Lead Architect

Product & Technology

Location: Dublin

CarTrawler is the leading B2B technology provider of the car rental and mobility solutions to the global travel industry. Our purpose is to drive successful partnerships. CarTrawler’s end-to-end technology platform expands our airline and travel partners’ offering to their customers, creating substantial ancillary revenue opportunities. We provide unrivaled breadth and depth of content worldwide, including car rental, private airport transfer, and ride-hailing services.

CarTrawler creates innovative, data-led solutions for some of the largest travel brands in the world, including United Airlines, American Express, EasyJet, Alaska Airlines, SWISS, Hotels.com, and Emirates. As a B2B company, we focus solely on helping our airline and travel partners build their brands, not our own.

The Lead Architect role exists within Product & Technology to provide leadership, motivation and technical experience to the Architecture Team in its role of enabling internal and external parties integrate all aspects of CarTrawler’s platform.

The Lead Architect works closely with Director of Engineering in developing an Architecture that addresses immediate, operational and strategic goals. Engaging a team of Solutions Architects and Principal Engineers to work with cross-functional teams and customers to create solutions to provide best-practice architectural design. The role also analyses and improves team productivity, creates a culture of high performance and advances our software design practices – with emphasis on architecture.
Works side-by-side with Senior Engineering Managers to ensure we deliver the highest standard of car rental technology for our customers, suppliers and travel partners.

The role is highly collaborative in nature, suiting an individual who is strong on interpersonal skills, has excellent communications and is a capable negotiator. Client-facing experience will offer a distinct advantage here.

Key Responsibilities;

  • Hands-on. Active technical contribution. Leading by example.
  • Running team meetings, tracking the team's performance and quality of work, removing roadblocks, eliminating interruptions.
  • Identifying, managing and determining robust, minimum-complexity, solutions for scale.
  • Providing deep-dive analytical support for existing and new solutions.

Leading Teams

  • Providing leadership, coaching and mentoring to Solutions Architects and Principal Engineers. Acting as a role model.
  • Owning and supporting preparation and delivery of technical presentations.
  • Owning the Architectural Decision Record (ADR) process for platform decisions.

Leading CarTrawler

  • Providing input into evolving Strategy, Architecture, Integration, and Automation.
  • Providing people leadership. Scheduling regular one-to-one conversations with Architecture Team members. Leading performance conversations. Participating in career planning and training plans. Setting achievable goals and reviewing progress.
  • Collaborating with commercial teams, Product Management and Portfolio Team to capture evolving architectural demands.
  • Providing conceptual architecture and technical design to internal and external parties
  • Driving architecture design workshops. Empowering the architecture team to drive workshops that work through complex, multi-stage solution designs.
  • Partnering with Product & Engineering Leadership on medium & long-term strategies.
  • Actively contributing to the success of prioritised projects and features

Key Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Business Information Systems or similar.
  • 10+ years' experience in Enterprise Architecture. Ideally, internet-scale architectures featuring JavaScript front-end, XML/JSON interchange and Java back-end
  • Experience leading or managing engineering or architecture teams. With excellent people and communication skills, approachable and enjoys enabling others deliver at their best.
  • Experience leading workshops, gathering requirements and presenting to senior leadership.
  • Experience designing for High Availability (HA) and High Performance.
  • Working knowledge of Gang-of-Four and Enterprise Patterns. Client and server-side
  • Working knowledge of cloud: Amazon Web Services, Snowflake, Openstack or Heroku.
  • Awareness of Internet Security practices, including the recommendations of OWASP.
  • Hands-on in Java or JavaScript discipline. Used to supporting Architecture Teams delivering Proof-of-Concepts and Blueprints for implementation. 

Additional Info

Environmental, Social, and Governance
You will be an ambassador of our culture and social and environmental credentials.
CarTrawler is fully committed to ensuring equal opportunities supported by an environment based on mutual respect, inclusion, and dignity at work for all our people.  We welcome diversity, valuing the benefits it brings to the workplace.  We have a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination of any kind.
The criteria with regards to decisions on positions and promotions is an individual’s ability, behaviors, and merit to perform in the role. To this end, CarTrawler strives to ensure that recruitment, employment, training, and promotion practices and policies do not directly or indirectly discriminate.
We are a purpose-led, values-driven company, with a focus on a culture of shared wins where relationships make the difference. We strive to foster a culture of continuous learning encouraging our people to invest in themselves to Thrive.  
CarTrawler will ensure that candidates who are interviewing with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in any CarTrawler job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits of employment, please contact us at [email protected]
Some of Our Benefits
Hybrid Working: Hybrid working at CarTrawler is a combination of office and remote working. Most of the time, people will have flexibility in terms of where they want to work.
Financial Wellbeing: All employees from day one, whatever their role, are entitled to share options as part of our unique equity scheme offering, we also have an annual performance-related bonus, pension, income protection & life assurance.
Health: Premium VHI health insurance is provided for all team members, we have a dedicated team of Mental Health First Aiders, an Employee Assistance Programme, “Friday Unplugged” – last Friday of every month we have a half-day mental health break.
Leave: 25 days annual leave & 2 company days, as we know life often takes over, as it should! For these instances we offer all eligible team members paid maternity, adoptive, paternity, parents, and marriage leave 
Development: We have a dedicated Talent Management Team and Development Framework “Thrive” which supports your professional and personal development throughout your CarTrawler career.

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