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Senior Solution Architect – Vice President in Whitehouse Station, NJ at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies

Date Posted: 1/9/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer. With operations in 54 countries, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. The company is distinguished by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength, underwriting excellence, superior claims handling expertise and local operations globally.
Position Summary:
Chubb is seeking an IT Chief Architect to join its North American Retail division leadership team focused on delivering strategic architectural solutions that enable Chubb to meet its business goals. This Chief Architect will work closely with the VPs for Personal Risk Services, Middle Market Commercial and Small Commercial units.  The Chief Architect will be responsible for delivering conceptual and solution architecture designs across the Application and Data Services portfolio. The architect will primarily be focused on modernization of legacy systems, migration to a cloud-based infrastructure, data strategy, digital enablement and support multiple business tenants.  In this role, the architect will be responsible for the architecture of a new technology stack based on event-driven/sourcing software and data capabilities.  The successful candidate will ensure that all solution architectures and new technology acquisitions are delivered through Chubb’s architectural governance review processes and follow established enterprise reference architectures and standards. The architect will also collaborate with regional and global IT partners in architecture and development to deliver future state architectures for the portfolios assigned. 

The ideal candidate will have strong business and technology acumen in order to develop sound architecture solutions that will meet and exceed business needs. Skills in application development, insurance policy administrations systems such as Duck Creek, data lake platforms and the Azure cloud along with the capacity to adapt to changing technology landscape are essential. Effective communications with IT and Business associates at all levels including senior management will be required. This position may require some travel depending on current assignment, as well as working with global partners in time zones outside of the U.S. 

Primary Job Responsibilities:
• Build and maintain a solid understanding of the application architecture needs and issues impacting the Chubb’s retail business
• Provide end to end application architecture and design for complex business solutions.
• Accountable for developing Chubb’s retail application portfolio and aligning with strategies and roadmaps for both the Chubb’s Retail business goals and Enterprise IT standards. 
• Build a strong succession plan of top talent architects to support the growth of Chubb’s retail technology demand.
• Target the development and use of reusable designs and shared services across process flows and applications
• Drive the compliance, promotion and development of software development frameworks, persistence mechanisms, functional libraries etc.
• Lead the application architecture deliverables consisting of multiple disciplines of architecture such as technology, platform and information architecture for Chubb retail.
• Drive high throughput, highly scalable and high performing application design while considering constraints dictated by legacy systems.
• Ensure conceptual and high level designs that incorporate the appropriate input and assets from the various platform specialists and domain experts
• Communicate effectively with business partners and stakeholders to assess support needs, assist in the identification of application needs

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:
IT Industry Knowledge

• Experience in implementing Policy Admin Systems (in particular Duck Creek)
• Must have strong, recent .Net, node.js and Java technology experience to lead by example and demonstrate the right way of implementing coding frameworks within Azure with the ability to intervene and resolve issues beyond the capabilities of the current team.
• Broad knowledge of API Management, API Design and API security (OAuth, Basic Auth, etc.)
• Broad knowledge of web application concepts, design patterns and technologies (e.g., Single Page Applications, microservices, etc. and integration technologies and patterns such REST, ETL, Event Logs like Kafka, SOA, MQ, etc.
• Experience with cloud concepts (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, microservices, serverless) and major cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure or AWS
• Experience with Data Science, Machine Learning, and advanced analytics technologies, and usage in a large enterprise environment

Business Partnership
• Build and maintain an in-depth understanding of business process and products and establish strong working relationships with functional counterparts and vendors
• Define the appropriate set of processes required to support the business objectives and best align to the IT Enterprise
• Create and maintain strong formal and informal lines of communication ensuring consistent and accurate dissemination of information to all stakeholders.
• Use active listening to understand business needs, and recommend the appropriate solutions
• Develop Application Architecture and establish & champion the application architecture strategy

• Mentor, coach and guide other architects
• Demonstrate strong ability to work in a team environment and foster cross-team and cross-area collaboration
• Create a strong morale and spirit in the team through fostering open dialogue and a collaborative atmosphere

Knowledge Sharing
• Become a role model for the promotion of standard application architecture methodology and knowledge sharing through processes and tools
• Build a culture where appropriate processes are utilized and where metrics are consistently used
• Share/leverage successful products, processes and practices across the department
• Assist in evaluating appropriate architecture tools and making recommendations for improvements
• Ensure documentation is captured appropriately and is easily accessible to the team members
• Maximize return on investment in technology
• Ensure solutions are designed in the most cost effective manner
• Work within budget to create realistic and financially sound business cases

Recommended Qualifications:

• Bachelor's Degree (required) or Master's Degree (preferred)
• 10-12 years of application architecture experience providing business solutions to franchise critical applications
• 3+ years of experience in leading teams.
• Experience interfacing with business partners and performing technology problem identification, troubleshooting and resolution
• Excellent leadership skills, including ability to execute and prioritize a number of tasks simultaneously
• Proven practical experience with analysis, process, and application architecture challenges
• Experience in initiating, conducting and facilitating discussions with multiple stakeholders, and ability to translate the results and issues at hand to the business and to the IT teams
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong interpersonal/relationship management skills
• Excellent conflict resolution and negotiation skills
Chubb offers a competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits package including life, health and dental, vision, a generous retirement savings plan, disability coverage, stock purchase plan, flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, and business casual dress. At Chubb, we are committed to equal employment opportunity and compliance with all laws and regulations pertaining to it. Our policy is to provide employment, training, compensation, promotion, and other conditions or opportunities of employment, without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran or marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.