1+ months

Principal FOS Architect, IT Applications

American Airlines
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Location: DFW Headquarters Building 8 (DFW-SV08) 
Additional Locations: Dallas/Ft Worth, TX; None
Requisition ID: 33226 


Are you ready to explore a world of possibilities, both at work and during your time off? Join our American Airlines family, and you’ll travel the world, grow your expertise and become the best version of you. As you embark on a new journey, you’ll tackle challenges with flexibility and grace, learning new skills and advancing your career while having the time of your life. Feel free to enrich both your personal and work life and hop on board!

Why you'll love this job
  • ​This job is a member of the Information Technology team within the Information Technology Division.
  • ​This position is a senior technical position in a highly skilled and experienced team providing application, solution and enterprise architecture services to the Airline Operations Technology vertical within American Airlines IT. 
  • The position requires defining technical and architecture strategies, roadmaps, and blueprints for the modernization of the z/TPF FOS system. The position will design and recommend solutions that improve z/TPF application development agility, quality, and delivery. The position will include guidance on z/TPF application modernization techniques, integration options, and methods for migrating workloads to cloud and midrange platforms.

  • The Principal Application Architect requires technical knowledge and skills that are broad and deep, covering various hardware, software, and technology platforms. The Principal Application Architect must be comfortable operating in complex heterogeneous technology environments, and have experience with highly integrated and mission critical solutions. The Principal Application Architect must possess the ability to share and communicate ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, to business sponsors and partners, technical resources, and executives, in clear concise language that is effective for each respective group.

What you'll do
  • Assess the FOS platform that includes z/TPF codebase, infrastructure, operating system, storage, and network
  • Evaluate market technology choices to determine best fit solutions for z/TPF FOS modernization
  • Gain extensive knowledge and familiarity with the FOS codebase that includes multiple programming languages
  • Recommend design, tooling, testing, and refactoring changes to improve z/TPF application development agility
  • Utilize z/TPF application modernization techniques to improve FOS codebase and platform
  • Construct z/TPF FOS DevOps pipeline with the goal of improving Lead Time 
  • Assess FOS application development processes and recommend improvements by applying modern techniques to reduce costs and/or improve productivity resulting in value to the company
  • Automate z/TPF FOS unit and regression tests
  • Architect solutions for migration of z/TPF FOS workloads to cloud
  • Develop technical and business roadmaps for the portfolio of FOS applications that aligns with modernization goals 
  • Design batch and real-time integration solutions across FOS, cloud, and midrange
cont. What you'll do
  • Detail FOS Disaster Recovery architecture solutions and plans  
  • Adapt to a quickly changing environment and interact with a broad customer base with diverse needs and functional responsibilities
  • Play a key role in working with other architects to define current and future needs
  • Develop a deep understanding of the applications and business processes and proactively advise on opportunities for business process redesign, or application or process consolidation and/or simplification
  • Provide advice, guidance, and feedback; Share experience and expertise as appropriate
  • Review other architects’ solutions and ensure their application architecture strategy aligns with organizational goals
  • Assist in a continual evolution of the Solution Architecture team’s processes and metrics to make the team more efficient, and increase the value add to the organizations supported
  • Provide guidance to the rest of the team regarding architecture solutions, technology decisions
  • Consults on new projects and business requirements to come up with initial problem scoping and sizing
  • Create and evaluate solution and integration architectures for technical viability, alignment with product requirements and compliance with AA IT standards
  • Involved with projects throughout their entire lifecycle with active participation in requirements analysis, proofs of concepts, RFI & RFP processes and solution delivery
  • Presents and communicates the domain and project technical vision and architecture to various stakeholders including executives, business sponsors delivery managers and teams and other technical staff
All you'll need for success

