Chief Architect - Life Technology Solutions

Northbrook, Illinois
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Oct 18, 2016
Dec 17, 2016
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Job Description

The Chief Architect is responsible for the architectural direction supporting Life Technology Solutions (LTS) and alignment with enterprise architectural direction of Allstate. The incumbent would be leading the formulation of technology strategy and resultant technology architecture that enables current and future business needs and strategies.

The architecture role contributes to the models (conceptual and design) on which applications are based and ensures strategic alignment for the logical structures on which applications or infrastructures are being built, tested and implemented. Manages resources and leads the delivery of technology projects.

The Chief Architect directs the team of architects involved in the design, development, and implementation of large-scale IT projects involving significant impacts to the company's technology architecture. The Chief Architect provides thought leadership driving technology strategies, architecture designs, plans, or projects, and establishes priorities. Evaluating multiple projects for efficiency and leading, motivating, and influencing resources are also responsibilities of the Chief Architect.

The Chief Architect is the primary integration point between IT architecture and other parts of the enterprise, interacting with and presenting complex architecture solutions and strategies to C-level executives within Allstate Life and Retirement (ALR) and other areas of Allstate.

Job Description

In alignment with corporate goals, specific responsibilities for the Chief Architect will include:

  • Cultivate relationships with key business stakeholders and technology management.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of business strategies and plans as well as industry trends and regulatory impacts.
  • Lead a team of Solution Architects who maintain end-to-end designs and oversee implementation of complex integrated systems.
  • Maintain working knowledge of the organization's current technologies and architectures.
  • Ensure ongoing development and maintenance of current and future state architectures as well as multi-year roadmaps.
  • Oversee the unit level contribution to, and implementation of the enterprise data strategy including data protection and quality directives.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of Life and Annuity technology industry best practices, technologies, architectures and emerging technologies.
  • Act as the focal point for Allstate Life and Retirement/Life Technology Solutions from the perspective of enterprise architecture and governance.
  • Ensure new and existing program/project architectures comply with technology standards, governance policies and architectural plans.
  • Review technology procurement for alignment with current and evolving enterprise standards and architectural plans.
  • Identify architectural risks and propose alternatives and solutions.
  • Provide thought leadership, innovative ideas, and drive toward partnership at the table with business leaders. Act as a thought leader representing Allstate and influence the standards and practices established for the industry.
  • Defines enterprise reference architectures in collaboration with all architecture disciplines and ensures that new architecture components comply with existing enterprise reference architectures.
  • Gain recognition as an industry thought leader in their relevant discipline and becoming a technology ambassador on behalf of Allstate.
  • Leverage internal and external benchmarking of emerging technologies, industry innovations, and competitor technology positioning trends to define new or refresh existing strategic architectures.
  • Models and creates an environment of accountability for multiple organizations, peer groups and senior leaders by setting clear performance objectives in support of business outcomes.
  • Collects multiple levels of staff performance data against desired outcomes and service level agreements ensuring that strategic outcomes at the broader organizational level are achieved.

Job Qualifications

The successful candidates for the Chief Architect position will have a combination of both technical and personal skills necessary to meet the demands of market and profit requirements of Allstate Life and Retirement.

An ideal candidate would possess the following minimal qualifications:

  • College degree with technical study is required;
  • 15+ year's technical experience in architecture, design, and/or project management and 7+ years of management experience; including leading leader.
  • Proven track record of providing end-to-end technical thought leadership on large scale initiatives that integrate multiple complex systems.
  • Possess knowledge of multiple programming languages, database products, computing environments, hardware architectures and integration strategies.
  • Proficient in more than one development methodologies including agile practices such as SCRUM or XP.

Additional qualifications that would put candidates in a preferred position would include:

  • Being current with trends in the information technology industry with a special eye towards Life Insurance and Annuities businesses.
  • Having proficiency with innovations and emerging technology themes in the Life Insurance and Annuities businesses.
  • Having proven accountability for leading an organization of highly talented individuals – including people processes, client/partner relationships, work processes and delivery of work products.

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