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Highmark Health Lead Architect – Cloud AI/ML/Software Solution Architect – AI Services and Platforms in Helena, Montana

Company :

Highmark Health

Job Description :


Entirely Remote Work From Anywhere Role!

We are seeking an experienced AI/ML/Software Cloud Solution Architect to join our AI Services and Platforms team and drive the development of innovative AI (generative and predictive) based solutions for our enterprise stakeholders. As a member of the AI Platforms and Services team, you will collaborate with data scientists and engineers to understand their technical and business problems and integrate AI services into new products or existing systems and workflows. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of AI/ML principles, cloud computing, and software development best practices, combined with the ability to translate those into practical, scalable, and production-ready solutions. You will design and develop scalable, robust, and efficient architectures for AI enabled software solutions that address specific business challenges. In addition, you will create high-level and detailed design plans for AI and ML production solutions, including selecting the appropriate AI algorithms, data sources, infrastructure, and technologies that align with the organization's goals and constraints. Candidates should also have a strong interest in research and development and be eager to explore new ideas and contribute to the advancement of AI and GenAI in the healthcare technology space. This role requires a professional dedicated to staying on top of the latest Gen AI research like RAG, fine-tuning, etc., and is adept at applying them to create innovative products and services.


  • Lead to provide strategic consultation to business customers in defining or designing business processes, functions and organizational structures, as well as in researching, identifying and internally marketing enabling technologies based on customer capability requirements. Facilitate development of the most complex enterprise business solutions that combine knowledge of particular business processes and issues, general technological options, and process facilitation techniques. Lead and participate in enterprise strategy development, including environmental analysis, opportunity identification, value cases and business innovation portfolio development.

  • Specify and design large or the most complex systems, solutions, networks, infrastructure elements, or processes. Select appropriate design standards, methods and tools and ensures that they are applied effectively. Lead reviews of others’ system design to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources and integration of multiple systems and technology. Establish policy for selection of architecture components. Evaluate and undertake impact analysis on the most complex major design options. Ensure that the system architecture balances functional, service quality and systems management requirements.

  • Use appropriate tools, including models of components and interfaces, to contribute to the development of the most complex architectures. Produce detailed component requirements, specifications and translates these into detailed solutions/designs for implementation using selected products. Provide advice on technical aspects of system development, integration (including requests for changes, deviations from specifications, etc.) and processes. Ensure that relevant technical and business strategies, policies, standards and practices are applied correctly.

  • Select and use tools and methods to establish, clarify, and communicate the functional and non-functional requirements of system users, their characteristics, and tasks. Identify the technical, organizational, and physical environment in which the most complex products or systems will operate. Identify, propose, initiate, and lead significant improvement programs, taking responsibility for the quality and appropriateness of the work performed and the realization of measurable business benefits. Modify existing process improvement approaches and/or develop new approaches to achieving improvement.

  • Lead the resolution of a variety of architecture and business problems and serve as a technical or business lead for highly complex project initiatives.

  • Communicate effectively will all levels of organization

  • Manage expectations of customers, partners and management

  • Participate in customer walkthroughs and plans; design and technical walkthroughs; and problem resolution and decision making

  • Interact with departments across the organization as necessary, including the development and interpretation of highly complex requirements for peers and other staff.

  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of specific technical aspects in area of expertise and provides expert advice regarding their application. The area of specific expertise may be any aspect of information or communication technology, technique, method, process, product, or application area.

  • Provide leadership and mentoring in the areas of expertise and architecture to their peers, developers, management and business users including technical expertise, coaching, and ad-hoc training by:

  • Prepare presentations on complex issues on the area of expertise.

  • Present to their peers to ensure consistency to Highmark's strategic direction.

  • Other duties as assigned or requested.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or closely related field


  • None


  • Master's Degree



  • 7 years in an IT discipline

  • 7 years in a Business discipline


  • 4+ years of experience in software architecture, system design, and solution development.

  • 3+ years of experience designing and implementing AI/ML or software solutions on platforms like AWS, Azure, Google Cloud.

  • Experience integrating workstreams to achieve results across Data Architecture, Enterprise Architecture, DevSecOps, and security and privacy

  • Experience or knowledge in building applications that leverage LLMs as a service, like Vertex AI LLM APIs (PaLM, Gemini), Azure OpenAI API, Amazon Bedrock.

  • Ability to stay abreast of the latest research in the field and identify new opportunities for innovation, experiment with new approaches and contribute to the development of novel applications of Generative AI.

  • Familiarity with LLM orchestration tools like LangChain, llamaindex, vector databases for developing RAG based applications.

  • Familiarity with agile development methodologies and working in cross-functional teams.

  • Ability to think creatively and collaborate to apply AI to solve business problems with multiple capabilities, including experience design, change management, and process reengineering.

  • Ability to address complex software architecture challenges, including the evaluation of technologies, architectural patterns, architectural modeling, architectural views, component specification, and design principles

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills to explain AI solutions to stakeholders.



  • None


  • Cloud Service Provider Solution Architect Certification, including AWS Solution Architect or Azure Solutions Architect Expert Certification or GCP Solutions Architect Expert Certification


An Architect is not required to have experience in all of these, but is required to have those needed to support applications they are responsible for supporting. Current skill set are reviewed every other year, new skills may be required to meet changing business needs.

  • IMS

  • DB2

  • Oracle and Teradata Databases

  • Data Warehousing


  • Visual Basic

  • C

  • C++ SAS

  • Java/JavaScript Framework

  • PEGA

  • CSS3

  • Mobile

  • JSON

  • Cognos

  • Hadoop

  • SQL

  • J2EE


  • Project Management Tools: Waterfall and/or Agile


Does this role supervise/manage other employees?



Is Travel Required?


Disclaimer: The job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

Compliance Requirement: This position adheres to the ethical and legal standards and behavioral expectations as set forth in the code of business conduct and company policies.

As a component of job responsibilities, employees may have access to covered information, cardholder data, or other confidential customer information that must be protected at all times. In connection with this, all employees must comply with both the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as described in the Notice of Privacy Practices and Privacy Policies and Procedures as well as all data security guidelines established within the Company’s Handbook of Privacy Policies and Practices and Information Security Policy. Furthermore, it is every employee’s responsibility to comply with the company’s Code of Business Conduct. This includes but is not limited to adherence to applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations as well as company policies and training requirements.

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Base pay is determined by a variety of factors including a candidate’s qualifications, experience, and expected contributions, as well as internal peer equity, market, and business considerations. The displayed salary range does not reflect any geographic differential Highmark may apply for certain locations based upon comparative markets.

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Req ID: J242940