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Bratislava, SK

DevOps Lead - Digital Platform


About iptiQ

iptiQ is a risk tech start-up within Swiss Re Group. Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime.

iptiQ provides digital, bespoke and transparent L&H and P&C protection products in a B2B2C manner. Founded in 2014, we're transforming the way consumers buy insurance with a unique digital insurance engine which incorporates the latest technology with world-class underwriting capabilities. We build strong partnerships to sell insurance via trusted brands.

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


About the Role


This role is a key position within a newly built team responsible for the developing and supporting a digital platform across iptiQ. It will play an important role in helping to foster a culture of technology excellence, automation, digitisation and better exploitation of data to further enable and accelerate iptiQ's growth ambitions. We are looking for a hands-on DevOps Lead with strong tech experience that can play an important role leading the design and development of platform and related CI/CD pipelines and practices within engineering teams in line with agile working practices, as well as enabling adoption of DevOps culture for iptiQ and its operating entities.


Role Accountabilities


  • To support OE's in realizing the benefits of the Platform through effective, agile DevOps and CI/CD practices
  • To define, promote and implement technology best practice within the Platform team and promote the same more widely across iptiQ
  • To drive a step-change in iptiQ's ability to change at pace through deployment automation, improved delivery frameworks and release management practices that are automated, scalable, flexible and compliant


Key Responsibilities

  • To ensure iptiQ's evolving AWS cloud infrastructure delivers maximum business value by designing and implementing improvements to its support for the digital platform and related containerized applications, databases and other services
  • To lead and facilitate a DevOps 'Community of Practice', ensuring development and infrastructure backlogs, standards, artefacts and guidelines include DevOps principles, as well as driving ideas and solutions that promote better ways of working
  • To participate in architecture decisions and provide design guidance for current and future projects related to our Digital Platform and cloud infrastructure
  • Provide internal and external 3rd level support related to infrastructure, Kubernetes, pipeline and monitoring aspects of the Digital Platform
  • Become a subject matter expert on various topics, define processes and provide training and documentation for your colleagues
  • Cooperate with different teams on IT project delivery by providing guidance, feedback and work on actual implementations of infrastructure and security requirements
  • To foster understanding and support for DevOps practices amongst key stakeholders
  • To take a keen interest in emerging and new technology and its potential application in iptiQ
  • To be aware of and able to innovatively respond to the compliance, risk and regulatory controls 


About the Team


iptiQ opens up attractive new risk pools through insuretech operating entities (OEs) within the primary insurance). As wholly owned businesses of Swiss Re, our shared mission is to help close the protection gap in the market and  provide digital insurance solutions, primary insurance knowledge, new tools, and insights that will help reach new markets and offer new products.
As part of iptiQ, the Platform Team collaborates with the iptiQ OEs to support them in achieving their commercial goals by delivering innovative and effective digital capability for their distribution partners.

About You


  • University degree (Master's equivalent) in Computer Science, Engineering, or Mathematics.

Professional Experience

  • 5+ years of broad engineering experience, including CI/CD model, DevOps and Agile
  • Hands-on working experience of DevOps tools such as GIT, SVN, Maven, Jenkins, Ansible, Terraform, Chef, Puppet SonarQube, java, javascript, .NET, data streaming, MQ, SQL, NoSQL, TypeScript, Docker, React, Kafka, Test automation tooling, CI/CD pipeline tools, AWS, Azure and GCP 
  • Proven hands on experience with managing infrastructure in public cloud environments (Compute, Storage, Management Tools) from providers such as AWS and Azure
  • Previous experience with automation, configuration management, and infrastructure provisioning tools (such as Ansible, Puppet, Terraform, CloudFormation, Jenkins, Gitlab…) 
  • You have knowledge of technologies related to containerization (Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift…)
  • You have practical knowledge of programming/scripting languages (e.g. java, javascript) 
  • Awareness of IT security topics and trends, vulnerabilities and their remediation
  • A team player, able to work in an environment of high levels of change and complexity
  • You work well under pressure and on multiple and conflicting priorities
  • Knowledge of system/application monitoring practices and solutions such as AppDynamics, NewRelic or cloud provider-based services is desirable
  • Experience mentoring/training the engineering community on complex technical issues
  • Insurance or Financial services experience desirable
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

Leadership Qualities

  • Ability to coach and bring the team together in implementing new ideas 
  • Communicates with impact, negotiates skilfully in demanding situations and effectively influences across the tech and wider business stakeholder community 
  • Thinks practically in defining solutions balancing business needs with technical 
  • Establishes, maintains and develops strong relationship within the OEs tech teams

Soft Skills

  • Effectively navigate in ambiguity, shaping up new initiatives working with the senior tech team members 
  • Applying the nuances of influencing based on the situation, knowing when to push and when to ease
  • Effectively presents and facilitates in front of large groups
  • Good listener but can speak up if and when required
  • Actively network and build bridges across teams with different cultures and working environments
  • Results-oriented and ambitious with a positive attitude
  • Ability to operate in a team in a rapidly-changing primary insurance environment
  • Highly proactive, and motivated with a positive can-do attitude
  • Willingness to work "virtually" and travel to other sites


This job offer is suitable for people who have been impacted by the invasion of Ukraine.


The minimum gross monthly base salary for this role is 2000 EUR full time. Our final offer to you will be set up fairly, considering the skills and experience that you bring to the Swiss Re Group. You can look forward to extra rewards and benefits including an attractive performance-based bonus.


We are an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. Our aim is to live visible and invisible diversity – diversity of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical abilities, personalities and experiences – at all levels and in all functions and regions. We also collaborate in a flexible working environment, providing you with a compelling degree of autonomy to decide how, when and where to carry out your tasks.

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