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Lawson Products Senior Software Architect in Chicago, Illinois

Senior Software Architect

City: Chicago

State/Province: IL

Country: United States

Division: Corporate

Job ID: 11853

Since 1952, Lawson Products has worked hard to make our customers' jobs easier by improving their operational efficiency, productivity and overall performance. As a leader in the MRO industry, we partner with customers to make sure they have the right maintenance and repair parts on hand when needed.

We’re looking for a Senior Software Architect responsible for defining application and architecture strategies to meet both business partner and IT team requirements within acceptable guidelines.

Our corporate headquarters is located in Chicago, IL. This role operates on a hybrid work model; employees spend two days working in the office and three days working remotely. We offer 401k plus vision, dental and medical benefits, as well as a paid holiday and PTO package.


  • Provides design and development consulting to IT teams, maintaining final design and development review approval. Provides application support for the designated applications. Shares knowledge with colleagues in technical and related client business matters.

  • Provides input to application development standards. Coordinates application development changes with appropriate team members to ensure uninterrupted application availability.

  • Performs custom application analysis and design. Responsible for final application review approval.

  • Recommends and coordinates installations, upgrades, and patching of new software and maintenance releases. Performs first time and non-repetitive application installations & configurations. Performs testing of system changes. Assists with user testing of changes. Responsible for application security aspects.

  • Strong problem diagnosis and root cause identification skills. Adept at resolving unique and complex problems.

  • Plays an active part in process improvement, ensuring compliance with all relevant quality processes and procedures, including completion of all the specified quality records.

  • Remains current with trends and new technologies that will enhance current and future applications. Able to assist team in a hands-on manner and develop/code modules and proof-of-concepts or assign to developers as circumstances and resources dictate.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an information technology, MIS, or related field required, plus at least 7 years of work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • In-depth knowledge of assigned technologies. Ability to quickly establish knowledge of products not currently within the base-knowledge set.

  • Strong custom application design skills - application, database/ERD modeling, UI design, design pattern knowledge and ability to apply the best design to solve business problems while minimizing long-term maintenance needs are required.

  • Primary technologies - experience in designing and implementing J2EE web applications, utilizing Spring/Hibernate frameworks, MSSQL/MySQL Server databases, webservices/SOA - REST services, SOAP, HTML5, and Javascript applications are essential.

  • Basic project management skills, including responsibility for the design activities on projects, leading and organizing design workshops, producing design specifications and reviewing design specifications produced by others.

  • In-depth knowledge of quality standards, legislation and best practices.

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Able to interact with frequent inter-organization and outside vendor/customer contacts. Ability to articulate complex solutions to developers in a comprehensible manner.

  • Strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.

  • Able to prioritize, work under pressure, meet deadlines, anticipate problems, and adapt.

  • Team builder and mentor for less-experienced team members.

  • Familiarity with OKTA, OATH, Vue, and PWA/RWA are a plus.

Lawson Products is an Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.