Solution Architect - Remote


WE OFFER

The mission of the IT department is to provide our company with high quality, cost-effective, and timely information technology products, services, and solutions that are aligned with and enable our long-term business strategies, near-term goals, and short-term initiatives. We will be dependable, efficient, proactive, and influential contributors to the success of Munich Re.

The Opportunity
Future focused and always one step ahead

We are looking for a Solution Architect in our IT Business Solutions team.

As an IT Solution Architect, you will be accountable for the architecture of a diverse range and complex set of projects or programs related specifically to the American Modern Insurance Group’s project portfolio. You will also be responsible for delivering application and data management projects, working closely with the Enterprise Architecture team, IT Services IT Security & Risk Management, Service Delivery, Application Teams and external managed service providers and vendors globally, to achieve successful project outcomes including the management of diverging interests of various stakeholders. 

Your Job
  • Support of the strategic direction of technology investments to assist in the development of the enterprise architecture and maximize the return on technology investment
  • Accountability for the development, testing and implementation of project solutions and capabilities, leveraging existing architectural patterns whenever possible, and reporting on delivery commitments to ensure capabilities are implemented as expected and to agreed timeframes
  • Accountability for detailed component specifications and translating these into detailed designs
  • Responsibility for the implementation of technology solutions and mapping the business requirements to systems/technical requirements to ensure alignment with the enterprise architectural plan
  • Responsibility for the adherence to appropriate standards (performance, monitor capability, audit acceptability, secure environment)
  • Responsibility for the balance between functional, service quality and systems management requirements
  • Usage of appropriate tools, including logical models of components and interfaces, to contribute to the development of systems architectures in specific business or functional areas.
  • Managing requirements to the program and platform backlog
  • Support of the strategic direction of technology investments to assist in the development of the enterprise architecture and maximize the return on technology investment

WE EXPECT

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/capabilities:
  • University degree or similar qualification 
  • 5+ years as a Solution Architect or in a similar role
  • Deep knowledge in cloud / service-based architecture based on Azure and AWS Technologies (compute / storage / security / monitoring / logging / automation / …)
  • Deep knowledge of processes and capabilities required to run a global & distributed platform in a multi-product environment 
  • Experience in database technologies such as MS SQL, Azure SQL, Oracle & Big Data solutions (e.g. Hadoop, Spark, Databricks,…) 
  • Experience managing expectations when balancing alternatives against business and financial constraints
  • Track record of successful implementations that delivered value to the business, resulting in measurable business outcomes 
  • Deep knowledge about patterns, UML and agile development practices as well as DevOps principles and corresponding technologies (e.g. Azure DevOps)
  • Ideally, knowledge of business processes in the primary and specialty insurance industry 
  • Consulting and collaborative working style creating a culture of accountability and sharing 
  • Thought leadership – ability to monitor market trends and to drive creative thinking on future technology capabilities which will help to increase the business value of Munich RE
  • Ability to manage and supervise small to medium sized development & operations teams 
Desirable Experience
  • Guidewire insurance suite of products on prem and cloud based
  • Adobe Experience Manager (AEM)
  • Patterns for implementing Customer Identity Access Management (CIAM).
  • API design/catalog management in Azure.
  • Guidewire Digital Portal
Personal Attributes
  • Strong Executive Stakeholder communications skills
  • A high degree of commitment and the willingness and ability to master a broad spectrum of tasks 
  • Serious about success, motivated and driven to succeed
  • Assertive and high level of personal commitment
  • Teamwork and conflict-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, orally and in writing and to demonstrate the skills of active thinking.
  • Experienced and motivated to work in a globally distributed team 
  • Fluent spoken and written English 
  • Demonstrated a willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required in execution of duties

At American Modern, a subsidiary of Munich Re, we see Diversity and Inclusion as a solution to the challenges and opportunities all around us. Our goal is to foster an inclusive culture and build a workforce that reflects the customers we serve and the communities in which we live and work. We strive to provide a workplace where all of our colleagues feel respected, valued and empowered to achieve their very best every day. We recruit and develop talent with a focus on providing our customers the most innovative products and services.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 

American Modern is a widely recognized, national leader in the specialty insurance business. With close to 50 years of experience in the manufactured housing insurance sector, the company delivers specialized products and services for residential property and the recreational market. One of our newest lines is pet health insurance. The company is headquartered in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio.

American Modern is licensed in all 50 states and offers insurance products through a number of property and casualty companies which serve more than 1.7 million policyholders. As part of its parent company, American Modern’s companies are rated A+ (Superior) by the A.M. Best Company an independent analyst of the insurance industry, and is also a Ward’s 50® Top Performer another well-regarded industry standard of stability and excellence.

American Modern joined Munich Re as a key part of the world reinsurance leader’s North American insurance operations in April 2008. Munich Re has approximately 47,000 employees in over 50 locations throughout the world and operates in all lines of insurance. It is among the top 100 companies on the Forbes Global 500 list.