Director of IT

Allianz Insurance plc (UK)
  • Job Purpose/ Role

    We have an exciting opportunity to join Allianz, as our Director of IT based in the UK Head Office in Guildford

  • Key Responsibilities

    As our Director of IT, you will be the technical and department leader to drive the evolution of our in-house IT capability, develop deep technical expertise across the function and creating added value to both our customers and colleagues’ experiences of technology. This Director of IT acts as a Certification role holder under Senior Manager Certification Regime~crlf~~crlf~ As a key member of the Operations Leadership Team and reporting into the COO, you will work with colleagues and teams across Allianz (both UK and Group) as well as offshore and outsourced partners to deliver the over IT priorities to not only meet current but also future business demands.~crlf~~crlf~~crlf~ Key responsibilities and duties~crlf~~crlf~• Ensure a first class, customer focused IT solution and culture within Allianz, focusing on Operational Resilience and systems stability to ensure availability and security is optimised.~crlf~~crlf~~crlf~• Work with Business Change to lead on the Corporate Plan change programme to ensure that the IT function is fit for purpose and fully embraces modem software development, innovation and delivery approaches~crlf~~crlf~~crlf~• Deliver an IT strategy that is innovate, cost effective and meets current and future needs, in line with the overall Allianz and Group strategy~crlf~~crlf~~crlf~• Lead motivate and inspire your team and create a culture of innovation, technical excellence customer centricity and continuous improvement that reflects the our Purpose, People Attributes and Values~crlf~~crlf~~crlf~• Champion process simplification in IT ways of working, specifically with internal stakeholders, delivery partners and AZ Technology, whilst delivering improved systems availability and performance

  • Key Requirements/ Skills

    To be a success in this role, you will be an experienced Senior IT Professional with a track record of running FTSE 100 IT organisation and delivering fast paced complex change, as well as the following:~crlf~~crlf~• Experience in Insurance / Financial services or other heavily regulated environments~crlf~• Proven experience of leading sizeable in-house, offshore and virtual teams, building and motivating engaged and high performance teams~crlf~• Experience of adopting innovation and emerging technologies for the benefit of the organisation to provide competitive advantage~crlf~• Strong interpersonal and communication skills in particular at the senior manager/C-Level;~crlf~• Demonstrated ability as an effective stakeholder manager, mentor and coach~crlf~• Proven ability in transitioning a team through a complex change process, in line with strategic direction of organisation~crlf~• Demonstrate strong supplier management skills~crlf~• Excellent stakeholder management and relationships skills, ~crlf~~crlf~ Qualifications and technical skills~crlf~• Degree educated or relevant post graduate qualification and/or an MBA.~crlf~• Deep knowledge of IT, planning, governance, finance, compliance, and information security~crlf~• A strong understanding of systems development life cycle (SDLC), systems integration and enterprise architecture. Experience of Scaled Agile Transformation and Cloud technologies~crlf~• Understands the regulatory dimensions of IT and acts as a Certification role holder under SMCR

  • About Allianz

    Allianz is the home for those who dare – a supportive place where you can take the initiative to grow and to actively strengthen our global leadership position. By truly caring about people – both its 88 million private and corporate customers and more than 140,000 employees – Allianz fosters a culture where its employees are empowered to collaborate, perform, embrace trends and challenge the industry. Our main ambition is to be our customers’ trusted partner, instilling them with the confidence to grow. If you dare, join us at Allianz Group.~crlf~~crlf~Allianz is an equal opportunity employer. Everybody is welcome, regardless of other characteristics such as gender, age, origin, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

    Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group.~crlf~Allianz offers commercial insurance with a full range of products for sole traders' right up to large commercial organisations. Allianz also provides a wide range of personal lines products distributed through brokers, retailers, affinity partners, veterinary practices and direct marketing.~crlf~Allianz Insurance employs over 4,500 people across a network of 20 offices in the UK and the company's Head Office is situated in Guildford, Surrey.

