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London, GB

Senior Solution Architect- Digital & Automation


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 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 CTO collaborates with the iptiQ Oes to  support them in maximising their operational and technological efficiency.
About the Role

This role is a key position within a newly built team responsible for the delivery of technology innovation and digitisation initiatives 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 ipitQ's growth ambitions.We are looking for a hands-on architect with strong tech experience that can gude our engineering teams and see through the implementation of e2e platforms.
Role Accountabilities

  • To support OE's in identifying and realizing the benefits of specific Digital and automation initiatives, as well as of agile, DevOps and CI/CD practices in general.
  • To support define and implement technology best practice across iptiQ

Key Responsibilities

  • To assist in the delivery of iptiQ Technology strategy 
  • To own and define architecture artefacts, guardrails and technical implementation guidelines in a clear and concise manner
  • To define the detailed  platform architecture for full stack digital insurance solutions and get the buy-in from the CTOs
  • To review and provide recommendations on platform architure and microservices down to the code level and guide the engineers
  • To synthesise requirements underlying feature requests, recommend alternative technical and business approaches, and facilitate engineering efforts to meet aggressive timelines
  • To define and support the delivery of integration technologies, APIs etc. including back to front office, legacy to digital and internal and external/ partner integration.
  • To identify a process & set of KPI's that monitor/drive the automation and digitisation efforts
  • To be the champion of Agile ways of working, and platform thinking driving ideas and solutions 
  • To work with variety of internal and external partners, to run RFI's, RFP's and POC's at pace to support business requirements.
  • To take a keen interest in emerging and new technology and its potential application in the iptiQ context - mainly Insurtech and Fintech.
  • To be aware of and able to innovatively respond to the differing compliance, risk and regulatory controls
  • To build networks and positive relationships across different cultures and working environments.

About You


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

Professional Experience

  • 10+ years of relevant, broad engineering experience and executive level presence
  • 5+ years of experience as the lead technologist/architect for a major product or service
  • Hands-on technology experience that include: java, javascript, .NET, data streaming, MQ, SQL, NoSQL, TypeScript, Docker, React, Kafka, Test automation tooling, CI/CD pipeline tools, AWS, Azure and GCP 
  • Experience mentoring/training the engineering community on complex technical issues
  • Team player and able to work in an environment of high levels of change and diversity of activities
  • Highly proactive requiring little day to day direction and enjoy working at pace
  • Internal or external consultancy experience with multiple partners and priorities
  • Experience of leading teams and senior stakeholder engagement
  • Experience of integration of internal/ external and front to back office technologies incl. on premise and cloud environments.
  • Insurance or Financial services experience as a senior architect

Leadership Qualities

  • Ability to negotiate, persuade, coach and bring the team together in implementing new ideas 
  • Communicates with impact, negotiates skillfully in demanding situations and effectively influences across all levels including senior and non-technical leaders
  • Thinks strategically in defining solutions balancing business needs with technical, focusing on commercial outcomes 
  • Establishes, maintains and develop strong relationship within the OEs including at senior levels
  • Leading and managing a topic unaided end to end
  • Take multiple and divergent data points to reach a conclusion that is presented in an understandable format to stakeholders


Soft Skills

  • Effectively navigate in ambiguity, shaping up new initiatives working with the relevant stakeholders with business impact
  • Applying the nuances of influencing based on the situation, knowing when to push and when to ease
  • Strong negotiation and advocacy skills
  • Presents well and with conviction
  • 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 lead a team in a rapidly-changing primary insurance environment
  • Pragmatic and "can do" attitude and strong customer orientation
  • Remain resilient and positive in the face of challenges, retaining a positive customer focus with the OEs
  • Willingness to work "virtually" and travel to other sites

"We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status."  


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