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Head of Application Development

Company: Insight Global
Location: Chicago
Posted on: October 15, 2021

Job Description:

Our client is an independent, employee-owned firm specializing in investment, risk management and advisory services and ranked in both Chicago Tribunes Top Places to Work and Crains Best Places to Work in Chicago. They are looking for a Head of Application development to join their team as they modernize all aspects of technology including custom client facing applications. This individual will be a senior leader within the IT team and is responsible for all areas of application development. This technology leader will own the future development efforts of their custom client portal. The successful candidate will come from a financial services and/or insurance background to understand the clients business domain. They will also be self-motivated and be energized by working amongst a diverse group of thoughtful, smart, fast-paced and successful colleagues. The candidate will enjoy being a part of an organization focused on excellence, being a strong team player with a proactive approach, willing to roll up their sleeves, and someone whos able to take initiative with discretion and judgment.

Responsibilities Include:


Coach, mentor and manage a team of developers.

Proven ability to lead a team of IT professionals to deliver solutions on-time and to specifications

Responsible for maintaining and enforcing software security and quality standards

Responsible for enforcing coding standards and processes - ensuring consistency, well written, documented, and commented code

Business Partnership

Establish strong working relationships with business members and associated vendor partners

Create an application roadmap vision that aligns with business initiatives and goals

Meet with the business owners to and gather feedback and help prioritize project initiatives

Meet with business owners and project stake holders to build business requirements for project initiatives

Technical Requirements

AWS cloud platform

Azure pipelines

Salesforce platform

MERN stack expertise

Project planning, develop, and design

Programming languages: JavaScript, .NET, React, PHP, Python

Support QA by participating in test plan reviews, attending triage meetings, and providing bug fixes.

Ability to mature our SDLC process, including agile-light and unit testing process

IT certifications (ex: AWS certification)
10-15 years IT experience involving application development, software development lifecycle, code review, and application support

3+ years experience leading development teams

Financial and/or insurance industry background

Strong knowledge and experience with object-oriented design/development

Strong experience in the systems and software development life cycle including design, development, coding, testing and implementation.

Understanding of relevant technologies and development life cycles

o MERN Stack moving towards open stack, JavaScript, .NET, React, PHP, Python, Azure pipelines, API Gateways with AWS

Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to effectively communicate and interact with user on all levels.

Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or a related field.

Keywords: Insight Global, Chicago , Head of Application Development, Other , Chicago, Illinois

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