Enterprise Architect - UW, Risk Assessment & Pricing

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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 .
The Enterprise Architect will join CNA as an individual contributor owning the overall architecture for their Scaled Agile aligned portfolio(s) related to Underwriting, Risk Assessment & Pricing. Having a SOLID background in Insurance is key as they will be instrumental in aligning the business strategy with our technology vision and driving innovative and effective solutions for a diverse and complex set of business problems. The Enterprise Architect will be responsible for deconstructing a business problem into the required components and processes, the decisions that need to be made, defining the architectural solution direction that ultimately solve the problem and bring clarity to the ambiguous. The individual will serve as the primary architectural leader in that portfolio, providing leadership to both the business and technology teams to drive solution directions and recommendations that advance the strategic goals and vision of both business and technology.
100% Remote/Telecommuting allowed from anywhere in the United States.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Performs a combination of duties in accordance with departmental guidelines:

  • Individual contributor accountable for end-to-end architecture solutions for business portfolio(s), serving as the principal designer for the portfolio within the context of a portfolio-level SAFe framework.
  • Lead the alignment of business strategy and technology vision, working closely with senior business and technology leadership, fostering constructive tension and collaboration to shape and influence strategic decisions and drive innovative and effective solutions for complex business problems.
  • Establish the portfolio level epic backlog, in collaboration with portfolio leadership, to enable strategic business and technology capabilities within the business area and identifying synergies across the enterprise.
  • Drive architectural advancement through enabler initiatives, influencing cross-domain capabilities, foundational components and NFRs.
  • Assess portfolio-level epics, deconstructing business problems to define architectural solution direction, and provide clarity to ambiguous situations.
  • Responsible for establishing the technical blueprint and guiding principles for portfolio epics, encompassing conceptual architecture, contextual overview, capability interaction, and system interfaces, providing authoritative direction for the release train's feature development
  • Align portfolio-level architecture with broader enterprise architecture initiatives, contributing to the development of architectural frameworks and strategies.
  • Evaluate emerging technologies and industry trends, proposing technology adoption strategies to enhance business capabilities.
  • Improve architectural practices, methodologies, and processes within the portfolio, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.
  • Assess and manage technical debt, prioritizing and addressing areas of improvement as part of the portfolio backlog.
  • Provide leadership and guidance in the creation of architectural standards, principles, and best practices to ensure the coherence, security, and scalability of our technology landscape.
  • Maintain conceptual overview of the portfolio including the inventory of the application landscape, application strategies, and risk scores associated to the applications.
  • Support and coach System Architects in building their skillsets and ensuring alignment with standards and patterns.

May perform additional duties as assigned.
Reporting Relationship
Typically AVP or above
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Strategic and innovative leader within a technology organization, driving an architectural strategy and vision.
  • Proficient in agile methodologies and applying enterprise architecture principles to the development lifecycle.
  • Ability to design target state solution architectures using modern decoupled, event-based, and API-enabled frameworks.
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary technology and business trends, enabling creative and cost-effective problem-solving.
  • In-depth understanding of business functions and processes within the organization and across the industry. This role will be focused across Underwriting, Risk Assessment and Pricing capabilities within CNA's P&C insurance business units. Prior knowledge of experience in building technology strategies and designing technology solutions to enable and enhance these capabilities is required.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, consultative and leadership skills to effectively engage, influence, and build partnerships with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Proficient in complex problem-solving, with the ability to articulate approaches and solutions to both business and technology partners effectively.
  • Familiarity with end-to-end architecture processes and procedures, including experience with EA frameworks (e.g., TOGAF) and SAFe Agile.

Education & Experience

  • Experience in commercial insurance industry and applicable certifications preferred.
  • Degree in Business Information Systems, Computer Science or equivalent experience.
  • Typically a minimum of nine years of solid, diverse work experience in technology including experience with business analysis, solution design, architecture, and development.
  • Experience working as an Enterprise Architect in corporate environment, preferably in a SAFe portfolio-level capacity.
  • Experience in managing and resolving architectural challenges and trade-offs while considering both technical and business requirements.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders, such as business leaders, technology teams, and enterprise architects, to align technology strategies with business objectives.
  • Experience in providing strategic guidance and recommendations to senior leadership regarding technology investments and architectural decisions.

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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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 do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

On the Security Advisory team, collaboration is key to what we do. We sit at a unique intersection of security goals and business objectives. By working across nearly every IT team at CNA, we balance the need for maintaining secure initiatives and keeping projects on track. It’s our job to find the best, secure path to ‘Yes’ for business requests.

Zach Jones

Director, Security Advisory

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I joined CNA as a contractor and became a full-time employee after an eight-year contractor journey. I’m passionate about solving technical challenges and CNA allows me to foster that passion. Every day, I learn about emerging technologies. I’m empowered to develop, grow, and create a career that works for me and my lifestyle.

SenthilKumar Asokan

Applications Engineer Senior Specialist

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Enterprise Architecture creates foundations for IT expectations across CNA. I’m on a team that builds reusable IT assets, communicates best practices, and decides standards for tooling, and more. I influence CNA outside of my role, too, specifically through CNA’s Employee Resource Groups. I’m empowered to influence both IT and our culture of inclus

Lisa Smith

Architecture Senior Specialist

What does career growth look like on your team?

Career growth can take on many different forms at CNA, and that’s because there are always opportunities to acquire transferrable skills. On my team specifically, we’re encouraged to identify and work toward development opportunities that matter to us. We’re empowered to make a difference while advancing our careers.

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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
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