As the Product Architect you will provide leadership and architectural direction for multiple software development teams for the Internet Based Testing and Correspondence product areas. The Product Architect takes ownership of all technical matters in their area and will resolve or escalate all team issues. You will also be responsible for creating and implementing a long-term vision, orchestrating high-quality software implementation, and maintaining, guiding, and improving architectural integrity and evolution for their area. Additional expectations include the ability to foster high team morale, mentor, and coach team members, and ensure best practices and architectural guidelines are followed in your product area. In doing this, you will be expected to continually contribute to and lead process improvement activities.


This requisition is part of the IBT Services team which supports backend cloud services vital to the delivery of internet examinations. We also support candidate correspondence delivered via SMS Text and emails. These applications and services are essential components of Pearson VUE’s core business and communications.

The Product Architect will:

In this role you will work with both Engineering Leads as well as Product Manager by providing architecture solutions and leadership at the product level. You will do this through overseeing implementation of software that achieves the goals of the architecture in your product area.

In this role, there are three major functional areas with an expected breakdown of duties as follows:

Architecture & Development – 75%

  • Create, document, implement, and oversee the long-term vision, architecture, and initiatives in the assigned area
  • Estimate software development requirements and effort, propose alternatives, and prioritize development tasks for a given area.
  • Ensure higher level requirements from project stakeholders are satisfied, complete and testable
  • Review code and documents for their area to ensure designs and coding are holistic
  • Assess and oversee the technical delivery of high-quality projects and products
  • Design, maintain and assess items in their assigned area factoring in performance, maintainability/complexity, market trends, innovation, system robustness, scalability, and longer-term quality initiatives
  • Serve as the point person who is accountable for their assigned area and will capture, summarize, and escalate issues as necessary for resolution and awareness

Engineering Leadership & Mentoring – 15%

  • Strategic and tactical responsibility daily for developing and enhancing the technical architecture and projects of assigned areas and ensuring user needs are met
  • Coordinate and unify the work of architects and team members through the software implementation process
  • Assist as necessary with defining roles and assigning responsibilities within team
  • Liaison for numerous functional areas within organization
  • Provide technical mentoring to developers, senior developers, and software architects within a domain or project, or as assigned
  • Proactively design training opportunities within group that align with group goals
  • Induct new members for assigned projects
  • Proactively foster collaboration among technical teams where systems integration is required

Process & Quality Improvement (and other responsibilities)-10%

  • Participate in and initiate group improvement activities and initiatives to improve process and product quality in pursuit of excellence
  • Participate in and monitor effectiveness of requirement, design, code, unit test and QA test case reviews and inspections
  • Assess and oversee the technical delivery of projects to ensure best practices are followed
  • Understand, support, and improve the OSSP
  • Report any potential opportunities regarding assigned domain, other domains, or client opportunities


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, MIS or equivalent technology discipline
  • 8+ years relevant software development experience creating business applications with relational database systems (Experience with Java technologies)
  • 3+ years’ experience with Microservices
  • 3+ years’ experience in software architecture
  • 2+ years’ experience in Cloud technologies (Microsoft Azure preferred)
  • IT Architecture experience in large project development, development lifecycles, development methodologies, project scoping, process improvement, and variety of technologies and tools
  • Ability to provide technical leadership to a team

Desired Experience:

  • Ability to understand philosophy of architecture
  • Ability to lead and/or coordinate multiple teams or projects concurrently
  • Ever expanding knowledge in many development languages, applications, and tools
  • Enterprise knowledge of business and platforms across systems and in our core technology service model
  • Proven ability to quickly learn new processes and tools, business domains and technical applications
  • Ability to effectively manage, measure, and continuously improve working performance and quality of teams and individuals
  • Must assimilate information, distill knowledge, apply experience, and provide solution alternatives and recommendations
  • Must have strong time management and project management skills – including the ability to work well under pressure, plan, set priorities, adapt to change, and meet established timeline

Compensation at Pearson is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific location. As required by the Colorado, California, Washington State, and New York City laws, the pay range for this position is as follows:

The minimum full-time salary range is between $115,000 – $130,000.

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