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Job Description

Job Opening ID464BR
TitleLead Mainframe Solution Architect - Claim IT
State/Region/ProvinceConnecticut, Minnesota
Job CategoryInformation Systems
Position TypeExperienced/Professional
Company InformationSolid reputation, passionate people and endless opportunities. That's Travelers. Our superior financial strength and consistent record of strong operating returns mean security for our customers - and opportunities for our employees. You will find Travelers to be full of energy and a workplace in which you truly can make a difference.

Job Summary

Travelers has a challenging opportunity for a technology leader with broad architecture experience and a specialization in mainframe technology to join a talented architecture team in Claim IT. The leader will define and drive a mainframe modernization roadmap to simplify the technology environment and optimize the architecture and infrastructure for a large IMS, CICS and DB2 transactional system of record. This hands on role will architect end-to-end solutions for complex projects across distributed, host and business intelligence environments which advance the technology roadmap one project at a time. The architect works in conjunction with the architecture community to ensure alignment with architecture roadmaps, reference architecture and standards through a common assurance process. This position is available at either our Hartford, CT or St. Paul, MN locations.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities

- Drive architecture roadmap, reference architecture and standard efforts

- Provide leadership in all technical aspects of assigned projects, programs and portfolios

- Architect complex end-to-end solutions across distributed, host and business intelligence environments

- Develop solution architecture viewpoints as appropriate for the SDLC phase for business and technical audiences

- Define pros and cons of solution options to arrive consensus around architecture decisions

- Leverage defined roadmap, reference architecture and standards for Claim IT and the Enterprise

- Lead proof of concept efforts for candidate architectures

- Participate in the architecture assurance process including leading peer reviews

Education, Work Experience & Knowledge- Bachelor or Masters degree in the field of computer science or similar technical area
- 15 years professional experience in a business facing or information technology facing role
- Expert knowledge and proven development experience with IMS DB/DC, CICS and DB2 systems. Familiarity with .NET distributed systems and business intelligence are a plus
- Insurance domain knowledge a plus
- Experience in creating architecture roadmap and reference architecture spanning application, information and infrastructure layers for highly available mainframe systems which are part of diverse multi-technology enterprise-wide business solutions
- Excellent facilitation, discovery, analysis, and prototyping skills
- Excellent critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills with a keen attention to detail
- Strong verbal and written communications skills including the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of people
- Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment and must be able to manage multiple requests at the same time
- High enthusiasm, self-starting, ability to work with minimal direct supervision, takes ownership
- Strong team player, ability to lead peers in accomplishment of common goals

Environmental/Work Schedules/OthertTechnical Knowledge Has a broad conceptual understanding of capabilities and direction of technology, coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the technology required and the needs of business environment necessary to support assigned projects. Has a thorough understanding of staff roles and abilities and provides input regarding their development needs. Problem Solving & Decision Making Demonstrates advanced analytical and diagnostic skills dealing with issues that are often novel and not readily defined, lack known precedent or appear contradictory. Able to develop solutions by applying accepted processes or creating new approaches to leverage technology from abstract information. Sees the big picture, and is fully aware of technology and business directions. Has department, corporate and group objectives in focus while identifying and removing barriers. Optimizes the use of all available resources. Bases decisions on an accurate understanding of the situation, is able to infer future needs of known and unprecedented situations based on an advanced understanding of technology and business objectives. Effectively assesses the long-term and short-term implications of decisions on the department, corporation and group Team Orientation Maintains partnerships across the organization, and is able to influence senior management, peers and staff through an inclusive style and recognition of their abilities to achieve results. The success of the team is above own interest.Self-Management Manages cross-functional objectives and/or priorities supporting assigned business area(s). Responsibilities are assigned with latitude for decision making. Results reviewed periodically according to predefined objectives. Sets level of risk taking, and gathers/synthesizes information to all appropriate levels of the organization. Commitment to Quality Result Provides direction and effectively leads by example to ensure that all services are meeting the stated business objectives on a timely basis with excellent quality, at a reasonable cost. Keeps all areas informed of developments affecting their function. Demonstrates flexibility, anticipates customer needs, and effectively communicates in a manner consistent with the audience. Educates and influences customers on the most effective use of technology, from both a short-term and long-term perspective. Planning and Project Management Ensures all planning done on a project level is supportive of the business strategic plans. Executes projects accurately and on time. Critical planning is required as modifications are difficult and costly and may impair achieving of departmental and corporate objectives. Change requires reassessing and adjusting tactical and/or operational direction Financial Awareness Understands all fiscal budgeting and expense control for area of responsibility. Demonstrates sound cost-effectiveness. Responsible for important and confidential information

Equal Employment Opportunity StatementTravelers is an equal opportunity employer.

About Travelers

In an uncertain world, Travelers is an insurance leader, committed to keeping pace with the ever-changing needs of our customers, and anticipating their needs for the future. There is no stronger testament to our dedication to protecting customers from loss than our continued innovation and ability to transform our industry. In fact, from the first ever auto and space travel policies and hybrid car discount, to the 2009 founding of The Travelers Institute for public policy, our history of advancements has propelled our company-and our industry-towards ever higher standards for customers. Travelers is a company that works hard at the science of what we do: we analyze information, process perspectives and measure results to create the best combination of products and services. We work equally hard at customer service and how we interact with the people whom we do business. Over the years, we've strived to earn our customers' loyalty by continually improving our abilities to listen and respond to their needs. Today, more than 150 years after our founding, Travelers is one of the nation's largest property casualty companies with more than 30,000 employees, 13,000 independent agents and 22 product lines across the personal, business, financial and international insurance segments. Travelers has become a symbol of financial strength and is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and ranks 106 on the Fortune 500. Minimizing risk, preventing loss and helping our customers prepare for the unknown, Travelers' comprehensive products, services and support give individuals and businesses the confidence they need to feel secure. For more information, please visit: