Principal Architect (DevOps) at Vertafore

| Greater Denver Area
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As a Principal Architect you will provide technical direction and support for Vertafore's corporate vision with both a deep and broad specialization in multiple domain areas. You will help the CTO and Enterprise Architecture Team unify products and systems to a common platform, define standard principles and frameworks for consistency across Vertafore, and provide knowledge and support to the Vertafore development community to increase adoption of enterprise or domain-specific standards.

Your communication skills will help disseminate our technical vision, guidelines, and technologies to other architects and developments teams, Product Management, Operations teams, and Executives across Vertafore.

Principal Architects translate business requirements into implementable technology solutions that balance cost, speed of delivery, and value while leveraging existing technologies and standards whenever possible.

As a hands-on architect you will work with teams of engineers to transform the way our customers do business. The challenges you will face include designing our next generation of cloud based products, building micro service-based applications that can deliver flexible capabilities to different user bases, and providing technical leadership to teams to achieve Vertafore's product vision through active mentoring, technical decision-making, and driving and facilitating company-wide collaboration.


Core requirements and responsibilities:

Essential job functions included but are not limited to the following:

  • Architect and implement DevOps support for Highly scalable and available MicroServices-based applications, including build, deploy, management, and observability
  • Provide support in upgrading DevOps infrastructure for existing products and greenfield development
  • Coordinate with software development teams in developing and implementing software applications
  • Mentor Sr. Engineers, Architects and Sr. Architects in both DevOps and application development
  • Assist Managers in analyzing project requirements and project design
  • Evaluate and recommend tools, technologies and processes ensuring highest quality product platform
  • Collaborate with peer organizations to develop software applications 
  • Troubleshoot code level problems quickly and efficiently
  • Assist in development of design documents, white papers, training documents and software architectural documents

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) expertise with a DevOps and QOS mindset is critical to success in this role
  • Experience architecting, building, deploying, and managing microservice-based SaaS applications using Kubernetes, Docker, and related technologies in a multi-tenant cloud environment
  • Deep understanding of micro-service-based architectures and building performing, scalable and durable solutions in cloud environments
  • Solid experience in the administration and performance tuning of application stacks
  • Cloud Application Design patterns and frameworks (for e.g. service discovery, circuit breaker, and 12 factor)
  • Experience with various access control models and standards, including SSO and ID Federation
  • Polyglot programming skills: Expert-level Java and Python required, experience with JavaScript, and C# would be a plus
  • Proficient in NoSQL and Relational Databases. PostgreSQL experience desired
  • Experience with event-driven architectures and messaging systems (Kafka, Kinesis)
  • Working knowledge in application, system, and network security
  • Demonstrable interest in emerging / nascent technologies
  • Highly proficient in communicating technical issues with developers, product owners, executives, and other stakeholders
  • Experience acting as a technical liaison between Product Management, Development, and Operations
  • Able to express complex concepts in plain language for greater understanding across teams / departments
  • Experience with producing System Architecture diagrams and supporting documentation
  • Extensive experience planning, leading, and reporting on code reviews



  • 10+ years' experience designing and building software applications
  • Full stack development experience

Additional Requirements and Details:

  • Travel required up to 10% of the time.
  • This position is located in an office setting
  • Occasional lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds
  • Frequent repetitive hand and arm movements required to operate a computer.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision (working on a computer, etc.)
  • Frequent sitting and/or standing


Vertafore is a drug free workplace and conducts preemployment drug and background screenings.

The selected candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the job responsibilities, duties, skill, or working conditions. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. In addition, this document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" relationship.

Vertafore strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

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Technology we use

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    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases


Great location in the heart of downtown Denver just a block away from the RTD lightrail.

What are Vertafore Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Vertafore offers employees 1 paid day to volunteer at the non-profit of their choice.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Vertafore offers opportunities to join several committees, including Women of Vertafore, LGBTQ+, etc.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Vertafore employees can contribute up to $2750 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 100% of annual salary for up to 90 days of disability.
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers $1500 of expenses per person.
Vision Benefits
The vision benefits plan covers 100% for annual eye exams with $175 for glasses or contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
Vertafore offers three different health plans to meet the needs of our employees.
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 2 times an employee's annual salary.
Pet Insurance
We offer a Pet Insurance plan through Nationwide.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Vertafore's team fitness initiatives include in-office yoga, a partnership with Planet Fitness, and other recreational team sports.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Vertafore provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match up to 50% of contributions up to 3% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vertafore provides up to 6 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. We also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to $2,500 for eligible adoption expenses and 6 weeks of paid leave.
Company sponsored family events
Vertafore sponsors family oriented events semi-annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 8 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Vertafore hosts company outings annually.
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Foosball, Video Games.
Stocked Kitchen
In various areas of the office, Vertafore provides weekly fresh fruit services, bagels and donuts on specified days, as well as snacks and drinks.
Some Meals Provided
We provide free breakfast on Mondays and Fridays.
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Vertafore sponsors recreational clubs that include sports, board games, video games, book clubs, etc.
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers an annual max of $5,250.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
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