Livermore, California

About the company

Albertsons Companies is at the forefront of the revolution in retail. With a fixation on innovation and building culture, our team is rallying our company around a unique vision: Forging a retail winner that is admired for national strength, deep roots in the communities we serve, and a team that has passion for food and delivering great service

Albertsons is one of the largest retail employers, providing approximately 300,000 jobs across 2,200 stores, 22 distribution centers, 20 food and beverage plants and various support offices. We operate in 34 states and the District of Columbia under the Albertsons banner, as well as Safeway, Tom Thumb, Jewel Osco, Shaw's, and many more recognizable names.

What you will be doing

Albertsons Companies' Technology and Engineering Specialty Retail Team is looking for a Solution Architect that is a technical thought leader who can create solution architectures and designs using the latest technology.

This role requires hands-on software engineering and technical leadership skills, as well as the ability to derive simplicity from complexity in their software designs and engineering solutions. The candidate will work closely with technical leadership and vendors, and they will heavily collaborate with many engineering teams, enterprise architects, business stakeholders, and leadership teams across the enterprise. These teams are distributed across various geographical locations, including Pleasanton, CA, Phoenix, AZ and Manila, Philippines. This role provides excellent opportunities to work with very driven and talented retail industry individuals to contribute to the company's strategic digital transformation initiatives and create a superior and seamless experience for millions of Albertsons/Safeway customers.

Main responsibilities
  • Provide technical leadership and guidance for the architecture and design of solutions that directly benefit our business partners and retail customers.
  • Convert abstract business ideas into technical architectures, designs, and implemented solutions.
  • Partner with other Solution Architects and Enterprise Architects to drive modular, micro services-based solutions and implement a quality and stable product using standards-based Java, Spring boot, Kafka and other modern software technologies.
  • Develop and deploy applications using the organization's technology practices, standards, and procedures, including adherence to software design principals. Conduct development and code reviews and ensure alignment with enterprise grade security and DevOps/infrastructure standards.
  • Define and create reusable application components/patterns from both business and technology perspectives.
  • Research the marketplace for engineering trends and work with engineering practices teams to drive standardization across the organization
  • Analyze business processes, perform fit-gap analysis, reduce inefficiencies, and evaluate risks to determine appropriate process and system design.
  • Foster a culture of innovation within the team and encourage creative solutions.
  • Responsible for leading and mentoring distributed technical teams (on-shore, off-shore and near-shore) through different stages of the agile engineering lifecycle.
  • Independently advise stakeholders during project implementations, conduct training as needed, and review and simplify complex concepts and system interactions across multiple levels of the organization.
  • Function as a domain expert in systems integration. The responsibilities range from advising stakeholders on strategic options, proposing architectural designs, evaluating impact analysis, documenting implementation plans, and reviewing test plans.
  • Lead troubleshooting and root cause determination and proactively identify opportunities to resolve issues.
  • Responsible for the accuracy and quality of project deliverables, such as the Solutions Architecture Document, operational run book, and the application/system install and configuration documentation.
  • Analyze existing product software and recommend modifications that will enhance operating efficiencies and address business and regulatory requirements.
  • Develop strong working relationships across multiple levels within Engineering, Product, and Business teams to ensure overall project success.
  • Partner with Information Security and Privacy teams to ensure applicable regulatory directives are complied with e.g. Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI, and current privacy legislation.
  • Requires potential 10% travel depending upon project specifics and business locations.

