Vice President, Solutions Architecture

Epsilon in Chicago, IL

  • Industry: Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations - Others
  • Type: Full Time
position filled

The Solution Architect provides thought leadership to portfolio and sector leads and to the corresponding horizontal engagement liaisons regarding digital CRM and loyalty marketing technology offerings. Responsible for aligning client/vertical strategies to the appropriate technology and service components both within Epsilon and with our network of partners. Works with groups from across Epsilon (technology, digital, data & agency) to determine best offerings for our clients and to present our capabilities as part of sales pitches.
The Solution Architect must also have a proven track record in architecting, designing and participating in the delivery of complex marketing technology projects involving both database and interactive technologies. Individuals should have a strong grasp of database architecture, data modeling, and system integration, as well as a solid grasp of infrastructure, particularly cloud deployment experience. Individuals should have strong communication (written and oral) skills and able to collaborate with client and Epsilon internal teams. 
Lastly, a Solution Architect must be passionate about documenting best practices, standards and points of view on technical topics.  We are looking for this individual to help build the knowledge base of technical leads and junior architects within Epsilon as well as ensure consistency and repeatability of our technical solution development.
Duties & Responsibilities

Involved in translating corporate objectives into relevant, tangible goals for themselves.
Prioritizes, develops and documents technical best practices and standards; champions them within the organization
Meets with clients, client services, and technical delivery/management teams regularly in the support of client enhancement or build projects and sales pursuits.
Partners with business stakeholders, management, teams and customers to identify needs and guide the delivery of cost-effective, high-performance technology infrastructures and use of third party applications.
Participates in client requirements sessions and provides the mapping of client needs to internal SaaS products as well as custom development/services.
Develops technical deliverables in support of sales pursuits (i.e. detailed solution scope assumptions and pricing estimates for infrastructure, technical content for sales pitch).
Provides consultation to the delivery team in developing level-of-effort estimations of marketing solutions.
Develops technical deliverables in support of client solutions:

Data models
Context/Data flow diagrams
Infrastructure diagrams
Architectural and/or Interface diagrams

Contributes to the design and continued improvement of our marketing SaaS platforms and solution products
Provides hands-on troubleshooting and consulting for solution performance challenges or project delivery concerns if needed
Recommends and evaluates new marketing technology products and service offerings
Participates in technical roadmap assessment projects, following engagement methodologies in place.

Technical Requirements 

10+ years’ experience with software implementation (preferably marketing applications) from requirement through design, development and client acceptance
10+ years’ experience in relational database design or administration and support
Conceptual understanding the following programming languages:  ASP.NET; Javascript; SQL
Conceptual understanding the following protocols:  JSON, XML; REST; Kafka
Knowledge in performance tuning of an enterprise application, across all tiers like infrastructure/web and DB
Strong knowledge of ETL, Business Intelligence and Campaign Management tools and applications
Strong knowledge of Big Data Technologies
Experience with designing and deploying AWS-based solutions
Experience in configuration and/or deployment of SaaS products
Experience with multiple RDBMS (Oracle, Netezza, and SQL Server) 
Experience working with Microsoft office products (PPT)

Preferred Qualifications 

Strong client interfacing background required
Proven ability to mentor team members
Ability to multi task and project manage in high productivity environment
Ability to communicate complex technical concepts to non-technical audience

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