Architech, though. 

There are some little hiccups in the postings.  Architech doesn’t list an obvious contact point for responding to career postings on their website, and there’s the occasional typo, like “xTremeExperience with” which should presumably be “eXtreme Programming.  Experience with”

YMMV
Your mileage may vary when it comes to large-scale integration projects.  Often, people working on these end up spending most of their time fiddling with the wiring and very little time on what feels like “delivering value”.

I get the impression that Architech is a relatively small company at this stage, and they seem to be pretty new — not much more than a year old at best?  Their branding (name, logo) seems acceptable without being stellar (although presumably that’s a matter of taste — mouth media obviously disagrees with me).  It’s an open question how stable they are, although it’s certainly true that no stability is guaranteed.  Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merril, AIG all looked pretty stable until subprime ate away their foundations, right?

In Summary
Java developer, Solutions Architect or Team Lead working near the St. Lawrence Market on telecom advertising at a very new and presumably small company.

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