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Senior Architect - Life Insurance

Date: Jan 13, 2023

Location: Remote - Canada, CA Moncton, New Brunswick, CA, E1E-4R5 Ottawa, ON, CA, K2E-7W5 Regina, SK, CA, S4S-6X3 Winnipeg, MB, CA, R3C-3P1 Calgary, AB, CA, T2R-0E4 Toronto, ON, CA, M2P-2B7 Edmonton, AB, CA, T6E-6A8 Kitchener, ON, CA, N2G-1H6 Saskatoon, SK, CA, S7H-0W5 Vancouver, British Columbia, CA, V6J-4Y3

Company: Wawanesa Insurance


We’re proud to give our employees the flexibility to choose how and where they want to work. In this role, you can decide whether your preference is to work from home (remote), work from the office or a hybrid of time spent at both. You may work from any of the following locations: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador and/or the Yukon.

The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, founded in 1896, is Canada’s largest mutual insurer, with $3.9 billion in annual revenue and assets of $10.5 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon; Wawanesa Life, which provides life insurance products and services throughout Canada; and Western Financial Group, which distributes personal and business insurance across Western Canada. With more than 5,700 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves more than two million policyholders in Canada and the United States. Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.

We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience and advancement on a growing team.


Job Overview

This role is vital to Wawanesa’s success by providing the high-level design of digital experiences for brokers, members, and the public. The Senior Architect is embedded within a delivery team of analysts and developers to contribute to the successful implementation of technology solutions.  
Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain current state architecture models and artifacts.  
  • Gather solution architecture requirements from various sources including interviewing business and IT stakeholders. 
  • Identify key business and technology drivers that impact application architectures, such as end-user requirements, existing application environment, and non-functional requirements. 
  • Evaluate alternate approaches and develop target state architecture.  
  • Provide leadership and direction guidance to solution delivery teams to ensure solution design and implementation aligns to the target state architecture. 
  • Participate and provide architectural guidance in the construction, modeling, and design of prototypes, proofs of concepts, and working models of complex or new design elements. 
  • Ensure that all aspects of the solution design adhere to best practices and meets the requirements of the business by participating in conceptual and physical design, design reviews, and approving/signing off on deliverables. 
  • Create and maintain architecture and system design standards. 
  • Develop application and technology architecture roadmaps based on corporate business and IT objectives and strategies. 
  • Review and provide recommendations for continuous improvements to architecture practice. 
  • Mentor and lead other architects to facilitate consistent architecture practice. 


  • 5 years of architecture experience in the digital experience domain. 
  • 10+ years of experience in full life cycle solution design. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, an analytical discipline, or equivalent experience. 
  • Expert knowledge and experience with designing and delivering solutions that factor in system performance, usability, quality, cross-system interdependencies, scalability, and overall cost to develop and maintain. 
  • Strong business sense with the ability to translate complex business requirements into technology solutions. 
  • Ability to communicate with senior executives, both verbally and in writing, in a persuasive and eloquent manner. 
  • Expert analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to manage and prioritize workload. 
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills to effectively deal with both internal and external stakeholders and partners. 
  • Experience with technologies including .Net, PHP, JavaScript/React, Cloud/SaaS, Digital Experience Platforms is considered an asset. 
  • Experience in the Life Insurance industry is considered an asset. 


Wawanesa is proud to be one of Manitoba's Top Employers for 2022 recognizing that we are an exceptional place to work!

Wawanesa provides its employees with a respectful, challenging and rewarding environment where they can maximize their potential while contributing to the company’s goals. Our full-time permanent employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, annual bonus plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan). Wawanesa provides a stable environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets. 

Wawanesa is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that is equitable and inclusive for all. Wawanesa provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, colour, religion, creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family or marital status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected status. Accommodations are available upon request throughout all aspects of the selection process. Candidates requiring accommodations may contact, in confidence,

If you are interested in this exciting, challenging position with Wawanesa, apply today with your Resume.

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