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My Name is Tim Farkas and I am a recruiter with XCEL Solutions Corp. We are looking for a System Architect with stron Java/J2EE skills for our direct client. The position is located southwest of Pittsburgh, PA. It is a full time position and you could start immediately. The position description is below for your review. If you are not interested or unavailable please feel free to share this with any friends or colleagues who might be interested.

Systems Architect

Position Summary:

The Systems Architect�s role is to strategically design and implement in-house information systems and networked software architectures that support core organizational functions, and assure their high availability. This individual will gain organizational commitment for all systems and software plans, as well as evaluate and select all technologies required to complete those plans. In addition, the IT Systems Architect provides technical leadership across the organization, from strategic decision making down to the project planning level.

Primary Responsibilities

� Design and implement long-term strategic goals and short-term tactical plans for managing and maintaining corporate systems and software.
� Ensure that proposed and existing systems architectures are aligned with organizational goals and objectives.
� Provide architectural expertise, direction, and leadership to IT Directors, IT Project Managers, IT Software Engineers, other IT Systems Architects, and software development teams.
� Confer with end-users, clients, or senior management to define business requirements for complex systems and infrastructure development.
� Research and make recommendations on software products and services in support of procurement and development efforts.
� Where applicable, design, develop, and oversee implementation of end-to-end integrated systems.
� Document the company�s existing systems architecture and technology portfolio; make recommendations for improvements and/or alternatives.
� Develop and execute test plans to check infrastructure and systems technical performance. Report on findings and make recommendations for improvement.
� Develop, document, and communicate plans for investing in systems architecture, including analysis of cost reduction opportunities.
� Conduct research on emerging technologies in support of systems development efforts, and recommend technologies that will increase cost effectiveness and systems flexibility. Coordinate feasibility studies for software and system products under consideration for purchase, and give advice based on findings.
� Review new and existing systems design projects and procurement or outsourcing plans for compliance with standards and architectural plans.
� Develop and manage a systems capacity plan.
� Develop, document, communicate, and enforce a policy for standardizing systems and software as necessary.
� Provide guidance, oversight, and direction to other members of the development team.
� Exceptional understanding of the organization's goals and objectives.
� Strong understanding of information processing principles and practices.
� Solid grounding in core enterprise applications, with particular emphasis on BEA�s WebLogic Server and SUN Solaris environments.
� Expert knowledge of programming languages and development frameworks, with emphasis on J2EE.
� Working technical knowledge of current Internet systems software, protocols, and standards, including TCP/IP, HTTP, XML, SOAP, Web Services, and Service-
Oriented Architectures.
� Hands-on experience with application development tools, preferably Eclipse.
� Strong knowledge of software evaluation principles and practices.
� Extensive experience with software configuration management principles and tools. Knowledge of Borland�s StarTeam is preferred.
� Exceptional analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving abilities.
� Superior written and oral communication skills.
� Excellent architecture and technical support documentation skills.
� Strong interpersonal and consultative skills.
� Ability to conduct research into emerging technologies and trends, standards, and products as required.
� Ability to present ideas in user-friendly language.
� Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
� Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
� 24x7 on-call availability.

�Bachelor's degree
College diploma or university degree in the field of computer science/engineering or information systems (Master�s degree preferred).
� Ten years work experience.
� Demonstrated prior software development experience.
� Extensive experience in developing strategic systems architecture plans.
� Proven experience in systems and network design and development.

[ November 13, 2006: Message edited by: Tim Farkas ]
[ November 13, 2006: Message edited by: Tim Farkas ]
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