Principal Software Engineer

| Chicago, IL, USA | Hybrid
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You have a clear vision of where your career can go. And we have the leadership to help you get there. At CNA, we strive to create a culture in which people know they matter and are part of something important, ensuring the abilities of all employees are used to their fullest potential.
CNA seeks to offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees that helps them - and their family members - achieve their physical, financial, emotional and social wellbeing goals.
For a detailed look at CNA's benefits, check out our Candidate Guide .
Individual contributor providing highest level of leadership in systems analysis, system design, application development and/or integration expertise on the most complex systems applications to support business needs. This position has an understanding of technical systems from an end-to-end perspective, how to develop automated solutions to business problems, and/or how to maintain centrally developed or integrated systems. The focus of this position will be designing or developing business applications and/or designing or developing alternative solutions in 3 different primary skills sets:
Minimum of six years' experience in:•\tJAVA coding & OpenText or,•\tGuidewire development, or•\tData systems development.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Performs a combination of duties in accordance with departmental guidelines:

  • Acts as the principal designer for major high risk, high complexity systems and their subsystems utilizing a thorough understanding of available technology, tools and existing designs. Includes leading the integration of vendor applications and/or consulting resources into CNA applications and/or resources.
  • Provides comprehensive technical consultation to business unit and IT management and staff at the highest level of complexity on all phases of application programming and processes for diverse development platforms and computing environments. Includes performance engineering, functionality testing, production implementation, application recovery and maintenance, application stability, defect resolution, and meeting service level agreements.
  • Acts as expert technical resource to develop and mentor staff in all phases of the development and implementation process. Participates in instructing, directing, and checking the design or applications work of others. Leads high risk projects.
  • Acts as liaison between clients, vendors, consulting resources, and applications area. Analyzes problems regarding detailed requirements and capabilities and works cross organizationally to resolve issues and solve problems.
  • Researches and evaluates new and/or alternative solutions and recommends the most efficient and cost effective application programming solution consistent with strategic direction. Also anticipates changes to determine development tools, processes and implements those decisions.
  • Assists with the identification and selection of information technologies, vendors, and/or consulting resources which assist the functional business units in meeting their strategic objectives. Includes assisting with relationship management, contract negotiations, and ensuring adherence to requirements.
  • Works closely with other IT areas to contribute to the overall strategic direction of the applications portfolio. Includes partnering with Architecture to assist with the overall technology direction of CNA.
  • May code new or modified programs, reuse existing code through the use of program development software alternatives and/or integrates purchased solutions.

Reporting Relationship
Typically Director or above.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
1. Expert technical knowledge of the system development life cycle, and system and application program
development technological alternatives.
2. Senior level knowledge of client area's functions and systems.
3. Must be competent to work at the highest technical level of all phases of application
program/system design and implementation and have excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
4. Excellent project management skills and ability to organize and plan effectively to meet both short
and long range project goals.
5. Solid knowledge of interface design and user centered design method.
6. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with peers, IT
management and staff, and internal business partners/clients.
7. Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office suite and other business related software systems or languages including, but not limited to Mainframe, DB2, UNIX, Oracle, Websphere J2EE Java, Peoplesoft, Business Objects, and ETL. Other technologies will apply dependent on business area supported.
Education and Experience
1. Bachelor's Degree with Master's preferred in Computer Science, or related discipline, or equivalent work experience.
2. Typically a minimum of nine years of solid, diverse work experience in IT with a minimum of six years experience in application program development.
3. Applicable certifications preferred.
CNA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in the recruitment process. To request an accommodation, please contact [email protected] .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Relocation assistance
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Online course subscriptions available

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