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AeroVironment Enterprise Architect, Principal in Wilmington, Massachusetts

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The Enterprise Architect, Principal (EA) is responsible for strategic alignment of technology with business vision to enable desired outcomes. This individual identifies and assesses the current state of the technology, systems and processes and provides recommendations, strategies, and roadmaps to move the company toward an optimized target state that improves business capabilities, globally scales and drives innovation! The incumbent will collaborate with Solution Architects to provide guidance that ensures technology products are designed to support the evolution of business objectives. The EA provides technical governance for certain overarching technical constructs, such as software and security practices in hybrid environments (prem and cloud). The EA fosters collaboration across the various business & technology organizations and develops cross-organizational relationships with business and technology partners to influence the enterprise-wide architecture.

Position Responsibilities

  • Review, understand and document / diagram current technology stack, integrations, code practices, and environment gaps and opportunities

  • Develop scalable, modern and updated architectural roadmaps to support AV’s growth globally

  • Educate, evangelize the concepts of architecture, modern coding practices, Big Data, and others to the DBT department.

  • Document legacy to modern path forward, and middleware opportunities to integrate as well as scale.

  • Work closely with all aspects of Information Technology to look for changes to current designs, to allow for scale, cyber security, GDPR, ITAR, and DoD based regulation support while scaling.

  • Provide baseline workflows for better capital/development cost estimates of architectural and technical solutions

  • Work closely with IT, program management, product managers, and marketing to develop cohesive, logical, and user-friendly systems that optimize the business and/or maximize sales

  • Develop and promote the enterprise architecture process, ensuring that it is scalable and modular; educate and train cross-functional team as necessary

  • Work closely with IT and business leadership to manage the enterprise with synchronized and scalable sales, marketing, and processing portals that use common logic and user interfaces for customer, vendor, and internal-facing applications

  • Institute best practices and processes which can be replicated across all categories

  • Lead change with cross-functional teams, and communicate with internal and external parties, while meeting tight deadlines

  • Frequently interacts with customers and/or functional peer group managers, normally involving matters between functional areas, other company divisions or units, or customers and the company

  • When necessary, prove technology solutions through POCs.

  • Ensure solutions are designed for high availability, disaster recovery, business continuity, supportability and deploy-ability, in accordance with the level of risk the business is willing to accept.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or related field or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • 15+ years’ experience designing, developing, implementing enterprise scale technology solutions

  • 8+ years’ experience defining and implementing strategies under a CIO or technical leader

  • Demonstrated expert in one or more architecture domains: application, security, data, integration, infrastructure

  • 10+ years of organizational savviness, evangelization of technology roadmaps to the executive teams; skilled strategist and planner

  • 10+ years of experience conducting technology evaluations, proof of concepts, prototyping

  • 15+ years of experience in system integration patterns and best practices, use of cloud and middleware solutions, REST and API integrations, and AI / Data Analytics platforms.

  • 10+ years of experience in leading architectural reviews and technology & data governance across teams, and streamlining of legacy to SaaS based solutions

  • Experience with Azure DevOps, App Insights, Jira, Ansible, Service Fabric, Kubernetes, Git, and others.

  • In-depth experience with Cloud services - Amazon Web Services/Microsoft Azure/Google Cloud Platform solutions, architecture, related technologies, and their interdependencies.

  • IT service availability and uptime experience/knowledge and understanding of ITIL/ITSM processes.

  • Strong communication skills: oral presentations, writing, negotiation, active listening, influencing positive team dynamics.

  • Designing enterprise architecture with modern, enabling technologies and processes (e.g. cloud computing, CI/CD, virtualization, agile design and development, JavaScript frameworks, REST services, mobile development, standards-based authentication, and authorization protocols)

  • Collaborating with Solution Architects, information security, business process architects, product owners, and business strategists to design and communicate an innovative, secure, and pragmatic architecture that enables continuous delivery of business value

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • TOGAF, Azure Solutions Architect and CISSP certifications highly desirable

  • Technical knowledge of MS Active Directory, Identify Mgt, Authorization / Authentication architecture a plus

  • Experience with CMMC, GDPR and CCPA governance standards highly desirable

  • Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication skills and able to clearly communicate with a diversified audience

  • Demonstrates familiarity with engineering development processes and operations qualification processes.

  • Demonstrates skill and competency in making decisions that have an impact on program costs and schedule

  • Effectively manages multiple efforts simultaneously and give direction to the program team

  • Works independently with minimal supervision and completes assigned tasks within program schedule and budget

  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties

  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives

  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products

  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others and the company

  • Demonstrates effective organizational, problem-solving, analytical and interpersonal skills. Exhibits teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one’s own interests

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and/or home office environment (Constant)

  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

ITAR Requirement:

This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: .

We also encourage you to review our company website at to learn more about us.

Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

Who We Are

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required.


At AeroVironment, our purpose is to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. Our solutions give our customers a fresh vantage point, positioning them to see the world with new eyes and extending their reach beyond the line of sight. That is the power of our breakthrough unmanned aircraft systems, perfected and refined over a half century.

Whether they are warfighters searching for an enemy, border patrol agents searching for people in need of assistance, or telecom providers linking millions to the digital economy, our customers choose AeroVironment because our systems generate actionable intelligence reliably, creating a path to goals that would otherwise be unattainable.