Principal Software Architect

| Greater Boston Area
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Acquia is the open source digital experience company. We provide the world's most ambitious brands with technology that allows them to embrace innovation and create customer moments that matter. At Acquia we believe in the power of community and collaboration - giving our customers the freedom to build tomorrow on their terms.

Headquartered in Boston, we have been named as one of North America’s fastest growing software companies as reported by Deloitte and Inc. Magazine, and have been rated a leader by the analyst community and named one of the Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal. We are Acquia. We are building for the future of the web, and we want you to be a part of it.

About the team you will be on…

The architecture team is made up of technology experts that work across all of Acquia’s solutions. The team helps create the technology direction for each of the engineering teams working in collaboration with Product Management, Engineering leaders and industry experts.

As the Principal Software Architect, you will

  • Design and develop architectures for software projects based on customer specifications
  • Provide support in developing new product lines and upgrading existing products
  • Coordinate with product development team in defining project scope and approaches
  • Coordinate with software development team in developing and implementing software applications
  • Propose most effective architectural solutions to meet cost, quality and schedule requirements
  • Mentor Junior Architects when required to ensure quality and productivity
  • Work with project team to design prototypes to validate application functionality
  • Assist Managers in analyzing project requirements and project designs
  • Participate in design, code and test plan reviews as needed and provide appropriate recommendations
  • Analyze software issues and recommend workaround solutions
  • Develop best practices to ensure software functionality, usability, reliability and availability
  • Respond to client queries and concerns professionally and build positive customer relationships
  • Attend industry conferences, meetings, presentations to represent the company
  • Assist in development of design documents, white papers, training documents and software architectural documents
  • Conduct regular team meetings and one-on-one sessions to share new ideas

You’ll enjoy this role if you…

  • Are a self starter who understands the complexity of building software that scale
  • Someone who enjoys working cross functionally to deliver value to our customers 
  • Someone who enjoys a never ending supply of challenges

What you’ll need to be successful…

  • Familiarity with principles of domain-driven design, refactoring, and writing clean, maintainable code
  • Strong understanding of AWS
  • Strong understanding of API design, including RPC (e.g. Thrift, gRPC)
  • Knowledge of software testing best practices (unit, database, integration)
  • Experience building and operating service oriented architectures
  • Works in collaborative and supportive manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Extra credit if you have…

  • Languages: Ruby, PHP, GO
  • Automated testing experience using Jenkins
  • Cloud hosting experience with AWS
  • Containerized technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes
  • Experience with building or developing with Drupal open source CMS

Acquia is an equal opportunity (EEO) employer. We hire without regard to age, color, disability, gender (including gender identity), marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Ember.jsFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SymfonyFrameworks
    • MemcachedDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • DrupalCMS

Location

Acquia is in the Financial District near Faneuil Hall and Post Office Square with tons of great restaurants and fun after-work venues to choose from!

An Insider's view of Acquia

What are some social events your company does?

For the past five years, the Boston office has partnered with the Wonderfund (www.wonderfundma.org) to pair Acquians with the holiday wish lists of local children. We sponsored 250 kids in 2019 and look forward to continuing our partnership in 2020!

Amy H.

Senior Talent Operations Partner

What projects are you most excited about?

There are a number of different projects we are always working on from maintenance and performance optimizations to new customer features. For me, the most exciting and rewarding projects are where we release a piece of functionality that excites and delights our customers and makes their jobs easier.

Rok

Senior Director, Engineering

How does the company support your career growth?

Our culture of continuous, lifelong learning allows every Acquian opportunities to learn, stretch and grow. With support and coaching from their managers and Global Learning Programs, Acquians have access to a robust online learning platform, a mentor program, and more. Every day offers the opportunity to take on unique challenges.

Amy P.

Senior Director, Global Talent Development

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

The trick to empowering creativity is encouraging frequent communication and iteration. Embrace behaviors, not platitudes, that remind the team there is no such thing as failure. Embed creativity and make it more than a tagline. Show that nothing is unsalvageable; focus on ‘why’ things occurred, and make everything a learning opportunity.

Brian

Manager, User Experience Research

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We are able to influence how content is delivered and monetized by global businesses in 2 ways. Acquia's founder created Drupal, the leading open source CMS in the world and we are proud of our close relationship with the Drupal community. We have also pivoted towards DXP capabilities and offer a full suite of solutions to our customers.

Charley D.

Vice President, Products

What are Acquia Perks + Benefits

Acquia Benefits Overview

Work/life balance is important to us. Employees take time off when they need it, and come back to work feeling refreshed. We offer up to 13 weeks of maternity and six weeks of paternity, partner and adoption leave, all paid at 100 percent. Our returning-parent transition program allows new parents to ease back into work. Office amenities include snacks and beverages, common areas, a game room, Friday afternoon Happy Hour, and Mac computers.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
In Boston, Acquia has partnered with Cradles to Crayons, Pine Street Inn, Wonderfund, TUGG (Tech Gives Back), Bow Market, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the Maurice J. Tobin School in Roxbury.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
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