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Beijing, 11, CN

Senior Solution Architect


About Swiss Re

Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime.

At Swiss Re we combine experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise to create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of more than 13,000 employees across the world.

We offer a flexible working environment where curious and adaptable people thrive. Are you interested in joining us?


About the Role


We offer an inspiring opportunity for a self-motivated individual to join an engaging interdisciplinary IT team which supports the cloud transformation for the reinsurance and insurance industries. Your major task as Senior Solution Architect is to provide technical expertise on regional as well as group initiatives, to lead, build the innovative solutions on the cloud and on the premise. In this role, you will also be responsible for collaborating with global teams and outsourcing partners during analysis, design, development and testing phases.

The key responsibilities include:

•     As a key lead, responsible for architecture design and implement of innovative solutions with emerging technologies.

•     Evaluate design trade-offs and strive for building extensible, maintainable, and high-performance systems in line with IT strategy and Swiss Re Group standards.

•     Collaborate with various teams in defining functionality and estimation

•     Present and communicate design & implementation to various teams for review

•     Contribute to technical research for new requirements and feasibility studies of proposed design.

•     Provide application systems support to Testers and Application Support, following the Swiss Re control procedures

•     Collaborate with other development teams and business team in choosing the most appropriate technical solution

•     Review the quality of project deliverables, both in document and software form


About the Team


We are looking for you as our Senior Solution Architect for China IT team. The team is dedicated to building common cloud capabilities to power up cloud transformation and creating cutting edge solutions by leveraging new technologies and innovative thinking. You will work with colleagues from various regions who have top-notch experience and deep understanding for reinsurance business. In this role, you will be part of a dynamic team within the larger IT organization, and you will work closely with many business units and projects which will allow you to actively leverage your analytical, technical, and communications skills.


About You


Ideally, you should have a background in software engineering and a University degree (Master's equivalent) in Business Administration/ Operations or Information Technology or equivalent. You should speak at least fluent English and Mandarin. Be keen in leveraging emerging technologies to build innovative solutions, as well as agile, DevOps and continuous improvement practices in general. Take personal accountability for the success of initiatives and of Swiss Re's business goals

Analytical / Technical / Experience Requirements

•     At least 10 years of software design and development experience, finance industry such as banking and insurance industry preferred

•     Strong enterprise architecture and software architecture design expertise. Certifications such as TOGAF of FEA will be a strong plus.

•     3-5 years of experience in Cloud. Certifications such as Amazon Cloud, Microsoft Azure or Alibaba Cloud will be a strong plus.

•     Profound knowledge on application frameworks such as Spring Cloud and service mesh etc. Front-end knowledge such as WeChat App design will be a strong plus.

•     Hands-on programming skills are required, Java or Python preferred.

•     Demonstrable experience of working within an agile environment

•     Excellent communication and presentation skills, able to create and deliver presentation to influence the wider audience

•     Analytical thinking, structured approach to address complex topics

•     Team player and able to work in an environment of high levels of change and complexity

•     Highly self-motivated requiring little day to day direction and comfortable working at a fast pace and pressure

•     Open Mindset and committed to continuous learning and self-improvement

•     Internal or external consultancy experience with multiple stakeholders and priorities

•     Experience of managing virtual teams and senior stakeholder engagement

•     Experience of integration of internal/ external and front to back office technologies including on premise and cloud environments

Ancillary Requirements

•     Excellent verbal and written English and Mandarin

•     Ability to influence decisions in a large organization with a high degree of emotional intelligence

•     Inspiring and motivating people

•     Ability and confidence to actively engage in discussions, voice opinions, and perform multiple roles across facilitation, coaching, listening, advising and mentoring

•     Strong negotiation and advocacy skills

•     Presents well and with conviction

•     Good listener but can speak up if and when required

•     Enthusiasm to work with a diverse leadership team

•     Entrepreneurial focus and mindset

•     Can navigate in ambiguous environments

•     Results-oriented and results-driven

•     Confidence to guide teams in a rapidly-changing primary insurance environment

•     Skilled in setting challenging tasks and achieving them

•     Pragmatic and "can do" mentality

•     Strong customer orientation

•     Willingness to work "virtually" and prepared to travel to other sites as needed


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