Senior Application Developer

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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, quality and security standards.
  1. Independently delivers results, creating value for the CNA brand, customers, and key internal stakeholders. Works with external (and offshore) resources as required.
  1. Develops code based on business requirements or user stories, of diverse scope and complexities.
  1. Conducts robust unit testing to ensure deliverables match the design and provides expertise to support subsequent release testing.
  1. 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.
  1. Actively adheres to established quality and reliability standards, and ensures team(s) adhere to the same quality and standards.
  1. Ensures the viability, functionality and effectiveness of essential QA tools (e.g., QA data base, test system environment and software).
  1. Ensures product quality documentation system by writing and updating quality assurance procedures, and establishing rework standards.
  1. 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. Solid technical understanding and experience developing applications using Agile methodologies.
  4. Strong experience in Test Driven Development (TDD) Methodology.
  5. Strong and solid experience with development in a pair programming environment and versatility with modern Dev Ops methodologies and tools, such as Jenkins, Concourse CI and/or Gradle, etc.
  6. Experience creating cloud native applications as a Full stack developer using Java based frameworks like Spring Boot and JavaScript frameworks such as React, AngularJS or Vue.js
  7. Preferred experience in working in API management platforms like Apigee or Mulesoft.
  8. Knowledge of secure coding principles including OWASP Top 10.
  9. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other business-related software, systems, and higher level programming languages.
  10. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with peers and team members
  11. Ability to manage projects and lead teams.
  12. A passion for growing technical skills and solving complex business issues.

Education & Experience

  1. Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related discipline; or equivalent work experience.
  2. Typically, a minimum of five 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.

An Insider's view of CNA

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Work-life balance has always been a priority for me. It always will be. CNA’s hybrid working model allows me to not only maximize collaboration with my peers but also take advantage of increased flexibility by combining remote and in-office work. I’m empowered to take control of my schedule based on what works best for me and my team.

Alison Massey

Agile Scrum Master Consultant

How does the company support your career growth?

Throughout my five-year career, I’ve seen CNA value creating thinking and continuous learning. My managers actively encourage me to pursue rewarding professional development opportunities. Those opportunities have had a direct impact on my career growth. At CNA, the opportunities are endless and your career aspirations matter.

Alaina Cole

Underwritting Specialist

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We have an Innovation program and team that designs processes to encourage creative thinking and capture ideas across CNA. In addition to collaborating with and learning from world-class technology partners, we also host events such as our Innovation Summit and Hackathon, which bring winning competition ideas to life in real products and services.

Keith Zhang

Architecture Consulting Director

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

A primary focus of my team is reducing the time-to-market associated with machine learning models. By leveraging cutting-edge cloud services and streamlining processes, we’re enhancing the model development lifecycle. That enhancement allows us to use efficient, effective predictive analytics when making business decisions.

Ryan Gulden

Senior AI/ML Engineer

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
OKR operational model
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Diversity employee resource groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Employee stock purchase plan
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Relocation assistance
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Online course subscriptions available

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