Preferred Risk Insurance
  • Bedford Park, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Are you an experienced technology professional looking for the next challenge? Ready to bring your technical and management expertise to an insurance company that is embarking on a transformational journey to re-invent its technology platform. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who has both the technical and managerial chops to help with the strategic and tactical direction for the company's application development & support, systems integration, and maintenance. This includes the conceptualization, planning, evaluation, development, integration, and deployment of all our application platforms. This is an on-site position reporting directly to the CIO at our corporate headquarters located in Bedford Park, about one mile south of Chicago Midway Airport.

Position Summary

The primary purpose of the Director, Application Development Services position is to lead a team in new development, implementation and maintenance of business and technical systems. This role is accountable for the support and maintenance of existing systems as well as the development of new systems utilizing the latest cloud and virtualizations technology. Responsibilities include:

  • Directs multiple teams of developers involved in the analysis, design and development of large scale applications, which may include both projects and programs.
  • Interacts directly with the client and support team members across the IT organization.
  • Ensures projects/programs are completed within the committed time and budget and are integrated with other software applications.
  • Maximizes the applications staff and the maintainability of software systems.
  • Keeps abreast of new technologies, incorporates those technologies when appropriate and motivates others to utilize them.
  • Has decision making responsibility within the discipline and escalates any issues, which cannot be resolved to the CIO.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Gain and maintain alignment of delivery success criteria with business partners
  • Effective project management and delivery of work requests and projects within committed budget, schedule and quality for individual projects while also meeting overall department performance goals
  • Identify needs, secure commitments and monitor progress of deliverables from internal and external service provider teams
  • Provide cost estimates and business case updates
  • Ensure technology solutions comply with architectural standards
  • Communicate progress to senior IT and Business leadership
  • Organize and maintain performance of any application issues in accordance with agreed SLA


  • Manage a team of 10-20 IT professionals, either as direct reports or sourced
  • Define, prioritize, allocate resources, track and provide status reporting of work assignments, projects, programs
  • Provide information and periodic updates to support overall IT performance metrics, monthly project status reporting and quarterly resource planning review.
  • Establish and maintain strong business relationships with both senior and operating level business leaders
  • Act as the point of contact and facilitate the work request demand and prioritization process
  • Educate business partners on roles, responsibilities, processes and deliverables required to ensure effective delivery of new technology solutions


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or Information Systems
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong project organizations skill, including prioritization, planning and organization.
  • 5 years of applications management experience in an IT or leadership related role.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship
  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position


  • Experience in application development and managing multiple major project delivery of med-large scale projects/programs
  • Experience implementing policy and claims management systems such as Guidewire, Duck Creek, Majesco or other well known insurance industry platforms
  • Experience required in multiple technical platforms, operating systems, databases and development languages
  • Experience in insurance industry, especially P&C related is a significant plus!

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