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Software Architect

Want to join us on our exciting journey?

Volvo Cars is on an exciting journey, redefining the automotive experience by innovating to make people’s lives less complicated. We offer you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make an impact in a company with unique opportunities to grow and make a true difference.


Volvo Cars is on an ambitious journey to re-define the customer experience in automotive through digital technology.  While Volvo is pushing the boundaries on several fronts – autonomous driving, vehicle electrification, cutting-edge vehicle engineering design, and more – some of the most exciting action is happening in our Consumer and Enterprise Digital Group.  Having recently hired our first Chief Digital Officer from Silicon Valley -- with a background that includes both start-ups and Amazon -- and being propelled by a new global business expansion -- Volvo Cars is uniquely positioned.  We are taking consumer-facing technology around the driving experience to places most players are only dreaming about – and changing how people think about automotive transportation as a result.  We’re committed to giving Volvo customers an entire week of quality time back per year by 2025 through these types of innovations that simplify their lives.  We’re looking for team members in this Digital organization who think about technology problems and opportunities in exciting and different ways – creative and critical thinkers who want to change the world with us here at Volvo.

This role is within our Consumer Commercial Digital Products (CCDP) team, which is using digital technologies to reinvent the experience of becoming a Volvo customer. There’s no reason the experience of buying a car should be painful and difficult – it should be as enjoyable and exciting as actually having a new car. That is our mission. This is a rapidly growing team, and we are looking for outstanding people who will be some of the earliest hires in their function, helping to establish it at Volvo Cars. 

Job Purpose

You will be responsible for the software architecture for new product development, as well as working with other software architects and teams to review systems that we use, as well as to provide new software services to other teams.  You will be designing and delivering consumer facing products and e-commerce solutions at scale and across more than 80 countries.  You should have strong knowledge of open source technologies across the full stack, starting with containerization, data, services, and presentation frameworks.  In addition, you will also need to have an understanding of .NET and Azure (hybrid-cloud solutions).  You will also be hands on occasionally and code and develop software prototypes, examples, or frameworks.  You are experienced with agile development and a champion of software development best practices.

This position reports to the CCDP Head of Engineering and is located in Volvo’s new Mountain View, CA Software Technology Center.

Required Skills

  • Experience as a software architect, creating and promoting architectural initiatives, balancing long-term strategy with short-term customer needs
  • Provide technical and architectural leadership across the Engineering team.
  • Resolve complex technical issues and drive innovations that improve system availability, resilience, and performance. 
  • Strong understanding of Service Oriented Architecture, micro-services, and system components including databases, data access methods, message queues, caching, and other areas
  • Design and implement next-generation web applications with a focus on user-facing features
  • Knowledge of back end development, including data models, persistence layers, back end services (REST), app frameworks, caching and messaging services, as well as front end development, including responsive interfaces, single page applications and using modern JavaScript frameworks such as AngularJS, React, or Bootstrap.
  • Understanding of Service Oriented Architectures
  • Strong understanding of multiple languages, including 2+ of Python, Java, Ruby, Scala, JavaScript
  • Experience developing code with AWS, Google App Engine, or other major cloud providers
  • Experience with Agile/Scrum methodologies and associated tools

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM field, Master’s preferred
  • Minimum 2 years experience as a software architect, and 5+ years experience as a software developer
  • Proven experience translating business requirements into technology solutions.  
  • Experience working across the full stack of a web applications, from database to browser code.
  • Strong software design skills and knowledge of design patterns
  • Strong knowledge of capabilities and features of cloud-based environments such as AWS, Google App Engine, or Microsoft Azure
  • Experience with Agile/Scrum methodologies and associated tools (Jira), CI/DC, TDD

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • A passion for cars and developments in the auto industry
  • Prior experience building e-commerce solutions
  • Knowledge of security practices
  • Understanding of CMS systems, such as Drupal or Sitecore
  • Understanding of Microsoft .NET and Azure technologies
  • Familiar with big data technologies, such as Hadoop or Spark
  • Experience with mobile development


Who are we?

Volvo Cars is a company on a mission; to bring traditional car manufacturing into a connected, sustainable and smart future.

Since 1927, we have been a brand known for our commitment to safety, creating innovative cars that make life less complicated for our consumers. In 2010, we decided to transform our business, resulting in a totally new generation of cars and technologies, as well as steady growth and record sales. Today, we’re expanding our global footprint in Europe, China and the US, and we’re on the lookout for new talent.

We are constantly pushing our own skills and abilities to drive change in the automobile industry like never before. We are looking for innovative, committed people to join us in this endeavour and create safe, sustainable and connected cars. We believe in the power of people and will challenge and support you to reach your full potential. Join us and be part of Volvo Cars’ journey into the future.

Mountain View, CA, US

Job requisition ID:  16402

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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