Application Engineer Sr. Specialist at CNA

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Job Summary

Individual contributor providing expertise in systems analysis & design, application development, and systems integration of large scale applications leveraging Java technologies. This position needs to develop end-to-end understanding of systems (how to maintain centrally developed or integrated systems, how to develop alternate/automated solutions to business problems), partner with architects, and liaise with Managed Service Providers to enable delivery of strategic technology initiatives.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Designs large scale systems and their subsystems utilizing a thorough understanding of available technology, tools and existing designs.
  • Researches and evaluates new solutions and recommends the most efficient application programming solution consistent with strategic direction.
  • Provides comprehensive technical consultation to Business Unit and IT Management on all phases of application development for diverse development platforms and computing environments.
  • Partners with Architecture to assist with the overall technology direction of CNA.
  • Provides consultation on performance engineering, functionality testing, production implementation, application recovery, and application stability.
  • Assists with the identification and selection of IT service providers.
  • Leads the integration of vendor applications.
  • Coaches Managed Service Provider resources on CNA technology processes and performs vendor code reviews as needed.
  • May code new or modified programs, reuse existing code through the use of program development software alternatives and/or integrates purchased solutions.

Skills Knowledge and Abilities

  • Experienced in Java/J2EE, SOAP/Restful webservices, Design Patterns and MVC, Spring Framework, AngularJS, JavaScript, Test Driven Development and CI/CD practices, Automated Testing (e.g. JMeter, Selenium)
  • Experience in Cloud Technologies (preferably GCP) a plus
  • Insurance industry knowledge a plus
  • Guidewire Configuration knowledge/experience a plus
  • Must be competent to work at the highest technical level of all phases of application program/system design & implementation with excellent analytical & problem solving skills
  • Ability to organize and plan effectively to meet both short and long range project goals
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with peers, architects, IT management, Business stakeholders, and Managed Service Providers.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related discipline or equivalent work experience
  • Typically a minimum of nine years of solid, diverse work experience in IT with a minimum of six years experience in application program development
  • Applicable certifications preferred

Reporting Relationship

Typically Director or above

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • PerlLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • AccessDatabases
    • DB2Databases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • Microsoft ProjectManagement
    • SalesforceCRM
    • SendGridEmail
    • MarketoLead Gen


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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