Travelers Mainframe Application Designer/Architect in Hartford, Connecticut



Mainframe Application Designer/Architect

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Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities:

Successful individuals in this role will be able to:

Perform initial high-level application design (class/interface level and above). Recent hands-on experience required.

Document design using appropriate artifacts (ex. UML, XSD)

Communicate design to technical leads and development teams

Review low-level design and code produced by development team to insure adherence to design and development standards

Define, communicates, and help train teams on development standards (coding standards, technology choices), best practices, and appropriate tools

Maintain vision/strategy for evolving applications over time

Insure application designs meet documented SLA/SLOs.

Work with architects and business on early project vision, and Architecture blueprint. Review design roadmap for impacted systems, and look for opportunities to move systems toward long-term design vision. Provide technical guidance on early project requirements, identifying areas of complexity and looking for alternative approaches with lower complexity/cost.

Define and socialize application-development standards and best practices. Actively enforce those standards across projects.

Provide thought leadership on evolving and improving technical design and development practices.

Assists in the execution of departmental and corporate programs

Advocates the use of technology to develop and/or redesign the organization's process

Builds and leverages effective alliances across technical and business community

Responsible for system programming and analysis tasks of advanced complexity within multiple systems. Acts as subject matter expert for assigned applications, systems or technologies. Responsible for transforming business specifications and requirements into organized technical activities. Responsibilities include performing complex analysis, assessment, resolution, design, configuration and programming functions at an expert level. Leads investigation and resolution efforts for critical/ high impact defects, problems, and incidents. Collaborates with project team and other key stakeholders to identify, estimate, and prioritize project and/or enhancement activities. Builds, maintains, and utilizes partnerships across the enterprise. Provides team direction, mentorship, and feedback to technical resources. Ensures work complies with Travelers standards, processes, and protocols. Applies knowledge of current industry trends and techniques to formulate solutions within the context of assigned projects and/or enhancements. Other duties as assigned.

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Environmental/Work Schedules/Other:

Requires weekend work hours. Requires overnight work hours. Requires holiday work hours (Federal and religious). Requires extended periods (1 or more weeks) of travel as needed. Requires travel up to 5% of time.

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

Strong knowledge of Mainframe design patterns and principles

Strong knowledge and experience with COBOL, CICS, JCL, SQL, DB2, VSAM, MQ, TSO, Z/OS

Strong knowledge and experience in unit testing

Solid knowledge and experience with developing/maintaining COBOL services

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

Experience with a source-code repository like Endevor

Strong technical, analysis, debugging and problem-resolution skills

Job Category:

Information Systems

Job Summary:

Under limited supervision, performs expert programming, configuring, and/or analysis. Manages the effective use of team resources to implement ongoing projects, enhancements, and/or initiatives. Participates in the design/development process. Acts as subject matter expert for assigned applications, systems, and technologies. Leads investigation and resolution efforts for critical/high impact problems, defects and incidents. Provides technical guidance to team members. This job does not lead others.

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Preferred Qualifications:

Insurance background

Knowledge of IMS, Tablebase, CLIST

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

Experience developing on OO technologies like Java, C# is a plus

Education, Work Experience & Knowledge:

Bachelor's degree in a related field preferred. 6 years of programming/development experience preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Operates standard office equipment. Requires extended periods of computer use. Requires extended periods of sitting.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School diploma or equivalent required. 3 years of programming/development experience 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.

Licensing or Certificates:

Depends on the specific role but some examples may include: ITIL Remedy Java certification Microsoft Kanban/Agile/SAFe

Primary Location:

Hartford - Connecticut - United States

We are committed to valuing the diversity that exists among our workforce, our business partners, our customers and our communities. With respect to our workforce, we are committed to not only increasing diversity in our hiring at all levels but also fostering an inclusive environment where all employees, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other status or condition protected by law, can develop and thrive.