Charles Schwab Technical Director - Architect in Lone Tree, Colorado


We believe that , when done right, investing liberates people to create their own destiny. We are driven by our purpose to champion every client’s goals with passion and integrity. We respect and appreciate the diversity of our employees, our clients, and the communities we serve. We challenge conventions strategically to create value for our clients, our firm and the world. We live and bring to life the concept of ‘own your tomorrow’ every day. We champion our employee strengths, guide their development, and invest in their long-term success. We hire optimistic, results-oriented, curious, innovative, and adaptable people with the desire to help our clients and one another succeed.

As a company, we were established by Chuck at over 40 years ago to champion Main Street over Wall Street, and to help Americans transform themselves from earners to owners. Through advocacy and innovation, we work to make investing more affordable, accessible and understandable for all. As we enter our fifth decade, we are looking for talented, innovative and driven people who believe they can help themselves, and our clients, create a better future.

Our Opportunity:

Charles Schwab’s Architects thrive in a leading-edge work culture while developing products that help Schwab customers learn, explore and make life-impacting moves on their paths to achieving their goals. The Gateway Services group within Advisor Services Technology (AST) provides external integration solutions that enable Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and Third parties to develop custom solutions leveraging Schwab data and processing. We are looking for a Solution Architect to provide technical leadership to Agile teams tasked with defining and delivering our strategic external integration offering, including a highly-critical external API solution. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in software engineering, architecture, and large-scale delivery in a fast-paced, Agile environment and must be capable of influencing across the enterprise and partnering with Business stakeholders to drive product vision and execution.

What you’ll do:

The primary responsibility of the Technical Directory – Solution Architect is to provide technical leadership and direction to a group of Agile teams focused on delivery. The role requires a deep understanding of industry trends and working with other Architects across Schwab to align with enterprise technology strategy, best practices, and complying with all governance requirements.

This architect will be responsible for designing and implementing API solutions and strategy. They will work closely with other architects, business partners, and development teams to define, guide, and lead the strategy. In addition, they will be responsible for working with the architects across AST to define standards and best practices as well as ensure consistency and adherence to all Schwab technology standards. Some travel will be required.

What you have:

  • 10+ years of software engineering experience

  • 3+ years architecting scalable, highly-available technical solutions

  • Strong track record of technology leadership, architecting solutions, and influencing across the enterprise

  • Leadership qualities which engineers recognize and respect

  • Good judgment and the ability to handle stressful situations


  • Expertise in API design, preferably with practical experience in delivering a robust external API solution

  • Strong understanding of API concepts including REST, SOAP, JSON, XML, HATEOAS

  • Knowledge of API Management Platforms (Apigee, Mulesoft, AWS, etc.), preferably with practical experience

  • Hands-on experience in requirement analysis, solution architecture and design, resource-based API modeling, and micro-services architecture

  • Knowledge and experience in API security standards

  • Experience with Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (Atlassian tool suite preferred)

  • Experience (and preference) working in an Agile environment including Test-driven Development (TDD)

  • Demonstrated track record of making technical decisions at the application and organization level (vendor/technology selection, solution architecture, assessing tradeoffs)

  • Evaluate new technologies, stay current with a broad range of industry trends

  • Experience with Architecture patterns (e.g. microservices, GoF, SOA, Event based)

  • Experience with infrastructure scaling (e.g. load distribution, SDN, horizontal, vertical)

  • Experience with Cloud Native (12-Factor) and Infrastructure Patterns

  • Experience with the 4+1 architectural view model


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the demonstrated ability to concisely communicate ideas to a broad audience across the enterprise

  • Ability to own architecture, including its direction and present a vision for the future of the Technology platform

  • Desire and ability to understand the business and develop architectures that meet current and anticipated business needs

  • Ability to work through ambiguity helping stakeholders understand their needs and develop consensus on a direction

  • Ability to influence and effect changes that have broad and long term impact on the firm

  • Ability to build strong relationships and promote collaboration

  • Ability to coach, mentor, and provide direct, timely feedback

  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to understand legacy solutions and develop a transitional roadmap to achieve strategic goals

  • Ability to apply innovative technology to solutions that would benefit our clients

What you’ll get:

  • Comprehensive Compensation and Benefits package

  • Financial Health: 401k Match, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Employee Discounts, Personalized advice, Brokerage discounts

  • Work/Life Balance: Sabbatical, Paid Parental Leave, New Mothers returning to work Program, Tuition Reimbursement Programs, Time off to volunteer, Employee Matching Gifts Program

  • Everyday Wellness: Health and Lifestyle Wellness Rewards, Onsite Fitness Classes, Healthy Food Choices, Wellness Champions

  • Inclusion: Employee Resource Groups, Commitment to diversity, Strategic partnerships

  • Not just a job, but a career, with an opportunity to do the best work of your life

Learn more about Life@Schwab at" .

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversifying its workforce. It is Schwab's policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, legally protected medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, military status, citizenship status or any other status that is protected by law.

Job Specifications

Relocation Offered?: No

Work Schedule: Days

Languages: English - spoken

Current Licenses / Certifications: None

Relevant Work Experience: IT-Distributed and Web Development-6+ yrs

Position Located In: CO - Lone Tree

Education: BA/BS

Job Type: Full Time

Category:Information Technology

Activation Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Expiration Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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