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Solutions Architect-West Region - Opportunity for Working Remotely

Primary Location: Los Angeles,California

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About Us

Ready to build? So are we. Come join VMware’s new exciting Modern Applications Business Unit (MAPBU) team, made up of products and services under the Tanzu portfolio to help customers build, run and manage their most important applications. To learn more about Tanzu watch this video. #TeamTanzu

About You

You are unique: as a curious, passionate, engaging, hands-on engineer you will help customers realize the benefits of cloud native applications and architectures. You will also work closely with the engineering and platform teams to transform the way our customers build and run their software.

What You’ll Be Doing

As a solutions architect, you will typically work on focused projects in our office and/or at a customer location as part of a balanced team of architects, engineers, product managers, designers and other stakeholders. You’ll help customers realize unprecedented returns by developing and/or modernizing applications across a vast spectrum of complexity, language, and framework types.

All of our product team positions are highly collaborative consulting roles, with 85-90% of time spent in direct, 1:1 pairing or larger team collaboration. During the COVID-19 crisis, this collaboration is all managed remotely, with the expectation that face-to-face engagement in a VMware Pivotal Labs office or at a customer location, will pick up again once the crisis is resolved.

You Will Be Responsible For

  • Working with customer engineers, architects, and product owners to apply Lean/XP techniques in order to develop and/or modernize software to thrive on Tanzu platform 

  • Pair programming with clients and other VMware Pivotal Labs engineers to build/modernize software based on the team’s backlog

  • Manage risk and uncertainty while moving the team forward

  • Teaching your client pairs how to do the above for themselves

  • Providing technical leadership and direction to customer engagements

  • Facilitating group events (i.e. discovery workshops, event storms and value stream mapping sessions, in-/outceptions, standups and iteration planning meetings)

  • Contributing back to VMware Pivotal Lab's engineering practice through mentorship, giving talks, and experience reports

  • Developing product backlogs and roadmaps

  • Meeting with existing and prospective customers to assist sales efforts

Required Skills and Experience

  • Java or .Net expertise

  • Expertise building distributed, service oriented, cloud based systems

  • Have implemented cloud native applications or can demonstrate a thorough understanding of cloud native architecture

  • Experience in Test Driven Development (TDD) and agile methodologies, including refactoring

  • Ability to incrementally define and improve system architecture as a product evolves

  • Expertise building CI/CD pipelines

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Comfortable in new situations with new clients

  • 8+ years of software development experience 

  • Passion for growing your skills, tackling interesting work and challenging problems

  • Experience with Domain Driven Design

  • Experience modernizing legacy applications/systems in languages such as Java or .NET

  • Experience facilitating large groups of people

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Polyglot programming experience

  • familiarity building modern Spring applications with Spring Boot ; you are proficient with Spring and related projects

  • Experience with Kubernetes, Chef, Ansible, BOSH, or related automation / orchestration tools

  • Some experience working with NTP, SAML, OAuth 2, Active Directory

  • Experience using VMware vSphere / ESXi / NSX-T

  • Expertise in networking and related technologies (e.g. load balancing / DNS / SSL / firewalls / NAT / SDN)

  • Experience with full-stack development

  • Experience with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud or OpenStack

  • Experience with a platform as a service product such as Cloud Foundry, Heroku, Elastic Beanstalk, or similar

  • Solid understanding of systems monitoring, alerting and analytics

  • Background in Windows deployment, automation, and related technologies


  • BA/BS in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience

What’s it like to work at VMware

We believe that teams should spend more of their time delivering incremental value and less on building infrastructure.  We’re building platforms, tools, and automation, including Tanzu Application Service, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, and Tanzu Mission Control, to enable our customers to easily and confidently develop and run the software that powers their business. Hundreds of companies rely on our platform to meet the needs of millions of their customers. Our engineers embrace Extreme Programming (XP) as a way to go fast forever and deliver remarkable results. Our product managers and product designers work side-by-side with our engineers in small, empowered teams, using Lean and UCD as guides. We measure success by making our customers more productive, as software developers, product managers, and product designers. We enable our customers to build high quality products to serve the people of the United States.

Our Principles

  • Empower Teams - Diverse teams with shared context, psychological safety, and decision-making authority move faster.

  • Start Simple - Learn just enough to begin and let the work inform the direction.

  • Embrace Change - Expect change and turn it into opportunity.

  • Deliver Early and Often - Ship value to users and measure impact to lower risk.

  • Improve Continuously - We are always learning and humbled by what we don’t know.

  • Contribute to Open Source Communities - Share our time, tools, and methodologies to maximize our impact.

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Category : Engineering and Technology
Subcategory: Software Engineering
Experience: Business Leadership
Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time
Posted Date: 2021-05-19

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