Zurich NA Project Leader – Release & Base Management in Schaumburg, Illinois

Project Leader – Release & Base Management


Zurich is currently looking for a Senior Project Leader to work in our Release & Base Management unit within our Application Development and Maintenance group out of our North American head-quarters in Schaumburg, Illinois and will beresponsible

for the coordination of all Release/Base activities across all the ADM groups.

This Project Leader position focuses on highly complex projects and will define business problems and formulates the project/systems scope and objectivesacross the entire ADM enterprise. The ideal candidate should have an understanding of insurance, processes, and business systems to drive the research and analysis of the defined problem, design the recommended solution, and implement the solution, while addressing associated change management.

Specific consulting responsibilities include driving operational transformation via strategic/industry perspectives, acting as a thought partner with key business leaders, defining and structuring opportunities/projects to deliver the transformation strategy, leading process re-engineering and continuous improvement projects, e.g. LEAN/Six Sigma.

Key focus areas will include:

  • Release, compliance and base financial management

  • Demand management processes and tools

  • Portfolio reporting for release, compliance and base

  • Developing common release, compliance and base processes across ADM

  • Coordinating software upgrade efforts managed under release budgets

  • Liaison to architecture and PMO team

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or Engineering and 8 or more years of experience in the Communications or Project Management area


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 10 or more years of experience in the Communications or Project Management area


  • Experience in strategic and operational consulting or business systems

  • Integration Insurance application system design/analysis experience

  • Experience in leading teams using/creating use cases, Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools/techniques, requirements modeling and associated tools, Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), functional and systems requirements, requirements traceability documents, and testing scenarios and execution

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Insurance industry experience highly preferred with detailed knowledge of insurance business processes and processing

  • Ability to identify and consider business implications of the application of technology to the current business environment

  • Strong problem solving skills

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • 'Hands-On' management experience at multiple levels within an financial services/insurance organization

  • Influential ability

  • Advance Microsoft Office skills

  • Consulting experience

  • Experience in organizational design

  • Project Management Institute Project Management Professional Certification

  • CPCU certification

  • Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP)

Relocation Assistance Available

Imagine working for a company that truly cares about their employees, customers, stakeholders, and communities they serve.

Imagine working for a values-driven organization that has the ambition and desire to be the best global insurance provider in the world.

Zurich is that place where 55,000 employees across 200 countries and territories are all focused on helping people and helping companies protect what is truly most important to them. We are a values-driven organization that takes pride in the work that we do every day and we have the ambition to be the best global insurer in the world.

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Primary Location: United States-Illinois-Schaumburg

Schedule Full-time

Travel Yes, 5 % of the Time

Relocation Available Yes

Job Posting 06/25/18

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 180003IS

It is the Policy of Zurich in North America, as an equal opportunity employer, to attract and retain the best-qualified individuals available, without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or protected veteran status.