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CNA Financial

Application Engineer - Sr. Specialist CNA Financial
Chicago, IL

CNA Financial Corporation is an insurance holding company, which provides a variety of customers, including small, medium and large businesses, associations, professionals, and individuals with a range of insurance and risk management products and services.

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About CNA Financial

Job Description

Job Summary

Individual contributor provides a high level of leadership and expertise in systems analysis and design application development and/or integration and testing of complex systems applications to support business needs. Provides guidance to others informally and formally leads teams on a project and/or program. The focus of this position will be leading architecting designing developing or integrating business applications.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Performs a combination of duties in accordance with departmental guidelines:

* Evaluates complex client area requirements and processes and designs or prepares application system specifications and develops tests and implements efficient and cost effective application solutions. Includes issue resolution and on-going system maintenance.


* May lead the integration of vendor applications and consulting resources with existing applications and resources. May hold the development lead or sub lead role on a project and/or program.


* Acts as technical consultant to programming staff and/or business unit to mentor staff in all phases of the program development testing and implementation process. Participates in instructing directing and checking the design or applications work of others.


* Coordinates the activities of the section with the client area and other IT areas (e.g. infrastructure testing and solutions).


* Researches and evaluates new alternative solutions and/or architecture and recommends the most efficient and cost effective solution for the systems design including estimating costs as necessary.


* Acts as liaison between clients vendors consulting resources and applications area. Assists with relationship management contract negotiations and ensuring adherence to requirements.


* May participate in developing recommendations for architecture direction and applications portfolio.



Reporting Relationship

Typically Director or above

Skills Knowledge and Abilities

1. Solid technical knowledge of high level programming languages databases interfaces and familiarity with application program development alternatives.

2. In-depth knowledge of the system development life cycle and system and application program development technological alternatives.

3. Proven knowledge of client area's functions and systems.

4. Proven understanding of state of the art application development support software packages

5. Proficiency in at least one higher level programming language.

6. Proven solid analytical and problem solving skills.

7. Strong knowledge of interface design and user centered design methods.

8. Excellent communications and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with peers, IT management and internal/external business partners/clients.

9. Ability to manage projects and lead teams.

10. Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office suite and other business related software systems or languages including but not limited to:

* Proficient use of SQL, Data Modeling


* Understanding of JEE Applications. IBM MQ, IBM HTTP Server and IBM Websphere Application Server a plus.


* Understanding of JEE Security; LDAP


* Understanding of XML, JSON is a plus


* Experienced with Spring Framework, Angular JS, Javascript


* Experienced with Apache Frameworks


* Experienced with Java best practices and design patterns


* Experienced with JEE Design Patterns; MVC


* Understanding of Service Oriented Architecture; SOAP & RESTful services


* Understanding of Mainframe System. CICS, Cobol and Db2 a plus.


* Experienced with Maven


* Experienced creating and understanding UML Diagrams


* Experienced with Test Driven Development; JUnit, Mock Objects or Mockito


* Experienced with Automated Load Testing; JMeter, Selenium


* Understanding of ACORD XML is a plus


* Other technologies will apply dependent on business area supported.



11. Preferred insurance industry knowledge.

Education and Experience

1. Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related discipline or equivalent work experience.

2. Typically a minimum of seven years of systems analysis and application program development experience.

3. Some previous project leadership experience.

4. Applicable certifications preferred.

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About CNA Financial

CNA Financial Corporation is an insurance holding company, which provides a variety of customers, including small, medium and large businesses, associations, professionals, and individuals with a range of insurance and risk management products and services.

Headquarters
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5900 employees
CNA Financial

333 S Wabash Ave

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