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Director - Solutions Architecture
Apex Systems • St. Louis, MO
Posted 30 days ago
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Apex Systems is looking for an experienced Solutions Architect in the St. Louis area for a Director of Solutions Architecture role.
If interested in this opportunity, please contact Alex Jesen at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]
Job Description for Director-Solutions Architecture role:
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.
-Manages and grows team of highly engaged Solution Architects
Srves 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
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.