CAREERS AT POKERSTARS

Principal Architect

11631 Bulgaria, Sofia IT Permanent

We are looking for a Principal Architect to join our MarTech team in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Are you our next star player? 

We’re on an exciting journey, as part of the Flutter group we form a key piece of the world’s largest Betting and Gaming company. We’re expanding our team to deliver a best of breed Marketing ecosystem. Reporting into the Director of Marketing Technology you’ll contribute to the success of the PokerStars and Betfair brands.

You’ll work on the most critical, strategic projects at the heart of the world’s largest public online gaming business.

It’s your chance to build new platforms and systems that will ultimately be used by millions around the world, solving problems that only exist at this scale.

You’ll be part of the award-winning Flutter group tech family, working with the best product and technology professionals.  

This role follows a hybrid approach to working, allowing you to combine working from home with working in our modern offices. These discussions are between you and your manager to find the best pattern for you both! We will kit you out to work from home but know that working as a team is what makes us great and spending quality time together is essential for keeping us mission-aligned

Why we need you?

As Principal Architect you will be responsible for a fast-paced and energetic Agile portfolio across distributed teams. You will provide technical leadership across the portfolio of programs containing multiple work streams and initiatives in a fast-paced, Lean-Agile environment to support the continuing growth of Marketing.

Together with other technology leaders, you will deliver and communicate an architectural vision and roadmap for the tribe that is understood and supported by the whole business and that provides clear, achievable principles and direction for the technology team to follow.   

You will communicate the business goals, constraints and risks to the technical and product team members, so that they can build and operate the systems and services that support and deliver the tribe’s business goals and address the constraints and risks that are present.  

You will be part of the technical leadership team, leading on technical designs and direction. You will peer with Product, Platform, Engineering and Infrastructure teams to deliver sustainable, high-performance products, services and solutions to provide the best possible experience for our customers.

What does our star Principal Architect do?

• Be the technical authority for Marketing’s strategic technical initiatives
• Work to continuously improve the Architecture teams’ ways of working and processes.  
• Drive the creation and maintenance of city plans  
• Work to ensure best practice and sharing and review of designs
• Define the process for architectural communication/sign-off and peer review 
• Define best practices around stakeholder risk management  
• Work with other Marketing Technology tribe leaders to define how the architecture processes fit within the delivery processes  
• Promote structured capture & communication of Technical Decision Records 
• Assist with recruitment and onboarding of new starters  
• Keep up-to-date with emerging technologies and architectural approaches and promote alignment between technology and business strategy.  
• Maintain a good understanding and awareness of competitors’ products and services. 
• Collaborate with other architects across the business to help define our architectural principles, vision, lifecycle, and underlying framework. 
• Have an awareness of current architectural trends and developments within the market, particularly patterns and technologies being used within Marketing and the wider Flutter   
• Maintain an in-depth knowledge of the tribe’s technologies and architecture and a good understanding of the wider organization’s technologies and architectures. 
• Collaborate with other teams within the group to promote the interoperability of data collected across products and technology teams 
• Deliver solution designs and impact assessments to support the delivery of business goals and help squads to bring these products to life. 
• Identify architectural risks and propose alternatives and solutions.
• Provide governance and technical leadership to ensure the products and services you are involved with are aligned with the design goals.  

Who we’re looking for?

While experience with all the items listed in this document is not essential, it is clearly beneficial and more senior candidates would typically be able to demonstrate experience in more of the items listed below.   

  • Our architects are T-Shaped, we expect deep expertise in one or two areas but an essential knowledge across our architecture. 
  • You will be a passionate and data driven individual with a focus on the customer experience. 
  • Knowledge of software development lifecycles, multiple development styles and methodologies with a strong aptitude in defining both business and technical requirements. 
  • Excellent communication, stakeholder relationship management and attention to detail skills.  
  • We rely on iterative, incremental development and fast feedback – we expect a good understanding of the mechanics of this including a solid understanding of automation and its role in modern software delivery 
  • Our architects have experience of working in a modern agile environment (e.g. Scrum / Kanban)
  • Online Poker, Betting or Casino Industry experience

What’s in it for you?

Our experience-based salaries are competitive.  

Your package will include: 

  • Discretionary annual performance bonus
  • 25 days annual leave 
  • Health and Dental Insurance for you, your partner and your children (if you all live at the same address) 
  • Personal life insurance and disability coverage  
  • A personal interest allowance to let you learn something new or pursue a hobby 
  • External learning support of up to £2,000 or equivalent in local currency, dedicated 4 learning “Power Hours” every month during office time, full access to the Udemy and Mindtools platforms, in-house leadership program and many other training opportunities for developing your skills and progressing your career 
  • Looking to extend your family? You will receive a cash gift of 1,000 BGN for your new addition whilst working for us 
  • A sports’ card membership valid across the country 
  • In-house yoga and gymnastic classes, as well as dances 
  • Discounts as a compliment form us among different services 
  • Monthly lunch and travel allowance 
  • Free snacks, fruits and drinks in the office. 

About the Group 
 
PokerStars is part of Flutter Entertainment Plc, a global sports betting, gaming and entertainment provider headquartered in Dublin and part of the FTSE 100 index of the London Stock Exchange. Flutter brings together exceptional brands, products and businesses and a diverse global presence in a safe, responsible and ultimately sustainable way. 
 
We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We do not discriminate on any protected characteristic as defined by applicable law. 
 
We will look to provide reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process. If you need assistance, please contact: talent@flutterint.com

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Want a seat at the table? Apply now! 

We will aim to respond to you as soon as possible. If you’re the right fit for our Principal Architect role, you will be invited to a phone/zoom interview. 
 
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