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Fifth Third Bank, N.A. Digital Solutions Architect in Chicago, Illinois

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Design and implement technology solutions using modern engineering tools and Agile practices. Work with self-directed, cross-functional, and product-oriented teams in a highly collaborative environment. Deliver some of the bank's most important products and services while developing skills and experience well beyond your initial role.

The Distinguished Software Engineer is a technical expert in one or more domains and a thought leader that acts as a catalyst to accelerate the adoption of the very best engineering practices across the company. They maintain knowledge of (and may even contribute to) industry innovations, trends, and best practices. They work on some of the organization’s most difficult problems, coach and mentor other members of the company’s engineering community, and help to define roadmaps for delivering next generation technology solutions that span organizational boundaries. They can work as a member of an Agile team, in a consultative / supporting role across many teams, or in a more strategic role helping to shape the future of technology and innovation within the company.

Distinguished Software Engineers are influential servant leaders with a collaborative style that brings others into the decision-making process and a demonstrated ability to gain the trust and confidence of those around them, from engineers to executives. They should be quick to lend their expertise, while also fostering an inclusive environment where others’ ideas are heard and championed. One of their primary goals should be the continuous improvement and up-skilling of the company’s engineering community as a whole.

All employees are responsible and accountable for risk by openly exchanging ideas and opinions, elevating concerns, and following policies and procedures as defined. Accountable for always doing the right thing for customers and colleagues, and ensuring that actions and behaviors drive a positive customer experience. Operating within the Bank's risk appetite, you will achieve results while consistently identifying, assessing, managing, monitoring, and reporting risks of all types.


  • Implement and maintain new features and capabilities while continuously improving the quality of our products and services

  • Follow industry and organizational best practices and standards as well as help lead company communities of practice to continuously refine and communicate them. Champion a culture of continuous improvement.

  • Achieve operational excellence by optimizing and automating processes and designing high quality, resilient, reliable, and supportable solutions

  • Keep up with technology trends and innovations in your field(s) of practice

  • Builds and maintains architecture standards and best practices

  • Maintain appropriate controls and documentation to ensure compliance with all company and regulatory requirements

  • Provide coaching, mentoring, and/or training as needed to other members of the company’s engineering community

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance related to your field(s) of expertise to one or more Agile teams

  • Actively foster a culture of engineering excellence across engineering teams and communities of practice

  • Help to define the long-term vision for one or more products and domains, and help to lead the technical execution towards that vision

  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with operations and engineering teams across the IT organization

  • Operate as a trusted advisor, establishing yourself as a company-wide go-to resource for specific technologies, topics, or domains

  • Actively identify and sponsor internal talent and assist with recruiting and evaluation of external talent

  • Understand business drivers and business capabilities (future and current state), and determine corresponding enterprise system designs and change requirements to drive the organization's targeted business outcomes.

  • Design and lead the implementation of a solutions architecture across a group of specific business applications or technologies based on enterprise business strategy, business capabilities and business requirements.

  • Manage and develop the architecture for a broader scope of projects, working closely with application architects that manage and design architecture for a single project or initiative.

  • Provide consulting support to application architects within projects to ensure the project is aligned with the overall enterprise architecture.

  • Monitor the current-state solution portfolio to identify deficiencies through aging of the technologies used by the application, or misalignment with business requirements.

  • Understand technology trends and the practical application of existing, new, and emerging technologies to enable new and evolving business and operating models.Understand, advocate and augment the principles of information technology strategies.

  • Analyze the business-IT environment (run, grow and transform the business) to detect critical deficiencies, and recommend solutions for improvement (systems of record, differentiation and innovation).

  • Analyze the technology industry, competitors and market trends, and determine their potential impact on the enterprise.

  • Define the principles, guidelines, standards and solution patterns to ensure solution decisions are aligned with the enterprise's future-state architecture vision.

  • Design and direct the governance activities associated with ensuring solutions architecture assurance and compliance.

  • Develop a roadmap for the evolution of the enterprise application portfolio from future to current state (as defined by the solutions architecture).

  • Facilitate the evaluation and selection of software product standards and services, as well as the design of standard and custom software configurations.

  • Consult with application and infrastructure development projects to fit systems or infrastructure to architecture as well as identify when it is necessary to modify projects to accommodate the solutions architecture.

  • Identify the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures or culture) and financial impact of the solutions architecture.

  • Document all solution architecture design and analysis work.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant technology field or equivalent combination of education and work experience

  • 15+ years of technology experience in a combination of engineering, architecture, and/or management roles

  • Experience in AWS & GCP, Microservices, Front End UI Development for Mobile & Web, Java Spring Boot, Aguilar and Swift

  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills

  • Ability to effectively communicate with and influence key stakeholders across the enterprise, at all levels of the organization

  • Willingness to work in a highly-collaborative environment

  • Advanced understanding and significant experience with modern software development practices, tools

  • Knowledge and significant experience with Git and GitHub

  • Advanced understanding of object oriented and functional software design

  • Strong understanding of IT security best practices

  • Deep expertise in one or more technical and/or functional domains relevant to the position

  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams and organizations in the delivery of strategic and complex technical initiatives.


Digital Solutions Architect

LOCATION -- Cincinnati, Ohio 45227

Fifth Third Bank, National Association is proud to have an engaged and inclusive culture and to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity in all employment decisions regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Fifth Third Bank, National Association is one of the top-performing banks in the country, with a history that spans more than 150 years. We’ve staked our claim on looking at things differently to make banking a Fifth Third better. This applies to our relationships with customers and employees alike.We employ about 18,000 people while offering:• A chance for employees to build their future, with supportive career development and comprehensive health and financial wellness programs.• An environment where we win together by celebrating achievements and working collaboratively.• An opportunity to make a difference in a positive and lasting way. Everything we do is geared toward improving lives.We’re proud that Fifth Third is a warm and caring place to grow – as a customer and as a team member.