What we are searching for

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree (Computer Science, Information Systems, or related functional field) or equivalent qualification
  • 8+ years of hands-on architecture, design, programming, and implementation experience (OOAD, Java EE, Open JDK, Micro Services Technologies, REST Services, JSON, XML) using Java, Spring Framework.
  • 5+ years of technical hands-on experience with Microservices Architecture and the related patterns, API Gateway and Microservices communication using RESTful API's and Spring boot is required.
  • 5+ years of experience with event driven architecture and KAFKA knowledge is required.
  • 5+ years of experience with noSQL and RDBMS databases like Azure Cosmos and SQL Server is required.
  • Expertise with continuous integration, build and deployment technologies, such as, GIT, Jenkins, Maven, SVN, Nexus is required.
  • 5+ years of experience in application development, capacity planning, systems performance analysis, optimization and running apps in public cloud platforms (Microsoft Azure and GCP) is strongly preferred
  • Expertise with cloud platforms, Microsoft Azure is required.
  • Expertise in application containerization with Dockers/Kubernetes is strongly preferred.
  • Expertise in high-performance and high-frequency data streaming (using Kafka, Striim etc.) and handling large volume of batch data (using ETL technologies) is strongly preferred
  • Experience with high-frequency and high-volume messaging/event streaming platform (Kafka, MQ).
  • Experience in CI/CD processes and Container technologies (SonarQube, PCF, Docker, Jenkins, Spinnaker, AKS).
  • Experience with deployment (Maven, Jenkins) and version control technologies such as GIT.
  • Strong ability to visualize the solution at higher level of abstraction using patterns before getting into low-level details.
  • Strong ability to decompose business requirements into a technical solution with high-level UML diagrams using design patterns and low-level class diagrams
  • Significant experience with the full software development lifecycle and software development methodologies (Agile, Iterative development).
  • Jira, Confluence is experience strongly preferred
  • Strong understanding of architecture/design patterns and best practices.
  • Highly desirable if experienced with retail, store systems technology and processes.
  • Highly desirable if experienced with food service and restaurant management systems and processes.
  • Must be able to make sound decisions based on incomplete information, under pressure and maintain project focus.
  • Excellent organizational and troubleshooting skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to build constructive relationships with senior application architects and project managers and gain their trust.
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively within a matrix, 'virtual' environment.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as with a team.
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic, fast changing environment.
  • Excellent communications skills (written and oral), customer service skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Passionate about delivering quality products in a timely fashion.
  • Eager and passionate to learn and grow in a very diverse and technical rich environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to manage tasks and work independently.
  • Experience in retail systems, preferably grocery and/or restaurant industry

Personal Characteristics:
  • A visionary -- you see things not just as they are, but as they could be.
  • A problem-solver -- you find ways to get things done.
  • A collaborator and relationship builder- you can be effective in matrixed organizations by building great relationships.
  • Obsessed with efficiency and productivity - because there is always room for improvement.

What it is like at Albertsons?

Albertsons Culture Principles

Compassion: We always treat each other with kindness and respect

Team: We always support and recognize each other

Inclusive: We always value everyone's perspective

Learning: We always strive to grow and develop ourselves and others

Competitive: We always act with integrity to win over the customer

Ownership: We always take actions to drive our success


Livermore, California

Albertsons Companies is a leading food and drug retailer that operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia with more than 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, Kings Food Markets and Balducci's Food Lovers Market. The Company is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.

We believe that diverse perspectives strengthen and enrich our stores, our company, and our society.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a component of our programs for recruitment, development and training of associates and leaders.  We provide opportunities for each person in our company to contribute their ideas, talents, and enthusiasm to the company’s success. Associates can participate in various associate resource and network groups, such as Women’s Inspiration and Inclusion Network (WIIN), Hispanic Leadership Network, Asian Network, Albertsons African American Leadership Council, and Albertsons Pride Alliance. 

Who We Are Looking For 

Albertsons companies is seeking transitioning military service membersmilitary veterans and military spouses across the country who are looking to join an amazing company with a dynamic atmosphere that helps you learn and grow in all interest areas.  We offer an inclusive and diverse culture where leaders become lifelong allies, as well as amazing health and wellness benefits to keep you at your best- all with competitive compensation!  

Should I Apply?

Our diverse roles are nation-wide and provide opportunities in specialties such as:

·       Store operations

·       Warehouse

·       Pharmacy

·       Manufacturing

·       Digital atmosphere

·       Technology

·       Corporate

What Happens After I Apply?

Once you click ‘Apply Now’ on an Albertsons job posting, you will be re-directed to fill out an application on our career page.  In order to be considered for next steps, please complete the application on Albertsons’ career page and make sure you have an updated resume uploaded to your RecruitMilitary profile.  Once we review your resume and profile, a recruiter will reach out to provide you with more information and to schedule you for an interview.

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