Solutions Architect - Membership and Impact

Posted Date: Jan- 7-2022

Job ID: 22270

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Information Technology

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: Yes

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What's cool about this job

The Membership & Impact teams are focused on elevating the digital Membership experience and empowering the co-op community – members, customers, employees and partners – to take actions that scale our collective impact in the shared fight for life outside.

The Solution Architect contributes to REI’s success by planning for long-range application systems development needs, and in defining required hardware, software and infrastructure to support new and existing systems for a wide range of technology projects in a business area. In partnership with the Enterprise/Domain Architects, Business Analysts and Application/System owners, this role is able to develop coherent detailed architecture models for technology solutions and will have deep understanding of the relevant business processes and technology practices. The Solution Architect works with the Enterprise/Domain Architects to develop the technology “roadmap” for the assigned business, and to plan the transition from the current architectural framework to the target architecture of the future. You will design feasible and viable solutions, strengthening our business and IT design practices through partnership, community, structure, and guidance.

Bring your passion and expertise


  • Provide technical leadership to support the evaluation and selection of technology implementations.
  • Lead, design, and document the solution architecture required to support project deliverables.
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for overall solution quality; security, performance, flexibility, availability, etc.
  • Ensure solution architecture and technology stack comply with REI’s integration standard to support interoperation with other components in the digital ecosystem.
  • Evaluate solution options available via commercial vendors and in-house implementations including tradeoff discussions, impact analysis, and solution estimation.
  • Provide leadership on the solution implementation partnering with vendor teams and internal engineering teams by introducing best practices and solution design patterns.
  • Provide direction to the technical team during the development and delivery of the solution.
  • Document non-functional technical requirements (deployment, performance, recoverability, release management, capacity, monitoring).
  • Determines and documents the architectural decisions that constrain the design and implementation of a solution, such as selection of technology, design and delivery methodology, and programming framework.
  • Participate in project planning and schedule development.
  • Participate in the development of system assurance and user acceptance testing plans.
  • Partners with Project Manager (PM) and Business Analyst (BA) in identifying project issues and risks, establishing contingency plans, and identifying triggering events for mitigating action.
  • Partner with Domain Architects to establish the solution architecture for all aspects of our Impact IT domain as well as other related initiatives.
  • Ensure the solution fits with the enterprise architecture principles and guidelines.
  • Resolve technical roadblocks during implementation by working with engineering and vendor partners.
  • Resolve issues related to the solution architecture; recommend alternative solutions and corrective actions
  • Settle questions concerning the content and integrity of systems.
  • Verify the content developed by the technical team during the development phase is compliant with the proposed solution architecture.
  • Validate and approve the deliverables from the technical team during the development phase.
  • Collaborate with fellow architects in REI’s architecture community to communicate and discuss architecture decisions to ensure external dependencies and impacts are considered
  • Ensure that business-level planning and technology roadmap aligns with corporate strategic roadmap
  • Assist in building Proofs of Concept for new technologies or code designs
  • Model and act in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission


  • BS in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related field
  • 6+ years' experience in software architecture design, development, implementation and delivery of applications in all phases of Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC).
  • 3+ years designing application solutions and demonstrated architecture and information modeling proficiency
  • Experience of implementing large scale web-based applications using service-oriented, micro service, and/or API based architectures at an enterprise scale.
  • Experience implementing and integrating commercial solutions
  • Demonstrated expertise with both business and systems processes and an ability to understand and explain issues from both a technical and a business functional point of view.
  • Knowledge and experience in adopting design patterns in software solutions
  • Experience in creating architecture model artifacts (e.g. Logical Model, Data Model)
  • Experience with partnering and collaborating with external teams
  • Experience with iServer, Visio or another similar architecture repository platform (, Balsamiq etc..)


As required by the Colorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, REI provides a range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Factors that may be used to determine your actual salary may include a wide array of factors, including: your specific skills and experience, geographic location or other relevant factors. The salary range for this position may be lower or higher in different markets.

$85,000 to $170,000 per year

To review benefits information, including medical, retirement, and time off visit

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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