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VP of Enterprise Architecture


Upwork ($UPWK) is the world’s work marketplace. We serve everyone from one-person startups to large, Fortune 100 enterprises with a powerful, trust-driven platform that enables companies and talent to work together in new ways that unlock their potential.

Last year, more than $3.8 billion of work was done through Upwork by skilled professionals who are gaining more control by finding work they are passionate about and innovating their careers.

We are looking for a Vice President of Enterprise Architecture who is an experienced thought leader with a passion for delivering forward-thinking solutions around enterprise architecture. You will report directly to the VPII Engineering & CISO and you will be tasked with defining and influencing all aspects of our enterprise architecture working collaboratively with multiple teams to take our products to the next level!

Your Responsibilities:


  • Demonstrating a profound understanding of technology trends and business processes, translating intricate technical concepts into strategic business solutions.
  • Collaborating with business and IT leaders to prioritize initiatives and investments.
  • Providing leadership and guidance on technology decisions to ensure alignment with long-term business goals.
  • Partnering with the Technology Leadership team, Principal Engineers, and Business Stakeholders to develop an Enterprise Architecture Vision & Strategy aligned with company objectives.
  • Reviewing and approving new technology development in collaboration with cross-functional teams.
  • Establishing and supporting the Enterprise Architecture Review Board, fostering collaboration around future standards and technologies.
  • Driving innovation through the application of new technologies and approaches to renovate, extend, and transform the existing core technology base, encompassing cloud, web, mobile, AI/ML, microservices, big data, and API-enabled platforms and products.
  • Close alignment with Product Management and Engineering teams to ideate, scope, plan, estimate, coordinate, and direct roadmaps for consumer-facing experiences and tools.
  • Fostering collaboration with key stakeholders, including business leaders, IT teams, and external partners.
  • Driving thought leadership within the organization through presentations and architectural models that showcase the alignment of current and future technology needs with the company mission and business growth.

Delivery and Execution:

  • Propelling the adoption of new technology across the organization by delivering Proof of Concepts, supported by design diagrams, technical documentation, business impact analysis, and ROI.
  • Crafting technical requirements and global architecture to govern the security, scalability, sustainability, cost, and overall quality of our infrastructure, systems, content, and data.

Team Building and Management:

  • As a leader, you will act as an expert advisor, coach, and mentor across the technology organization on the latest architecture principles and practices.
  • Serving as a point of escalation for teams facing complex technical challenges.

What it takes to catch our eye:

  • 15 years of experience in application development, software & solution architecture, with a track record of increasing responsibilities leading architecture teams in areas such as Big Data, Data Science/Machine Learning platforms, and Business Intelligence Visualization tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to transform teams and technology in a rapidly growing environment.
  • Experience in leading cross-functional teams and delivering projects using Agile development practices.
  • Knowledge of Continuous Delivery tools, DevOps practices, architecture, and Data experience, with exposure to regulated industries.
  • Proficiency with Data Technologies such as openAI, ChatGPT, and AWS.
  • Expertise in one or more programming languages: Java, Javascript, Vue.JS, NodeJS, SQL.
  • Experience with Serverless & microservices architecture.
  • Familiarity with Containers: Docker, Kubernetes.
  • Strong API design and implementation skills.
  • A commitment to staying current with the latest technology advancements in web and native mobile platforms.

The annual base salary for this position in California and Washington ranges from $268,000 - $350,000.The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum salary for this position in California and Washington, and individual base pay will depend on your skills, qualifications, experience, and location. Additionally, this position is eligible for the annual bonus plan or sales incentive plan and eligibility to participate in our long term equity incentive program.

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork, you’ll shape talent solutions for how the world works today. We are a remote-first organization working together to create exciting remote work opportunities for a global community of professionals. While we have physical offices in San Francisco and Chicago, currently we also hire full-time employees in 19 states in the United States. 

At the core of our vibrant culture are shared values that form the foundation of our organization. These values revolve around trust, risk-taking, customer focus, and excellence. Our overarching mission is to create economic opportunities so that people have better lives. We foster an environment where individuals are encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work, nurturing personal and professional growth through development opportunities, mentorship programs, and participation in Upwork Belonging Communities.

We take pride in providing exceptional benefits to our employees. These include comprehensive medical insurance coverage for both you and your family, unlimited paid time off, a 401(k) plan with matching contributions, 12 weeks of paid parental leave, and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. To explore these benefits in detail, as well as gain insights into our company values, working principles, and the overall employee experience, we invite you to visit our Life at Upwork page.

Check out our Careers page to learn more about the employee experience.   

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