Allstate

VP, Systems Engineering

Posted on Sep 18 462 views Northbrook, IL


The world isn’t standing still, and neither is Allstate. We’re moving quickly, looking across our businesses and brands and taking bold steps to better serve customers’ evolving needs. That’s why now is an exciting time to join our team. As a leader in a corporation with 83,000 employees and agency force members, you’ll have a hand in transforming not only Allstate but a dynamic industry. You’ll have opportunities to take risks, challenge the status quo and shape the future for the greater good.

You’ll do all this in an environment of excellence and the highest ethical standards – a place where values such as integrity, inclusive diversity and accountability are paramount. We empower every employee to lead, drive change and give back where they work and live. Our people are our greatest strength, and we work as one team in service of our customers and communities.

Everything we do at Allstate is driven by a shared purpose: to protect people from life’s uncertainties so they can realize their hopes and dreams. For 89 years we’ve thrived by staying a step ahead of whatever’s coming next – to give customers peace of mind no matter what changes they face. We acted with conviction to advocate for seat belts, air bags and graduated driving laws. We help give survivors of domestic violence a voice through financial empowerment. We’ve been an industry leader in pricing sophistication, telematics, digital photo claims and, more recently, device and identity protection. We are the Good Hands. We don’t follow the trends. We set them.

Job Description

 

The VP of Systems Engineering will be responsible for ensuring the success of Allstate’s product development and engineering activities, building a world-class engineering team, and delivering an enterprise-ready platform focused on enhancing developer experience to attract and retain the brightest minds and offer an environment to build world class software solutions. This highly visible and impactful role will have the ability to engage, influence, and collaborate cross-functionally across Product Engineering, Enterprise Architecture, Information Security, and Cloud Engineering.

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop, lead, provide thought leadership and drive for engineering excellence in the platform engineering teams to design and build effective cloud-native platforms
  • Define and execute on a playbook to enable agile and contemporary engineering practices and drive to shift the mindset in partnership with the Agile Center of Excellence 
  • Build and evolve product development environments to deliver on the promise of scaled development and delivery of purposeful software products.
  • Drive orders of magnitude improvement in the scale, sophistication and speed in delivering core and emerging engineering solutions that will be leveraged by a broad community of solution engineers working on Insurance Domain capabilities
  • Introduce the necessary strategies, tactics, tools and processes for a seamless developer experience to attract and retain world class engineering talent

 

Additional Competencies

 

  • High integrity, with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, building-trusting relationships across an enterprise of stakeholders
  • Fast learner able to quickly become adept at using the Danaher Business System tool set
  • Ability to conceive, create and deliver persuasive business cases to executive level leadership
  • Active listening skills and ability to dissect problems in an organized manner and competing priorities
  • Strong technical acumen necessary. Ability to evaluate innovative technology solutions and collaborate with development team leaders
Additional Competencies Cont.
  • Well-organized, creative, independent, self-motivated with exceptional written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to interact with individuals from all levels of the organization in a professional, positive, and discreet manner.
  • Ability to coach/mentor and train others
  • Possesses high emotional intelligence
Challenges Within the First 12 Months

Allstate is undergoing a large-scale transformation while continuing to run a profitable, complex data-driven business. The leader must be adept at meeting customer needs by influencing a diverse set of other executives and teams. 

 

Key Qualifications
  • 10+ years of experience working in the product development and platform engineering initiatives
  • Significant engineering management experience in cloud services and PaaS environments
  • Skilled people manager with experience leading and growing a high-performing team
  • Expertise with cloud technologies such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure
  • A deep understanding of cloud-native Integrated Development Environments, cloud services, big data infrastructure, and platform software
  • A deep experience with modern technologies, architectures and agile development methods, and comfortable and excited by operating in complex, fast-moving environments.
  • A track record of building high-functioning teams and can help us attract, develop, and retain the best engineering talent in the industry

 

Educational Background

 

  • BS Degree in Computer Science and/or Computer Engineering or related
  • Advanced Degree or Master’s in computer systems or equivalent
Personal Qualifications

 

  • Strong executive presence with proven ability to influence peers and senior leadership without direct reporting relationships
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to develop diverse talent and assemble a highly effective team, inspiring those in the organization to do the best work possible and move the organization forward
  • Well-developed relationship management capabilities. Ability to build strong internal and external networks

 

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

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