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Solutions Architect

Reporting to our Head of Application Development, the Solutions Architect will be a member of the IT leadership team and will support the architecture, engineering, and development of custom applications and support the implementation of new enterprise platforms. In addition, this person will work to constantly enhance the quality and configurability of these systems by staying in tune with enhanced software and cloud methodologies, new frameworks, and technologies. This is a great opportunity for a talented Solutions Architect to contribute to all aspects of this rapidly transforming organization, by delivering best-in-class solutions and supporting a large delivery team with established best practices. This position is based at our Administrative Office (HQ) in Irving (Las Colinas), Texas.


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead in defining, documenting, and developing software, as well as contribute to architecture, technical design discussions, code reviews and collaboration with the delivery team
  • Contribute to the review and analysis of business requirements and technical story writing
  • Provide expertise to identify and translate business requirements into software design documentation, diagrams, and execution strategies
  • Develop, monitor, and track application health with telemetry, data quality guards, and defensive programming techniques
  • Provide solutions for technical debt including assessment of new technologies, implementing POCs, nurturing CI/CD Pipelines, designing for QA Automation, and perpetual performance tuning
  • Evaluate software change requests, determine the business need, conduct root cause analysis, and implement technically efficient solutions
  • Assess the impact of software changes on Cottonwood and other systems, including conducting unit, integration, and automated tests to mitigate risks and minimize health impact
  • Design, run and monitor software performance tests on new and existing applications for the purpose of correcting errors and improving performance
  • Collaborate with team members on technical direction
  • Promptly escalate issues, which affect product delivery and quality that are beyond scope of influence
  • Establish best practices and policies for installing, configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting end-user access and usage of database applications


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent Military/other experience
  • 7+ years of experience in designing and developing enterprise-level applications using .NET, C#, WPF, WCF, MVC, and SOA or Microservices with REST/SOAP/GraphQL and SQL Server or comparable technologies
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Local (Dallas/Fort Worth area) candidates only – no relocation
  • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship and not require sponsorship in the future


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience designing and implementing applications utilizing React and TypeScript on the front-end along with RESTful APIs built on.NET Framework/Core
  • Experience working in cloud technologies, Azure/AWS/GCP
  • Experience applying modern and cloud Design Patterns
  • Experience with analytical and decision science platforms, Power BI
  • Working understanding of OIDC and OAuth2
  • Experience with quality automation, SmartBear TestComplete, CodedUI, Selenium
  • Experience in a financial or regulated environment preferred



  • Annual salary of $170,000



  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • Voluntary life/ AD&D
  • Short-term & long-term disability
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick time
  • Paid maternity, paternity, bereavement, extended medical leave, and jury duty
  • Corporate discount program on “personal cell phone accounts” with select providers
  • Corporate discount program on Microsoft 365 “Home Use Program”
  • Business casual work environment

About Cottonwood

Founded in 1996, Cottonwood Financial is one of the largest privately held retail consumer finance companies in the United States. Headquartered in Irving (Las Colinas), Texas, we have 275+ company-owned locations, under our Cash Store brand, across the country. Through this national brick-and-mortar footprint, we provide best-in-class customer service and offer an innovative mix of financial products and services to our customers. We are profitable, have a healthy balance sheet, and are positioned to grow.


We have been named multiple times to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, as well as to the Dallas 100 list of the fastest-growing private companies in North Texas.


Cottonwood Financial is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Full time
Salary Range
$83,000.00 - 127,000.00
per Year
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Irving, TX 75084, US