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Lead Application Developer

Date: Jun 7, 2019

Location: Winnipeg, MB, CA, R3C-3P1

Company: Wawanesa Insurance


Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders through nine regional offices and 41 service offices 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, advancement on a growing team.


Job Overview

Wawanesa is ramping up its analytics capabilities through data science and automation. Our Data Science team plays a pivotal role in contributing to the strategic goals of Wawanesa using cutting edge technologies to drive experimentation and build AI-enabled applications through AWS infrastructure and reliable data ingestion.


Wawanesa is looking for a motivated developer to work across all layers of our big data technology stack to develop and expand application-driven projects and collaborate with Data Scientists and Actuaries to support experimentation and research. An ideal candidate will have experience planning projects and coaching junior developers, experience with distributed systems, knowledge of multiple programming languages, and be passionate about customer service excellence and teamwork.



  • Lead planning, design, development, testing, and documentation of software that contributes to Wawanesa’s big data and analytics products
  • Lead the creation of practices, processes and guidelines
  • Work with various stakeholders to develop roadmaps for applications and infrastructure
  • Assist in the exploration of data sources
  • Contribute to data management improvements
  • Contribute to educational initiatives aimed at the development of overall inter- and intra-departmental knowledge
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve application incidents
  • Ensure the completion of developer assignments by estimating and tracking progress of assigned work
  • Mentor other developers
  • Keep current with relevant technologies
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Completion of Post-secondary degree or diploma in software development or equivalent experience.
  • 7 years of practical experience performing an application development role building software using current programming languages and working with relational database systems and structured query languages.
  • Fluent in at least three programming languages such as Python, Scala, JavaScript, C++, or Java.
  • A solid grasp of software development lifecycle and related tools such as Git, JIRA and Jenkins
  • Familiar with Linux, Docker, Hadoop and cloud computing.
  • Detail oriented with analytical and problem-solving skills to recognize and identify issues and take proper action to resolve them
  • Strong creativity skills, with the ability to develop solutions to a variety of problems
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner with style fitting for the audience and message
  • Exceptional planning and organizing skills with the ability to self-manage a fluctuating workload, with various situations and changing priorities.
  • Effective leadership, organizational and decision-making skills, with the ability to facilitate high team morale by encouraging and coaching team members and providing direction to team members to achieve goals through clear instruction.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with the ability to coach others to effectively accomplish team objectives.
  • Knowledge and experience in the insurance industry is considered an asset.


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 employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, goal achievement plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan).  Wawanesa provides a stable and rewarding environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets.

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

Accommodations are available as needed for all applicants.


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