Lead Technical Architect

  • Full-time

Company Description

Merkle is a data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The agency's heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that inspire people-based marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology guide improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 9,600+ employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 50+ additional offices throughout the US, EMEA, and APAC. In 2016, the agency joined the Dentsu Aegis Network. For more information, contact Merkle at 1-877-9-Merkle or visit www.merkleinc.com.

Job Description

We are looking for a Magento Technical Architect that has a foundation in PHP and MySQL on a Linux platform. You will work with an application from the operating system through coding from back-end to front. You will design complex technical solutions and provide technical expertise across multiple projects to meet client B2C and B2B requirements. You will create scalable, maintainable, and well-documented solutions based on the Magento software platform or other PHP-based platforms. You will create complex site architectures to support multiple integration points, oversee the implementation of the design, attend client discovery meetings, estimate new projects, explain technical concepts to clients and non-technical teammates, and help resolve technical issues.


  • You will provide solution architecture for the business problem, platform integration with third-party services, developing complex features for our clients' needs.
  • You will use Magento's code structure and extension architecture to develop sound technical strategies.
  • You will assist our sales teams in project estimation and questions that arise during the pre-sales process.
  • You will engage with partners to understand required capabilities, integrating business knowledge with technical solutions.
  • You will use Mobile First, Responsive Web Design, and UX concepts with the ability to put them into practice.
  • You will design and implement development and testing workflows.
  • You will quickly learn new processes, software, and technology and apply it to your daily routine.
  • You will improve web server configurations and scaling web applications.
  • You will create engaging and interactive e-commerce applications.
  • You will build back-end and front-end code for web applications.
  • You will stay ahead of web developments and trends and are passionate about collaborating with like-minded teams of engineers to share your interests.


  • Experience leading complex Adobe Commerce implementations.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Experience Platform (AEP) and rest of the Adobe Martech suite.
  • Experienced with Adobe Commerce re-platforming and data migration from other commerce platforms.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Commerce architecture to manage integrations and data flows with external systems like ERP/POS, PIM, middleware while using methodologies such as API and flat files.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field; Master’s degree or commensurate experience.
  • Experience in project and solution estimation and team structure definition.
  • Experience engaging with partners to understand required capabilities, integrating business knowledge with technical solutions.
  • Broad knowledge of program, project, and knowledge management processes and tools.
  • In-depth experience 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 have a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of issues within the Internet economy, which may include third-party solution providers and competitors.
  • Experience defining new architectures and ability to guide an independent project from an architectural standpoint.
  • Expertise in online, on-demand technologies and modern 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

Additional Information

The anticipated base salary range for this position is $113,000k-$182,850k. Actual salary will be based on a variety of factors including relevant experience, knowledge, skills and other factors permitted by law. Additionally, this position is eligible for discretionary incentive compensation. Our incentive compensation plan is subject to change. A range of medical, dental, vision, 401(k) matching, paid time off, and other benefits also are available. For more information about dentsu benefits, please visit dentsubenefitsplus.com.

This job is fully remote.

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About dentsu
Dentsu is an integrated growth and transformation partner to the world’s leading organizations. Founded in 1901 in Tokyo, Japan, and now present in over 145 countries and regions, it has a proven track record of nurturing and developing innovations, combining the talents of its global network of leadership brands to develop impactful and integrated growth solutions for clients. Dentsu delivers end-to-end experience transformation (EX) by integrating its services across Media, CXM and Creative, while its business transformation (BX) mindset pushes the boundaries of transformation and sustainable growth for brands, people and society.

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