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Zurich, Zurich, CH

Application Engineer (80% - 100%)


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


This role is a key position and a unique opportunity in the Group Digital Transformation Unit, with a focus on driving SwissRe to become a Risk, Knowledge and Data company through innovation and prototyping! The team and technology play a key role in helping to foster a culture of technology excellence, automation, digitisation and better exploitation of data. We are looking for Senior Developers that can deliver quality code during innovation sprints, high quality code for reuse and help to encourage agile working practices and focused delivery within engineering teams implementing market services.



Role Accountabilities:

  • Design and write high quality reusable code to build new applications as well as innovative experiments
  • Work closely with internal and external technology colleagues to find, design and build creative solutions to increase delivery velocity
  • Work alongside and within existing engineering teams in various initiatives running across the company
  • Create prototypes hands-on in hothouse cases
  • Share code, knowledge and methodologies with other teams involved in delivery of the Platform to our customers.
  • Support, define and implement new technology approaches across SwissRe while being a role model of technical and behavioural excellence


Key Responsibilities:

  • Create robust, changeable and scalable technology applications – from concept, to prototyping to production delivery, across a mix of green-field and existing modern applications
  • Help build and shape an increased engineering and delivery team ethos, responsible for designing and implementing products across our technology platform with a quick iterative approach and focusing on ability to scale features and business processes
  • Champion engineering excellence, focusing on effective cross-function collaboration and end-to-end responsibility, from rapid prototyping/proof of concepts to delivery, ensuring simplicity, maintainability and scalability of the implementations
  • Form part of an engineering community, fostering new techniques and approaches, seeking to continuously improve
  • Awareness of and able to innovatively respond to the differing compliance, risk and regulatory controls
  • Encourage continued learning by investigating and applying new technologies and practices to the digital transformation approaches


About the Team


The team within SwissRe is newly formed and focusses on creating and building digital capabilities to explore new opportunities within the insurance market.


As part of SwissRe, the team collaborates with various other parts of the company to support them in achieving their commercial goals by delivering innovative and effective digital capability for their clients and partners.



About You




  • enjoy the challenge of delivering at pace
  • like experimenting with new technology and testing how well they suit real needs
  • are team focused, able to work in an environment of high levels of change and complexity
  • think that long-term is built step by step, and aren’t bothered by the uncertainty of walking new paths
  • have a University degree (Master's equivalent) in Computer Science, Engineering, or Mathematics or can demonstrate equivalent knowledge, we’d be delighted to hear from you!


Professional Experience:

  • 5+ years of broad engineering experience, including working with practices such as continuous integration & deployment, TDD, DevSecOps and Agile approaches
  • Hands-on working experience of languages, frameworks and tools which may include GIT, Terraform, SonarQube, JavaScript, .NET, SQL and NoSQL databases, MQ/streaming services, containerization services and pipeline tools
  • Hands on working experience with designing and building modern applications (and infrastructure as needed) in public cloud environments (Compute, Storage, Management Tools, Managed Services) - Azure and/or AWS
  • Previous experience with automation, configuration management, and infrastructure provisioning tools (such as ARM, ADO, Ansible, Puppet, Terraform, CloudFormation, Gitlab)
  • Knowledge of system/application monitoring practices and solutions such as Prometheus, Grafana or cloud provider-based services is desirable
  • Awareness of IT security topics and trends, vulnerabilities and their remediation


Leadership Qualities:

  • Introduce & encourage new ideas and enthuse the team to implement these
  • Communicate effectively, builds trust and influences across the technology community
  • Thinks practically in defining solutions balancing business needs with technical
  • Establishes, maintains and develops positive relationships within the wider SwissRe development community


Soft Skills:

  • Effectively explores opportunities, shaping up new initiatives working with team members from various areas of the organisation

  • Effectively share ideas
  • Good listener but can speak up if and when required
  • Actively network and build relationships across teams with different cultures and working environments
  • Ability to operate in a team in a rapidly-changing insurance environment
  • Highly proactive, and motivated with a positive can-do attitude
  • Keenness to work "virtually" with the opportunity for travel to other SwissRe locations


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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