Mainframe Application Designer/Architect

Hartford, Connecticut

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
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.

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.

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

Education, Work Experience & Knowledge
Bachelor's degree in a related field preferred. 6 years of programming/development experience preferred.

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

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.

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

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

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

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.
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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.