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A new day in healthcare. Together, CVS Health and Aetna help people on their path to better health.

Lead Software Architect ~60838BR

Primary Location: Burlington, Massachusetts
Additional Locations: MA-Burlington
Aetna's mandate is to transform health and wellness via products that enable consumer engagement and a best-in-class experience. This team is responsible for Aetna's digital strategy and all digital products; as well as the development roadmap and execution of the roadmap. A key part of this team is to build an integrated platform and underlying products to drive engagement and revolutionize health and wellness.

Aetna is taking on a major initiative to redesign and rebuild many of its customer facing digital assets. This effort will include a completely new approach to developing software within Aetna, using the latest design approaches, technologies, and processes. Aetna Digital is a newly formed startup like business unit within Aetna, which will design, build and deliver a completely new and integrated digital experience for our users.

Come Join Aetna Digital!

Fundamental Components:
CVS/Aetna Digital is seeking a Lead Architect who will partner with the Product, UX, Engineering, QA, and Marketing functions across multiple business units in both CVS and Aetna in order to formulate and drive the company’s “Content Management and Delivery Strategy”. This is a critical and highly visible position that requires a solid technical background as well as superior “soft skills”.

You must be able to effectively elicit requirements from multiple stakeholders, propose compelling solutions that address their needs, and create realistic product and technology roadmaps that depict how specific capabilities are delivered over time. Here are some of the challenges you will likely tackle … how should we enable distribution of different media types to various channels (e.g. mobile and web apps, push notification channels, emails, sites created for various “healthy living campaigns”), where should custom built vs. OSS vs commercial solutions be employed, and what processes should be put in place to ensure proper compliance with industry regulations.

Serve as technical architecture expert for a single value stream (e.g. scrum team), helping to ensure successful product deliveries

Manage the evolution of architectural roadmaps for your domain, showing how new features are released or updated, with an eye on paying down technical debt with minimal disruption

Provide guidance to developers and other stakeholders on architectural best practices, guidelines, and standards. Evangelize, mentor, and coach all on the same

Lead Proof-Of-Concepts and Spike Solutions, and provide Reference Architectures and Baseline Implementations when appropriate

Provide guidance, direction and mentorship to Architects

Provide guidance to developers and other stakeholders regarding the design of server applications and UI clients, encompassing APIs and frameworks, micro-services, containers, databases, cloud infrastructures, and cloud services, etc.

Ensure all Non-Functional Requirements (e.g. performance, availability and fail-over, scalability, security, etc.) are properly articulated, and work with all parties to guarantee that the software products that are delivered meet these objectives

Drive buy vs build evaluations, including consideration of OSS

Participates in high-level estimation

Background Experience:
10-15+ years as a software architect.

Experience and proficiency with modern languages, frameworks, and technologies such as Java, Python, Node.js, messaging queuing infrastructures, as well as AWS or GCP cloud infrastructure and services

Experience with the design and development of complex systems; employs a disciplined and rigorous approach

Adept at requirements analysis, estimation, systems and application design, and testing

Experience designing RESTful APIs that facilitate a superior UX or simplify systems integration.

Familiarity with popular Design Patterns catalogues

Experience with RDBMS and/or NoSQL databases. Understands the benefits and trade-offs of both. Familiar with normalization and denormalization, sharding, and other data-centric patterns

Experience with distributed computing architectures, including race conditions, parallelism, and concurrency control

Excellent collaboration, influencing, evangelization, negotiation, coaching, mentoring, and coalition-building skills. Ability to work with persons in all job functions (e.g. product, UX, developers, Hadoops).

Excellent verbal and written communications

Ability to manage multiple competing priorities with minimal supervision. Self-directed

A great team player, with demonstrable experience delivering superior software products via agile methodologies

Experience on an Agile team

Desired Skills

A proven track record working as part of a team on large architectural projects

Experience with micro-services

Experience architecting solutions for AWS or Google cloud

Experience with distributed caching solutions; understands the factors that enable effective caching

Exposure to Big-Data and/or Machine Learning

Exposure to CI/CD and DevOps

Experience with SAFe Software Development Principles


Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

Additional Job Information:
Dollar-for-dollar match up-to 6% of your 401(k)contributions!

Health care (HSA/FSA), dental, vision benefits, PTO

Gym / Showers

A top of the line MacBook Pro

Sit/stand desk

Free Parking (Burlington, MA office)

Aetna-sponsored refreshments, Friday lunches, etc.

$200/yr towards wellness - gym membership, Fitbit, treadmill

Up-to 5K a year toward tuition reimbursement

Reimbursement also available for additional Certification, Training & Conferences

Potential Telework Position:

Percent of Travel Required:
0 - 10%

EEO Statement:
Aetna is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

Benefit Eligibility:
Benefit eligibility may vary by position. Click here to review the benefits associated with this position.

Candidate Privacy Information:
Aetna takes our candidate's data privacy seriously. At no time will any Aetna recruiter or employee request any financial or personal information (Social Security Number, Credit card information for direct deposit, etc.) from you via e-mail. Any requests for information will be discussed prior and will be conducted through a secure website provided by the recruiter. Should you be asked for such information, please notify us immediately.

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