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Platform Architect

Company: Silverchair
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Job Description:


Platform Architect

Want to use your software architecture expertise to create impactful knowledge products and cutting edge products for the digital age?

The Opportunity

Silverchairs Architecture team is charged to deliver an enterprise class technical architecture to enable delivery of Silverchairs full array of products to enable Publishers to create and make differentiated knowledge products and services. Our stack is primarily .NET MVC with SQL Server and Solr supporting both public and administrative client traffic. We have a team of 40+ developers and support an array of clients, from large University presses to smaller content aggregators, each with differing needs, but served from the same core platform code.

Your role is to drive forward the platform technology roadmap and design the system to meet our strategic long term goals. Partnering with the Product Director, you will analyze and design components that achieve the needs of our core platform. This is a hands-on role within our team you must be able to understand what is needed for the business, craft a technical architecture that meets or exceeds those needs, and work directly with the engineering team to bring the architecture to life in code. We have a team of 40+ developers and support an array of clients, from large University presses to smaller content aggregators, each with differing needs. Expanding core platform functionality while still meeting the needs of individual clients is what drives our functional complexity. As a Platform Architect, one of the most important things you will be doing is working to contain the expansion of this complexity.

The role requires deep technical aptitude and excellent cross-functional collaboration. Leading through influence with a consultative and collaborative approach to establishing and driving creative solutions, architecting them and guiding the implementation.

What We Do

Silverchair is a product development partner to the scholarly and professional publishing industry. What that really means is we use and create advanced technologies to connect doctors, scientists, and researchers to the information and content they need to keep up with cutting edge research, diagnose complex conditions, or surveying the literature within thousands of topic areas. Silverchair facilitates this scholarly activity by developing incredibly dynamic online tools and applications.

How We Do It

Over the last 25 years, we have learned a lot from both failures and successes. We maintain a progressive mindset and aim to create the knowledge products of the future and we expect the same mindset from our carefully selected team of professionals be progressive, be excellent, and learn constantly.

What You Will Be Doing




  • Team closely with the Platform Strategy, Client Implementations, Architecture, Development and Technical Operations teams to evolve the application features in the Silverchair SCM Platform

  • Evaluate, assess and define approach for application architecture for Silverchairs product and client solutions

  • Ensure technical nonfunctional requirements, including security, performance, scalability, and reliability, get addressed in addition to the business functional requirements

  • Create and lead data governance policy, process and procedures to support Silverchairs application development platform

  • Utilize Experience with abstracting general principles, driving conceptual design and logical design, and translating into physical implementation

  • Ensure solution designs are consistent and adhere to client and platform roadmaps, blueprints, standards, and best practices by participating in application delivery and governance across SDLC phases



    What You Need to Bring




    • BS / MS in Computer Science or equivalent industry experience

    • 8+ years of industry experience

    • 2+ years architecting/designing high-scale, high-performance, and distributed systems

    • Proven track record building enterprise class solutions to support web and search based applications with .Net or Java technologies

    • Ability to quickly consume new technologies and tools and decide if or how they can be useful in our stack

    • Experience creating SOA based architectures

    • Understanding of content management systems and life cycles

    • Experience documenting system architectures via modeling diagrams and effectively transitioning those architectures to implementation teams

    • Applied knowledge in an iterative development environment employing Agile/Scrum/XP combined with DevOps exposure

    • A combination of most of the below

    • .Net MVC

    • Front end technologies (Java Script, HTML5, css/scss)

    • Cloud Technologies (AWS/Azure)

    • Experience creating and defining XML schemas and transformations

    • Experience designing and operating solutions with relational Databases

    • Lucene based search (Solr/Elastic Search)

    • Proven experience with creating software products and SaaS solutions



Keywords: Silverchair, Charlottesville , Platform Architect, Professions , Charlottesville, Virginia

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