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SMB Technical Architect (Remote)

Location: Columbia, MD.
Company Description:

LiveArea, a Merkle Company, is a global commerce services company. We combine business strategy, experience design and technology to help leading B2C and B2B organizations deliver exceptional commerce solutions worldwide. We are a diverse team with distinct interests, skillsets, and backgrounds collaborating across all facets of commerce. Together, we take pride in driving measurable and material value for our clients by leveraging our holistic commerce expertise within specific industry vertical markets.   

Job Description:

LiveArea is looking for a SMB Technical Architect that has a strong foundation in PHP and MySQL on a Linux platform. This person will have experience working with an application from the operating system through coding from backend to front. The SMB Technical Architect is responsible for designing complex technical solutions and providing technical expertise across multiple projects to meet client B2C and B2B requirements. This individual must have proven experience creating scalable, maintainable, and well documented solutions based on the Magento software platform and/or other PHP-based platforms. As an active team member, a successful Technical Architect will create complex site architectures to support multiple integration points, oversee the implementation of the design, attend client discovery meetings, estimate new projects, explain highly technical concepts to clients and non-technical teammates, and help resolve technical issues as needed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide solution architecture for the business problem, platform integration with third party services, designing and developing complex features for clients' business needs.
  • Utilize understanding of Magento's code structure and extension architecture to develop sound technical strategies.
  • Assist sales teams in project estimation and questions that arise during the pre-sales process.
  • Engage with business stakeholders to understand required capabilities, integrating business knowledge with technical solutions.
  • Thorough understanding of Mobile First, Responsive Web Design, and UX concepts -- with the ability to put them into practice.
  • Experience designing and implementing thorough development and testing workflows.
  • Able to quickly learn new processes, software, and technology and apply it to your daily routine
  • Have experience optimizing web server configurations and scaling web applications.
  • Looking for a chance to create engaging and interactive e-commerce applications.
  • You love building both back-end and front-end code for new or existing web applications.
  • You stay ahead of web developments and trends and are passionate about collaborating with like-minded teams of engineers to share your interests.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a closely related field strongly preferred; Master’s degree; or commensurate experience
  • Experience in project and solution estimation and team structure definition.
  • Engage with business stakeholders to understand required capabilities, integrating business knowledge with technical solutions.
  • Broad knowledge of program, project and knowledge management processes and tools.
  • In-depth experience in translating account needs into a strategic implementation plan.
  • Demonstrated skills in negotiation and leadership. Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications, including presentations to senior management.
  • Must possess a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of issues within the Internet economy, which may include third-party solution providers and competitors.
  • Experience in defining new architectures and ability to drive an independent project from an architectural standpoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to work comfortably with senior and peer management.
  • Deep expertise in on-line, on-demand technologies and cutting-edge training methods.
  • 7+ years’ PHP development experience required.
  • Proficiency with PHP frameworks such as Zend framework.
  • In depth experience with HTML/CSS, JavaScript & JQuery, XML, MySQL, PHP.
  • Proficiency with PHP and MySQL from an OOP perspective, database schema design, LAMP Server administration.
  • You want to participate in project planning, design review, and architectural meetings.
  • Competent knowledge of e-commerce data organization and relationships.



  • Professional – unquestionable integrity, credibility, and character; Who has demonstrated high moral and ethical behavior.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills.
  • Demonstrable ability to provide consulting services.
  • Must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy, a big-picture vision and the ability to articulate a vision of the total solution both internally and externally.




Additional Information:


  • Multiple health plan options, including independent insurance and pre-tax FSAs
  • Life insurance, AD&D, and short- and long-term disability with company-paid premium
  • Ample paid time off, holidays, and flex time
  • Generous full paid leave for new parents, including parental, maternity, paternity, and adoption leave and assistance
  • Military leave for active duty service members deployed to full-time service
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan with company-sponsored matching program


Employees from diverse or underrepresented backgrounds encouraged to apply.
Dentsu (the "Company") is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee of the Company, on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other legally-recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done that will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing an undue hardship on the Company. Please contact [email protected] if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process or to request or discuss an accommodation in connection with a job at the Company to which you are applying.

For individuals assigned to and/or hired in Colorado, the anticipated salary range for this position is $80K - $120K, which is based on a wide range of factors that include relevant experience, knowledge, skills and other job-related qualifications. Pay ranges in locations other than Colorado may differ based on labor market wage rates in those locations.  A range of medical, dental, vision, 401(k) matching, paid time off, and/or other benefits also are available. For more information regarding dentsu benefits, please visit https://dentsubenefitsplus.com/ 


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