Hastings Mutual is looking for an Application Development Manager - Guidewire to join its IT Leadership team. The individual in this role manages all activities related to the design, development, implementation, and support of the Guidewire suite of applications including ClaimCenter, BillingCenter, PolicyCenter, and ProducerEngage. Additionally, they are responsible for establishing standards and techniques designed to deliver quality solutions that support business initiatives.
Position Location & Schedule Details
A salaried leadership position, this role will generally work within our standard office hours of Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm ET. Ideally, candidates will reside within the greater Hastings, Michigan area but we will also consider candidates who reside within our six-state coverage area (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, or Wisconsin).
Position Duties & Responsibilities
Manages staffing and staff development, including recruitment, supervision, organizational structure, individual and team development, performance management, evaluation, and disciplinary actions.
Creates a supportive team-oriented work climate that enables project and resource team members to develop professionally; and that values diversity, promotes teamwork and collaboration, and emphasizes quality, customer satisfaction, creativity, and cost-effectiveness.
Manages the daily operations of Guidewire-related application development teams in support of business operations.
Partners with business leaders, product owners, architects, and other IT leaders and staff to deliver solutions that support business initiatives.
Maintains relationships with vendors and professional organizations and performs related duties as assigned or requested.
Helps develop and maintain an application development strategy for the organization.
Provides guidance and assistance on the selection of application software products and services.
Evaluates, installs, configures, and deploys new applications, products, and/or enhancements to existing applications.
Plans, assigns, and directs the tasks and activities of technical personnel involved in the analysis, design, and development functions required to build or install software applications.
Ensures that all software development and integration into company systems meets functional requirements, system compliance, security compliance, and interface specifications.
Reviews and analyzes existing applications and applications being developed to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. Reviews requests for application changes, upgrades, and enhancements to ensure they meet the needs of the business.
Participates in strategic planning and assist in determining project priorities that meet strategic demands.
Provides technical information and analysis required to prepare for the annual budget and project planning.
Prepares regular reports for senior-level management to communicate status updates.
Maintains an effective working relationship with management team members, serving as an automation advisor in the formulation of Company goals and objectives.
Evaluates and report on how technology may be effectively employed to achieve corporate goals.
Achieves corporate performance objectives and satisfy licensing requirements, by ensuring meaningful documentation, standards/controls, and security of data, hardware, and software.
Monitors and reviews, with senior management, compliance with corporate policies and procedures in the use of computing resources.
Actively participates in professional development, i.e. continuing education or self-improvement.
Other duties as assigned by leadership, either verbally or in writing.
Candidate Requirements & Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required.
Equivalent experience is ten years minimum in information technology with five years minimum of management experience.
Previous Guidewire development experience required, preferably within a technical leadership capacity.
Proven experience in overseeing the direction, development, and implementation of Guidewire software solutions.
Experience in supervision including coaching and mentoring of staff.
In-depth knowledge of SDLC methodologies and best practices.
Experience with various project methodologies.
Skill in coordinating multiple concurrent activities and prioritizing work assignments.
Excellent problem-solving skills.
Ability to work independently.
General technical knowledge of application software and current applications environment.
General knowledge of insurance and insurance company operations.
Demonstrated excellent listening, interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated PC skills including proficient use of Microsoft Office products.
From our humble roots in 1885 providing coverage for windstorm damage, Hastings Mutual has evolved into a leading regional property and casualty insurance carrier, offering innovative products for businesses, farm owners, and individuals. We work with customers in six Midwestern states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin). Hastings Mutual is known for its financial strength, high ethical standards, and culture of service and responsiveness.
The core of our ongoing success is our employees. Whether at the corporate offices in Hastings, Michigan, the information technology office in Alpharetta, Georgia to our remote team members throughout the Midwest, Hastings Mutual is made up of talented professionals across multiple divisions and functional areas. Our commitment to our employees and work culture has been confirmed with our inclusion in the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in West Michigan” each year since 2011.
Hastings Mutual offers a friendly, family-like environment that values transparency and approachability. We recognize the hard work of our employees with many benefits, including fully paid certification training, a cafeteria, and fitness... center at our corporate offices, ongoing professional development opportunities, and financial stability backed by our “A” rating from A.M. Best. We also have a long-term commitment to the communities in which we live and work, either through partnerships with local charitable organizations or through our own Hastings Mutual Charitable Foundation.
At Hastings Mutual, we’re always looking for professionals of all experience and education levels to help us continue our more than 130-year history of successful, stable growth.