Zurich, Zurich, CH


Solution Architect- Digital & Automation 

About Swiss Re

The Swiss Re Group 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. It anticipates and manages risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cybercrime. The aim of the Swiss Re Group is to enable society to thrive and progress, creating new opportunities and solutions for its clients. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1863, the Swiss Re Group operates through a network of around 80 offices globally. It is organised into three Business Units, each with a distinct strategy and set of objectives contributing to the Group’s overall mission.


About the Team

Swiss Re is one of the World's largest reinsurance companies, helping organisations and individuals to manage risk. Life Capital opens up attractive new risk pools through insuretech operating entities (OEs) within the primary insurance market: group (elipsLife) and individual (iptiQ). As wholly owned businesses of Swiss Re, their shared mission is to help close the protection gap in the market. For our clients, the OEs provide digital insurance solutions, primary insurance knowledge, new tools, and insights that will help reach new markets and offer new products.


As part of Life Capital, the CTOO collaborates with the iptiQ entities 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 Life Capital. 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 Life Capitals growth ambitions.


Conduct & Fair Customer Outcomes - Putting customers interests at the heart of how we conduct business. Demonstrated through your individual behaviours with a clear focus on treating our customers fairly and delivering the right outcomes at all stages throughout the product lifecycle.


Swiss Re Culture – Ensure you positively demonstrate and evidence the Swiss Re Leadership/Personal imperatives, supporting effective behaviours. Responsibility to our clients, shareholders and employees to achieve and maintain top-class performance.Lead and shape the business. Show true teamwork. Take personal accountability.


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 CTOO in technology best practice across Life Capital


Key Responsibilities

  • To assist in the delivery of Life Capitals Technology strategy
  • To own and define Life Capital 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 CTO community
  • To review, provide recommendations on platform architure and microservices , drive 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 Life Capital 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 may include: java, javascript, .NET, data streaming, MQ, SQL, NoSQL, Test automation tooling, CI/CD pipeline tools, AWS, Azure and GCP
  • Experience mentoring/training the engineering community on complex technical issues
  • Analytical thinking, structured approach to address differing intiatives
  • 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


Leadership Qualities

  • Ability to influence, persuade and communicate effectively
  • Inspiring, engaging, and encouraging collaboration
  • Ability to actively engage, voice opinions, and act as "facilitator" and "consultant"


Soft Skills

  • 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 team
  • 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
  • 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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