Principal Architect - Front Office Investments Tech

T. Rowe Price - Baltimore, MD3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $120,000 - $160,000 a year
Our mission as a leading investment management firm is to help our clients achieve their long-term financial goals. We believe our associates are the key to this mission and we are always looking for talented individuals who share our commitment to our client’s success.

If you’re looking for challenging work experiences and the ability to learn in a collaborative culture, we invite you to explore the opportunities available at T. Rowe Price.

The Principal Architect for our Front Office Investments (FOI) Technology group will design and develop IT architecture (integrated process, applications, data, and technology) solutions to business problems in alignment with the enterprise architecture direction and standards. As a member of the firm’s Architecture Council, influences/shapes architecture strategy for the enterprise, ensuring that the needs of their respective business domain are fully represented. Performs technical planning, architecture development, and modification of specifications. Develops specifications for new products/services, applications, and service offerings. Assesses the compatibility and integration of products/services proposed as standards to ensure an integrated architecture across interdependent technologies.

Regarded as the expert in their job discipline within the T. Rowe Price business unit (FOI)
Solves unique problems that have a broad impact on the business or organization function
Contributes to the development of disciplinary strategy within FOI; source of authoritative advice on best courses of action in area of expertise
Progression to this level is typically restricted based on business requirements
Ensures the execution of the agreed-upon enterprise architecture strategy within FOI Tech by working with their colleagues and business partners to successfully execute key change programs driven by the Enterprise Architecture function (e.g., cloud adoption, migration to a strategic build-release-deploy pipeline, etc.). Regarded as an influential technologist within the broader firm technology division; regularly consulted for input on large, strategic programs.


Understands and advocates architecture principles and articulates value proposition of architecture to business and technology partners
Develops architectural strategy for a given domain and develops/implements the mechanisms necessary to ensure that the strategy is realized
May chair and manage an architecture review board.
Ensures decisions around architecture are made and deviations from standards are properly identified, addressed, and communicated - Escalates as necessary
Ensures that Architects follow all aspects of the Enterprise Architecture process from initiation to closure
Provides guidance to the Senior Architects in the early planning stage around the different solution patterns that may be appropriate for this specific solution
Ensures that standards set by Data, Security, Infrastructure, Platform and other architecture domains are followed when designing solutions
Represents the firm’s architecture and strategy at internal and external forums
Stays abreast of industry trends, is active in staying knowledgeable to help the firm take advantage of new technologies
Operates as a hands-on architecture practitioner, delivers within a team as an individual architect
Decomposes the most complex problems into discrete work units
Balances strategic and pragmatic concerns when solving complex or multifaceted problems
Makes sound and objective decisions with limited facts or resources
Displays understanding of theoretical concepts
Identifies non-obvious relationships and anomalies often overlooked by others
Identifies several potential solutions to a problem by identifying and evaluating the various options developed and selects the most effective solution
Capable of leading large software development projects in terms of team size, technical complexity, and/or organizational complexity
Holds associates and teams accountable for adhering to practices and policies
Able to produce results through individuals and teams where there is no direct management oversight of resources
Able to overcome differences of opinion and drive team alignment around a specific goal or solution

Demonstrates deep knowledge of products/flows within the Investments Technology vertical
Articulates broader business concerns and/or regulatory landscape, including key risks and controls (e.g., GDPR, MIFID, SOX)
Demonstrates ability to shape Technology strategy
Demonstrates ability to influence disparate stakeholder groups and drive change across the Enterprise
Makes decisions that are cognizant of the firm’s broader business strategy

10+ years of relevant architecture experience preferably within financial services/investment management/asset management
Possesses a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent
Possesses extensive knowledge of current best practices in Software Development and DevOps
Is the “expert” in a specific architecture discipline or domain within the firm and potentially across the industry
Designs and architectures show consideration for the operational aspects of a system, long-term support ability, maintenance, etc. - Extends the half-life of software
Sets the expectations for development practices and ensures they are known and adhered to within the area
Creates, validates technology standards, best practices, and technical biases
Demonstrates mastery of architectural processes
Demonstrates mastery of Agile methodologies and processes
Innovates and leads explorations into new areas and new technologies within the company but also with other industry leaders

15+ years of relevant architecture experience within financial services/investment management/asset management
Masters degree in Business, Technology Management or equivalent
T. Rowe Price is an Equal Opportunity Employer