Willis Towers Watson Lead Application Architect in White Plains, New York

Lead Application Architect

Date Posted: November 28, 2018


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Our Health and Benefits business helps large and mid-size clients control health and welfare plan costs, improve health outcomes and promote employee engagement through broad-based, state-of-the-art interventions. We provide solutions encompassing creative plan design, vendor evaluation and management, pricing and funding strategies, data analytics, valuation support, legal compliance and governance strategies. We also provide Specialty consulting services including clinical/health management program design, pharmacy solutions, disability/absence management strategies and claims audit services. Product based solutions such as our pharmacy purchasing coalition round out our broad-based suite of offerings.

The Role

As a Lead Software Architect, you will play a key role in the evaluation and recommendation of various tools, processes, methods and products to build reliable, scalable and high-performing, enterprise class solutions for the business.

While this role primarily involves strategy, review, recommendation and design of initial and evolving architectures, involvement in certain aspects of the SDLC may be needed to help overcome issues or obstacles that were not addressed in the initial architecture and to ensure the engineering team is implementing the development patterns, overall architecture and models as originally designed. Further involvement would be required to help the engineering team augment the initial design and architecture as needed to meet changing business requirements.

This role is strategic and planning/design in nature and engagement/project based, meaning you will be working on a variety of different projects with the Health & Benefits NA Technology group and not in one specific business or application based area. The software architect will be required to analyze an array of product offerings and business requirements within the organization. You will work with the product development teams (e.g. engineering, product managers and analysts) to evaluate and identify solutions that meet the needs of the business, utilizing industry standard best practices and creative design techniques to overcome complex business and technical challenges (e.g. maximum performance with complex data sets). Some additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Help articulate business requirements associated with projects; develop and gain buy-in for high-level designs (Conceptual Architecture) that support the business requirements

  • Create detailed end-to-end architecture that entail the following elements: System Architecture, Application Architecture, Infrastructure Architecture, Security Architecture, Enterprise Application Integration, Microservice-Oriented Architectures, and Business Process Management

  • Provide architecture leadership and mentor projects consisting of employees and outside contractors

  • Conduct design reviews, code reviews, progress reviews and other project specific governance

  • Participate in the development of Information Technology Strategies and Roadmaps in support of the business strategies

  • Help in establishing architecture and application development standards and best practices

  • Participle in the evaluation of emerging technology and tools

  • Design, develop, and implement solutions for transactional databases, data warehouses and ETL processes based on Microsoft SQL 2014 and later technologies

  • Design and architect the data model and functional schema for OLTP and OLAP data stores

  • Develop, test, and implement views, triggers, functions, and stored procedures for an enterprise application database hosted on SQL Server 2014 and later versions

  • Interface with the development team to provide integrated application solutions

  • Design effective system architectures with a focus in usability and scalability

  • Assist Product Engineering Lead estimate effort required for system enhancements.

  • Plan and execute cloud migration of on premise applications with best practices and techniques

  • Experience working with Agile teams and recommend best practices

  • Ensure the existing and new application architecture stack is agile, integrated, reliable, scalable, and highly available

The Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8+ years of related development experience.

  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Strong understanding and experience with Azure application architecture, including the use of PaaS, IAAS and Azure functions, etc.

  • Experience with migrating on premise applications to Azure

  • Experience with Azure cloud security

  • Experience with Service Fabric

  • Experience with Containers

  • Experience with Azure SQL and Azure DB technologies

  • Experienced developer with strong .NET programming skills.

  • ASP.NET, C#.NET, MVC and Web Service technologies (WCF)

  • AngularJS, Typescript, Bootstrap, jQuery and other related 3 rd Party Open Source Tools

  • nHibernate, Entity Framework, Caching (Redis)

  • SQL development experience (TSQL, reports, performance tuning).

  • Experience with browser based web applications delivered over the Internet that support high user concurrency.

  • Experience managing/leading a team of technical developers.

  • Minimum of 5 years using Microsoft SQL Server technologies in an enterprise environment

  • Demonstrable project experience architecting and implementing enterprise solutions

  • Preferably at least 3 years working with Business Intelligence (BI) tools and methodologies

  • SQL Server 2014 and later versions. Preferably, experience with table partitioning strategies, columnstore indexes, AlwaysOn availability groups, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS

  • Experience working with large relational databases

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills, including the ability to research, design, and write new documentation, as well as to maintain and improve existing material

  • Sometravel may be required

  • Domain expertise in the insurance or health care industries is a plus

The Company

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.

Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer

Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.

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  • Location:White Plains, NY, US

  • Date Posted:November 28, 2018