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Zurich NA Lead Guidewire Solutions Architect in Schaumburg, Illinois

Lead Guidewire Solutions Architect


Zurich is currently seeking a Lead Guidewire Solutions Architect to join its Underwriting Landscape Transformation team within the Information Technologies Services organization based out of our North American headquarters in Schaumburg, IL.

The Solutions Architect will be tasked with leading the end to end implementation of Policy Administration System projects using Guidewire PolicyCenter software and will help guide the organization on the solutioning, coding, and development of Guidewire technologies into the overall Zurich landscape. This individual contributor will create and maintain constructive and supportive relationships with Business Partners (BP), ensure that all projects are initiated within IT's delivery framework and satisfy BP's needs while aligning to both the IT and BP strategy.

The Solutions Architect will support the application architecture utilized by in-house developed applications, vendor applications and databases and ensure development efforts are carried out using a consistent and quality driven approach and will play an important role in the development and integration of new capabilities into existing systems by continuing to develop target architecture that aligns with existing and new capabilities, business goals and objectives.

Additionally, the Solutions Architect will be responsible for assisting in the creation of integrated solutions across multiple disciplines within a complex IT technical framework, and preparing architecture statements that address the application design, process changes and project details necessary for a successful implementation.

The Solutions Architect will also lead and guide a team of architects, developers and vendor partners in implementing the solution and perform code/design reviews to ensure the implemented code adheres to the solution architecture. The Solutions Architect will also assist in preparing and maintaining application landscape artifacts including application road map. The Solutions Architect will also be responsible for establishing, reviewing, and refining cost and effort estimates for upcoming projects.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree and 7 or more years of experience in the IT area


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 9 or more years of experience in the IT area


  • Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree and 7 or more years of experience in the IT area


  • 5 or more years of experience as an Architect handling distributor, web based Enterprise Java architect including 3 or more years in a Guidewire Policy Center or Billing Center products

  • 3 or more years of experience as a Solution Architect/Guidewire Java Architect

  • 7 or more years of web application development experience

  • Knowledge of secure software development

  • Experience working with CM tools, such as Rally in a team environment

Preferred Requirements:

  • Lead an end to end implementation of at least 1 Guidewire PolicyCenter project

  • Guidewire Certification (specifically PolicyCenter) highly preferred

  • 8 or more years of Guidewire PolicyCenter experience in the area of GOSU, PCF, Product Model, Entity/Data Model, Rating & Rating Management, Forms Inference, Validation Rules, UW Issues, Workflows, Administration, Integrations

  • Experience with PolicyCenter major and minor version upgrades

  • Experience with PolicyCenter Implementation on Cloud.

  • Advanced skills associated with software design, modification, implementation and deployment, including object-oriented programming concepts

  • Strong communication skills

  • Knowledge of commercial property and casualty insurance operations and processing systems

As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to our COVID-related health and safety protocols ( https://www.zurichna.com/careers/faq ), including, without limitation, a requirement that employees attest as to their vaccination status with a YES/NO, and upload proof of vaccination status, or a negative COVID test result when applicable, to a third-party vendor. These protocols are continuously re-evaluated and the requirements may change at any time.

A future with Zurich. What can go right when you apply at Zurich?

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 150 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please clickhere (https://www.zurichna.com/careers) to learn more.

As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet

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Location(s): AM - Schaumburg

Remote Working: Hybrid

Schedule: Full Time

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