Application Engineer - Sr Specialist at CNA

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Job Summary


This is an individual contributor role that provides technical leadership guidance and mentorship to other highly technical resources.  This role leads the design, development, and integration of business applications across the entire software development lifecycle (SDLC) for enterprise wide systems while adhering to CNA standards.  This role also provides guidance to others to support the building of technical capabilities.



Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Performs a combination of duties in accordance with departmental guidelines:


1. Designs, develops, and tests complex applications according to CNA coding and quality standards.


2. Independently delivers results, creating value for the CNA brand, customers, and key internal stakeholders. Works with external (and offshore) resources as required.


3. Develops code based on business requirements or user stories, of diverse scope and complexities.


4. Conducts robust unit testing to ensure deliverables match the design and provides expertise to support subsequent release testing.


5. Independently develops, maintains, and provides technical expertise to transfer knowledge, document processes, and create a knowledge base for implementations. Identifies, develops, and implements IT policies and procedures surrounding IT quality and governance and their respective data ensuring proper oversight, security and resilience in area of responsibility.


6. Actively adheres to established quality and reliability standards, and ensures team(s) adheres to the same quality and standards.


7. Ensures the viability, functionality and effectiveness of essential QA tools (e.g., QA data base, test system environment and software).


8. Ensures product quality documentation system by writing and updating quality assurance procedures, and establishing rework standards.


9. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies. Drives the evolution of CNA application development processes and standards.


May perform additional duties as assigned.


Reporting Relationship

Typically Director or above


Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

1. Preferred experience with the insurance industry, its products and services. 

2. Solid software development skills developing commercial grade applications. 

3. 6 months of hands-on experience in development in Google Cloud Platform and\or Amazon Web Services Cloud, including using BigQuery, Amazon Redshift, and\or Postgres.

4. Development experience using Java / Javascript / Node.js

5. Development experience with Python.

6. Working knowledge of relational database concepts, Data Warehousing, and Business Intelligence tools (Qlikview, Tableau).

7. Development experience in building ELT pipelines using Java and\or Python, and\or GUI tools such as Cask or Informatica.

8. Working knowledge of Spark.

9. Exposure to Apache Beam.

10. Exposure to Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) and\or Google Cloud DataProc.

11. Prior experience working with Spark a plus.

12. Hands on experience with Oracle and ETL tools such as Informatica. 

13. Solid technical understanding and experience in Agile process, such as SCRUM and Extreme Programming (preferably experience as a SCRUM Master). 

14. Strong experience in Test Driven Development (TDD) Methodology. 

15. Ability to apply industry standard software development methodologies, such as Agile. 

16. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other business-related software, systems, and higher level programming languages.  

17. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with peers and team members 


Education & Experience

1. Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related discipline; or equivalent work experience. 

2. Typically, a minimum of 5-7 years of application development experience in an enterprise environment with experience using Agile methods. 

3. Previous project leadership experience preferred. 

4. 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.

What are CNA Perks + Benefits

CNA Benefits Overview

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
benefits, well-being, disability and survivor protection, and 401(k) savings, among others. Below are highlights
of the offerings.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
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