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A Salesforce Architect brings knowledge of the platform's architecture & capabilities, integration strategy with other systems, the business acumen to guide in decisions, and oversight of the technical delivery team.
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California

$
150
per hour, total cost
ex-Google Technical Architect and hands-on Developer
  • Sales, Service, MuleSoft
  • Platform Developer II
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    Working on Certified Technical Architect
  • Scaled team from 0 to 15 Devs
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Texas

$
140
per hour, total cost
Experience at Consulting Partners, non-profits, and startups
  • 10+ years in Salesforce
  • Platform Developer II
  • Health Cloud, Heroku

Florida

$
170
per hour, total cost
Platform Developer II, Healthcare/Life Sciences focused
  • 10+ years in Salesforce
  • Veeva Architect
  • MDM, Boomi, Mulesoft
Primary Function

Salesforce Architect

All Salesforce Consultants on FoundHQ are vetted by our team and grouped by their Primary Function, so you can easily find the right experience.
  • Sales Cloud
  • Commerce Cloud
  • Service Cloud
  • Marketing Cloud
  • Communities
  • Health Cloud
  • MuleSoft
  • Vlocity
  • Platform Design
    Strategize and architect the holistic view of your business systems application environment, building data models, integration plans across your systems environment, defining role hierarchy & security framework.
  • Integration Strategy
    Collaborate cross-functionally with Sales, Marketing, Support, Finance, and Engineering teams to map an end-to-end view of data flow, build triggers and automation events, and lead the technical implementation to streamline flow of information
  • SFDC Roadmap
    Build features and functionality to drive maximize value today, while understanding the processes most likely to change in the organization, and ensuring Salesforce is set up to scale with the business.
  • Data Management
    Focus on data security, integrity, and visibility to deliver a 360 view of your Customers, closing data gaps, accelerating insights, and increasing overall actionability of the data across all systems
  • Project Management
    Manage cross-functional teams of Administrators, Business ANalysts, & Developers, helping to guide work and remain on time and in budget, or play an all-around Architect & Developer role on smaller projects.
Why our Customers hire a
Salesforce Architect

Common
Use Cases

The way Customers utilize a Salesforce Contractor varies depending on whether you have an ongoing need or a temporary fix.
Create Company Profile
CEO
Consulting Partner
We mostly work on projects with SMBs but occasionally win a larger, mid-market deployment and need a subcontractor Architect, which we found in 48 hours.
VP of Enterprise Apps
Communities, Service, FSL
We don't have a need for a Senior Architect but when we go through major projects, we hire 1 to Lead - we hired on Found in 48 hours for a big FSL overhaul.
CRO
Sales, CPQ
Our org is ~50 users and had been using Salesforce out-of-the-box, so we engaged an Architect for 5 months to really build out our system and implement CPQ.
VP of Sales
Sales Cloud
Engaged a Salesforce Technical Architect to help us implement Sales Cloud - he had 1 Developer + 1 Admin on his team that he managed.

A Guide to Working with a Salesforce Architect

Salesforce Architects are one of the most important and highly sought after functions in the Salesforce ecosystem. Given the complexity of the Salesforce platform, there are a variety of different skill sets that fall under the 'Salesforce Architect' umbrella - we help breakdown the difference between each, the job they do, and the Salesforce skills you should be looking for when hiring an Architect.

What does a Salesforce Architect do?

Manages Business Stakeholders

Typically, the Salesforce Architect will lead the strategy across end-to-end implementations and a key piece of that role is managing both Business and Technical stakeholders. The value of a Salesforce Architect comes from the fact that they are able to help optimize business processes, while translating those into technical solutions on the Salesforce platform, and bringing all of your systems & data together in one place.

Designs Technical Solutions on Salesforce

A Salesforce Architect knows the capabilities and limitations of what the platform can do - they are versed in multiple Clouds and understand when to use configuration vs. custom Apex development, how to use out of the box integration tools or work with APIs and custom integrations, and they are able to guide both Technical and Functional Delivery teams.

