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Solution Architect I / II

Date: Nov 5, 2021

Location: Fort Worth, TX, US, 76131

Company: BNSF

Apply early as this job may be removed or filled prior to the closing date, which is approximately seven (7) days after the posting date.


Job Location: Fort Worth
Other Potential Locations: Fort Worth, TX 
Anticipated Start Date: 11/16/2021
Number of Positions: 1 
Salary Range: $103,700 - $130,000


COVID-19 Federal Vaccine Mandate

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect all aspects of our lives.  From the onset, BNSF's goals have remained the same: keep our people safe and maintain our essential operations.  While we maintained that the decision to be vaccinated for COVID-19 is a personal one, we also encouraged employees to consider the options and make the best decision for themselves and their families.


Under President Biden's COVID-19 Action Plan, BNSF is covered by the federal mandate and must require all employees to be fully vaccinated with a target date of January 4, 2022.  Under this same federal mandate, BNSF will require all newly hired employees to be fully vaccinated before their start date.


Who we are and what we do

Do you want to be a part of something that really matters? Team BNSF includes professionals focused on safety and service that play a vital role in delivering the nation's freight.  Together, we help move goods and materials that sustain life and support local, national and global economies. Our rail network is one of the largest freight railroads, spanning 28 western states and serving three Canadian provinces.


What we believe

At BNSF, our Vision and Values drive who we are, not only in our words, but also our actions. BNSF is committed to our foundational values of equality and inclusion. As members of the BNSF community, our employees are entitled to:

  • be treated with dignity and respect.
  • have equal access to tools, resources, training and development opportunities.
  • have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.


We model the way through our leadership, our BNSF Diversity Councils, our eclectic Business Resource Groups, our deep involvement and investment in the communities we serve and through training programs. Our actions create an inclusive, open and collaborative workplace that encourages diverse perspectives in all interactions.



This is a great opportunity to get exposure to Transportation and operation activities on the NOC floor.  This role will be exposed to cross-functional team and department experience and ability to manage a large project from a technical and functional perspective.  


This engineer will have a unique opportunity to hone their technical skills, while developing their program management, time management, business acumen, vendor management, and budgeting skills.  The engineer will leverage expertise and proficiency to help deliver the Movement Planner and Throughput Planner initiatives. The engineer leverages a thorough knowledge of existing and planned enterprise capabilities, software development best practices, and general technology expertise to create and influence technical design and architecture of complex, integrated systems comprised of a combination of vendor products, open source, and custom developed software. The primary business outcome for this role is to deliver resilient, high-quality, technology products that align with business processes that align with operations initiatives for driving down costs and improving network efficiencies.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Facilitate collaboration and consensus building between other engineers to define, deliver, and improve technology solutions that solve business problems while positioning the BNSF technology ecosystem for future success
  • Influence the guiding principles to be used as an aid in decision making when creating and delivering software solutions
  • Influence the creation of high-level technical designs and integration architectures that are scalable, secure, and supportable while meeting business expectations related to complex business / technical opportunities
  • Assist in troubleshooting, root-cause analysis, and solution implementation within multiple technology areas
  • Evaluate system performance and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Use an understanding of downstream impacts of changes in complex, inter-related systems to avoid unintended consequences associated with software development
  • Consult and advise with development teams on software development best practices
  • Partner with development teams to create development guidelines to be used by external development resources
  • Identify, monitor and manage project/program risks and issues in a timely and unbiased manner; follow governance standards for escalating to right levels at the right time
  • Provide transparent reporting and metrics on project/program health (scope, schedule and budget), and support all communications related to project delivery process
  • Collaborate with other functions (governance and change enablement) to ensure consistency, compliance and user adoptions
  • Drive initiatives from both a tactical and strategic perspective, and manage interdependencies
  • Develop and manage project/program budgets - track, collate and analyze planned vs actual values for time and cost; take corrective/preventive actions as warranted
  • Capture, publish and refresh project/program records (as appropriate), such as key decisions and action items, meeting minutes, risks and issues
  • Responsibility for providing direction to contractors and/or consultants.
  • Participates in the development and execution of project plan and resource allocation.
  • Remain abreast of application development technology trends and advise application development leaders on potential opportunities for improvement
  • Analyzes, designs, and programs for moderate business problems according to user specifications and technical specifications. May recommend and develop detail program specifications.  Complies with project methodology requirements as appropriate.
  • Perform troubleshooting, root-cause analysis, and solution implementation within specific technology areas.  
  • Leverages external resources to solve problems.
  • Provides timely and accurate progress information. 
  • Interacts with stakeholders as required by project objectives. 
  • Communicates and recommends solutions in a timely manner. 
  • Translates technical information to a non-technical audience.



  • Bachelor’s degree with preference in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering or Business, and/or equivalent formal training, certifications or work experience. 
  • Minimum of 6 years of work experience in an Information Technology environment
  • Knowledge of software development, practice, concepts, and technology and methodology obtained through formal training, education, and/or work experience.
  • Ensures that systems function appropriately and are technically sound. 
  • In depth experience in one or more domains or broad experience in multiple domains. 
  • Understands continuous integration and delivery concepts.
  • Expert with Open Source technologies and modern development techniques
  • Knowledge, understanding, and experience with DevOps, Continuous Delivery and Deployment
  • Proficient in designing and implementing an Event Driven Architecture (EDA) and systems
  • Possesses sound engineering principles with the ability to apply said principles
  • Ability to support enterprise-wide solutions and platforms
  • Proven ability to implement (i.e., code) the solutions he/she has designed
  • Expert ability to influence the design and architecture of multiple, highly integrated and complex systems
  • Proficient with distributed, multithreaded, and real-time systems
  • Proficient knowledge of effective problem solving and identifying innovative solutions
  • Expert relationship building skills, including the capacity to predict and manage behavior, build and leverage cross-functional partnerships within and outside of the organization, and leverage influential leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and identify downstream impacts of changes within complex software systems
  • Demonstrated ability to consult and advise on best practices for software development and technology adoption
  • Demonstrated ability to improve feature team processes and capabilities continuously
  • Proficient ability to analyze new technology and recommend adoption to address complex issues
  • Proficient ability to leverage external resources to solve problems
  • Proficient ability to remain highly effective under stress, and respond to pressure in a manner acceptable to others and the organization
  • Proficient ability to balance short and long-term business and technology objectives and to make trade-off decisions as needed


BNSF offers competitive benefit programs and services including, but not limited to 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Railroad Retirement
  • Life Insurance
  • Incentive Compensation Plan (ICP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program


  •     Criminal history 
  •     Last 7 years of driving history
  •     Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  •     Social Security number
  •     Education
  •     Medical evaluation
  •     Drug Screen
  •     Other elements as needed
BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe and drug free.
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to, providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at
BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status.

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