Solutions Architect - Merchandising


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Seattle HQ
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What's cool about this job

At REI our core mission is to inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. If you love the outdoors and contributing to a solid, forward-leaning team, then this is your role! Come join IT Merchandising and Co-op Brands! 

We are looking for a Solutions Architect with experience in Retail Merchandising Planning and Execution Systems such as Merch Financial Plan, Demand Forecasting, Assortment and Item Planning, Allocation and Replenishment, etc. with any industry standard solutions such as Oracle, SAS, SAP, JDA/BlueYonder et al.


The individual in this role is accountable for solution architectures scoped to business-transformative projects, and is involved with those projects from inception through implementation. They can resolve operational problems through collaboration with the engineering team to minimize delays. In addition, they can work independently, and serve as a resource and mentor for colleagues with less experience, while modeling and acting in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.


    • Responsible for project-level solution design ensuring the solution design optimally satisfies needs and expectations for all project stakeholders
    • Advocates and champions Enterprise Architecture concerns to the solutions architects and project team
    • Responsible for overall solution quality; security, performance, flexibility, availability, etc.
    • Acts as the primary liaison between the business and developers
    • Responsible for deciding and developing a roadmap of target state technologies to use for the platform and solutions not already defined by the Enterprise Architecture team.
    •  Responsible for architecture deliverables, such as: non-functional requirements; Integration Architecture Models, Infrastructure and System diagrams and Data models

This space has a range of architectures from full on-prem, to IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. This is a continually evolving space that needs a strong architect who can understand both the short-term and long-term (big picture) needs. Join the team and help drive this space forward!

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 5+ years of professional Information Technology experience designing and delivering system solutions applications, ideally including Merchandising COTS packages.
  • Experience architecting, designing, building, and delivering solutions across multiple platforms.
  • Good understanding of integration patterns, concepts, and best practices.
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of emerging technologies to support the development of new solutions.
  • Understanding of and experience with multiple SDLC methods such as waterfall, SCRUM, or Agile.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude, self-motivated, responsible, conscientious, and detail oriented.
  • Strong conceptual, analytical, problem-solving, decision making, troubleshooting, and resolution skills.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science or similar technical discipline.
  • Experience working in ERP and Retail systems software including knowledge of Assortment Planning, Demand Forecasting, Allocation and/or Replenishment.
  • Solution Architecture Professional Certification (e.g. IASA CITA-F, CITA-A or higher). 
  • Other architecture certifications (e.g. TOGAF 9, SEI)

As required by applicable Pay Transparency laws, REI provides a range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in locations under these requirements. 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.

The pay for this role is: $85,000 to $170,000 per year  
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

Posting Range
$85,000 to $170,000 per year
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