Everest is a leading global reinsurance and insurance provider, operating for nearly 50 years through subsidiaries in the Europe, Bermuda, Canada, Singapore, US, and other territories. Our strengths include extensive product and distribution capabilities, a strong balance sheet, and an innovative culture. Throughout our history, Everest has maintained its discipline and focuses on creating long-term value through underwriting excellence and strong risk and capital management. But the most critical asset in this organization is our people.
Everest is a growth company with $14 Billion of Gross Written Premium offering Property, Casualty and specialty products among others, through its various operating subsidiaries located in key markets around the world. Everest has been a global leader in reinsurance with a broad footprint, deep client relationships, underwriting excellence, responsive service and customized solutions. Our insurance arm draws upon impressive global resources and financial strength to tailor each policy to meet the individual needs of our customers.
About the Role:
Everest is seeking a VP, Solution Architecture to join the Everest Information Technology Architecture department, located at the US headquarters in Warren, New Jersey or our Hartford, Connecticut offices.
This role will be responsible for leading the Solution Architecture Department across Everest. The desired candidate will have an established track record of building high-quality enterprise solutions, be results-driven and bring strong architecture/engineering skills and a deep understanding of modern technologies including Software and Data Engineering Capability Development, Cloud Engineering Standards & Practices, Modern Security and IAM concepts. Successful candidates must have worked extensively in a major cloud environment (Azure, AWS or GCP) and have an excellent understanding of cloud concepts. The candidate must possess strong technical aptitude, analytical skills, communications skills, and demonstrated great problem-solving ability.
Additionally, the VP will be a significant contributor to our enterprise Cloud Strategy including definition, migration and modernization of the our technology capabilities. The VP's organization will be a primary driver of the adoption of Cloud and Cloud-native compute patterns across the enterprise. The VP2 will have significant input into the technology strategy and road-map for Everest. This role has extensive contact with other technology departments and external vendors, suppliers and business partners.
The roles primary responsibilities include:
Work with the Senior leadership within Technology and Business to develop architecture priorities and direction to enable business imperatives
Partner with leaders across the organization to design, support and help deliver against Solution Architecture priorities and Everest strategic objectives.
Maintain key relationships across the enterprise spanning Technology and Business functions.
Cultivate and maintain good working relationships with key technology vendors that support Insurance and Reinsurance platforms.
Provide senior level oversight for technology initiatives and acts as an escalation point for complex technology matters and roadblocks.
Understand customers' overall data and application landscape, priorities and success measures to design implementation architectures and solutions.
Engage with business stakeholders to help drive a common strategic technology vision aligned with business strategy and objectives.
Influence strategic decisions and priorities related to technology solutions and remove impediments to delivering value.
Work with business and technology teams to align on strategy, prioritize work, and design solutions.
Gathering client feedback to help shape and influence our technology strategy and roadmap.
Ensure the solutions that are delivered meet high standards for quality, performance, and scale.
Design the overall technological architecture of the product, collaborating across business and technology functions.
Apply technical knowledge to architect solutions that meet business and IT needs, create and modernize application and data platform and ensure long term technical viability of new capabilities.
Provide subject-matter expertise across Software and Data Architecture topics including Cloud, Engineering Standards and Practices, Architecture Best Practices, etc.
Guide Agile Value Steams, Trains and Teams on technology strategy related to the develop of platform designs and solution roadmaps.
Provide leadership across the enterprise to drive new technology and advancements into production.
Display strong thought leadership in pursuit of modern architecture principals and technology modernization.
Lead the development and adoption of reference architectures for existing, new and emerging Cloud and Cloud-native solutions within Microsoft Azure Cloud.
Drive continuous technology transformation to minimize technical debt.
Ensure the alignment of IT initiatives and architectures with the target state.
Look for opportunities to capitalize on technology advances through analysis of key industry and technology trends while assessing potential impact on the enterprise.
Build strong partnerships with engineering to ensure proper alignment of skills with technology direction.
Optimize talent strategy to ensure proper mix of resources and attract and retain best talent.
Mentor and coach architects and engineering teams to increase skill levels and drive quality.
Measuring performance through established objectives and metrics that deliver agreed upon business, technology, and people results.
Prepare and deliver comprehensive communications to convey architectural direction and how it aligns with enterprise strategy.
To be successful in this role, we're seeking the following:
Bachelor's Degree (required) or Master's Degree (preferred) in Computer Science, Information Systems, or a related field
15+ years of overall technology experience in strategy, architecture, engineering, configuring and implementing software solutions and services
15+ years of Software Engineering and Enterprise Architecture experience including engineering practices, tools and standards
10+ years of successful technology leadership experience at an enterprise level within a company or as a consultant
Demonstrated ability to lead in a highly matrixed organization through a combination of influence, partnership, and authority
Senior level experience leading, coaching, mentoring, and developing people and teams.
Hands-on knowledge of current technology standards/trends coupled with a desire to continually expand personal knowledge/skills
Domain knowledge of the Insurance Industry (preferably P&C) and value chain as well as the technologies and solutions relevant to this industry is desired
Ability and interest in mentoring technical staff and raising our collective technical competencies
Cloud Architecture Certification (AWS, GCP, or Azure) or strong architecture experience on Cloud
Ability to establish and maintain relationships with other business and technology leaders
Strong written and verbal communication skills coupled with the ability to tailor communication to all levels of an organization
Open-minded with proven ability to work collaboratively with others in team environment
Strong understanding of IT environments, technologies in relation to business needs
Demonstrate strong ability to work in a team environment and foster cross-team collaboration
Experience executing technology modernization initiatives including migration to cloud native and API Strategies
Strong grasp of value creation and business capability models
Recent experience working in a Scaled Agile environment with Agile tools, e.g. Jira, Confluence, etc.
Strong experience with APIs, accelerators, DevSecOps, Infrastructure as Code and Containers
Working Knowledge of Data Streaming or similar capabilities such as Kafka, Kinesis, etc.
Active knowledge of Insurance and Reinsurance (COTS) Platforms including Guidewire (Policy, Claims and Billing), Policy Decisions, etc.
Strong knowledge and experience with modern Data & Analytics platforms including Data Lake, Data Bricks, ML Ops, AI and ML capabilities
Documented experience successfully leading cloud architecture definition, migration and modernization of the our technology capabilities
Demonstrable experience in engineering solutions through the process of decoupling complex monolithic systems
Experience in defining and documenting architecture and coding standards and best practices
Display strong thought leadership in pursuit of modern architecture principals and technology modernization
Builds strong partnership with engineering teams to ensure proper alignment of skills with technology direction
An inspirational leader skilled at developing others while modeling a culture of continuous learning, mentoring, and coaching
Time Type: Full time
Primary Location: Warren, NJ
Additional Locations: Boston, MA, Hartford, CT
Everest is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or creed, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, genetics, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, civil union status, family or parental status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. As part of this commitment, Everest will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Everest Benefits at email@example.com.