Chief Cloud Architect

Remote Canada
Kafka Spark Java Kubernetes Microservices Python Streaming Cassandra Redis Go API AWS Docker Elasticsearch
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Calix provides the cloud, software platforms, systems and services required for communications service providers to simplify their businesses, excite their subscribers and grow their value.

This is a remote position that can be based anywhere in the United States or Canada.

Our team is growing and we’re looking for a Chief Cloud Architect to play a significant role in architecture design and implementation, leveraging technical leadership in data ingestion, extraction, and transformation domain. As part of our high performing global team, this role is critical to our growth and reports into the Vice President, Cloud Services Software Engineering.

Responsibilities and Duties:        

  • Work closely with Cloud product owners to understand, analyze product requirements, and provide feedback.

  • Architecture design and review of large scale microservices and data pipelines.

  • Leads the development of architectural design patterns.

  • Implement and enhance support tools for monitoring and acting on data pipeline issues to interpret trends and patterns.

  • Technical leadership of software design in meeting requirements of service stability, reliability, scalability, and security.

  • Guide all aspects of technical discussions within engineering and make technical recommendations.

  • Design and code review with peer engineers.

  • Guide testing architecture for large scale data ingestion and transformations.

  • Design scalable technology solutions that adjust to cyclical business patterns.

  • Keep abreast of latest trends and shifts within the technology and digital spaces.

  • Work effectively in areas of ambiguity and create solutions to complex problems.

  • Identify, communicate, and connect with key decision-makers and use strong influencing skills while partnering with cross-functional teams to drive and implement change.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field, Master’s degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 15 years progressive technical leadership experience in Enterprise and Solution Architecture.

  • 10+ years leading solution design of several large sized projects of moderate to high complexity, providing a baseline set of design artifacts for use by developers and engineers during construction.

  • 8+ years of experience working in either Java, Python, or GoLang. 

  • 8+ years of experience in designing data streaming and event-based data solutions using Kafka, Flink, Spark Streaming or similar frameworks. 

  • Strong understanding of distributed systems and microservices based architecture, business process orchestration tools like Conductor, Argo Workflow, Luigi, or Apache NiFI. 

  • Experience providing thought leadership in technical architecture (e.g., tool selection, standards, strategic direction, etc.) having functioned as an Enterprise Architect or Chief Architect within a large organization.

  • Experience working as a hands-on enterprise application architect implementing architecture integration roadmaps through all phases of the project lifecycle.

  • Ability to create and maintain architectural models and technical design documentation, which includes current and future state process flows, applications/database objects, specifications that detail proposed database and/or data integration implementations.

  • Experience architecting data platforms, data operating models, data collection, dataflow management, master data management, data quality, and security. Experience designing and developing scalable data pipelines, automated workflows/hand-offs, and API integrations.

  • Knowledge and experience designing solutions with cloud-native AWS Cloud services (EC2, RDS etc.) as well as using containerization frameworks such as Docker, Kubernetes or similar. 

  • Work experience with the cloud-based NoSQL like Cassandra, Elasticsearch or similar, relational DBs, cache frameworks like Redis or similar, objects stores, datalakes and warehouses like Redshift or similar.

  • Knowledge of traditional ETL/ELT techniques as well as cloud-based data pipelines (e.g., AirFlow, Dagster, Kafka).

  • History of introducing new/emerging technology to disrupt business models.

  • Proven success creating business-enabling technology roadmaps.

  • AWS Certified Solution Architect preferred.

  • The Open Group TOGAF 9 certification is a plus.

  • Organized and goal-focused, ability to deliver in a fast-paced environment.


  • Remote-based position located in the United States or Canada.


Compensation will vary based on geographical location (see below) within the United States. Individual pay is determined by the candidate's location of residence and multiple factors, including job-related skills, experience, and education.

For more information on our benefits click here.

There are different ranges applied to specific locations. The average base pay range (or OTE range for sales) in the U.S. for the position is listed below.

San Francisco Bay Area Only:

208,200.00 - 432,400.00 USD Annual

All Other Locations:

181,000.00 - 376,000.00 USD Annual

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