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IT Advisory Solution Architect



The Opportunity  



Are you looking for a caring, collaborative, values-driven workplace with inspiring teammates and leaders? Do you have the ambition and desire to be the best and thrive at the most impactful global insurance provider in the world? Look no further than Zurich Canada.  


If you have experience in identifying functional/nonfunctional requirements and interface with vendors and the enterprise architecture community to support the design of compliant solutions which meet business needs.


Zurich Canada is currently looking for a IT Advisory Solutions Architect to work with other Solution and Enterprise Architects to align on architecture vision. Reporting to the Head of Enterprise Architecture, you will partner with Business System Analysts, Product Owners and other stakeholders to translate the functional and non-functional requirements into reusable architecture building blocks.

You will document the required architecture artifacts, present architecture solutions in Architecture Review workshops.


This is a unique opportunity to build your knowledge and experience for the future in a supportive environment where your voice matters.  



What you will do -



Maintain understanding of the functionality and use of the IT application portfolio for specific vertical lines of business. 

Within a program, take direction from more senior program solution Architect or from Enterprise / functional architects in 
smaller projects. 

Independently perform or execute given solution design assignments capable to implement E2E processes. 


Engages with the senior solution architects within his area/project and with the enterprise architect for their specific area of expertise to enable the Group Operations and IT governance process, to provide architectural design approval and ensure that the IT architectural standards and practices are followed throughout the project/program.


Demonstrate knowledge of relevant systems, technologies, products, processes and procedures to be able to provide outstanding solution design services for complex parts of bigger solutions (e.g. sub-systems) or for solutions with high architectural complexity and medium to high business criticality risks, referring the more complex professional queries to the right department/architect.

Utilize the group operations and technology governance process, to provide architectural design approval and ensure that the IT architectural standards and practices are followed through project and program involvement. 

Provide consultation for multiple areas of technology to project efforts within various IT areas and/or external service providers. 

Identify, in collaboration with the more senior program solution architects or in smaller projects directly with the functional area architects, existing IT software assets for new opportunities (e.g. re-use) through project and program involvement. 

Contribute to the development and maintenance of IT enterprise architecture, standards and practices by maintaining understanding of current and future technology developments. 

Provide consultation for broad areas of technology to project efforts within various IT areas and/or external service providers. 

Provide formal and informal leadership and direction to other architects. 

Design and document solutions required to meet business needs and automate business processes/activities.

Understand and evaluate multiple platforms, software packages, and custom components to design the solution. 

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Harvest reusable building blocks for reuse on other projects/programs. 

Support the development of business cases. 

Participate in technology evaluations. 



Job Qualifications 



What you bring to the table: 





Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience in the IT Architecture area 


High School Diploma or Equivalent and 7 or more years of experience in the IT Architecture area.



4+ years of solution architecture experience in building solutions for mid to high complexity initiatives.


3+ years of solid experience with Node.js and React.


Experience in the design, implementation, and usage of REST APIs .


Proven experience in architecting IAM solutions using Okta.






Working knowledge of insurance concepts and applications.


Hands on software development experience in full stack with NOSQL backends.


Guidewire Insurance Suite experience.


Additional Azure or AWS cloud experience or certification is a plus.



Our Culture 



At Zurich, we are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging (DEIB). We want you to bring your whole self to work, and we want our employees to be reflective of the communities in which we live and work. Our DIEB initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome. 


We have a collaborative culture where diversity of thought is valued. We value your input and strive to give our employees the tools they need to make an impact.  


We care about our employees’ well-being and offer a comprehensive health/benefits plan with varying levels of coverage to suit your specific needs and a competitive total compensation package. 


We understand how important it is to rest, recharge and do the things you love. At Zurich, all employees receive a minimum of four weeks of vacation per year to do just that. 


We also understand that employees require time off for personal reasons. Maybe you have an appointment during a workday, a cultural or religious holiday you would like to observe, or you need time off to focus on your mental health. Zurich employees receive four personal days per year to be used at their discretion.  


We are committed to continuous improvement, and offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities.  


We care about our communities. Our communities are where our customers, people, and shareholders live and work. While we can be proud of the contribution to society Zurich makes through our core business of insurance, we must also give back to our communities through our talent, time and resources. 


We have won numerous awards for our workplace culture. We are proud to be one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers and to have received Insurance Business Canada’s 5-Star Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award.    


Make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported. Love what you do. Work for us.  


About Us 

Zurich Canada is part of the Zurich Insurance Group, a multi-line insurer with approximately 55,000 employees worldwide serving customers in global and local markets. Zurich Canada has been a leading insurance provider serving mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in the Canadian commercial market for 100 years. With over 500 employees in offices across the country, Zurich offers the global strength of a top insurance provider combined with in-depth knowledge of industries and local markets. Zurich Canada aspires to be risk management professionals’ first choice as their premier partner to help meet the risk challenges of today and tomorrow. Read more at 

A future with Zurich


Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 148 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. We are a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. Today, we serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology and insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, Zurich strives to provide ongoing career development opportunities and foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our people, our customers and the communities we serve.


As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive and barrier-free environment resulting in an accessible organization for employees, customers, and other parties who interact with, or on behalf of, Zurich. We strive to achieve a workplace free of discrimination of all forms, including discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability, or medical condition. If you are interested in a job opportunity, please advise if you require an accommodation, so we can work with you to provide a more accessible process. 


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