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POST DATE 11/13/2019
END DATE 11/24/2019

Travelers Insurance Hartford, CT

Hartford, CT
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Company InformationSolid reputation, passionate people and endless opportunities. That's Travelers. Our superior financial strength and consistent record of strong operating returns mean security for our customers - and opportunities for our employees. You will find Travelers to be full of energy and a workplace in which you truly can make a difference.Job SummaryAs the VP of Platform Engineering within Infrastructure and Cloud Services (ICS), you will lead an organization responsible for the design, engineering, and support of Travelers' Linux, Windows, storage, database, mainframe, and virtual compute/network platforms. As the leader of Platform Engineering you will help ensure the automated, self-service, and end to end delivery of our platforms and services using infrastructure as code and agile delivery methodologies. The successful candidate will have a strong focus on the operational stability, performance, efficiency, audit/control management, and scalability of our core platforms. In addition, you will have a strong alignment with our line of business CIO organizations to ensure the infrastructure platforms proactively support application delivery priorities, performance, redundancy, and capacity requirements. Strong communication, collaboration, and technical service management skills are required to ensure a coordinated and focused approach to problem identification and resolution. The leader of Platform Engineering will also be responsible for contributing to the design, implementation, and support of our public cloud workloads and strategy.Marketing DescriptionVP, Platform EngineeringPrimary Job Duties & Responsibilities
Experience with modern technologies, architectures and agile development methods, and are comfortable operating in complex, fast-moving environments
Able to build and lead high-functioning teams and can help attract, develop, and retain top engineering talent
Develop and implement the operational tools and processes necessary to improve reliability. This includes the deployment and maintenance of infrastructure as well as a best practice approach to the diagnosis and remediation of issues
Implementation of a best practice continuous improvement process that includes incident analysis, prioritizing and implementing improvements, and ongoing emphasis on automation and prevention
Leadership qualities include fostering teamwork and trust, exhibiting respectful and transparent communication, demonstrating collaboration both with their peers and across Tech & Ops, supporting and lead change, and fostering diversity and inclusiveness
Minimum QualificationsMinimum of 7 years of progressive work experience in the technology space and a minimum of 4 years of people management experience required.Education, Work Experience & Knowledge
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field, advanced degree a plus
10+ years of experience including 5+ managing and developing engineering teams
Experience with agile development practices/methodologies
Experience developing and supporting public cloud-based platforms
Job Specific & Technical Skills & CompetenciesTechnical knowledge: Experience and technical expertise in multiple engineering disciplines including, but not limited to: end-user computing, mobility, video conferencing, broadcast TV, unified communications & collaboration (including the full Microsoft tool suite) and content management solutions across the enterprise. Experience and expertise with Agile & DevOps methodologies and tools. Able to evaluate market and industry trends within related technical domains. Possesses strong analytical skills to effectively create recommendations, influence decision-making, assess impacts, compare solutions, problem solve, and achieve business and/or technical objectives. Thoroughly understands how overall responsibilities fit within broader technical environment and has strong ability to influence technology recommendations for the enterprise. Experience leading large scale technology organization and building and leading large teams. Communication Skills: Able to build strong relationships and foster a collaborative environment across Business and Shared Technology organizations. Expert written and oral communication at all levels, both internally and externally. Expert presentation skills used to influence other leaders across the Enterprise. Business knowledge and partnership. Able to demonstrate thorough understanding of business and financial acumen and proactively makes recommendations. Able to actively influence customers and business partners to solve problems and ensures products and services are utilized effectively and efficiently. Able to provide strategic solutions tailored to meet business objectives. Team Orientation: As a change champion, leads and welcomes innovative ideas and drives continuous improvement, process improvement, and service optimization. Leads and seeks effective partnerships across the organization and is able to influence Senior Management, peers and subordinates through an inclusive style and recognition of their abilities and knowledge. Balances organizational, team, and individual responsibilities. Exhibits objective leadership and openness to other views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Puts success of organization and team above own interest. Leadership: Sets and drives cross-functional objectives and priorities and forms a vision for the future of the enterprise. Effectively influences across multiple teams, senior leaders, organizations, and/or enterprise. Demonstrates the vision and thought leadership necessary to set broad technical direction and is able to communicate/articulate a clear vision of services. Demonstrates technical and process leadership skills within the organization, independently resolves conflicts, and develops relationships across the enterprise. Exhibits team leadership, provides guidance, feedback and coaching to direct reports. Influences all levels and contributes to the transformation agenda. Responsible for building and inspiring a large organization. Leads functional objectives and priorities across multiple technologies, platforms, and teams.Environmental/Work Schedules/OtherWeekend work hours as needed Overnight work hours as needed Holiday work hours (Federal and religious) as neededPhysical RequirementsOperates standard office equipment (continuously) Sitting (can stand at will) (continuously) Standing (occasionally) Use of keyboards, sporadic 10-key (continuously)Equal Employment Opportunity StatementTravelers is an equal opportunity employer.