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Solution Architect

Zifo RnD Solutions

Zifo RnD Solutions

Cary, NC, USA
Posted on Monday, October 16, 2023


Zifo is looking for a Solutions architect to join our growing team. The Solution Architect will serve as the senior technical lead and principal designer for application development or package selection and implementation efforts. This role will be responsible for managing in-tier application architecture, COTS (vendor application), and SaaS models with interfaces, web service integration. This role requires a solid understanding of various programming and scripting languages (Python, JavaScript, etc.).


  • Work with and apply best practice design patterns for system integrations; analyze overall architecture of systems, including hardware and software requirements.
  • Identify solutions for solving technical problems.
  • Oversee and assist with Continuous Integration / Continuous Development (Development Operations) methods.
  • Coordinate and facilitate application design sessions with development staff.
  • Cloud services (Amazon Web Services, Azure) methods/capabilities, including container technologies.
  • Work with Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) products - implement and deploy COTS software used in life science space.
  • Provide comprehensive consultation to business units and IT management and staff at the highest technical level at all phases of application programming and process implementation for diverse development platforms and computing environments (e.g. host based, distributed systems, client server, software, hardware, technologies and tools, etc.)
  • Responsible for translating functional specifications into application design specifications, including but not limited to the creation of application architectures, hardware and software configuration specifications, relational database schemas, and component/class specifications.
  • Interact closely with the Business Systems Analysts, the client user community, and IT management and staff to identify technical solutions, or a combination of available alternatives.
  • Review all technical aspects of a software implementation effort, including the monitoring of technical deliverables for consistency and quality.
  • Lead the design and development of technical work products and provide technical direction in all phases and streams of activity within the project lifecycle.

Desired Skills / Knowledge

  • Bachelors, Masters or equivalent Degree
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of solid, diverse work experience in IT with a minimum of six years experience in application development using structured methodologies.
  • Proficient with the Java, Python programming languages
  • Possess an understanding of how Java and Python-based applications are designed.
  • A basic-to-intermediate level of proficiency with Linux systems.
  • Knowledge of different database types, e.g. relational, NoSQL, and distributed storage environments.
  • Requires in-depth knowledge of systems development life cycle, client area’s functions and systems, and technological alternatives in application design and development.
  • Must be competent to work at the highest level of all phases of system modeling and implementation.
  • Requires excellent communication skills, analytical ability, leadership skills, judgment, and the ability to work effectively with client and IT management and staff.
  • Demonstrate proactive, positive, and open communication to promote a productive, team-oriented work environment.
  • Execute all assigned project tasks and responsibilities with consideration to the quality, completeness, and timeliness of all activities and deliverables.
  • Modify behavior and priorities to respond effectively to changes in work environment or assigned activities.
  • Understand the current and future business process.
  • Think globally to ensure the overall technical solution integrity and vision for the project, considering new possibilities for technical solutions.
  • Experience in making presentations.
  • Experience in Performance tuning of applications
  • Familiarity with build Tools like Maven, Gradle, Ant
  • Possess knowledge of Configuration and Version Management tools like Git, SVN, etc
  • Possess relevant product knowledge; including awareness of cross-browser/device, "responsive" development standards, compliant HTML5, CSS.
  • Experience with API and service-based architectures using SOAP, REST APIs, micro-services and utilizing JSON for web applications.
  • Experience in working with popular web application frameworks like Play and Spark
  • Ability to learn a new product and quickly become proficient.


About Zifo:

CURIOSITY DRIVEN, SCIENCE FOCUSED, EMPLOYEE BUILT. Our culture is unlike any other, one where we debate, challenge ourselves, and interact with all alike. We are a curious bunch, characterized by our passion to learn and spirit of teamwork. Zifo is a global R&D solutions provider focused on the industries of Pharma, Biotech, Manufacturing QC, Medical Devices, specialty chemicals and other research-based organizations. Our team’s knowledge of science and expertise in technology help Zifo better serve our customers around the globe, including 7 of the Top 10 Biopharma companies.

We look for Science – Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Microbiology etc. We possess scientific and technical knowledge and bear professional and personal goals. While we have a “no doors” policy to promote free access within, we do have a tough door to walk in. We search with a two-point agenda – technical competency and cultural adaptability.

We offer a competitive compensation package including accrued vacation, medical, dental, vision, 401k with company matching, life insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

If you share these sentiments and are prepared for the atypical, then Zifo is your calling!

Zifo is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.