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Senior Architect - Microsoft Solutions

Date: Aug 4, 2022

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

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 live in and work in 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 is thrilled to be named one of Canada’s Best Employers by Forbes for 2022. This certification recognizes us as a leading employer and reinforces that we’re a company that values our people for who they are and the work they do to support our customers, communities, and brokers. Wawanesa is also a Manitoba Top Employer for 2022 recognizing that we are an exceptional place to work. 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

Under minimal supervision, this role contributes to Wawanesa’s success by providing high level design of enterprise IT solutions, developing Microsoft enterprise technology roadmaps, architecture standards and principles by leveraging Microsoft technologies to meet business objectives, considering the existing architectural landscape at Wawanesa.  The architect ensures IT solutions are implemented following the solution architecture design.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain current state Microsoft related architecture models and artifacts including the four key domains of architecture: Business, Application, Data, and Technology.
  • Gather solution architecture requirements from various sources including interviewing business and IT stakeholders, establish architecture standards and principles, and reference architectures.
  • Identify solution non-functional requirements.
  • Identify key business and technology drivers that impact application architectures, such as end-user requirements, existing application environment (including legacy and packaged systems), and non-functional requirements.
  • Evaluate alternate approaches and develop target state architecture models based on project objectives, architecture requirements, and non-functional requirements
  • Provide leadership and direction guidance to solution delivery teams to ensure solution design and implementation aligns to the target state architecture, as well as to identify when it is necessary to modify the architecture to accommodate solution needs.
  • Ensure architectural compliance of solutions to enterprise architecture standards and principles
  • 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 follow best practices and meets the requirements of the business by participating in conceptual and physical design, participating in design reviews and approving/signing off on design deliverables.
  • Ensure proper and effective reuse of application and technical services, patterns, frameworks and standard tools and templates in the proposed solution
  • Design external system interface architecture, including appropriate application of techniques and standards such as service-oriented architecture, web services, etc.
  • Create and maintain system and architecture design standards and provide guidance to project teams regarding guiding principles, system and application design, coding and design standards,
  • Develop enterprise application and technology architecture roadmaps based on corporate business and IT objectives and strategies
  • Review and provide recommendations for continuous improvements to architecture practice.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, an analytical discipline or equivalent experience
  • 5 years of Information Technology/Information Services architecture experience
  • 10+ years of design, planning and execution of Microsoft O365 solutions and roadmaps, preferably in large enterprise environments including:
    • Exchange Online
    • Active Directory / Azure Active Directory
    • Azure Virtual Desktop & Windows 365
    • Intune/MECM
    • MDM & Autopilot
  • Strong experience with Azure Environment including, architecture, design, and migration of Workloads from on-prem to Cloud including account structure, security, connectivity, shared services etc.
  • 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.
  • Solid understanding of current Enterprise Architecture frameworks
  • Sound knowledge and experience with design patterns, service-oriented architecture, solution frameworks, technical patterns, and technical services
  • Must be able to balance the long-term ("big-picture") and short-term implications of individual decisions and drive actions that are consistent with long-term goals
  • Strong business sense with the ability to translate complex business requirements into technology solutions
  • Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, in a persuasive and eloquent manner.
  • Expert analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to manage and prioritize a busy workload and multiple large projects.
  • Ability to lead others to cover, perform effectively, and adapt quickly to change
  • Ability to make excellent and well justified decisions in complex and high-pressure situations and coach others in decision making
  • Strong interpersonal and contract negotiation skills, able to effectively deal with both internal and external clients
  • Knowledge of 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 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,

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