Senior Application Architect | Minnestar


CLA, one of the nation’s largest public accounting and professional services firm is currently seeking a Senior Application Architect to join the growing team at CLA.


The Senior Application Architect’s role is to plan, coordinate, architect, and supervise activities related to the development and integration of software programs, applications, and third-party solutions as required to meet the business requirements of the organization. This individual is also responsible for developing and maintaining an application architecture blueprint for the organization. This individual oversees testing of the interoperability of applications under development by in-house software development teams, commercial off-the-shelf software deployed in the organization, and with external third parties as necessary. Proven communication skills, problem-solving skills, and knowledge of integration best practices are critical to successful performance in this role.


Essential Job Functions


Strategy & Planning:

Develop and maintain application and integration architecture blueprint for the organization.


Plan, execute and manage the development and integration of new applications into existing systems and software throughout the enterprise.


Ensure that application and integration projects meet the business requirements and goals, fulfill end-user requirements, and identify and resolve system issues. Ensure that integration planning and practices are aligned with strategic business goals and the company’s overall strategic vision.

Develop standards and processes to support and facilitate application development and integration projects and initiatives.

Acquisition & Deployment:

Research and make recommendations on integration products and services in support of procurement and development efforts. Lead integration testing phase of software and applications under development in order to identify and remedy potential problem areas.


Build relationships with vendors of application software deployed in the organization’s IT environment to learn about and provide feedback on their technical integration capabilities. Build relationships with software development and engineering teams to gain an understanding of application architectures and required functionality.


Liaise with software developers and engineers to address issues in program logic and the interoperability of new applications with existing systems software.

Operational Management:

Ensure the collection and coherent interpretation of the various business processes affected by integration efforts. Work diligently to enhance or improve business processes via integration or, as necessary, minimize the impact of integration on those processes.


Evaluate the results of integration projects, then report and make recommendations based on findings. Provide guidance to junior members of the team where necessary.




• Seven years of experience required; four of which needs to be in enterprise-level application development.


• Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or related field required or an associate degree in computer science or related field plus work experience of two years in a developer or software architecture role acceptable in lieu of bachelor’s degree.


Technical Competencies

Technically fluent in programming languages, such as MS.Net, Java/JavaScript and Python. Experience with API protocols and schemas such as REST. Experience in developing enterprise and solution level architectural designs. Experience with core Microsoft Azure applications, integrations, and relational database technologies. Experience building PowerBi or data driven dashboards, implementing SDLC, governance, application monitoring.

Job Type: Full-time
Compensation Type: Salaried
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posted by CLA on May 8, 2023