Travelers Senior Innovation Architect in Hartford, Connecticut



Senior Innovation Architect

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Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Work as part of a small and highly-collaborative team to design and build innovative technical solutions to solve challenging business problems

  • Design, build, and execute experiments and small market studies with a strong focus on minimum viable product (MVP)

  • Participate hands on throughout the full idea lifecycle including business ideation, architecture/design, coding, testing, and implementation

  • Follow insurance-industry market trends, and help identify technology market disruptors, and business-differentiation opportunities

  • Collaborate closely with business representatives to brainstorm innovative ideas and solutions

  • Quickly learn and leverage new technologies

  • Leverage industry-leading design and development standards and best practices including pair programming and test-driven development

  • Build and leverage effective alliances across technical and business community

Provide strategic thinking, solutions and roadmaps while driving architectural recommendations. Ensure architectural adherence through blueprint and design reviews. Assist in the remediation of application stability and performance. Adopt and communicate new concepts, ideas, techniques, best practices and technology assistance. Perform project level design, debug and performance analysis. Responsible for the development and production support of enterprise application utilities and models to include publishing, best practices and guidelines for supported technologies. Work with vendors and product management areas to establish required infrastructures and frameworks. Provide 'Shrink Wrap' solutions to solve business and technical needs. Perform product evaluations, and 'Proof of Concepts'.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Specific & Technical Skills & Competencies:



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively in a highly-collaborative team environment including full-time pair programming

  • Excellent self-motivation, research, and problem-solving skills. Ability to independently figure things out, and make things work

  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and adapt to new development tools and technologies

  • Strong knowledge and experience with object-oriented and/or functional design principles and practices

  • Strong knowledge and experience in unit testing

  • Solid knowledge and experience with developing/maintaining web services

  • Solid knowledge and experience with XML technologies including XML, XSD, XPATH

  • Solid knowledge and experience with relational databases (ex. SQL Server), and non-relational databases (ex. MongoDB)

  • Knowledge of design patterns

  • Knowledge of good design principles

  • Experience with a source-code repository

  • Strong technical, analysis, debugging and problem-resolution skills


  • Insurance background

  • Web technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, NodeJs, JSON, JQuery, Angular, Bootstrap

  • Cloud technologies: 12-factor development, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, AWS, S3

  • Mobile technologies: Swift/Xcode, Core Data, UIkit,

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies: Python, Keras, TensorFlow, Torch/Lua

  • Big-data technologies: Hadoop

  • Agile knowledge/experience: Scrum, XP, Kanban, SAFe, Rally ALM, Pivotal Tracker

  • Knowledge of code smells and refactoring patterns

  • Aspect-oriented programming, dependency injection

Technical Knowledge: Has a solid working knowledge of capabilities and direction of technology, coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the technology required and the needs of business environment. Develops solutions to meet business needs. Problem Solving & Decision Making: Demonstrates sound analytical and diagnostic skills. Knows where to obtain information needed to make the appropriate decisions. Breaks a problem down to manageable pieces and implements effective solutions. Deals increasingly with problems that require involvement of others to solve. Has the ability to reach sound decisions quickly. Carefully evaluates alternative risks and solutions before taking action. Optimizes the use of all available resources. Has a solid working knowledge of capabilities and direction of technology. Team Orientation: Maintains partnerships across the organization, and is able to influence senior management, peers and staff through an inclusive style. Self-Management: Manages functional objectives and priorities supporting multiple assigned business units. Responsibilities are assigned with latitude for setting priorities and decision-making using generally accepted guidelines. Results are reviewed with next level manager for clarification according to predefined objectives Commitment to Quality Result: Creates an atmosphere where business partner's issues are dealt with professionally, and in a timely manner. Suggests solutions that make sense and are in line with future technology direction. Communicates openly and effectively in a manner consistent with the audience. Demonstrates an adaptive style that is flexible and effective in gaining cooperation of others. Anticipates and responds to management requests for information with timely, accurate findings. Planning and Project Management: Develops operational plans and provides resource estimation for task planning. Proposes plans of action that are timely, realistic and positive. Sets appropriate goals for projects, and monitors progress against the plan. Financial Awareness: Understands, has input to the budget process, and is responsible for cost-effective expense control of assigned projects. Is responsible for important and confidential information.

Job Category:

Information Systems

Job Summary:

The primary function of this position is to provide architectural guidance, technological recommendations and transition strategies that support the development and implementation of initiatives based on Common Delivery, Services Based Architecture, and Agility for complex and/or multiple projects.

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Education, Work Experience & Knowledge:

Bachelor's degree in a related field preferred. 5 years of experience in enterprise, application, and/or information architecture preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School diploma or equivalent required. 3 years of experience in enterprise, application, and/or information architecture required.

Company Information:

Solid 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.

Primary Location:

Hartford - Connecticut - United States