About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company's diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in the auto, home and business settings. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2010.

Senior Software Developer

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.

Personal Insurance Business Technology is looking for an experienced, driven developer.
Under limited supervision, performs expert programing, configuring, and/or analysis for impactful and visible projects. Manages the effective use of line of business resources for implementation of ongoing projects, enhancements, initiatives and/or problem resolution. Acts as subject matter expert across multiple applications, systems and technologies, leveraging technical and business knowledge to drive the planning and execution of complex initiatives. Participates in the design/ development process. Provides technical leadership on complex projects. Leads investigation and resolution efforts for critical, high impact problems and incidents. This job is a technical lead. This job does not lead others.
  • Write well designed, testable, efficient code by using best software development practices
  • Create user interface by using standard HTML/CSS practices
  • Integrate data from various back-end services and databases
  • Gather and refine specifications and requirements based on technical needs
  • Create and maintain software documentation
  • Stay plugged into emerging technologies/industry trends and apply them into operations and activities
  • Collaborate with web designer to match visual design intent
  • Under limited supervision, expertly assess, design and develop system solutions for multiple applications
  • Leverage your technical and business knowledge to drive the planning and execution of complex initiatives.
  • Provide technical leadership on complex projects and lead investigation and resolution efforts for critical, high impact problems and incidents.
Manages the strategic plans and tactical activities for assigned information systems and business unit systems projects. Acts as subject matter expert across multiple applications, systems and technologies leveraging technical and business knowledge to drive the planning and execution of complex initiatives. Responsibilities include performing complex analysis, expert level design, configuration and programming functions for impactful and visible projects. Leads investigation and resolution efforts for critical, high impact problems, defects, and incidents. Contributes to staffing and project plan estimations in collaboration with the project manager and other key stakeholders. Assesses the technical viability of projects and objectives. Acts as a technology advocate and independently seeks opportunities where technology can be utilized to improve the business. Builds, maintains, and utilizes partnerships across the enterprise ensuring the best use of resources. Provides technical leadership, fosters a team environment, and provides mentorship and feedback to technical resources. Manages the effective use of line of business resources to implement ongoing projects, enhancements, initiatives, and/or problem resolution Applies knowledge of current industry trends and techniques to formulate solutions within the context of assigned projects. Ensures project team's work complies with Travelers standards, processes, and protocols. Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor degree preferred or equivalent work experience, minimum 5 years of work experience in related field Typically has 7 or more years of experience.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Extensive knowledge of the .Net framework and CLR
  • Expert in C# programming
  • Strong knowledge and experience with all of the following web development languages JavaScript, XML, HTML, and CSS
  • Thorough understanding of Web Services including SOAP and WSDL
  • Solid understanding of multithreaded programming
  • Solid experience with relational databases (SQL Server / Oracle)
  • Knowledge and application of design patterns
  • Knowledge and application of good design principles
  • Experience with a source-code repository (prefer Subversion)
  • Strong technical, analysis, debugging and problem-resolution skills
  • Experience with an Agile methodology (prefer SAFe)
  • Scripting languages like Ruby, PowerScript, Python
  • Code-analysis tools like FxCop, NDepend
  • Object-database persistence tools like NHibernate/Hibernate
  • Acceptance testing using tools like FitNesse, FIT, FitLibrary 
    Desirable Skills:
    • Experience with Test Driven Development
    • Knowledge of tools like NUnit/JUnit, NMock, TSQLUnit, JsUnit, NUnitAsp, NCover
    • Building scripting language like NAnt/Ant
    • Insurance background - Personal Lines Homeowners and Automobile

Technical Knowledge- Able to expertly assess, design, develop, configure, and support applications, systems solutions, and interfaces for multiple systems.  Demonstrates technical mastery for technologies, applications, systems, frameworks, and has the ability to influence and/or set technical direction or defect resolution. Fully understands business applications and/or technical system environments. Demonstrates proficiency in business concepts. Demonstrates expert knowledge of applications/systems and concepts. Works to ensure component interactions follow and promote design best practices. Communication Skills- Ability to communicate thoughts/designs/ideas in an unambiguous manner and adjusts communication based on audience. Exhibits active and effective communication skills with team members.  Able to present complex technical concepts to audiences of varying size and level. Business Knowledge & Partnership- Able to develop and leverage business and/or vendor partnerships, consult on business priorities, and optimize value through solution identification aligned with business objectives, goals, and future technology direction. Able to easily communicate in business terms and describe IT capabilities/concepts in ways that the business can understand. Problem Solving & Decision Making- Able to expertly diagnose root causes, solve complex problems, and collaborate effectively with business and technical teams. Carefully evaluates alternative risks and solutions before taking action including escalating situations as appropriate. Demonstrates sound decision making and problem resolution skills. Has the ability to reach sound decisions quickly. Knows where to obtain information needed to make the appropriate decisions. Optimizes the use of all available resources. Team Orientation- Able to promote, maintain, and enhance partnerships across the organization.  Able to influence project stakeholders and team members. Practices objectivity and openness to others' views. Leadership- Able to set and assign technical goals and priorities for self and team members. Exhibits team leadership. Able to provide feedback and/or coaching regarding technical resources. Planning and Project Management- Demonstrates ability to identify critical project tasks and establish clear priorities while keeping the overall strategy in mind. Able to accurately estimate the tasks and resources needed to complete assigned project work. Financial Awareness- Able to accurately assess the financial impact of recommended designs/solutions. Demonstrates ability to understand relevant costs associated with assigned project work.

Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.
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