The bank for a changing world

IT Technology Solutions Archit




United States-California

Job function




What sets Bank of the West apart from other banks is our team members–they embody the optimistic spirit of the West. There is a spirit here that drives us to do more. Our team of more than 10,000 employees is vital to the success of our Bank. They reflect our modern western values-straightforward, entrepreneurial and optimistic. We seek to create a corporate culture that fosters and rewards excellence, encourages creative thinking and respects diversity – an environment where team members are engaged, supportive of one another and enthusiastic about serving our customers. Bank of the West offers the stability of a company that has a 135 year history and is part of BNP Paribas, a European leader in global banking and financial services and one of the 6 strongest banks in the world. We offer opportunities across our diverse business lines – Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, and Wealth Management.


Purpose Statement

The Lead Solutions Architect is responsible for evaluating, architecting and implementing the technology platforms that support business needs. The ideal candidate will be responsible for working with the various teams in Bank of the West (BOW) to provide design and technical expertise, drive best practices and ensure the creation of a robust and flexible architecture to meet BOW business objectives. For selected technologies, the Lead Solution Architect will be responsible for building and maintaining a strong vendor relationship and ensuring that BOW and the vendor operate in concert to maximize the returns from purchased software and services. The ideal candidate will be responsible to evaluate current legacy products in BOW and recommend a technology roadmap to ensure that the products continue to meet business objectives.



  1. Create an architecture strategy for BOW that furthers an integrated customer experience and promotes the development of common services and capabilities across the BOW enterprise
  2. Define and implement consistent architecture and technology governance practices for BOW throughout the planning and delivery cycles. Provide both technology and architecture oversight and governance as part of this process
  3. Lead architecture efforts that promote and implement greater architectural consistency and technology sharing across BOW
  4. Understand and promote the role of architectural best practices; communicate effectively with all key constituents and actively promote the needs and benefits of governance, architecture and standards
  5. Be a key contributor to the overall technology strategy and ensuring the realization of goals such as reuse, infrastructure simplification, cost management and flexibility
  6. Build strong cross-organizational relationships and effectively influence staff across the IT organization and broader enterprise
  7. Develop the architecture community within BOW and mentor architects in the development of their skills
  8. Define conceptual approaches and solutions architecture for BOW applications and integration among applications and services
  9. Create conceptual and software architecture documents using industry best practices for documenting architecture. Consider both business and technical audiences
  10. Collaborate with development groups and software vendors to identify and define solutions for complex, global business requirements
  11. Collaborate with internal partners to define application standards, conventions and best practices including compliance with security requirements
  12. Provide cross-application subject matter expertise for BOW solutions
  13. Participate in application capacity planning and facilitate application proof of concepts
  14. Oversee the evaluation and selection of 3rd party software packages as well as the design of standard application configuration of these packages
  15. Multi-task in complex, global environment while focusing on architectural success of multiple projects


  • Minimum of 7 years of experience as a Technology Solutions Architect
  • Bachelor’s degree in related information technology field
  • Experience with architecting and developing solutions for highly scalable, highly available systems
  • Experience in architecting multi-tiered solutions based on architectural best practices
  • Experience with service oriented architecture (SOA), Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technology and other middleware technologies
  • Experience with web solution architectures
  • Strong strategic thinker with an ability to communicate your vision
  • Creative thinking and approach, essential to collaboration with BOW customers, product groups and account management to determine solutions that further the business and align with business plans and technology strategies
  • Outstanding analytical skills; able to critically evaluate the information gathered from multiple sources
  • Strong facilitation and listening skills
  • Ability to represent technical and business issues and solutions to multiple levels internally and externally to support strategic organizational plans
  • Highly effective written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Interpersonal skills that lend themselves to effectively negotiating priorities and resolving conflicts among project stakeholders
  • Excellent architecture documentation and modeling skills
  • Strong software development, design and application architecture skills
  • Significant Retail Banking experience

Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any status protected by applicable law.   Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Action employer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.


Bank of the West will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance subject to the requirements of all state and federal laws and regulations.