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Architects Integrations

Depending on the Salesforce platforms being deployed and complexity of the broader systems environment, degree of difficulty with integrations will vary. Salesforce offers a 'native' integration platform - Mulesoft - that requires technical expertise but is a simple way to connect Salesforce with other applications being utilized. The methods will vary but Salesforce Architects can identify the right integration / middleware platform and design the integration roadmap.

Builds a Security & Data Model

As part of platform architecture and integration strategy, Salesforce Technical Architects will build a security and data model to ensure company data isn't vulnerable. Particularly when dealing with Health Cloud, Financial Services Cloud, and other industries with compliance requirements, this is a key element to the Architect's skill set.

Oversee Salesforce Project Team

In addition to leading the strategy, a Salesforce Architect will often manage the day-to-day Deliver team. Technical Architects will write technical requirements, lead Scrum meetings, and manage the Salesforce Engineering team while Solution Architect will play a similar role over top of Business Analysts or Administrators.

Different Types of Salesforce Architects

Salesforce Solution Architects

In general, think of a Solution Architect as the Business Strategist that understands Technology but isn't as well versed on the technical limitations of what Salesforce can do. Their knowledge of customization is typically centered around configuration / "point-and-click" but they aren't able to write Apex code from scratch.

Role of a Salesforce Solution Architect

Salesforce Technical Architects

The Technical Architect is a combination of a Solution Architect and a Salesforce Developer. Bringing much of the business savvy you'll get from a Solution Architect, they are able to get hands-on with programming in Apex or building Lightning Web Components, managing Engineers, and leading technical solutions discussions with CTOs or CIOs.

Role of a Salesforce Technical Architect

Application Architect

The term 'Application Architect' is typically used to describe the more functional discipline and concentrates on things like complex configuration and workflow automation, sharing & visibility, and basic platform app development. This side of the Architect pyramid is the less technical aspect and more about the basic concepts and components of a Salesforce implementation like developing and building data architecture tools and applications for enterprises.

The knowledge that serves as the building blocks for an Application Architect, include: Sharing and Visibility Designer (understanding sharing structure, who see what in Salesforce ecosystems etc.); Platform Developer and Platform App Builder – ability to navigate complex configuration and declarative development on the platform; and Data Architecture and Management Designer.

System Architect

The more technical side of the Architect pyramid is someone that can manage the development lifecycle and deployments on Salesforce, while also understanding how to work with outside systems. This is a step beyond just application architecture  and involves data security models, integration architecture, and solutions design on Salesforce.

You will typically see a Identity & Access Management Designer background as well as Integration Architecture Designer accolades with a Certified System Architect.

Integration Architect

While a System Architect focuses on both Salesforce platform architecture and integration strategy, an Integration Architect is more heavily concentrated on the middleware layer used to build enterprise-grade, scalable, highly secure integrations between Salesforce and other applications.

An Integration Architect works with a variety of tools, including Integration Cloud (formerly Mulesoft), Boomi, Jitterbit, and a number of other applications built specifically for creating two way syncs between Salesforce and other enterprise SaaS products.

Salesforce Architect Certifications

Application Architect Certification

As described by Salesforce, the Salesforce Application Architect has a deep understanding of native Salesforce features and functionality, as well as the ability to model a role hierarchy, data model, and appropriate sharing mechanisms.

B2B Solution Architect Certification

The Salesforce B2B Solution Architect is well-versed in working across multiple 'Clouds' and leading functional solutions design that deliver business value for the customer - typical focus will be around core products like Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, CPQ, Marketing Cloud, and others.

B2C Solution Architect Certification

The Salesforce B2C Solution Architect designs multi-cloud solutions on Salesforce that delivered powerful customer experiences - Salesforce Architects focused on B2C digital experiences are typically working with Experience Cloud (formerly Communities) and Lightning Web Components.

B2C Commerce Architect Certification

The Salesforce B2C Commerce Architect has experience designing global eCommerce experiences that support multiple brands and channels using standard design patterns within Commerce Cloud.

