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Technical Architect at WM

Technical Architect

WM Indianapolis, IN Full-Time

As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Waste Management (WM), a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism and financial strength. WM serves nearly 25 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and waste-based energy production projects.

I. Job Summary

Leads the design, development and communication of strategic IT plans related to new and existing applications, systems architecture, and applications infrastructure. Assumes responsibility for combining highly advanced technical expertise with best practices, and standard solutions in an effort to align information technology solutions with business strategy. Presents and communicates to all levels of the organization, oversees development from a technical and business perspective, and ensures overall solution is appropriate.

II. Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other ancillary duties may be assigned.

  • Effectively applies and designs technology solutions to solve highly complex or ambiguous business problems.

  • Sets technical direction by achieving a strategic vision through tactical implementations.

  • Leads highly complicated technology and product assessments and proposes appropriate technologies.

  • Recommends the techniques/technologies that should be applied at the application level. Performs top-level fit analysis, application rationalization, and capability mapping in order to identify the corresponding tool and pattern to the purpose (and minimize any overlap).

  • Identifies and designs reusable approaches to apply across the enterprise and business partner relationships.

  • Presents and evangelizes top-tiered technical processes effectively to all levels of the organization (including technical and non-technical audiences, Senior Leadership, VPs and C-level executives).

  • Coordinates with users and/or business analysts to determine requirements.

  • Provides leadership in application/project design and review sessions.

  • Ensures that the application design complies with the enterprise-s technical, information application, and business architecture.

  • Resolves the implications and conflicts between the ideal application architecture and constraints imposed by other forces (e.g., availability, security, financial, accessibility, etc.).

  • Performs vendor management functions including but not limited to participating in the definition of contractual components, maximizing the benefit of the purchased solution, and providing input to and collaborating with the vendor team.

  • Leads capacity planning and capacity management activities.

  • Provides recommendations on architectural approach and top-level design for projects.

  • Researches emerging trends and technologies to stay current within the field.

III. Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May coach and mentor less-experienced analysts and act as team leader on systems projects.

IV. Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A. Education and Experience

  • Education: Bachelor-s Degree in Computer Science, MIS, or similar area of study, or in lieu of degree, High School Diploma or GED (accredited) and four (4) years of relevant experience.

  • Experience: Twelve (12) years of previous experience. Including six (6) years of experience working as a Software Architect. (in addition to education requirement).

B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

  • None required.

C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

Technically advanced or in-depth knowledge or skills in one or more of the following required:

  • Present, communicate and articulate effectively to all levels of the organization (including technical and non-technical audiences, Senior Leadership, VPs and C-level executives).

  • Architecting and designing frameworks.

  • Development methodology.

  • Completing design artifacts using UML.

  • Project management (including ability to lead a project team) and organizational skills.

  • Vendor interactions skills; Provide input to contract negotiations.

  • Ability to resolve interpersonal and technical conflicts.

  • Knowledge and understanding of prototyping and methods of implementation.

  • Ability to provide input on business processes and translate them into technical requirements.

D. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities that Contribute to Success

  • None required.

V. Work Environment and Essential Functions

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. [Note: The following is defaulted for office setting position.]

  • Normal setting for this job is: office setting.


At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.



If this sounds like the opportunity that you have been looking for, please click "Apply.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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