Business Architect

Company Name:
Top Prospect Group
Business Architect, AVP.
Global Insurance/Reinsurance firm searching for a strategic thinker with excellent execution skills to join their growing team. The successful candidate will work closely with the CIO in a key position, surrounding the definition and delivery of processes and solutions that will scale in accordance with the divisions growth. Excellent opportunity to join a young, growing organization in a strategic capacity, while enjoying the backing, presence and benefits of a global organization.
Collaborating with Business and IT stakeholders, the Business Architect will identify, design and deliver business capabilities, information requirements and business processes which will be scalable in support of future company business strategic objectives.
Working and cultivating business relationships cross functionally and across business lines to become a trusted advisor in determining short-term and long-term technology solutions for their strategic needs. This role will direct the strategy and implementation of IT solutions by developing/reviewing the business case, objectives, requirements, constraints, and utilization of technology solutions.
Responsibilities Include:
Identify and standardize process for efficiencies and automation which eliminates redundant data input
Evaluate capabilities in the development of new products, distribution strategies and technologies
Participate in the planning and execution of projects with business stakeholders which moves an idea from ideation, incubation, training, implementation to post implementation review
Evaluate new and emerging technologies and business models in support of the evolution of the business; identify speed-to-market turn-key best practice solutions which are scalable and cost effective
Analyze and determine best path for solving business opportunities/issues which may include process improvements, application/system enhancements, end-user training and/or software procurement
Drive consensus around the information delivery components, vision and roadmap to business and IT stakeholders
Map the business/IT strategic project goals to metrics developed, and provide ongoing evaluation of how successfully the A&H segment is achieving these metrics
Collaborate with peer segment architects (Insurance and Re-insurance) to align with the existing data integration architecture, potential vendor integrations and touch points, and overall solution architecture
Ensure solutions developed are aligned to enterprise architecture standards and principles, leverages common solutions and services and meets financial targets (cost and benefits)
Identify information technology delivery risks, communicates these risks and recommends solutions which mitigate the risk
Provide overall direction, guidance and definition of business architecture to effectively support business strategy
Evaluate and present information which will facilitate effective and timely decision-making through written and oral communication which summarize findings with recommendations
Leads the effort to work with business stakeholders to identify business capability needs and prioritization.
Coordinate activities such as process analysis, continuous improvement, metrics, analytics and knowledge management.
Responsible for planning and implementing major strategies and initiatives.
Manage moderate to highly complex programs consisting of multiple work streams and threads of related projects. Oversee major projects, providing strategic context, direction and leadership to the teams involved. Responsible for scoping, planning, executing, and monitoring the project, and for reporting project status.
Maintain the IT program delivery processes using repeatable processes for cost efficiency
Proactively identify and resolve issues that would present a risk to on-time implementation of projects
Work closely with the CIO in project prioritization/planning
Serve as a key communication channel between IT and the business stakeholders for ongoing Program Management status and issues
Participate in planning and implementing of major strategies and initiatives
Help drive organizational change consistent with business and technology organization strategy
Provide CIO with critical insight to assess the current state of progress against initiatives and develop the IT strategic roadmap
Define project purpose, roles, tasks, milestones, budgets and performance metrics
Conduct project kick-off meetings to communicate individual roles and project expectations and ensure that all project team members have the tools and training required to perform effectively
Conduct status meetings and monitor projects on an ongoing basis, evaluating progress and quality, managing issue resolution process and taking corrective action as necessary
Lead the post-implementation review evaluating project results, including business stakeholder satisfaction
Ensure project artifacts are completed according to agreed-upon guidelines (e.g., SDLC, CMMI, etc.)
Proactively promote consistent project-based performance measurement
Assist CIO in planning and implementing major strategies and initiatives
Coordinate and track performance of key IT performance indicators against goals and objectives
Oversee A&H IT knowledge management processes
Provide senior expertise and/or guidance in business requirements document content development
Provide expert input and ideas for development of guidelines and standards related to business case and functional requirements development
Generate ideas for new/improved business and technology functions/initiatives and coordinate technology innovation programs to plan optimal uses of new or existing technologies
Performs R&D in selection of the optimal tools that most effectively address the current application/business needs

Desired Skills and Experience
Skill Requirements:

Expert in the use of Microsoft Project and Microsoft Office applications
Leadership experience in managing cross-functional teams and the flexibility to influence people at a variety of levels internally and externally
Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, launch and deliver multiple technology projects on time and within budget
In-depth understanding of the project lifecycle and the application development lifecycle
In-depth understanding of project management technologies and tools/PMI/Project Management Professional (PMP) or Six Sigma Green Belt highly desirable
Knowledge of business and technology trends
Understanding of the insurance and/or reinsurance sectors, including policy lifecycle and broker distribution model

Required Training, Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree in a business, IT, engineering or related field degree
Minimum 10-12 years of relevant work experience with technology, project management experience in multiple business and technical processes, and team leadership in insurance and/or reinsurance sectors. Experience the Insurance Industry and knowledge of the Insurance lifecycle is a must! Local candidates only please. Thank You!

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