Heroku Architecture Designer Certification

The Heroku Architecture Designer credential sits a bit outside the 'core' Salesforce product offering and is reserved for Architects with knowledge architecting scalable solutions, deploying and managing apps, and managing teams and build-workflows on Heroku.

System Architect Certification

System Architects focus on off-platform systems, integration, securing access between systems as well as managing governance and testing capabilities for deployment and ongoing Salesforce modification requirements.

Certified Technical Architect

This is the highest accreditation an Architect can receive in their Salesforce career.

The Salesforce Technical Architect possesses broad knowledge across multiple development platforms and draws on their skills and experience to assess customer requirements and architecture in order to design secure, high-performance technical solutions that maximize the potential of the Salesforce platform.

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Company FAQ

What makes FoundHQ different?

We have a singular focus - curating a network of world class Salesforce Freelancers. We are not a project-based Consulting Partner nor are we a Traditional Staffing Firm blindly sending resumes through a database. We are in the business of identifying talent and empowering select, dedicated Freelancers to build the career they've always envisioned.

We deliver flexibility. Our customers receive the benefits of engaging highly motivated, satisfied Freelancers without the additional costs associated with traditional services-based companies. Our customers build relationships directly with Freelancers and retain them for project needs well into the future.

Where does FoundHQ identify your Freelancers?

The largest percentage of our Freelancer network (85%) comes from Salesforce Consultants looking to depart the rigorous lifestyle of working for a major Salesforce Consulting Partner.

We spend time proactively building relationships with these Consultants and when the timing is right, we staff them on a project that launches their career as a Freelancer.

Our mission truly is to empower these individuals to move forward.
We not only offer more flexibility in their lifestyle but also the ability for Consultants to select their own projects. This leads to our Freelancers working for companies and people they believe in and a closer personal interest in their work than traditional employment offered.

What is the process of working with FoundHQ?

We request an upfront call with all Freelancers and Customers prior to providing access to the site. Our priority is quality control over growth and this is our way to ensure it.
We will discuss your Salesforce project and resource needs. You then create a profile (it takes 5 minutes or we can do it for you). At that point, you can browse all Salesforce Freelancers on our platform or we can send you select profiles to review.
We help coordinate the interview process start to finish. You select a Freelancer to hire. We sign a simple, flexible work schedule detailing the agreed upon hourly rate (the rest is open-ended and you can cancel at any time).

We on-board the Freelancer, who works directly with your team throughout the engagement, submitting weekly timesheets for approval, and FoundHQ invoices bi-weekly for approved hours worked.

Can I hire part-time and full-time Freelancers?

Yes. We have small customers that use Salesforce Developers & Administrators for as little as 5-10 hours per week and customers hiring full-time (40 hour per week), dedicated Freelancers for 6+ months.

Can you staff an entire project team?

Yes. Our customers include both Salesforce Customers and Consulting Partners.
Some use the platform to identify individual Freelancers and others are looking to build a multi-disciplinary project team for enterprise projects. We can help to build a team with the necessary skill sets and experience having worked together in the past.

Do you place full-time employees as well as Freelancers?

Sort of. It's not our core focus (yet) but we have begun developing a network of Salesforce Professionals only looking to join a team full-time. Fill out the form below with a bit of information on the type of position & location, so we can see if our current network will support the search. If so, we operate on a flat 12.5% placement fee.

Do you have sample profiles I can see before signing up?

We can send fully anonymized profiles for any Freelancer featured on our platform, which will include location, hourly rate, years of experience, Salesforce platform experience, Certifications, and project/work history.

Fill out the form below with some details about the skill sets you'd like to see.

What is the cost?

The platform is free to access forever.

Freelancer's profiles will all detail an hourly bill rate - this is the all inclusive cost to the customer. These Freelancers will be engaged subcontractors of FoundHQ and the hourly rate includes the Freelancers pay rate + our margin.