ThoughtWorks is a global technology consultancy. We partner with clients who view technology as the core of their business and who seek to launch software products in weeks, not years. We bring expertise in areas including Agile, UX, devops, and lean. ThoughtWorks is the recipient of 2016's ABI Award for Top Company for Women Technologists.

Distributed Systems Architect at ThoughtWorks


As a Distributed Systems Architect, you play a key role in transforming current state systems and integration architecture into a pure digital platform of Microservices and APIs to enable new business capabilities, rapid experimentation, and continuous delivery for our largest clients.

You are a thought leader in the architecture of distributed systems, with experience in organizations that operate like startups as well as traditional enterprises. Your consulting efforts will cross the spectrum from driving the creation of technology strategy to advising during execution. You will be working beside clients’ executives as well as software engineers to build digital platforms and solve our clients’ most interesting technology challenges.


Full Description:

As a Distributed Systems Architect, here's what we'll be looking for you to bring:

  • You have Subject Matter Expertise in most of the following areas:
    • Business capability and domain modeling, including an understanding of domain driven design, including modeling of events
    • Deep understanding of different integration patterns and best practices such as events, synchronous vs. asynchronous messaging, peer-to-peer, Publish-subscribe, distributed logs and RESTful APIs
    • Microservices topologies, including operational concerns such as resiliency, observability, discovery and routing, etc.
    • Enterprise security design in a Microservices architecture such as the role of Identity Providers and the Authentication / Authorization flow design
    • Approaches to managing Architectural debt, Architecture governance and evolution in practice
    • API lifecycle management and the corresponding technologies
  • You can collaborate with diverse technical delivery teams to build service based architecture to scale and innovate
  • You can design and build user-centric API ecosystems to drive new consumer experiences and unlock business capabilities
  • You can speak to various API business models, including internal ROI
  • You can help executives balance scorecards and KPIs with the API platform in mind
  • You have strong facilitation skills ensure alignment to architectural vision
  • You can articulate trade-offs and drive high-impact technology decisions on topics including (but not limited to) IaaS/PaaS providers, container orchestration, service mesh, API gateways, and commercial vs. open source software.
  • Have experience with, and understand how to lead, legacy integration and remediation (facades, strangler approaches, et. al.)
  • You understand the business risks and challenges that organizations face, and the need to align technical strategies with roadmaps that create business capability and opportunity.
  • You understand that leadership is not something you do from far away; you get the importance of taking people with you along the journey. Strong stakeholder management and interaction at different levels is essential.
  • You can create and guide the vision for evolutionary architecture and adoption roadmaps for our clients

There's no typical day or engagement for Technology Principals in this area of focus. Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Collaborate with peers across multiple technology disciplines such as delivery infrastructure, data, and security.
  • Lead workshops and group activities with delivery teams and executives
  • Communicate team and organizational design approaches to decouple development efforts
  • Help executives define measures and quantify the value of a digital platform and API strategy
  • Train new technology leaders and developers on platform thinking

Regardless of what you do at ThoughtWorks, you’ll always have the opportunity to

  • Think through hard problems, and work with a team to make them reality.
  • Learn something new everyday.
  • Work in a dynamic, collaborative, transparent, non-hierarchal, and ego-free culture where your talent is valued over a role title.
  • Travel the world.
  • Speak at conferences.
  • Write blogs and books.
  • Develop your career outside of the confinements of a traditional career path by focusing on what you’re passionate about rather than a predetermined one-size-fits-all plan.
  • Be part of a company with Social and Economic Justice at the heart of its mission.


It is the policy of ThoughtWorks, Inc. to provide a work environment free of discrimination. The Company will take affirmative action to ensure applicants and ThoughtWorks employees are treated without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnic origin, veteran status, family status, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. This also includes individuals who are perceived to have any of the aforementioned attributes. ThoughtWorks will adhere to all federal, state, and municipal laws and regulations governing employment.



Company Reviews

At ThoughtWorks, I've been on projects all over the US as well as in Canada, India, and different parts of Europe. Working in so many parts of the world has been eye-opening and deeply enriching.
Rose Fan
Lead Project Manager
at ThoughtWorks
My job at ThoughtWorks is to solve interesting technical challenges for my client. I get to work on different tech stacks across many domains. There is a real passion here for technical excellence.
Derek Johnston
Senior Software Engineer
at ThoughtWorks
I work with some of the most brilliant people I have ever met. ThoughtWorkers come from all corners of world and it's inspiring to work for a company that embraces differences. We have fun every day.
Christopher Guest
at ThoughtWorks
It's awesome working with a smart group of people who are always looking for technical solutions and advocating for best practices. I am constantly learning and being challenged here.
Patrick McFadden
Senior Software Engineer
at ThoughtWorks
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Why work with us
[email protected]: work with others who share a passion for technical excellence and software craftsmanship. Lifelong learning: every project promotes an environment of non-stop learning, and each project is like a new job. Travel the country (and world!): our consultants are asked to travel up to 100% of the weekday; weekends are spent in your home base.
We embrace a culture of openness, transparency, and collaboration. We don’t believe in heroes, we believe in a smarter collective. As global citizens, we recognize and uphold our responsibility to improve our world through technology. Social justice, diversity, and inclusion are not afterthoughts at ThoughtWorks; they are embedded in our DNA.
Perks & Benefits
Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance
401K matching
Allowances for health and well-being, books, conferences, cell phone, local transit, and high-speed internet
Personal development programs and training tailored to the career path that you choose
Opportunities for global assignments/travel
Internal conferences and community events
Relocation packages
Visa sponsorship

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