Farmers Insurance Sr. IT Director: Application Development in Woodland Hills, California

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Job Summary

Responsible for all Program/Project management and delivery, Solution Architecture and standards in compliance with IT Governance, and IT budget at Business Unit level; Contributes to improvement / optimization of the IT governance processes; Responsible for ensuring the alignment of the Strategic Information Systems Plan with local business priorities and executes plans; Manages key relationships with senior business partners; Identifies new business and efficiency potentials as trend scout of future customer needs; Represents G-IT in the definition and delivery of IT services and programs to the local Business Unit; Responsible for local ASP retained staff including maintaining necessary knowledge capital; Manages local relationship with outsourcing partners and their performance and services.

Essential Job Functions

  • Direct, own and execute on recommendations agreed upon by the business unit on items around product roadmap, standards and system configurations.
  • Guide team to ensure timely delivery of new products and features utilizing best-in-class technologies and agile development methodology.
  • Lead and drive analysis, design, roadmap and implementation plans based upon a current vs. future state in a cohesive architecture viewpoint.
  • Partner with architects and engineering teams to define, design and implement customer interfaces.
  • Participate in technical presentations and info-sharing sessions to create a clear and uniform understanding of the new systems to various constituents.
  • Provide guidance and lead resolution of technical issues as they arise.
  • Direct, execute and support the needs of strategic roadmap and Blueprint activity.
  • Oversee and create roadmap documents, coding standards, process documents.

    Preferred Skills and Abilities

    /Ideal candidate is one that has a broad/varied background, and is a senior leader who can build a strong team, define strategy and vision for the group, while executing well./

    • Requirements *
  • Leading teams of at least 15 - 20 consisting of Developers.

  • Experience leading large production applications and new development efforts.
  • Experience building teams from scratch and managing existing teams.
  • Large budget responsibility.
  • Previous well-rounded background consisting of hands-on requirements analysis, design and development experience required.
  • Technical environments can include heavy Microsoft /.Net technologies as well as Java application development, not required.
  • Should be familiar with application development with IBM Websphere and MQ
  • Experience with service oriented architecture or micro-services frameworks.
  • Must have experience in developing applications in an Agile methodology.
  • Experience implementing an Agile methodology from a waterfall process is a plus.
  • Experience with a Document Management platform a plus.
  • Looking for a self-starter, quick on their feet and has experience guiding both technical and organizational change.
  • Must excel in the execution of key initiatives and day to day tasks as well as building relationships across the business.
  • Must have experience guiding teams within the Microsoft/.Net/SOA arena and have a broad background to include prior hands-on experience in requirements analysis, design and development.
  • This person will report to the VP of IT and will analyze the current Development Methodologies to identify weaknesses and develop opportunities for improvement.
  • Experience managing contracts with our suppliers as well as creating supplier contracts.

  • Desired Skills *

    • Undergraduate Degree in Business, Computer Science or Engineering required; Master’s Degree in Engineering or MBA preferred.
    • Minimum 10 years of experience in a leadership/management role in software development within matrixed, complex organizations.
    • Minimum 5 years of experience with modern software engineering practices - Agile, Continuous Delivery, DevOps.
    • Ability to do a mix of people management, technical leadership, and hands on development, and to effectively balance how much time to spend on each to maximize overall team effectiveness and productivity.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate, present and influence credibly and effectively to all levels of the organization, including executives.
    • Demonstrated ability to apply process, architecture and software engineering principles, methods and tools to business challenges.
    • Demonstrated successful delivery of software products in a managerial/leadership capacity.
    • Preferred experience with current mobile, web, cloud and Big Data technologies.

    Special Skill Requirements
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills in local language. Level-2: Able to take part in meetings and discussions and give information about own area of expertise, able to compose memos, simple letters and short texts.

    Internal Title: Account Executive II

/ Farmers is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the strength of a diverse workforce. / //

Job: *Strategic Management & Administration

Organization: *Farmers Insurance

Title: Sr. IT Director: Application Development

Location: California-Woodland Hills

Requisition ID: 170006QH