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Zurich NA IT Advisory Solution Architect in Toronto, Ontario

IT Advisory Solution Architect


The Opportunity

Are you looking for a caring, collaborative, values-driven workplace with inspiring teammates and leaders? Do you have the ambition and desire to be the best and thrive at the most impactful global insurance provider in the world? Look no further than Zurich Canada.

If you have experience in identifying functional/nonfunctional requirements and interface with vendors and the enterprise architecture community to support the design of compliant solutions which meet business needs.

Zurich Canada is currently looking for a IT Advisory Solutions Architect to work with other Solution and Enterprise Architects to align on architecture vision. Reporting to the Head of Enterprise Architecture, you will partner with other Architects, Business System Analysts, Product Owners and other stakeholders to translate the functional and non-functional requirements into reusable architecture building blocks.

You will document the required architecture artifacts, present architecture solutions in Architecture Review workshops.

This is a unique opportunity to build your knowledge and experience for the future in a supportive environment where your voice matters.

What you will do-

•Maintain understanding of the functionality and use of the IT application portfolio for specific vertical lines of business.

•Within a program, take direction from more senior program solution Architect or from Enterprise / functional architects in smaller projects.

•Independently perform or execute given solution design assignments capable to implement E2E processes.

•Engages with the senior solution architects within his area/project and with the enterprise architect for their specific area of expertise to enable the Group Operations and IT governance process, to provide architectural design approval and ensure that the IT architectural standards and practices are followed throughout the project/program.

•Demonstrate knowledge of relevant systems, technologies, products, processes and procedures to be able to provide outstanding solution design services for complex parts of bigger solutions (e.g. sub-systems) or for solutions with high architectural complexity and medium to high business criticality risks, referring the more complex professional queries to the right department/architect.

•Utilize the group operations and technology governance process, to provide architectural design approval and ensure that the IT architectural standards and practices are followed through project and program involvement.

•Provide consultation for multiple areas of technology to project efforts within various IT areas and/or external service providers.

•Identify, in collaboration with the more senior program solution architects or in smaller projects directly with the

functional area architects, existing IT software assets for new opportunities (e.g. re-use) through project and program involvement.

•Contribute to the development and maintenance of IT enterprise architecture, standards and practices by maintaining understanding of current and future technology developments.

•Provide consultation for broad areas of technology to project efforts within various IT areas and/or external service providers.

•Provide formal and informal leadership and direction to other architects.

•Design and document solutions required to meet business needs and automate business processes/activities. Understand and evaluate multiple platforms, software packages, and custom components to design the solution.

•Harvest reusable building blocks for reuse on other projects/programs. Support the development of business cases.

•Participate in technology evaluations.

Job Qualifications

What you bring to the table:


• Bachelors Degree and 5 or more years of experience in the IT Architecture area in building solutions for mid to high complexity initiatives.


• Zurich Apprentice, including Associate Degree and 6 or more years of experience in the IT Architecture area


• High School Diploma or Equivalent and 7 or more years of experience in the IT Architecture area


• 3+ years of solid experience of full stack cloud development with Node.js and React.

• Experience in the design, implementation, and usage of REST APIs .

• Proven experience in architecting IAM solutions using Okta.

• Insurance Industry Experience.

• Working knowledge of insurance concepts and applications.

• Hands on software development experience in full stack with NoSQL backends.

• Guidewire Insurance Suite and Guidewire Jutro experience.

• Additional Azure or AWS cloud experience or certification is a plus.

Our Culture

At Zurich, we are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging (DEIB). We want you to bring your whole self to work, and we want our employees to be reflective of the communities in which we live and work. Our DIEB initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome.

We have a collaborative culture where diversity of thought is valued. We value your input and strive to give our employees the tools they need to make an impact.

We care about our employees’ well-being and offer a comprehensive health/benefits plan with varying levels of coverage to suit your specific needs and a competitive total compensation package.

We understand how important it is to rest, recharge and do the things you love. At Zurich, all employees receive a minimum of four weeks of vacation per year to do just that.

We also understand that employees require time off for personal reasons. Maybe you have an appointment during a workday, a cultural or religious holiday you would like to observe, or you need time off to focus on your mental health. Zurich employees receive four personal days per year to be used at their discretion.

We are committed to continuous improvement, and offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities.

We care about our communities. Our communities are where our customers, people, and shareholders live and work. While we can be proud of the contribution to society Zurich makes through our core business of insurance, we must also give back to our communities through our talent, time and resources.

We have won numerous awards for our workplace culture. We are proud to be one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers and to have received Insurance Business Canada’s 5-Star Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award.

Make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported. Love what you do. Work for us.

About Us

Zurich Canada is part of the Zurich Insurance Group, a multi-line insurer with approximately 55,000 employees

worldwide serving customers in global and local markets. Zurich Canada has been a leading insurance provider serving mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in the Canadian commercial market for 100 years. With over 500 employees in offices across the country, Zurich offers the global strength of a top insurance provider combined with in-depth knowledge of industries and local markets. Zurich Canada aspires to be risk management professionals’ first choice as their premier partner to help meet the risk challenges of today and tomorrow. Read more at www.zurichcanada.com.

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