Ryder System Solutions Architect in NOVI, Michigan

Position Description

This position provides specialized technical expertise associated with solutions architecture within a data warehousing/business intelligence/analytics environment that is built upon cross-domain, cross-functional and cross-industry experience with broad based technical knowledge. He/She provides technical expertise and hands-on experience with various hardware platforms, operating systems, and software languages. Additionally a broad and deep understanding of databases allows the solutions architect to recommend technology and optionally designed solutions.


  • Minimum of 10 (ten) years IT experience with a variety of technologies supporting the full software development life cycle, including analysis, design, development, installation, support and modification

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science/Engineering/Technology or equivalent years of work experience

  • Technical training is required. Broad knowledge of information technologies and methodologies in mainframe, midrange, and PC computing environments required; in-depth experience in one or more is critical

  • Knowledge of project management techniques and ability to lead a project team is required

  • Strong technical knowledge, with hands-on proven experience designing and implementing systems of diverse computing architecture and environments such as client/server, mainframe, internet, and cloud based applications

  • Advanced analytical, problem solving, and conceptual skills along with strong related technical skills, and a history of successfully operating as part of a team that organizes, plans, and executes large-scale projects or assignments from vision to implementation


  • Masters degree preferred or equivalent work experience

  • Certifications in multiple systems (MicroStrategy, SAS, Cognos, Informatica), network components, software languages and/or database platforms (Oracle, SQL Server, Teradata) are highly desired

  • Knowledge of relevant technology, tools, and middleware is critical with experience in data warehousing appliance technology preferred (Netezza, Greenplum)

  • Experience in an industry or in a production/service environment similar to that of the employer highly preferred

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to express complex technical concepts in business terms

  • Able to work independently and solid teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to work on cross-functional project teams and maintain team commitment to tasks


  • Reviews and analyzes current technology and its ability to support Ryder's strategic direction for the EDW while satisfying client demand

  • Researches software, hardware, and products or services as well as usage options to find the best solution and price to meet the business requirements

  • Assists in the improvement of business processes, testing systems to ensure functionality meets standards & requirements and recommends new products, product uses or upgrades

  • Provides expertise to identify and translate system requirements into software design documentation

  • Responsible for understanding client needs and designing solutions to meet those needs including data and system modeling

  • Responsible for presentations that translate design proposals to the requesting (and/or impacted) client groups to ensure customer expectations are met

  • Translates requirements for internal information technology team members to successfully implement an approved design

  • This may require delegation of tasks to one or more developers (in a matrixed reporting structure environment); at times, Solution Architect may be required to assist with the development

  • As the technical expert, the architect provides guidance and makes decisions on changes required throughout the design process

  • Takes ownership of a particular solution offering

  • Develops and executes a solution strategy and business plan that supports product growth Acts as visionary and strategist for solution product area

  • Helps EDW team define and socialize strategies for product usage

  • In partnership with the support team, develops and maintains vendor relationships within the product

  • Interfaces and coordinates tasks with internal and external technical resources

  • Collaborates with project managers and technical team members to provision estimates, develops overall implementation solution plan, and leads as required to implement installation, customization and integration efforts

  • Identifies business practices and integration issues, participating in the solutioning of alternative recommendations

  • Oversees aspects of project life cycle, from initial kickoff through requirements analysis, design and implementation phases for projects within solution area

  • Writes, or directs the writing of white papers that further insight and thought in the solution area

  • Assists staffing coordinators who define project team requirements for projects in solution area

  • Mentors and guides more junior technical resources

  • Maintains good technical and business relationships to meet expected customer service levels

  • Integrates activities with other departments to facilitate successful implementation and support of project efforts

  • Able to manage multiple, concurrent, and competing demands

  • Experienced with adjusting priorities impacting deadlines

Ryder is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Requisition ID 2018-57587

Category Information Technology

Employment Type Regular - Full Time (4)

Travel Requirements 0-10%

Position Code 8711