DST Systems Solutions Architecture - Lead API Strategic Architect in Kansas City, Missouri

The speed of technology. The influx of data. Shifting regulations. Increased customer expectations.

That's where you'll find DST, helping clients find opportunity in ever-changing and complex customer, business, and regulatory requirements. Mastering complexity is a constantly changing and evolving challenge – one that only a few people can embrace and thrive upon.

If you see your opportunity in complexity, then we are the right fit for you.

Job Description:

Organizational Overview

At DST Financial Services we believe that in order to better service our clients it’s through our use of data. In our Australia, United Kingdom, and United States offices we provide services to mutual funds, brokerage firms, retirement plans, wealth management, and other financial services. Every day our global offices work together to master the complexity of the financial industry to transform the most challenging tasks into opportunity and competitive advantage.

Role Overview

A Lead Architect for Data Integration Strategy is responsible for defining, maintaining, and communicating the strategic direction for data integration technologies for both core APIs and custom interfaces within the Financial Services technology organization. Applicants should be experts in their field in information architecture, data access technologies, and standard industry API practices. Applicants should also be well versed in middle-tier technologies for both Java and .NET-based systems.


  • Understanding the current system through research and modeling

  • Defining the strategic reference architecture based on a deep understanding of the DST business objectives for data integration

  • Leading and participating in internal/external communities focused on the improvement of our integration strategy

  • Managing the Knowledge Base of coding standards, guidelines, and best practices for APIs

  • Monitoring industry trends and providing guidance to the product, design, and development organization

  • Work with DST Enterprise Architect to analyze specific industry trends in API management capabilities and correlate those capabilities to specific business needs

  • Establish overall architecture principles and provide oversight to project teams or other architects to ensure the enterprise vision is achieved

  • Research and identify required architecture components and/or frameworks that may span multiple products or areas of technology and develop position statements on the most complex, functional architectural principles that have the highest impact and risk exposure to the organization

  • Provide technical expertise on multiple areas of underlying technologies, platforms, and subject matter relating to product or infrastructure architecture

  • Gather and analyze technical and industry-related trends and evaluate technological advances and various third-party products and tools

  • Ensure current technical assets are leveraged and set the architectural direction for future product offerings

  • Create models and conduct feasibility, cost/benefit, and risk analyses to make recommendations that support long-term product maintainability, reliability, scalability, while achieving and promoting business objectives


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or related experience in Computer Science or equivalent

  • Minimum of 5 years programming with Java or .NET AND related data integration technologies such as SQL, JSON, SFTP, and Swagger

  • Minimum of 5 years programming with server technologies AND applicable business experience demonstrating a comprehensive application of programming principles, methodologies, tools, and techniques

  • Demonstrated knowledge in application architecture and systems-level design and/or development

  • Expert in communicating direction to both management and senior developers through presentations, blogs, forums, emails, and when necessary white papers

  • Expert in researching development requirements and industry trends and weighing them against risk, cost, and overall benefits

  • Ability to work both independently to define your own day-to-day activities and in a team environment of other lead architects to set strategic direction

  • Proven ability to think strategically and evaluate business objectives and outcomes for both DST and the client

  • Desire to lead a community of like-minded technical leads to determine strategic objectives based on tactical and strategic business needs

  • Fortitude to enforce the strategy through technical reviews

  • Humility to recognize when the strategy must be altered to reflect changing business needs


Kansas City Missouri

DST is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information about Equal Opportunity in the Workplace please click here and here. DST is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to job applicants with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need an accommodation or accessibility assistance to complete the online application, please contact us at PeopleCenter@dstsystems.com for assistance.

DST Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of specialized technology, strategic advisory, and business operations outsourcing to the financial and healthcare industries. Combining unmatched industry knowledge, critical infrastructure and service excellence, DST helps companies master complexity in the world’s most demanding industries to ensure they continually stay ahead of and capitalize on ever-changing customer, business and regulatory requirements.

We work with companies in some of the world’s most demanding industries where rapid shifts in consumer, regulatory, and technology trends are increasingly affecting how our clients do business. For them, keeping up in a landscape of constant change is becoming more and more complex. Through our technology, strategic advisory, and business improvement solutions we work with clients to help them stay ahead of and capitalize on customer, business, and regulatory change.

Mastering complexity is not an end-state. It’s a constantly changing and evolving challenge – one that only a few people can embrace and thrive upon. If you see your opportunity in complexity, then we are the right fit for you.