Director of Solutions Architecture

INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Safety National is an alternative market insurance provider that offers a broad range of risk funding products through insurance agents and brokers. Founded in 1942, Safety National is the leading provider of excess workers’ compensation coverage to self-insured employers and groups nationwide, and has provided that type of coverage longer than any other company in the United States. The company continues to expand and adapt its product lines to better meet the needs of today’s employer. Safety National recently celebrated its third year of being named a “Best Place to Work” by Business Insurance magazine.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position will provide leadership in the growth and management of Safety National’s team of Solution Architects. This role is responsible for providing and maintaining a well-defined approach to solution architecture, management of the solution architecture team, and oversight of the solutions proposed and developed by this team. This role will also serve individually as solution architect on projects as necessary.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

At Safety National, we live by the following five core values: Relationships, Integrity, Teamwork, Balance, and Stability. Our Core Values serve as the fundamental foundation of our corporate culture and drive our interactions, both internally and externally. An essential function of all Safety National positions is to fully embrace and represent these core values in our daily work life and relationships.

Manages and grows Safety National’s team of highly engaged Solution Architects

Serves as a co-chair of the Enterprise Technology Committee, which is responsible for governing application, data and technology architecture domains across the portfolio of major technology initiatives.

Serves as Solution Architect for our Guidewire Implementation program. This requires an in-depth familiarity with the Guidewire platform and its capabilities as well the unique aspects of Safety National’s specialty/large commercial business.

Works collaboratively with leaders from all departments within Safety National to effectively communicate and build technological solutions to suit their business needs.

Works collaboratively with Senior I.S. leadership to identify, define, develop and implement techniques to improve our solution development methodologies with a focus on quality, speed to market, reliability and maintainability.

Prepares and presents written reports and oral presentations, following research and evaluation. Performs related duties as needed or assigned.

Responsible for providing team and project KPIs as required by senior leadership and the Project Management Office (PMO).

Responsible for ensuring the Solution Architecture team adheres to all assigned process and duties as defined by Safety National’s Software Development lifecycle.

Sprint planning for current and future releases so that the workload is distributed evenly across the Solution Architects.

Responsible for mentoring team, empowering them to take ownership of their tasks.

Supervisory duties for exempt and staff level employees.

Evaluates and conducts annual performance appraisals and identify opportunities for team development / training for direct reports

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Education/Experience (Must meet at least three of the following criteria):

 

A Bachelor’s degree or Associate degree in I.T. related field.

A minimum of 15 years of working experience in I.S. or related field.

A minimum of 2 years in a leadership role on a Guidewire Insurance Suite implementation.

Previous Insurance Industry experience; Large Commercial/Specialty preferred

Architectural Lead experience implementing a core transformation project with the Guidewire Insurance Platform (PolicyCenter, BillingCenter, ClaimsCenter, DataHub, InfoCenter)

Experience in building and maintaining a highly integrated service oriented architecture.

Demonstrated ability to lead people; organize, develop, and motivate a team; get results through others.

Deep understanding of the software development lifecycle.

Deep understanding of various system design patterns and practices, and a demonstrated ability to choose and implement patterns successfully.

Strong client service orientation – demonstrated ability to build effective working relationships with stakeholders leading to “trusted advisor status”

Must be proficient in verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Good problem determination and resolution skills.

Ability to prepare and present oral and written reports, presentations, and recommendations and to perform necessary research or investigations.

Ability to effectively communicate with users having a wide variety of backgrounds and skills from the novice user to the expert programmer.

Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Ability to evaluate and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

Excellent work history and attendance record.

 

NOTE:

In order to meet the needs of the Corporation, employees may be assigned other duties in addition to, or in lieu of, those described above.

For consideration, please submit your resume along with a completed and signed employment application (found on the right hand side of this page).

 

If you have any issues submitting your information via this website, please email: SNCCrecruitment@safetynational.com.

Safety National will only accept resumes and applications from qualified applicants for particular job postings. Resumes and applications submitted that are not identified with a specific job posting will not be reviewed. Safety National reserves the right to unilaterally determine whether or not a particular applicant is qualified for any position with the Company.

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Outstanding Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage. Employee and Children covered at no cost, low cost for Spousal coverage.

Medical Deductible Reimbursement Plan

Life/AD&D Insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability provided at no cost to employee.

401k Savings and Profit-Sharing Plan

Pre-Tax Dependent Care Assistance Plan

Tuition Reimbursement

Paid Leave and Holidays

Alternate Work Schedules

Business Casual Dress Policy

 

EEO STATEMENT

Safety National is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against or harass any applicant or employee on any grounds prohibited under any federal, state or local law including race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or membership in any other legally protected class. None of the questions in our application are intended to elicit information regarding any protected characteristics, nor imply any limitation, illegal preferences or discrimination based upon non-job related information or protected characteristics.

 

Location: St. Louis
Date: September 7, 2017
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