Job Description: As an Application Architect within Hiscox you will take responsibility across all the in-house systems within the Hiscox UK business unit and help set technical standards across the UK landscape, including delivering patterns and the direction of future systems.
You will be able to take strategies and standards and convert into tangible delivery schedules ; that will then be delivered by the agile squads and teams. You will help improve working practices within the development and technology teams, suggesting new ways of working and continually improving our agile methods. You role will see you collaborate with our tier 1 vendors to develop and align their roadmaps with our internal direction
As an Application Architect you will actively contribute to the wider architecture team, with a dotted line into the UK Lead Architect to help deliver the Hiscox enterprise architectural roadmap. You will also be expected to take on challenging projects, often spanning more than one application and/or technology and be very delivery focused.
Interact with a range of people, from highly technical software developers to Senior Executive stakeholders. This means the ability to change style/approach is essential. Identifying what a particular stakeholder needs to know or is concerned about is critical to ensuring that projects address the major stakeholder concerns on an on-going basis.
Technical, architectural, functional and impact and risk elements of the design need to be conveyed to technical and non-technical members. Presenting options, risks, recommendations in a language and a way that shows understanding and technical leadership is essential.
Interact with business areas and be comfortable acquiring and using business domain language and knowledge to convey concepts and recommendations.
Lead and assist technical teams in delivering the Solution. From understanding testing requirements to being involved with the development of solution using a variety of technologies such as Java (and/or Microsoft .NET) the Technical Architect is required to set the technical direction whilst also understanding the delivery mechanism of the agile team
Be able to engage and operate across a broad range of technologies including the MS Azure stack, relational database systems (e.g. Microsoft SQL Server), integration platforms, application containers, web servers and basic infrastructure such as networking (firewalls, protocols).
Work with our 3 rd parties to engage and align on technical roadmaps, keeping in mind an understanding of the bigger picture for the UK business and Hiscox
Experience of delivering insurance focused business application and solutions. This can include (but not limited to) CRM, Policy administration, API's, Rating and decision engines, Billing. intermediary platforms etc
Understanding of Architectural Process; the function of an Architecture Review Board, how to demonstrate architecture principle alignment, implementation governance.
Experience of API design and integration leadership, management and service based architectures (SOA, Micro services, ESBs)
Demonstrable knowledge and preferably certified in the Microsoft Azure stack, including serverless technology, containerisation, PAAS and Kubernetes.
Experience of hands on software development (Microsoft .NET and/or Java with SQL)
An appreciation of Agile and DevOps best practices
Data Modelling; conceptual, logical and physical schema separation
Experience implementing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in solutions would be a bonus
Knowledge of Retail Insurance through Direct, broker and modern partner channels
Proven experience of defining, implementing and maintaining architectural decision processes
Strong people skills and coordination ability - plus the ability to gain credibility quickly within a business area
Have the ability to lead and upskill both technical and architect peers and have proven task management experience.
Technically astute in the area of applications, integration services, data and security
Experience of the MS Azure Stack and associated technologies
Experience of the Microsoft database technology stack (SQL Server, T-SQL, SSIS)
Knowledge of ETL technologies (Alteryx, SnapLogic, etc.)
Knowledge of Microsoft .NET and associated technology stacks
You will be a capable and confident facilitator with an engaging and credible background and calibre. You will be data, technology and digitally savvy with an understanding of retail-driven architectural delivery. You will be a change agent and will be able to ensure that the right behaviours, technology and tooling is utilised for the right projects.
You will have experience working within a regulated environment and multiple stakeholders (inclusive of internal and 3 rd party, physically and virtually based).
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