Principal Business Architect

Date:  Nov 21, 2023

Remote, Remote, US

Company:  Vail Resorts
Shift Type:  Year Round


As a leading mountain resort operator with over 40 resorts in sixteen states and four countries. We exist to create an Experience of a Lifetime for our employees, so they can, in turn, provide and Experience of a Lifetime for our guests. We are looking for leaders, innovators, creators, and ambitious professionals to join our talented team. If you’re ready to pursue your fullest potential, we want to get to know you!

Many of our Corporate function teams can now live and work in any of the states in which Vail Resorts currently operates* – enabling flexible remote work alongside a commitment to building and maintaining strong culture both in person and virtually. If you’re ready to pursue your fullest potential, we want to get to know you. Find your purpose with us at


We are seeking an experienced Principal Business Architect with a strong agile background to join the Resort Application Development Team. This role will be responsible for leading solution assessments, providing domain subject expertise, and mentoring business analysts. Reporting directly to the Director of Project Management, this role will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of projects across lines of business. Successful candidates will establish themselves as leaders capable of effectively partnering with business stakeholders and cross-functional technology teams to design software solutions.


​Job Specifications

  • Outlet: Remote
  • Shift & Schedule Availability: Year Round / Full Time
  • The budgeted range starts at $89,100 - $121,305 + annual bonus.  Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.


Drive Value: Achieve solution excellence through effective business analysis

  • Engage with appropriate stakeholders to facilitate agreement on solution scope, business requirements, and success metrics
  • Integrate “big picture” thinking with solution analysis, planning for future business needs and extensibility of solution architecture
  • Support solution teams with navigating ambiguity and breaking down complex problems into functional and technical requirements
  • Define realistic solutions and perform gap analysis, ensuring a mutual understanding of functional scope and phased delivery options
  • Work independently to organize assessment approach, synthesize assessment findings, and track down needed information to complete assessments  

Serve Others: Inspire trust and build productive relationships with key stakeholders and agile delivery teams

  • Engage broadly and deeply across the organization to quickly connect information and facilitate positive project outcomes.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in routinely briefing key stakeholders and leadership on solution details, emphasizing areas of risk, uncertainty and complexity
  • Build trust with peers and external teams, managing tension between varying viewpoints and stakeholder interests
  • Explain “the why” to team members and educate them of business decisions
  • Collaborate on assessment materials and leadership presentations, simplifying content and distilling key points appropriate for the audience 

Do Good: Create an environment of continual improvement internally and with cross-functional teams and business partners

  • Demonstrate the ability to learn through curiosity and flexible thinking as new challenges arise
  • Take bold steps to enhance current assessment process and develop methods to track results over time
  • Contribute to Vail’s talent philosophy and help business analysts grow in their roles and career objectives
  • Think critically about assessment roadmaps, prioritization, and ways of working, sharing insights with leaders and attending Project Delivery Leadership meetings.

Do Right: Anticipate the needs of key leadership and facilitate as well as motivate those around you to identify solutions

  • Ensure candid communication about potential risks, collaborating with the delivery team to identify options and advising stakeholders of mitigation tactics
  • Guide the delivery team through change adoption, based on newly identified business needs and portfolio demand
  • Ensure solutions adhere to the software delivery lifecycle and satisfy SOX and PCI requirements for the organization

Have Fun: Demonstrate passion for helping teams connect with their purpose and enjoy their contributions  

  • Identify opportunities to connect virtually and in person to celebrate project accomplishments
  • Share feedback from stakeholders with the team, helping them to understand the positive impact of their collective contributions

Be Inclusive: Welcome new team members and encourage a culture of belonging for all team members

  • Attend diversity, equity, and inclusion training and company sponsored events, as available
  • Acknowledge the importance of inclusivity in software design decisions

Be Safe: Create a team culture focused on psychological safety and trust

  • Focus on being a business leader first and foremost
  • Lead through persuasion and value versus role authority, empowering team members to express their viewpoints


Job Requirements

  • 3+ years as a Senior Business Analyst with increasing responsibility
  • Adept as using MS Office, Visio, PowerPoint, JIRA, Confluence, and prototyping tools
  • Experience in MS Development Technologies, including VB6, .Net, SQL Server, SSRS, SSIS, etc.
  • Requirements gathering and documentation skills
  • Process and technical writing skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects/tasks simultaneously
  • Proven organizational and time management skills


The expected Total Compensation for this role is $89,100 - $121,305 + annual bonus.  Individual compensation decisions are based on a variety of factors.

The perks include a free ski pass, and a set of benefits including... 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan  
  • Hourly employees are generally eligible for accrued Paid Time Off (PTO) and Sick Time.  Salaried employees are generally eligible for Flexible Time Off (FTO) 
  • Paid Parental Leave for eligible mothers and fathers  
  • Healthcare & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts  
  • Life, AD&D, and disability insurance 


Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts.  At Vail Resorts, our team is made whole by the brave, passionate individuals who ambitiously push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Whether you’re looking for seasonal work or the career of a lifetime, join us today to reach your peak.  

*Remote work is currently permitted from British Columbia and the 16 U.S. states in which we currently operate. This includes: California, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please note that the ability to work remotely, and the particulars related to such work, are subject to change at any time; and, accordingly, the Company reserves the right to change its policies and/or require in-person/in-office work at any time in its sole discretion.   


Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.


Requisition ID  499028
Reference Date: 11/20/2023 
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