Job Purpose/ Role

We have an exciting opportunity to join Allianz, as our Director of IT based in the UK Head Office in Guildford

Key Responsibilities

As our Director of IT, you will be the technical and department leader to drive the evolution of our in-house IT capability, develop deep technical expertise across the function and creating added value to both our customers and colleagues’ experiences of technology. This Director of IT acts as a Certification role holder under Senior Manager Certification Regime~crlf~~crlf~ As a key member of the Operations Leadership Team and reporting into the COO, you will work with colleagues and teams across Allianz (both UK and Group) as well as offshore and outsourced partners to deliver the over IT priorities to not only meet current but also future business demands.~crlf~~crlf~~crlf~ Key responsibilities and duties~crlf~~crlf~• Ensure a first class, customer focused IT solution and culture within Allianz, focusing on Operational Resilience and systems stability to ensure availability and security is optimised.~crlf~~crlf~~crlf~• Work with Business Change to lead on the Corporate Plan change programme to ensure that the IT function is fit for purpose and fully embraces modem software development, innovation and delivery approaches~crlf~~crlf~~crlf~• Deliver an IT strategy that is innovate, cost effective and meets current and future needs, in line with the overall Allianz and Group strategy~crlf~~crlf~~crlf~• Lead motivate and inspire your team and create a culture of innovation, technical excellence customer centricity and continuous improvement that reflects the our Purpose, People Attributes and Values~crlf~~crlf~~crlf~• Champion process simplification in IT ways of working, specifically with internal stakeholders, delivery partners and AZ Technology, whilst delivering improved systems availability and performance

Key Requirements/ Skills

To be a success in this role, you will be an experienced Senior IT Professional with a track record of running FTSE 100 IT organisation and delivering fast paced complex change, as well as the following:~crlf~~crlf~• Experience in Insurance / Financial services or other heavily regulated environments~crlf~• Proven experience of leading sizeable in-house, offshore and virtual teams, building and motivating engaged and high performance teams~crlf~• Experience of adopting innovation and emerging technologies for the benefit of the organisation to provide competitive advantage~crlf~• Strong interpersonal and communication skills in particular at the senior manager/C-Level;~crlf~• Demonstrated ability as an effective stakeholder manager, mentor and coach~crlf~• Proven ability in transitioning a team through a complex change process, in line with strategic direction of organisation~crlf~• Demonstrate strong supplier management skills~crlf~• Excellent stakeholder management and relationships skills, ~crlf~~crlf~ Qualifications and technical skills~crlf~• Degree educated or relevant post graduate qualification and/or an MBA.~crlf~• Deep knowledge of IT, planning, governance, finance, compliance, and information security~crlf~• A strong understanding of systems development life cycle (SDLC), systems integration and enterprise architecture. Experience of Scaled Agile Transformation and Cloud technologies~crlf~• Understands the regulatory dimensions of IT and acts as a Certification role holder under SMCR

About Allianz

Allianz is the home for those who dare – a supportive place where you can take the initiative to grow and to actively strengthen our global leadership position. By truly caring about people – both its 88 million private and corporate customers and more than 140,000 employees – Allianz fosters a culture where its employees are empowered to collaborate, perform, embrace trends and challenge the industry. Our main ambition is to be our customers’ trusted partner, instilling them with the confidence to grow. If you dare, join us at Allianz Group.~crlf~~crlf~Allianz is an equal opportunity employer. Everybody is welcome, regardless of other characteristics such as gender, age, origin, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group.~crlf~Allianz offers commercial insurance with a full range of products for sole traders' right up to large commercial organisations. Allianz also provides a wide range of personal lines products distributed through brokers, retailers, affinity partners, veterinary practices and direct marketing.~crlf~Allianz Insurance employs over 4,500 people across a network of 20 offices in the UK and the company's Head Office is situated in Guildford, Surrey.


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