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Travelers Senior Architect: Technology R&D in Topeka, Kansas

Company Summary

Taking care of our customers, our communities and each other. That’s the Travelers Promise. By honoring this commitment, we have maintained our reputation as one of the best property casualty insurers in the industry for over 160 years. Join us to discover a culture that is rooted in innovation and thrives on collaboration. Imagine loving what you do and where you do it.

Job Category

Project Management, Technology

Target Openings


Job Description Summary

As a Sr. Architect, you will help lead the effort to create the technology target state for the Emerging Technology Unit of a global, Dow 30 company.

As a Technology R&D Sr Architect, you will work closely with Engineers and Architects to discover, invent, and build solutions at scale. From creating experiments and prototyping implementations to designing new architectures, you will work on challenges in advanced technologies including AI/ML, IOT, blockchain, mixed reality, modern cybersecurity, HPC, and cloud architectures.

As a successful candidate, you are a visionary leader with a track record of building high-quality enterprise solutions. You are results-driven and bring strong Architecture and engineering skills and a deep understanding of modern technologies including Cloud-native, APIs, AI, and ML. You are a person of high integrity, who believes in challenging the status quo when needed, while always first seeking to understand. You will work within a community of architecture leaders, charged with establishing and evolving a unified architecture vision.

This position may be based 100% remotely or in one of our offices.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Architecture responsibility within a major segment of Technology Architecture in support of the Emerging Technology business unit

  • Works with the Senior leadership within Technology and Business to develop architecture priorities and direction to enable business imperatives

  • Works with Architecture and Engineering leaders to understand organizational needs and apply cutting-edge technologies to solve for real-world problems while creating an exceptional collaborative learning experience.

  • Address pain points of the technology and ops organization and provide additional insights across domains.

  • Proactively stays abreast of industry, developments, changing trends, technologies, and regulatory issues.

  • Manages one or more hands-on advanced research projects simultaneously.

  • Displays strong thought leadership in pursuit of modern architecture principals and technology modernization.

  • Presents analysis and recommendations to target audience.

  • Displays strong thought leadership in pursuit of modern architecture principals and technology modernization

  • Drives continuous technology transformation to minimize technical debt

  • Create a partnership with Senior Software Engineering

  • Looks for opportunities to capitalize on technology advances through analysis of key industry and technology trends to assess potential impact on the enterprise

  • Defines and leads technology proof of concepts to ensure feasibility of architecture solutions

  • Hands-on prototyping of new technology solutions

  • Partner with Software Engineering to execute proof of technologies

  • Defines target state technology architecture and roadmaps

  • Ensures alignment of IT initiatives with the target state

  • Builds strong partnership with engineering to ensure proper alignment of skills with technology direction

  • Prepares and delivers comprehensive communications to convey architectural direction and how it aligns with enterprise strategy

  • Optimizes talent strategy to ensure proper mix of resources and attracts and recruits best talent

  • Continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness of the architecture

  • Looks for opportunities to capitalize on technology advances through analysis of key industry and technology trends to assess potential impact on the enterprise

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in work experience.

  • Six years of experience in enterprise, application, and/or information architecture within a line of business or enterprise area

Education, Work Experience, & Knowledge

  • Masters degree in STEM field with 4 years’ experience or Bachelor’s in technology related field or equivalent with 5+ years of technology Architecture experience

  • Heavy concentration in experimentation, advanced technologies, development, as well as data science tools and research using large data sets. Has completed technology research in coursework or in a corporation.

  • Current expertise in two of more of the following: AI/ML, IOT, blockchain technologies, mixed reality, modern cybersecurity, high performance computing, distributed computing, cloud architectures.

  • Current usage and experience with multiple languages and frameworks (preferred includes Python, JavaScript/Node, R, C#/F#, Java/Scala).

  • Experience with contributing to open-source projects preferred.

  • Experience with manipulating large and disparate datasets in complex organizations.

  • Provided mentorship to architects and engineers

  • Organizational and transformational experience in an agile operating model

  • Establishes strategic technology direction and architecture vision for an organization

  • Strong proven Software Engineering experience

  • Developed technology target state, roadmaps that aligned to Short- and Long-term business goals

  • Proven track record of influencing senior leadership

  • Insurance technology experience

  • Strong grasp of value creation and business capability models

  • Innovation and Continuous Improvement

  • If Cyber; CISSP, CISM, Security+, CISA or equivalent Cybersecurity certification preferred

Job Specific Technical Skills & Competencies

  • Must be passionate about technology transformations

  • Has hands on experience in the last 3 years

  • Executed technology modernization initiatives including migration to cloud native and API Strategy

  • Current deep experience with AWS, APIs, accelerators, DevSecOps

  • Cloud Architecture Certification (AWS, GCP, or Azure) or strong architecture experience on Cloud

  • Good understanding of modern security

  • Experience of scaling systems from prototype to the enterprise.

  • Understanding of current and trending technologies.

  • Experience with contributing to open-source projects.

  • Experience with manipulating large and disparate datasets in complex organizations.

  • Experienced with large scale technology platforms

Employment Practices

Travelers is an equal opportunity employer. We value the unique abilities and talents each individual brings to our organization and recognize that we benefit in numerous ways from our differences.

If you are a candidate and have specific questions regarding the physical requirements of this role, please send us an email (4-ESU@travelers.com) so we may assist you.

Travelers reserves the right to fill this position at a level above or below the level included in this posting.

To learn more about our comprehensive benefit programs please visit http://careers.travelers.com/life-at-travelers/benefits/ .