The systems architect is typically responsible for the overall design of their organization's technology system, platform, or program. Their main objective is to provide architectural leadership to the company's technology group and ensure best practices are created and followed. Systems architects manage teams of designers and engineers and establish standard operating procedures to help control the risks associated with the projects. They are responsible for all aspects of designing, scheduling, planning, and pricing projects, as well as delegating tasks to subordinates. Additionally, these architects also monitor key project metrics and perform quality control initiatives and reviews.
The systems architect is also responsible for making sure that projects are completed on time and stay within budget. They work with engineers, project managers, upper-level managers, and cost accountants. These architects usually report to a chief technology officer (CTO) or vice president. Systems architect jobs are generally classified as technology or engineering positions; most of the time systems architects work in the computer engineering and computer technology fields. These are typically ull time positions that take place in an office setting.
Systems architect jobs generally require a bachelor's degree in a related field and experience in the field; experience may be substituted for formal education. Excellent organizational and multitasking skills are also required. System architects must possess the ability to lead and direct the work of other team members, and they need to be familiar with software and systems relevant to the position.
Systems Architect Tasks
Design system architecture and interface control using requirements.
Document features, modules, requirements, and the risks of each project.
Design, define, and develop custom modules, features, and package integration from proposal to product.