Solutions Architect

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Focus: Salesforce Lightning Platform, solutions architecture, sales engineering; development-sector consulting, process design, data systems, impact measurement, cloud and mobile technology; Mentoring a growing team

Supervisor: CTO/Senior Solutions Architect

Location: Cape Town, London, Mumbai, or Washington DC

About Vera

Vera Solutions is a social enterprise and certified B Corporation building cloud and mobile applications for social impact organizations worldwide. Our clients — more than 300 organizations in over 55 countries — include major iNGOs and grant-making organizations, social enterprises, and community-based organizations. Our solutions help organizations working in health, education, and development to collect, analyze, and utilize real-time, high-quality programmatic data, automate processes, and work more efficiently and effectively. Vera’s work is centered on the Force.com platform, the world’s leading cloud application development platform. Vera is a growing organization, with 75 full-time staff based in Amsterdam, Boston, Cape Town, Geneva, London, Mumbai, São Paulo, and Washington DC. We have been honored with Echoing Green, Rainer Arnhold, Dasra Social Impact, and Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowships and have been featured in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneur Magazine’s 30 Startups to Watch.

Position Overview

We are looking for a dedicated Solutions Architect who is capable of navigating complex client requirements to design world class systems with precision, enthusiasm, and dedication to quality. Solutions Architect (SA) is responsible for the end-to end design and delivery of projects. This includes leading discovery and design workshops with clients, synthesising client requirements into solutions, implementing complex solutions on the Salesforce Platform, providing technical expertise during sales and supporting project managers to successfully deliver high quality projects on time and budget. The SA will focus on discovery, design and implementation of client systems. The Senior Consultant should be energized by opportunities to connect directly with our clients, and have a track record of implementing high-stakes projects across a portfolio of challenging projects with limited supervision. Internally, the Solution Architects will be joining a team of other SAs that support each other. In addition the SA will mentor less technical members of consulting units. Discovery The SA will lead discovery workshops with clients. These will either be remotely or in person, so you will be willing to travel for onsite workshops. The SA is responsible for ensuring that a complete picture of the client needs are uncovered so that the resulting implementation meets all of the needs of a client. The SA must ensure that all documentation required is completed to allow for the future success of the project. Design The SA is responsible for designing a solution that meets all of a clients requirements in a manner that is appropriate for a client’s capacity and budget. During the design process the SA is responsible for ensuring that all required documentation is completed to the highest standard. Implementation The SA is responsible for ensuring that the system built follows the best practices of the platforms that are used. In addition the SA is responsible for ensuring the the build team has the technical support they need to implement the design successfully whilst following Vera’s internal best practices and standards.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Design solutions on Salesforce Lightning Platform
  • Lead project implementation teams to ensure high quality builds
  • Drive quality across all of Vera’s technical implementations
  • Deliver projects across a range of project management methodologies (Waterfall, Agile, SCRUM, as appropriate)
  • Support project managers to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget
  • Support consulting directors in winning sales by brining technical expertise to a sales process
  • Contribute to Vera’s learning environment

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • 5+ years professional experience 
  • 3+ years working on Salesforce Lightning Platform
  • 1+ years of designing solutions on the Salesforce Lightning Platform
  • Deployment and testing on Salesforce Lightning Platform
  • Leading client workshops
  • Leading implementation teams
  • Excited by researching and exploring new tools and features developed on the Salesforce platform
  • Agile development framework
  • Apex and Lightning framework development
  • Integration patterns and frameworks
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and relational skills 
  • Experience or interest in working with a small, dynamic team
  • Positive, supportive attitude, and sense of humor
  • Relevant Salesforce certifications

Desirable

  • Relevant engineering or computer science degree
  • Working with social sector
  • Fluency/proficiency in Spanish, French, Portuguese or other languages

Compensation and Benefits

Vera Solutions offers fair compensation (including benefits), commensurate with experience and cost of living.

Complete an online application (attaching CV and cover letter).

For additional information, please contact jobs@verasolutions.org.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

At Vera we celebrate diversity; not only do we value the diversity of our workforce, we rely on it. Employees with different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences inform our approach to our work, driving us to ask questions and challenge assumptions, solve problems creatively, and foster strong relationships with each other and our clients. We are committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, in which all of our staff feel safe and thrive.

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