Minimum Qualifications- Education & Prior Job Experience

  • Bachelor's in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Technology , Information Systems (CIS/MIS), Engineering or related technical discipline, or equivalent experience/training
  • Requires 10+ years of experience with the z/TPF platform
  • Extensive experience developing z/TPF functionality using SabreTalk, z/TPF assembler language, C, and Java
  • Requires mastery of z/TPF application modernization with 5+ years’ experience applying modernization techniques including but not limited to MongoDB z/TPF interfaces, z/TPF Data Events, Apache tomcat on z/TPF, and JAM
  • Must have experience with z/TPF DevOps and test automation 
  • Extensive experience with the TPF and mainframe ecosystem spanning z/OS, z/TPF, and z/Linux 
  • Deep understanding of mainframe and modern integration technologies that include NOFEP, JCSAPI, FTP,  Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Microservices Architecture, Message Queuing, topics, Kafka, and Relational/NoSQL databases
  • Must have significant experience migrating programs from z/TPF to other platforms including cloud and midrange systems 
  • Requires 10+ years of application development experience
  • Must be well-versed in software development life cycle methodologies with emphasis on Agile product development, including incorporation of quality assurance & testing techniques 
  • Strong knowledge of architecture and design methodologies is required

Preferred Qualifications- Education & Prior Job Experience

  • Master's in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Technology , Information Systems (CIS/MIS), Engineering or related technical discipline, or equivalent experience/training
  • Knowledge and experience in airline operations, flight, and crew is preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Azure is preferred


cont. All you'll need for success

Skills, Licenses & Certifications

  • Proven ability to build strong and sustainable relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Hands-on experience in systems development in a variety of computing architectures and environments; proven experience with conceptual strategy and direction
  • Proficient in Agile and SDLC methodologies
  • Proficient in application architecture and design
  • Knowledge of IBM MQ, IIB, and/or SOA
  • Significant experience in requirements analysis and use case development, with a thorough understanding of software development life cycles, development and technology tools, testing methodologies, and requirements gathering
  • Experience supporting and directing technical architecture for supported business domains
  • Passion for change and continual improvement with ability to effectively lead, drive, and support change
cont. All you'll need for success

cont. Skills, Licenses & Certifications

  • Proven ability to work across multiple functional teams in the creation of business solutions
  • Experience with the operations characteristics of large scale and highly available computer systems deployed in a variety of software and hardware environments
  • Knowledge of systems integration practices and understanding of Service Oriented Architecture principles and practices
  • Ability to simultaneously manage a large Architect workload involving multiple projects, day-to-day tasks, meetings and ad-hoc technical requests
  • Ability to adapt to unexpected events, new facts, and rapidly changing circumstances
  • Ability to thrive in a sense-of-urgency environment and leverage best practices
  • Ability to be highly responsive and communicative, act with urgency, commit to follow-through and delivery, and respond to many simultaneous challenges with tenacity and innovation
  • During adversity or challenges, ability to apply discipline, responsibility, initiative, and resources to stay on course and/or achieve resolution
  • Understanding of the application environments and related tools, and their relationship to each other
  • Understanding of the end-to-end implementation process and procedures
What you'll get

Feel free to take advantage of all that American Airlines has to offer: 

  • Travel Perks: Ready to explore the world? You, your family and your friends can reach 365 destinations on more than 6,800 daily flights across our global network.
  • Health Benefits: On day one, you’ll have access to your health, dental, prescription and vision benefits to help you stay well. And that’s just the start, we also offer virtual doctor visits, flexible spending accounts and more. 
  • Wellness Programs: We want you to be the best version of yourself – that’s why our wellness programs provide you with all the right tools, resources and support you need.
  • 401(k) Program: Available upon hire and, depending on the workgroup, employer contributions to your 401(k) program are available after one year.
  • Additional Benefits: Other great benefits include our Employee Assistance Program, pet insurance and discounts on hotels, cars, cruises and more
Feel Free to be yourself at American

From the team members we hire to the customers we serve, inclusion and diversity are the foundation of the dynamic workforce at American Airlines. Our 20+ Employee Business Resource Groups are focused on connecting our team members to our customers, suppliers, communities and shareholders, helping team members reach their full potential and creating an inclusive work environment to meet and exceed the needs of our diverse world.

Are you ready to feel a tremendous sense of pride and satisfaction as you do your part to keep the largest airline in the world running smoothly as we care for people on life’s journey? Feel free to be yourself at American.

Additional Locations: Dallas/Ft Worth, TX; None
Requisition ID: 33226 


Posted: 2019-09-27 Expires: 2019-11-30

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