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Senior Architect, Investments/Mutual Fund Systems

    • Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Asset Management
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We exist to help people achieve financial clarity. At Thrivent, we believe money is a tool, not a goal. Driven by a higher purpose at our core, we are committed to providing financial advice, investments, insurance, banking and generosity programs to help people make the most of all they’ve been given.

At our heart, we are a membership-owned fraternal organization, as well as a holistic financial services organization, dedicated to serving the unique needs of our clients. We focus on their goals and priorities, guiding them toward financial choices that will help them live the life they want today—and tomorrow.

Job Summary

The Senior Architect for Investments and Mutual Fund Systems is a trusted thought leader whose IT and business expertise combine to translate business objectives into technology-enabled solutions. This role’s responsibilities include:
• Application of technical and industry knowledge to lead the delivery of innovative solutions.
• Definition and implementation of architecture for initiatives, programs and assets.
• The adoption and continuous improvement of architecture standards and best practices.
• Mentoring, training and coaching of analysts and engineers with a team-based, hands-on, partnership approach.
• Enabling Asset Management capabilities for Thrivent now and into the future.

Job Responsibilities and Duties


  • Apply business knowledge and experience to effectively model, coach and advise others on technology, particularly those who build and support engineered solutions.
  • Develop concepts and constructs necessary to create and maintain technology-enabled business systems.
  • Lead efforts to analyze IT industry and market trends and determine potential impacts.
  • Provide thought leadership and execution to large complex efforts to ensure alignment across multiple business and IT areas.
  • Proactively mitigate risks across multiple assets, information domains, technologies and platforms.
  • Develop and leverage partnerships within the corporate architecture community.
  • Work within our framework of diverse teams of skillsets and experience levels to support the delivery of solutions.

Strategy and Alignment

  • Lead the definition of conceptual and logical architecture specifications including solution/application architecture, data architecture and technical architecture.
  • Lead, drive and maintain the definition of architecture standards that are aligned with business goals, IT strategy, industry patterns and Thrivent’s enterprise architecture vision.
  • Ensure that architecture standards, policies, and procedures are enacted uniformly across application development projects and programs.

Communication / Collaboration.

  • Serve as an architectural conduit for external requests and provide awareness on enterprise architecture directions and goals.
  • Proactively engage with teams and understand their priorities to ensure early inclusion of sound architecture practices in crafting solutions.
  • Maintain a network of thought leaders within and outside Thrivent to enable early understanding of emerging and innovative options for architectural and technical approaches.

Architecture Development

  • Lead by example and assist efforts to implement across all layers of a solution.
  • Develop new patterns collaboratively to jumpstart common approaches.
  • Review the deliverables throughout the development cycle to ensure quality and adherence to all quality management plans and standards.
  • Architecture Analysis and Consultation.
  • Lead efforts to review and provide input on proposals from an architectural perspective, including feasibility, practicality, technical viability, and consistency.
  • Assess and recommend infrastructure and application solutions for upgrades to meet business needs.
  • Provide ongoing, daily architecture support to the department as needs arise.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or other technical field or equivalent work experience. Master’s degree in a related field a plus.
  • 10+ years of experience in complex engineering environments, taking abstract concepts and ideas and formulating a detailed software engineering plan to deliver
  • Experience with industry standard technologies, tools and methods including Service Oriented Architecture, Enterprise Application Integration, and Application Servers, frameworks, and databases.
  • Contemporary engineering background, including CI/CD, TDD, templated patterns, and containerization.
  • Experience in coding languages including but not limited to R, Python and Java.
  • Cloud-centric experiences, hosted solutions, Snowflake, Databricks.
  • Strong data architecture background including modeling, matching, mastering, metadata, integration, governance and consumption patterns.
  • Design patterns, including interfaces with security, platforms, vendor solutions, cloud solutions.
  • Background in citizen development enablement and support, including data engineering, advanced analytics and visualizations.
  • Incremental, agile design and development patterns, team-based approaches.

Other Critical Factors

  • Anticipates situations and applies conceptual thinking to resolve complex problems using sound judgment and decision making.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to work in ambiguity. Is passionate with a willingness to take a stand and appropriately challenging others in healthy manners. Is a trusted advisor who can influence and make decisions when needed.
  • Financial Services experience that can represent Investment Management and Mutual Fund business needs to the technical organization, and vice versa.
  • Asset management/capital markets environment a strong plus.
  • Demonstrated leadership on large scale projects impacting strategic priorities.

Additional Information

  • This position is eligible for relocation.  
  • This position requires you to work on-site in Minneapolis, MN or Appleton, WI a minimum of two days a week.

Thrivent provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship status, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law. This policy applies to all employees and job applicants.

Thrivent is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please let us know by sending an email to  or call 800-847-4836 and request Human Resources.


Senior Architect, Investments/Mutual Fund Systems


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