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<p><strong>Solution Architect </strong></p> <p><strong>WHY ECONOMICAL?</strong></p> <p>Because a changing industry calls for a new way of doing things. An ambitious, innovative and fast-paced company, we offer exceptional training and development programs, competitive pay, great benefits, company-matched RRSPs, and paid volunteer days &mdash; all within an engaging, fun, and collaborative work environment.</p> <p>Founded more than 145 years ago, Economical is one of Canada&rsquo;s leading property and casualty insurance companies. We rely on our national network of more than 800 independent brokers to sell a range of car, home, business, and farm insurance solutions. With Sonnet and Petline, we&rsquo;re extending our reach through the direct-to-customer channel. With more than 2,400 active employees across the country and a commitment to rethinking the insurance experience, we&rsquo;re poised for great things.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re now adding to our high-performance team to take us into the future. Let&rsquo;s rethink insurance, together.</p> <p><strong>In this role, you will:</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>As a member of the Enterprise Architecture team, the Solution Architect is accountable for the architecture and design of secure, scalable quality solutions.</p> </li> <li> <p>Help guide the execution of deliverables from inception to implementation, not only collaborating with the delivery teams to ensure business needs are being met but also architecture peers in an effort to establish clear alignment with Enterprise Architecture principles, strategies and roadmaps.</p> </li> <li> <p>We are looking for solution architecture experts in multiple technology domains, including:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Digital platform architecture to evolve Sonnet Insurance</p> </li> <li> <p>Guidewire architecture to transform core insurance system capabilities</p> </li> <li> <p>Data architecture to expand Data, Big Data and Analytics platform capabilities</p> </li> <li> <p>Integration and Service architecture to enable application integration, 3rd party API&rsquo;s, Micro Services, ESBs, and more.</p> </li> <li> <p>You are an expert in one or more of these domains and have a drive to expand your knowledge in support of Economical&rsquo;s strategic vision.</p> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Your Responsibilities</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Define the detailed solution architecture covering business, data, application, technical and security aspects including all functional and non-functional requirements, often crossing multiple technology domains</p> </li> <li> <p>Prepare and present options analysis material to key IT and business stakeholders</p> </li> <li> <p>Work with delivery teams and integrators on the implementation of the solution, supporting, guiding, and influencing them throughout the project lifecycle</p> </li> <li> <p>Participate in software selection and acquisition processes</p> </li> <li> <p>Collaborate with Enterprise Architects to ensure strategic alignment to architecture principles, strategies, and roadmaps</p> </li> <li> <p>Participate in the Enterprise Architecture community by showcasing your creativity and expertise to help formulate and shape architecture roadmaps, and execute on technology strategies</p> </li> <li> <p>As an expert in your respective architecture domains provide support and mentorship to operational and delivery teams in their day to day activities, as required</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Your Skills and Experience</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>University degree or college/information technology diploma in a related discipline</p> </li> <li> <p>8+ years IT architecture or related IT engineering experience</p> </li> <li> <p>Advanced knowledge of one or more of the listed technology domains, along with associated technical infrastructure and security architecture expertise</p> </li> <li> <p>Proficient in related industry standards, tools, frameworks, and patterns</p> </li> <li> <p>You have an ability to understand complex business architecture and processes such that you can apply your technical knowledge in a meaningful and effective manner to maximize benefit while reducing risks and optimizing investment</p> </li> <li> <p>Applicable experience implementing solutions in a medium to large enterprise is a must</p> </li> <li> <p>Experience with a wide breath of tools, operating systems, programming/scripting languages, etc. is a must with a drive to continually learn and embrace new technology</p> </li> <li> <p>Cloud implementation experience is considered a strong asset</p> </li> <li> <p>Experience in the financial sector, and specifically the insurance industry is a very strong asset</p> </li> </ul> <p>Key technology in our environment includes:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Data Platforms (e.g. Cloudera &ndash; HBase, Impala, Hive, Map Reduce, Spark, Flume, Pentaho ETL&amp;BI, Cognos, Oracle, SQL Server)</p> </li> <li> <p>Digital Architecture (e.g. Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, HTML5, jQuery), Kentico CMS</p> </li> <li> <p>Guidewire Architecture (Insurance Suite including Guidewire Policy Center 8, Billing Center 8.Including extensive knowledge of Guidewire APIs and Batch functionality</p> </li> <li> <p>Integration and Service Architecture (SpringBoot Microservices, IBM IIB, MQ, DataPower Gateway/API, SOAP and REST services, extensive external integration experience)</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>HOW TO APPLY</strong></p> <p>To complete the online application process, you&rsquo;ll need to upload your resume before you apply for the role you&rsquo;re interested in. Please note that only one document can be uploaded, so be sure to combine your resume and cover letter.</p> <p>We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment that welcomes diversity and supports accessibility across the organization. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know by contacting: <a href="mailto:hrsharedservices@economical.com">hrsharedservices@economical.com</a>.</p> <p>Visit <a href="https://www.economical.com/en/home">economical.com</a> to learn more about us and what we&rsquo;re up to.</p> <p>Economical Insurance includes the following companies: Economical Mutual Insurance Company, The Missisquoi Insurance Company, Perth Insurance Company, Waterloo Insurance Company, Family Insurance Solutions Inc., Sonnet Insurance Company, Petline Insurance Company.</p>