Senior Software Project Manager/Architect

Engineering · Santa Cruz, California
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

** Must reside in CA (Santa Cruz, CA preferred)

** Unable to provide VISA support 

** Only hiring individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19


A little about us


Are you inspired by creating solutions to seemingly impossible business problems, using data strategy and implementation? Those are the challenges we take on behalf of our clients, crafting custom deliveries when they have nowhere else to turn.

We are located a mile from the beach in beautiful downtown Santa Cruz, CA.  We are a consultant firm composed of engineers, project managers, designers, data scientists and strategists who like to solve hard problems. We’re passionate about and focused on delivering outstanding solutions for our partners. We excel at data solutions, APIs, back-end systems, web apps, strategy, management, code, design, tacos, craft beer, music, bikes, and we’re a lot of fun to work with. 


What we’re looking for


Motivated and passionate people who enjoy working in a team-oriented, ego free environment. The most successful candidates value ownership and collaboration and are self-motivated, detail-oriented, problem solvers. We’re looking for someone who has experience leading development projects and is comfortable talking to VPs and C level executives. . This means you’ve got at least a few years of experience leading a team on a sizable project. You should also have a very strong understanding of software and cloud based architecture. This is an important role in our company and here are some of the things we will consider:


  • Someone that understands leadership as a behavior, not a title
    • Lead from any position
    • Lead by being an influencer
    • Part of leading is being a good follower
  • Someone that is Philosophically Agile
  • Someone that can keep the client engaged
  • Knows how to prioritize and be efficient and to help others be efficient 
  • Someone that is not pedantic or intractably rule oriented
    • There is no “right way” there is “what works best for this client and team in this solution”
    • Allows other team members to leverage their experience and creativity rather than “needing to be right all the time”


Skills profile


  • Gather requirements and develop great design (system and workflow) documents 
  • Committed to continual release and demonstration to client throughout development
  • Possess both technology and business perspectives including strong analytical skills
  • Proven track record of successfully leading projects from conception through completion.
  • Utilize best practices and methodologies to create visual and narrative representation of proposed system functionality and its UI/UX.
  • Experience supporting at least one full application system/design in production
  • Understanding of cloud based software (AWS preferred)
  • Solid understanding of big data technologies and trends
  • Solid understanding of UI/UX design concepts
  • Solid understanding of software quality assurance principles – building reliable systems
  • Demonstrate leadership role in ensuring that new and existing systems are aligned to architectural guidelines.
  • Ability to assess and recommend cost-effective tools and technologies in accordance with the strategic objectives of the client
  • Drive, design, build, and evolve complex software systems
  • Define the interfaces needed to integrate across components of a solution, including mobile applications, web applications, backend services, and databases
  • Experience working in a DevOps environment and leading in selection or development of tools


An above and beyond candidate would also have


  • Great verbal and written communication skills - this role is often client facing
  • Ability to translate business strategy and vision to a technical architecture that meets the business objectives
  • Positive attitude and good sense of humor
  • Enthusiastic when embracing new challenges
  • Ability to listen patiently and learn from others
  • A willingness to inspire, teach and help others


What you will be doing


  • Engage with clients to understand needs, create architecture, estimate resource needs, and lead implementation to successful delivery on time and within budget
  • Prioritize development tasks in a manner that optimizes for time to completion and client satisfaction
  • Regularly demonstrate operational systems
  • Be the go-to resource for multiple development teams supporting various aspects of technology solutions


What we offer


  • Consistent challenges
  • Great teammates to work with
  • A competitive salary based on contribution
  • Comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, and 401(k)
  • A stocked fridge and kitchen for everything from breakfast and lunch to happy hour
  • Free parking (parking passes are hard to come by in downtown Santa Cruz)
  • Corporate gym membership @ Paradigm Sport (in Santa Cruz)
  • A complete lack of dull moments

Thank You

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  • Location
    Santa Cruz, California
  • Department
    Engineering
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced