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Principal Architect

Date: Mar 18, 2023

Location: Pune, MH, IN

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 18346

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“Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a high-purpose, high-performing, leading K-12 EdTech company, powered by values and culture that support continuous learning and rapid innovation. Known for serving more than 50 million students and 4 million educators in 150+ countries, we provide learning to countless students and teachers, transforming lives, supporting communities, and making our society more open, just, and inclusive for all. HMH Technology India Pvt. Ltd. is our technology and innovation arm in India, focused on developing products and solutions using cutting-edge technology in order to better serve education globally. We aim to help employees grow as people, not just as professionals. We do work that matters and are in a unique position to support and empower people’s lives.”




Principal Architect

HMH is a learning technology company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators, and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions and professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students' potential and extend teachers' capabilities. HMH serves more than 50 million students and 4 million educators in 150 countries.  

About the role:

As a Solutions Architect your primary responsibilities will include architecting HMH’s new future services ecosystem to meet the company’s digital first strategy. This exciting opportunity will involve working alongside software engineers to redesign some of the core services in line with best-in-class design principles and industry standards.

To succeed in this role, you should know how to assess business capabilities, non-functional system requirements, execute gap analysis exercises, and assess tools and technology. Architect solid technical solutions by following industry standards and best practices in the education space. The ideal candidate will also have a solid experience in software development, preferably having used more than one technology stack (Java, .NET, Python, etc.), and a good understanding of the possibilities offered by cloud (IaaS and PaaS). The ability to develop options, and provide comparative analyses is critical.


  • 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 and 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 the 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 & Experience:

  • Minimum of 10+years 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 independent
  • Analytical and proactive problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and fast-paced environment
  • 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
  • A BS/MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a STEM field or equivalent experience



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