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Technical Architect

Date: Jun 17, 2022

Location: Dublin, D, IE, D02 R590

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Location notes: Hybrid (Dublin) - This position offers remote flexibility with expectations of travel to Dublin based office less than 50% of the time.


The Architecture Team at HMHCO, part of Technology Solutions Group (TSG), is focused on architecting HMH’s new future services ecosystem to meet the company’s digital first strategy.


We are looking for a Technical Architect with a proven track record assessing business capabilities, non-functional system requirements, execute gap analysis exercises, and assess tools and technology. This exciting opportunity will involve working alongside software engineers to redesign core services in line with best-in-class design principles and industry standards. You will architect solid technical solutions by following industry standards and best practices in the Education space.


  • You have strong experience in software development, preferably having used more than one technology stack (Java, .NET, Python, etc).
  • You have a good understanding of the possibilities offered by cloud services (IaaS and PaaS).
  • You are adept at developing solutions and providing detailed comparative analysis of them.
  • You enthusiastically research emerging technologies and are pro-active about bringing them to the team.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead the evaluation, design and analysis for the implementation of a solutions architecture across a group of core HMH services and capabilities, including authentication, authorization, rostering, product entitlements, customer journey.
  • Work with the software engineering teams to provide technical guidance, from inception to implementation of each project.
  • Define and assess HMH’s services and applications to meet business capabilities and HMH’s digital first focus.
  • Assure technology projects are architected to deliver reliable, inter operable and sustainable outcomes aligned with the HMH IT road map
  • Facilitate enterprise strategy development, including environmental analysis, opportunity identification, technology and business cases, and innovation road-maps.
  • Promote economy of scale decisions made around a common architecture with the following goals: effectiveness, efficiency, agility, and continuity of complex business operations. 
  • Drive new business capabilities through technology by executing proof of concepts (POC) to accelerate innovation at HMH
  • Develop technology standards and guidelines, also help define governance and policy.
  • Construct deliverables that demonstrate how to move the business toward realizing its strategic goals and targeted business outcomes.
  • Research and provide information on emerging technology trends and disruptions relevant to assigned line of business.
  • Participate in development and application of principles, standards and minimal viable architectures through the EA governance model, informed by the business strategy and corporate governance. 
  • Work closely with product and application teams in technology evaluation, selection, recommendation and configuration.


Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in software development, preferably using at least two different technology stacks (Java, .NET, Python, etc.)
  • Experience in designing and applying Enterprise Integration patterns (event/message, request/response, batch) including implementing middleware technologies.
  • Knowledge of business ecosystems, SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), SOA, APIs, open data, microservices, event-driven IT and predictive analytics.
  • Experience developing and monitoring delivery of efficient and effective solutions to diverse and complex business problems.
  • Familiarity with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, agile and lean methodologies, infrastructure and operations, and EA and ITIL frameworks.
  • Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture.
  • Familiarity with basic graphical modelling approaches, tools and model repositories.
  • Detailed oriented and ability to learn and work independently.
  • Analytical and proactive problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and fast-paced environment.
  • Be ready to take initiative with continuous improvement mind-set.
  • Comprehensive experience and knowledge of APIs, UIs, infrastructure, data architecture, security, and emerging technologies.
  • Expert understanding of the agile development process and DevOps practices.


Education Requirements

  • A BS/MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a STEM field or equivalent experience.

Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing)
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is committed to a comprehensive policy of Equal Opportunities and we aim to create a workplace which provides for equal opportunities for all employees and potential employees.


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