Architecture Consulting Director - Data Architect at CNA

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Job Summary


Individual contributor provides highest level of expertise for big data technologies, architecture, development, specification and communication of firm's scalable data architecture for the data transformation from legacy to cloud, advises cross-functional teams in the implementation of a phased approach to moving CNA's legacy systems to cloud graduating from near-term “quick wins” to full “self-service” over time. This position involves working in collaboration with Domain Architects, Solution Architects, Digital Architects and Cloud Architects, to ensure it reflects synergies and dependencies with core technology trends and priorities (e.g. Cloud migration, Information Security and Infrastructure), as well as clearly articulates synergies and dependencies across the business units in solidifying target IT application rationalization strategy.



Essential Duties & Responsibilities


Performs a combination of duties in accordance with departmental guidelines:

1. Self-starter and ability to define and hold the big picture while executing on a piece of it, and reduce technical debt while enhancing Data Transformation.

2. Works with leads to design and architect strategies to unlock the value inside legacy IT for various channels and back-end systems.

3. Research, recommend, design and develop systems and data architecture to accelerate the CNA's data transformation journey.

4. Define and architect ETL solutions using Apache Sparks on cloud among other Big Data technologies.

5. Demonstrates opportunities by developing prototypes and/or contributing code, evaluating technologies, and mentoring project team members.

6. Good understanding of big data trends and impact across the industry and how it can enable business transformation and create true value.

7. Ensures the architecture for data transformation journey stays loosely coupled, modular, scalable, extensible and re-usable.

8. Collaborate with superiors and leads to develop and implement the strategic design, acquisition, management, and implementation of an enterprise-wide technology roadmap.

9. Analyzes the technology industry and market trends to highlight potential impact on the business.

10. Ability to define and hold the big picture while executing on a piece of it, and reduce technical debt while enhancing Data Transformation.

11. Researches and evaluates new and/or alternative solutions and technologies to enhance operational effectiveness, reduce costs and/or system risks and increase speed to market.

12. Works with leads to provides in-depth technical consultation to business partners and IT management to ensure development of efficient application systems utilizing established standards, procedures and methodologies.

13. Guides the team that drives implementation of strategic and operational Data objectives with significant impact on the short-term and long-term success of the experience of interacting with CNA systems by agents, brokers and insureds.


May perform additional duties as assigned.



Skills, Knowledge & Abilities


1. Knowledge of design and implementing of and/or co-leading Data transformation journey in current or past organization with expertise in data architecture.

2. Hands-on knowledge of many of the below technologies is required:

- Java, Scala, Kafka, Spark, GCP and/or AWS, Apache open source, Docker, Kubernetes

3. Knowledge of contemporary technology and business trends that allows architecture to solve problems in a creative and cost effective manner.

4. Experience diagnosing, isolating, and resolving complex issues and recommending and implementing strategies to resolve problems

5. Experience developing strategic initiatives which align with business goals and budget.

6. Demonstrated leadership experience across data, change management, innovation and experience design.

7. Design and orchestrate data ingestion into Data Warehouses on cloud (AWS/GCP).

8. Experience working with data platform product is big a plus.

9. Experience working with Apache open source project is a plus, like Kafka, Flink & Pulsar etc.

10. Knowledge of design and implementation of enterprise workflow systems, distributed architecture, intranet/internet architecture, and communication architectures.

11. Senior level knowledge of the system development life cycle, and system and application program development technological alternatives and architecture methodologies for multi-platform environments.

12. Must be competent to work at the highest technical level of all phases of system architecture design using state of the art rules-based architecture, object oriented component analysis and development and proficiency in web-based systems architecture, service-based architecture and enterprise application architecture.

13. Experience working in solutions over any major Cloud provider (AWS, Azure, GCP) is a plus

14. Graph, Data classification and clustering algorithms in distributed environment is a plus

15. Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

16. Experience developing/following 3-5 year roadmaps outlining the evolution of the enterprise application portfolios from current to future state.



Education & Experience


1. Degree in Computer Science, or related discipline, or equivalent experience.  

2. Typically a minimum of 10 years of solid, diverse work experience in IT including experience with systems architecture methodologies. 

3. 6 years of prior hands-on coding experience as full-stack engineer in their career, preferably in the context of large secure web applications with complex real-time integrations and diverse user bases. 

4. Some previous project leadership experience is desirable.  

5. Applicable certifications preferred.


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Located in the heart of the loop, CNA’s headquarters are at 151 N Franklin. With close proximity to both L and Metra stations.

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One of the many advantages of working at CNA is the benefits program we offer you and your eligible dependents,
beginning on the first day of your employment. The program features a variety of plans that provide health care
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