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Zurich NA IT Advisory Sr. Business Architect in Schaumburg, Illinois

IT Advisory Sr. Business Architect


Zurich North America is currently hiring an IT Advisory Sr Business Architect, and this person will work in a hybrid schedule at our Schaumburg North America HQ and will report to the Technology Strategy Lead within the Advanced Technology & Enterprise Solutions team.


  • Build strong partnership with business leaders to understand their strategic direction and identify opportunities and approaches where technology can be applied to drive growth, improve efficiency, enhance stakeholder experience, etc.

  • Lead efforts to integrate knowledge of business aspirations, current state challenges, target state design, technology stack, internal IT capabilities and external solutions to help create long-term/multi-year technology roadmap

  • Help business and IT stakeholders understand effort, risk, impact, and trade-off of technology decisions through rigorous, data-driven analysis

  • Troubleshoot and analyze tough technology problems and take end-to-end ownership to drive them to full resolution

  • Effectively manage stakeholder expectations and involvement through timely and high-quality verbal/written communication

  • Lead cross-functional teams or projects with moderate to significant resource requirements, risk, and/or complexity

  • Organize and manage multiple assignments with potentially competing priorities and deadlines, while adhering to departmental guidelines and expectations

  • Build and maintain a constructive and supportive relationship with business and IT leaders to influence direction

  • Represent IT in the development and continual review of key business strategy and plans for specific areas

  • Cut through complexity and ambiguity to communicate and facilitate - help leaders visualize concepts, simplify complex scenarios, influence prioritization & consensus

  • Communicate difficult concepts; converts information to compelling business context and advice; influences and gains alignment across increasingly senior stakeholders

  • Engage in conversations on a wide spectrum – from high-level strategy to granular processes and system details

  • Build thought leadership in emerging technology trends and help educate the broader organization

  • Drive business and IT adoption of emerging technology solutions, including AI/ML, DevOps, IoT, OCR, Cloud, RPA, etc.

  • Works autonomously as the lead and guide/coach/empower junior resources

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree and 8 or more years of experience in the Information Technology area OR

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 10 or more years of experience in the Information Technology area AND

  • IT Strategy

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree

  • Energized by using technology to drive innovation and value creation

  • Passionate about leveraging applications and solutions to drive productivity improvement

  • Experience in business architecture and/or technology strategy

  • Proven ability to bridge business needs and technology solutions while considering qualitative/quantitative impact to devise strategic options

  • Experience with managing multiple enterprise projects with competing priorities

  • Experience with working with senior business leaders on strategic technology topics

  • IT consulting experience (internal or external)

  • General knowledge of financial services industry including knowledge of insurance business processes

  • Structured problem-solving analytical skills

  • Ability to succinctly communicate (verbal & written) complex topics via simple terms and tailor approach based on audience and message

  • Willingness to learn plus a get-it-done mindset with a strong bias towards action

As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to any COVID-related health and safety protocols in place at that time ( ).

A future with Zurich. What can go right when you apply at Zurich?

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 150 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please clickhere ( to learn more.

As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet

Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission.

Location(s): AM - Schaumburg

Remote Working: Hybrid

Schedule: Full Time

Employment Sponsorship Offered: Yes

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