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Solution Architect

Company: Selective Insurance
Location: Branchville
Posted on: April 3, 2024

Job Description:

DescriptionAt Selective, we don't just insure uniquely, we employ uniqueness.
Our Business
Selective is a midsized U.S. domestic property and casualty insurance company with a history of strong, consistent financial performance for nearly 100 years. Selective's unique position as both a leading insurance group and an employer of choice is recognized in a wide variety of awards and honors, including listing in Forbes Best Midsize Employers in 2023 and certification as a Great Place to Work in 2023.
Working at Selective
At Selective, we don't just insure uniquely - we employ uniqueness. Employees are empowered and encouraged to Be Uniquely You by being their true, unique selves and contributing their diverse talents, experiences, and perspectives to our shared success. Together, we are a high-performing team working to serve our customers responsibly by helping to mitigate loss, keep them safe, and restore their lives and businesses after an insured loss occurs. Employees receive comprehensive total rewards packages - including competitive compensation and performance awards, health benefits, and retirement savings - and professional development opportunities and flexible schedules to support their health, wealth, and well-being. Join our team and help make a difference.
Selective is seeking a Solution Architect to support business objectives and technology advancement within our key organizational verticals. They will provide technical oversight to ensure that individual software projects adhere to the organization's business strategy, enterprise architecture, and application development methodologies. They will apply thought leadership in the areas of modernization, technology advancement, solution design and DevOps. They will be responsible for highly technical consulting and leadership for software design, best practices, and development technologies. They will also advise IT leadership on technical solutions and the technical talent of development teams.
Job Responsibilities:

  • Under general supervision, designs application solutions and identifies design patterns with emphasis on reuse, scalability, performance, availability, and security. Maintains and publishes graphical design diagrams and relevant architecture artifacts.
  • Understands the enterprise applications architecture design and development best practices. Applies these practices to application solutions and evangelizes them with development teams.
  • Mentors staff in application architectures and standards. Acts as a strategic thinker, thought leader, internal consultant, advocate, mentor, and change agent for application architecture within development teams.
  • Works closely with the Enterprise Architecture area on design methodologies, design reviews, defining best practices, and contributes to conventions and strategies. Receives technical mentoring from the enterprise architecture area on how to apply strategic thinking and plan for the future state.
  • Works with delivery managers to balance rapid delivery of business solutions with sound technical solutions.
  • Advises delivery team leadership on technical solutions and on development team member competencies, skills, and overall productivity.
  • Assists with the technical evaluation of packaged business solutions and designs any required custom system integrations. Serves as a technical lead on proof of concepts in the domain of expertise.
  • Leads the technical evaluation of custom designed and developed business solutions. Understands and applies architecture guiding principles and patterns, identifies deviations, and proactively addresses gaps.
  • Defines performance stress testing requirements and assists with performance analysis and recommendations. Works closely with the QA team on the coordination of stress testing requirements, findings, and recommended changes.
  • Manages technology advancement of application dependent platforms, tools, and services.
  • Identifies gaps and proposes application modernization opportunities and application lifecycle management efficiencies.
  • Assists with tier 2 application production issues and challenging issues in any phase of the development lifecycle. Supports continuous improvement by identifying and proposing tuning opportunities.
  • Acts in an architecture role supporting agile teams using Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

    Job Qualifications:

    • Understanding of application design methodologies and how to apply them to complex multi-tier systems
    • Knowledge of software development best practices
    • Knowledge of modern architectural design patterns
    • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing technology, processes, business models and user behaviors
    • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Computer Science, or other related field, or equivalent work experience
    • 7+ years of experience in applications development, and 3 years of relevant architecture experience
    • Solid architecture/object-oriented design and development experience
    • Use of modern architectural designs in high volume transactional environments
    • Experience with web application platforms and programming environments
    • Strong knowledge of modern web technologies, patterns and practices
    • Experience with one or more major relational database platforms: SQL Server, Oracle, DB2
    • Experience acting as a technical lead through a development effort including collaboration with IT and business areas
    • Familiarity with Microsoft development technologies: .NET, .NET Core
    • Experience leading and influencing other technical leaders in the organization
    • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication and the ability to communicate with audiences at varying technical levels
    • Experience collaborating with organizational leaders to build out multi-year technical visions
    • Experience with P&C Insurance is preferred

      Salary range: $131,600 - $188,000. The actual base salary is based on geographic location, and the range is representative of salaries for this role throughout Selective's footprint. Additional considerations include the candidate's qualifications and experience.
      Selective is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. That means we respect and value every individual's unique opinions, beliefs, abilities, and perspectives. We are committed to promoting a welcoming culture that celebrates diverse talent, individual identity, different points of view and experiences - and empowers employees to contribute new ideas that support our continued and growing success. Building a highly engaged team is one of our core strategic imperatives, which we believe is enhanced by diversity, equity, and inclusion. We expect and encourage all employees and all of our business partners to embrace, practice, and monitor the attitudes, values, and goals of acceptance; address biases; and foster diversity of viewpoints and opinions.
      Selective maintains a drug-free workplace.

Keywords: Selective Insurance, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township , Solution Architect, Other , Branchville, New Jersey

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