Surgical Care Affiliates

Principal Architect

Job Locations US-AL-Birmingham
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Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA) is transforming specialty care in our communities. We relentlessly create value by aligning physicians, health plans and health systems around a common goal: delivering exceptional care and healing to our patients and communities we serve. We are driven to achieve the quadruple aim in health care: high quality outcomes and a better experience for patients and providers, all at a lower total cost of care. As a national leader in surgical care, SCA’s 11,000 teammates operate more than 260 surgical facilities that serve over 1 million patients per year. For more information on SCA, visit


Why join SCA? Consider the following fantastic benefits…

  • Positive work culture
  • Career growth opportunities
  • Comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance – eligible on Day 1 of employment
  • Paid time off plus 8 paid holidays
  • Maternity/paternity/adoption benefits
  • Employer-paid life and short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Excellent 401(k) Plan

Accountabilities / Responsibilities

We currently have an exciting opportunity for Principal Architect – Applications & Data, responsible for working with stakeholders, both leadership and subject matter experts, to build a holistic view of the organization’s Application & Data strategy, processes, and technology assets.  This individual will utilize knowledge and experience to link the business mission, strategy, and processes of the organization to the IT strategy, and document this utilizing multiple architectural models or views that show how the current and future needs of the organization will be met in an efficient, sustainable, agile, and adaptable manner.

Key Accountabilities


  • Develop, maintain, promote, and evangelize an enterprise view of the Application and Data architectural blueprint and roadmap, for the organization.
  • Align the Information Technology (IT) strategy and solutions with the Company’s business objectives.
  • Provide strategic consultation to assigned business customers in designing technology-based solutions, functions, and organizational structures, as well as in researching, identifying enabling technologies based on requirements
  • Work closely with PMO, business users, and stakeholders across various projects to understand functional and technical aspects of projects, ensuring adherence to Enterprise Architecture principles
  • Analyze the IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement.
  • Support development of business case and cost benefit analysis, while reducing project risk.
  • Orchestrate, design, and architect solutions that leverage the existing investment made in current heterogeneous IT.
  • Provide portfolio governance and oversight to drive lifecycle optimization and alignment across all initiatives.
  • Present ideas with qualitative and quantitative findings
  • Articulate technology solutions and analytical findings to Executive Management, Business leadership, software developers, and end users
  • Establish standards and processes for projects to achieve quality and security requirements.
  • Build relationships with software development and engineering teams to gain an understanding of application architectures and required functionality.
  • Influence and guide implementation best practices at the individual performer level, work through technology challenges faced by the team, and provide solutions
  • Contribute to the growth and maturity of the IT department by providing mentorship, fostering development and knowledge transfer, and thought-leading by example
  • Develop, manage, and publish Technical Reference Architectures.
  • Monitor and manage Technical Debt within the environment.
  • Shares best practices, lessons learned and constantly updates the Application architecture requirements based on changing technologies, and knowledge related to recent, current, and upcoming vendor products and solutions.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • 8-10+ years of experience with Enterprise Applications, Databases and Cloud support - Microsoft and others
  • 2-5+ years of experience working in an architect or technical leadership capacity, most recent role included
  • Solid understanding of interoperability issues and the strengths and weaknesses of Healthcare provider (ASC) platforms and products, with the ability to provide trusted voice at the decision-making table.
  • Experience with DevOps, CICD & Test-Driven Development.
  • Experience and understanding of Windows, Linux and distributed platforms.
  • Familiarity with industry standards for architecture domains in the Healthcare Provider sector.
  • Thorough understanding of Cloud platforms and governance, in particular Microsoft Azure.
  • Thorough understanding of Cloud based Systems Integration, Enterprise Data Security, SOA, and Architecture Governance
  • Strong background in risk management methodologies as they relate to integration/software engineering
  • Strong knowledge of system and software quality assurance best practices and methodologies
  • Knowledge of TOGAF, ITSM and ITIL required, certification preferred.
  • Excellent design pattern skills irrespective of technology, and willingness to assume total ownership of technology solutions from inception to delivery.
  • Fluency in modern-day IT management concepts, including strategic planning, enterprise architecture, capital planning, business intelligence, cloud computing, and IT portfolio management
  • Experience in creating an effective framework and process model for establishing enterprise-wide Application architecture.
  • Ability and willingness to document Application architecture, integrations and dependencies for existing platforms and systems, that are currently in use at SCA.
  • Understanding and experience implementing the strategic alignment of business and IT
  • Experience creating a common architecture vision between Facilities and Support Services.
  • Demonstrated competency in communicating the value of enterprise architecture to stakeholders and senior management
  • Understanding of SDLC processes, architectural patterns and development frameworks
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to develop and conduct executive-level presentations.
  • Ability to collaborate with various levels of individuals – both IT and business.
  • Experience with Vendor management and building vendor relationships.
  • Self-directed with the ability to work effectively under tight deadlines.
  • Experience with Mergers & Acquisitions, in areas of Diligence & Integrations is desirable.


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