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Principle Architect
Minneapolis, Minnesota  |  Onsite
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Applied on May 29, 2022
Job Id #55086 Posted March 24, 2022


  • The Principle Architect role is accountable for providing architectural guidance and direction to initiatives for the Employer & Individual business segment.
  • As a Principle Architect, you will create solutions that address various business challenges, while at the same time, insuring these technology solutions align with the overall E&I technology strategy.
  • With a focus on proactive consultation, guidance and partnership, a principle architect must understand our business priorities and corresponding initiatives, so that they can provide insights back to our technology partners.
  • In this role, you will be partnering with senior business and technology leaders to determine the feasibility of new ideas, assessing emerging opportunities, identify Proof of Concept opportunities, translating strategy and business needs into technology approaches, coordinating the development of large solutions, and working with other technology delivery organizations to guide the evolution of these initiatives.

Projects the candidate will be working on:

  • Overview:
    • Architect primarily responsible for producing enterprise architectures supporting our Digital and Modern Technology portfolios.
    • This role will drive business Product strategies and meet relevant business and technology requirements by evaluating all architecture options and making appropriate recommendations given current technical landscape.
  • 2022 Work:
    • This position will help achieve all 2022 Digital/Modern Technology deliverables centered around UHC 3.0 and our large regulatory body of work.

Team and Team size:

  • This is for an enterprise architect position, they work independently.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Consult with senior leaders and/or external vendors on complex technology solution issues that may impact multiple integrated business organizations and/or applications
  • Ensure the alignment of technology solutions that enable, enhance, or create business capabilities with the overall E&I technology strategy
  • Collaborate with the E&I business organization to understand their business problems and propose technology solutions to address those challenges
  • Ensure strategic intent and impacts on supporting capabilities are mutually understood by the business and technology organizations
  • Lead and participate in the design of information and application architectures on the basis of impact, cost, functionality and practicability
  • Assist in setting standards and guidelines on how to unambiguously define and describe business and systemic requirements for technology initiatives
  • Provide stewardship and guidance to the various technology delivery organizations on behalf of the business stakeholders
  • Collaborate across other areas of the UnitedHealthcare architecture organization.
  • Communicate effectively with externally facing senior stakeholders
  • Drive adaptive change and process improvement within the technology development and business organizations
  • Applying enterprise and data integration patterns using APIs, micro-services, event-driven and data-driven approaches
  • Delivering solutions using an Agile/Scrum methodology
  • Drive strategic and transitional planning of applications, information, and business functions

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Systems Management, or related field
  • 12+ years of experience in IT Architecture including:
  • 8+ years of overall IT architectural experience (e.g. enterprise, business, solution, information)
  • 5+ years of solution architecture systems integration experience
  • 3+ years leading architect efforts or managing a team of architects
  • Experience with large-scale (multi-domain, multi-application) IT system integration and architecture solutions
  • Proven ability to understand technological infrastructure and how it relates to solutions and integrations
  • Proven ability to demonstrate the relationship of data architectures as they relate to integrated systems solutions
  • Experience leading capability grooming sessions with a variety of business and technology stakeholders
  • Experience working with productivity tools (e.g. MS Office suite), architecture modeling tools (e.g. ARCHI, Alfabet) and related modeling languages (e.g. ArchiMate 3.0, UML)
  • Experience with multiple development frameworks and methodologies (e.g. TOGAF, Agile, SAFe, LeSS)
  • Experience managing relationships with senior level business leaders
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to understand the big picture before getting into details

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess strong mental agility and critical thinking/analytical skills, and be adaptable to an ever-changing environment
  • Strong presentation skills with ability to create both high level diagrams for executives, as well as solution documentation for analysts, developers, and QA.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, is organized, has good time management skills, is focused, and has strong attention to detail
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills, is a team player, be proactive, a self-starter and is highly motivated
  • TOGAF certification
  • SAFe Agilist and/or LeSS certification
  • Knowledge of the health care industry

Horizontal is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We seek to provide employment opportunities to talented, qualified candidates regardless of race, color, sex/gender including gender identity and/or expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under federal, state or local law.

In addition, Horizontal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application or interview process, please contact

All applicants applying must be legally authorized to work in the country of employment.


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