How to write a Software Architect job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Software Architect job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Software Architect job titles

    Software Architect
    Senior Software Architect
    Software Architect (with Java proficiency)
    Technical Architect

Software Architect job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Software Architect job summary

Our HR applications firm is currently seeking an experienced Software Architect. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, developing and implementing software solutions to address complex business issues, and providing technical leadership within the IT department. The ideal applicant will able to thrive in a highly collaborative workplace and actively engage in the development process. This is an excellent career opportunity for a professional with an impressive architectural design background and excellent interpersonal skills.

Software Architect responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Software Architect responsibilities

    Design, develop and execute software solutions to address business issues
    Provide architectural blueprints and technical leadership to our IT team
    Evaluate and recommend tools, technologies and processes to ensure the highest quality product platform
    Collaborate with peer organizations, quality assurance and end users to produce cutting-edge software solutions
    Interpret business requirements to articulate the business needs to be addressed
    Troubleshoot code level problems quickly and efficiently

Software Architect qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Software Architect skills

    Master’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
    5+ years’ experience designing and building software applications
    Proficiency with Java
    Experience working on complex software projects
    Knowledge of C++/object oriented programs, SQL, web application development, security and open source technologies

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