Senior Cloud Architect

  • Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.
  • Anoka, MN, United States

Job Description

RCIS provides insurance and superior services through leading agents to protect America’s farmers and ranchers. It’s been an innovator in crop insurance since the crop insurance business was privatized by the federal government in 1980.  Today it’s one of the nation’s largest crop insurance providers, offering risk management protection in all 50 states through a national network of about 4,000 professionally trained and licensed agents.


RCIS (Rural Community Insurance Services), a division of Zurich North America, is currently hiring a Senior Cloud Architect to work out of our Anoka, MN office that will be responsible for leading the creation of a technology framework and providing technical leadership in support of ZNA Crop IT’s initiatives in cloud computing and automation, with a focus on the design of systems and services that run on cloud platforms. The Senior Cloud Architect will report to the Director of Application Development and will provide architectural leadership and define best practices for the Crop IT application development team. Additionally, the Senior Cloud Architect will be responsible for ensuring that critical applications are designed and optimized for high availability and disaster recovery.


The position requires strong leadership and team building skills and must be able to collaborate effectively with a group of high performing individuals.  Responsibilities may include:


Cloud Architecture and Design and Development

  • Demonstrated knowledge of cloud architecture and implementation features (OS, multi-tenancy, virtualization, orchestration, elastic scalability)

  • Acting as a Subject Matter Expert to the organization for ZNA Crop IT cloud end-to-end architecture, including Microsoft Azure and future providers, networking, provisioning, and management

  • Developing a library of deployable and documented cloud design patterns, based on the ZNA Crop IT application portfolio, as a basis for deploying services to the cloud

  • Demonstrating leadership ability to back decisions with research and the “why,” and articulate several options, the pros and cons for each, and a recommendation

  • Maintaining overall industry knowledge on latest trends, technology, etc.

  • Developing solutions architecture and evaluate architectural alternatives for private, public and hybrid cloud models, including IaaS, PaaS, and other cloud services

  • Demonstrated knowledge of DevOps tool chains and processes

  • Contributing to DevOps development activities and complex development tasks

  • Defining optimal design patterns and solutions for high availability and disaster recovery for applications



  • Driving scope definition, requirements analysis, functional and technical design, application build, product configuration, unit testing, and production deployment

  • Ensuring delivered solutions meet/perform to technical and functional/non-functional requirements

  • Providing technical expertise and ownership in the diagnosis and resolution of an issue, including the determination and provision of workaround solution or escalation to service owners

  • Providing support and technical governance, expertise related to cloud architectures, deployment, and operations


Thought Leadership

  • Providing thought leadership in industry and to fellow team members across business and technical project dimensions solving complex business requirements

  • Demonstrating forward thinking around where the organization is going and how technology can support these efforts

  • Advocating and defining cloud architecture vision from a strategic perspective, including internal and external platforms, tools, and systems



  • Acting as the coach and mentor to team members and technical staff on their assigned project tasks

  • Leading the definition and development of cloud reference architecture and management systems

  • Conducting product work reviews with team members


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Information Technology and 6 or more years of experience in the Information Technology area
  • High Shool Diploma or Equivalent in Information Technology and 8 or more years of experience in the in Information Technology area
  • Zurich Certified Insurance Apprentice including an Associate Degree in Information Technology and 6 or more years of experience in the Information Technology area


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, systems analysis or a related study

  • 10+ years of experience spanning at least two IT disciplines, including technical architecture, network management, application development, middleware, database management or operations and in designing large and complex IT operations in large enterprises

  • Experience as a team lead preferred

  • Experience with Microsoft Azure enterprise implementations

  • Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments

  • Knowledge of all components of a technical architecture

  • Knowledge of business process re-engineering principles and processes

  • Understanding of network architecture and application development methodologies highly preferred

  • Understanding of SOA, object-oriented analysis and design, and/or client/server systems highly preferred


As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to our COVID-related health and safety protocols (https://www.zurichna.com/careers/faq), including, without limitation, a requirement that employees attest as to their vaccination status with a YES/NO, and upload proof of vaccination status, or negative COVID test results when allowable, to a third-party vendor. These are continuously re-evaluated and the requirements may change at any time. 


A future with 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 148 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 click here 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/Veterans 


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Location(s): AM - Anoka

Remote Working:

Schedule: Full Time



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