At CN, we work together to move our company—and North America—forward. Be part of our Information & Technology (I&T) team, a critical piece of the engine that keeps us in motion. From enterprise architecture to operational technology, our teams use the agile methodology to automate and digitize our railroad ensuring our operations run optimally and safely and our employees can focus on value-added tasks. You will be able to develop your skills and career in our close-knit, safety-focused culture working together as ONE TEAM. The careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. Join us!

Job Summary

The Expert, System Architect is responsible for leading the delivery of critical customer and logistics solutions. As a full-stack architect, the role leads the architecture of cloud native applications and infrastructure to drive the creation of industry-leading products. Moreover, as an expert product builder, the role defines practical architectures that ensure the performance, scalability, and maintainability of complex distributed systems. The position contributes to the definition of strategic technology directions and defines continuous improvement objectives in collaboration with the innovation leadership team.

Main Responsibilities

Solution Architecture and Delivery

· Lead the delivery of Innovation initiatives and create great products by focusing on the needs of the customers and business value delivery

· Create systems architectures and modernization strategies such as moving to cloud native mobile applications, Application Programming Interface (API) MicroServices, Integrations and Data Lake with target and transitions architectures and roadmaps over multiple years

· Design and optimize application and integration strategies for the cost-effective delivery of scalable and reliable distributed systems

Architecture Practice Evolution

· Evaluate current and emerging technologies

· Be a leader in the Innovation group, fostering a culture of design thinking, brainstorming, efficiency, and balancing vision with practicality

· Define architecture and engineering standards, patterns and best practices

· Influence Innovation leadership with effective communication of proposals, directions and strategic decision making

Working Conditions

The role has standard working conditions in an office environment with a regular workweek from Monday to Friday and is eligible to participate in CN flexible work-from-home policy.



Applications, Data and Cloud

· Minimum 12 years of experience with applications, data, and cloud

· Minimum 5 years of experience as an Architect with application, technology architecture covering Applications, APIs, MicroServices, Systems Integration and Distributed Computing

· Minimum 3 years of experience as a Senior Architect using Mobile, MicroServices and cloud technologies

o Experience architecting and building enterprise grade products

o Experience in program and project scoping as well as planning with Agile process and tools

o Experience in delivering agile and iterative architectures

o Experience with Legacy Systems Modernization (Mainframe, Systems, Applications, and Products (SAP), Java)*

o Experience with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies*

*Any experience for these above would be considered as an asset


· Bachelor’s Degree in a technology-related field or equivalent experience


· Applies critical thinking

· Knows the business and stays current on industry needs

· Demonstrates agility and drives change

· Collaborates with others and shares information

· Sets direction and inspires others

· Communicates with impact

· Identifies needs and finds solutions to create value for all stakeholders

· Identifies potential safety and security risks

Technical Skills/Knowledge

· Knowledge of MicroServices, Cloud Native Services and Application Architecture

· Knowledge of Distributed Systems and Enterprise Messaging Architecture

· Knowledge of Ask to Answer (A2A) and Business to Business (B2B) Integration Architecture

· Knowledge of Data and Database Architectures

· Knowledge of Cloud Architecture and Development Operations (DevOps)*

*Any knowledge for any of the above would be considered as an asset

About CN

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.

For internal candidates, note that the grade level of the position will depend on the employee’s experience.

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