Urban Science Solution Architect in Detroit, Michigan

Urban Science is a business-solutions company focused on supporting the needs of the sales and marketing function of the automotive industry. We leverage a scientific methodology to help our client partners sell more vehicles, improve profitability and increase customer loyalty. And we do that by helping solve their toughest challenges including planning an optimal dealership network, improving individual dealer performance and efficiently converting sales leads into sales. In short, we guide business through science—and we’ve been doing this since 1977.


The Solution Architect will provide tactical architecture implementation design, direction and guidance to project teams. The Solution Architect will utilize a deeper technical knowledge in one or more technical or business domains to establish standards, educate the organization and monitor adherence. May provide hands on development assistance in certain situations.

  • Responsible for Architecture Design adherence within a project.

  • Will assist in both Architecture Design (AD) and High Level Design (HLD) creation.

  • Communicate & educate technology organization on architectural standards.

  • May establish and apply global architectural standards.

  • Oversee, coordinate, and approve system architectural designs ensuring systems will meet functional and non-functional (performance, maintainability, security, scalability, etc.) requirements throughout the lifecycle of the solution (release, deployment and on-going support & maintenance).

  • Mentor development teams in system design and solution implementation best practices.

  • Perform research and acquire new knowledge and skills on new technologies, processes, and tools.

  • Provide hands on development as needed (i.e. developing prototypes for sales pursuits and innovation projects).

  • Perform basic Return on Investment analysis for system design and product alternatives.

  • Effectively communicate complex technical subjects to non-technical business partners.

  • May act as technical liaison between Urban Science and 3rd party technical consultants.

  • Builds and maintains strong and effective internal relationships to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing across teams and offices.

  • Actively supports and participates in required Urban Science training programs to achieve targeted development objectives.

  • Proactively communicates with upper management to provide updates and report issues in a timely manner.

  • Works with manager in completing own annual goal setting and performance review in a timely manner.

  • Works with manager to prioritize other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Able to leverage the industry standard frameworks and incorporate best practices into Architecture deliverables.

  • Detailed knowledge and capable of providing professional advice in multiple development. frameworks and patterns, including but not limited to: C#; .NET; HTML; Angular; Cordova; and Ionic.

  • Detailed knowledge of SOA-based architectures, patterns, and protocols, including REST, SOAP, and Microservices.

  • Proven track record of solution implementation including the successful completion of multiple system and/or module level architecture designs.

  • Proficient in the creation of architecture artifacts including but not limited to logical, deployment, use case, and ERD. Strong knowledge of UML.

  • Detailed knowledge of third normal form data modeling.

  • Understands advanced data modeling techniques such as star, snowflake, and OLAP.

  • Understands non-relational database design and usage.

  • Detailed knowledge of industry standard design patterns.

  • Detailed knowledge and capable of providing professional advice and guidance in at least one SDLC approach - ability to adapt daily execution to other SDLC approaches.

  • Verbal Communication: Requires the ability to compose and verbally deliver information of varying levels, using appropriate grammar, tone, inflection and non-verbal cues, while also listening to and correctly deciphering verbal communication delivered by others.

  • Written Communication: Requires the ability and capacity to communicate ideas, facts and data in writing using appropriate grammar, syntax and sentence structure.

  • Analytical Thinking: Requires the ability to understand a situation by breaking it apart into smaller pieces, and/or tracing the implications of a situation in a step-by-step causal way.

  • Results Oriented: Requires the ability to strive for optimal results by taking responsibility for timeliness, commitment to task and adherence to performance standards.

  • Ethics & Integrity: Requires the ability to behave in a trustworthy & transparent manner.

  • Teamwork & Cooperation: Requires the ability to work cooperatively with others and be part of a team.

  • Self-Control: Requires the ability to keep emotions under control and to restrain from negative actions or behaviors.

  • Information Seeking: Requires the drive to gain a deeper understanding of work related issues or events by making a concerted effort to gather information and seek out development opportunities.

  • Initiative: Requires the drive to go above and beyond in order to improve or enhance job results.

  • Quality Control: Requires the ability to monitor and check work related information and deliverables ensuring high quality and accuracy

  • Customer Service: Requires the ability to understand and help/assist both internal and external customers and meet their needs.

  • Flexibility/Adaptability: Requires the ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations, individuals or groups, as well as understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives.

  • Conceptual Thinking: Requires the ability to understand a situation or problem by putting the different pieces together to see the bigger picture.

  • Interpersonal Understanding: Requires the ability to understand other’s feelings and concerns, and to value individual differences in people.

  • Self-Confidence: Requires the ability to express confidence in dealing with challenging circumstances, in reaching decisions or forming opinions and in handling failures or set-backs constructively.

  • Organizational Commitment: Requires the ability and willingness to align his/her own behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization.

  • Relationship Building: Requires the ability to effectively build and maintain friendly, warm relationships or networks of contacts with clients/customers.

  • Assertiveness: Requires the ability and intent to appropriately display assertive behaviors to ensure others follow and comply with given directions.

  • Developing & Coaching: Requires the ability, desire and intent to teach and foster the development and long term capability of one or more employees by providing coaching, direction and feedback to enhance performance.

  • Strategic Influence: Requires the ability to effectively persuade, convince, and influence others in order to gain support to achieve work related goals/objectives.

  • MS Office: Requires advanced knowledge and experience with Excel & PowerPoint; Requires Intermediate knowledge and experience with MS Word.

  • Time Management: Requires strong capability to prioritize competing demands, manage multiple concurrent tasks and effectively manage meeting agendas on schedule.

  • Project Management: Extensive project management skills required, including the ability to estimate work efforts, define work plans, delegate work, monitor progress and report schedule variances and scope changes; requires the ability to follow established internal PMO procedures and present project conclusions to senior level management.


  • Must have Baccalaureate degree in Computer Science or related field from an accredited U.S. college or university, equivalent foreign institution, or equivalent experience.

  • Must have a minimum of seven years relevant work experience.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this position. It is NOT an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified. The job may require additional hours beyond the normal 40-hour workweek. Some travel may be required.

ID: 2018-4041

External Company Name: Urban Science Applications, Inc.

External Company URL: www.urbanscience.com

Street: 400 Renaissance Center