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.

Associate Architect

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.

Job Summary
The primary function of this position is to assist in providing 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 moderately complex or single projects

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities
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.

Provide architectural strategy and subject matter expertise in the following areas (dependent on knowledge and expertise):
- WEB Technologies
- Development platforms (.NET, J2EE, COM, COBOL, CICS, IMS)
- User and B2B Interfaces
- Web Service design
- Application Integration
- Business Intelligence
- Data Warehouse
- Middleware technologies
- Document Composition and Forms technologies
- Document, Imaging and Web Content Management
- Print technology support
- Transaction design (OLTP, Batch, etc.)
- Component Based Design
- Operating Systems
- Office/Productivity Suites
- ERP Systems
- Performance Engineering
- Networks
- Telephony

Education, Work Experience & Knowledge
A Minimum of 5 years in enterprise, application, and information architecture design. Experience managing the application delivery process is a plus. Experience in people, product and/or project management is a plus. Experience working in a matrixed organization is a plus.

Environmental/Work Schedules/Other
Technical Knowledge
Has expert knowledge of at least one applications discipline, along with the ability to rapidly learn technical/business techniques and disciplines of special value to the systems supported. Possesses a working knowledge of the business and/or technical environments in which the system operates and a solid knowledge of the business function supported. Demonstrates the desire and aptitude to become the expert in one or more technical or project management disciplines and applies substantial effort to gaining more knowledge in that area.

Problem Solving & Decision Making
Devises technically feasible solutions for moderately complex problems. Uses innovative insights and creativity in evaluating alternatives. Demonstrates advanced ability to research and analyze business requirements and produce programming
specifications for the system supported. Differentiates problem definition from symptoms.

Team Orientation
Builds relationships with peers and other departments to achieve objectives, to work as one team and to secure necessary resources not under his/her personal control. Balances team/individual responsibilities. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Puts success of team above own interest.

Maintains the operational integrity of a single system and the business function it supports. Demonstrates maturity and discretion in handling confidential data related to the system.

Commitment to Quality Result
Works effectively with business unit to formulate specifications and present results of analysis. Works with management to establish schedules. Places high priority on services and consistently meets scheduled dates. Handles business contacts with clear, concise communication in business terms. Adjusts to changing priorities. Demonstrates attitude of willingness, cooperation, and concern for business issues.

Planning and Project Management
Sets appropriate goals and priorities. Completes multiple tasks in the time allocated to accomplish results. Accurately evaluates and estimates new tasks. Provides management with accurate and timely status information.

Financial Awareness
Assesses financial impact of recommended designs/solutions. Works with Financial Analysts to identify pertinent facts for systems/projects and cost/benefit analysis.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.
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