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IT Director | Hybrid

Job Level:  Management

Minneapolis, MN, US, 55416-1297

Due Date:  NA
Area of Expertise:  IT & Tech Engineering
Unit:  Allianz US Life
Job Type:  Full-Time
Remote Job:  Not applicable
Employment Type:  Permanent
ID:  9458


At Allianz Life, we are driven by our mission – we secure your future – and by our common goal of caring for tomorrow. We care for our employees by promoting an inclusive culture where everyone has the opportunity to grow and be rewarded for their success. We care for our customers by creating new products that help them protect their families and pursue their retirement goals. We care for our community by giving time, resources, and donations. And we care for the future by supporting sustainability, protecting the local environment, and promoting societal equity.


What you do:


Responsible for leading an IT capability or service delivery function. Direct and manage the technology solution delivery in support of business and technology plans. Accountable for IT delivery, IT operations, service management, staff management and development and IT capability leadership. Scope will cover the small to mid-size capabilities of a moderately complex nature, and will require occasional contact with senior level organization leaders where the ability to influence will be expected. This role operates

independently and under general direction from leadership.

This position is responsible for leading Quality Assurance and driving continuous improvements (including test automation) for our product administration systems, and overall Product testing.


A successful candidate will have background in:


  • Delivery - Deliver projects, solutions and IT services in support of approved business and technology driven portfolios of work. Deliver solutions that meet functional requirements, meet delivery schedules, within cost projections, and are of high quality. Able to prepare and present IT solution recommendations, status updates, and business value propositions to the highest levels of business and IT leadership.
  • Platform Availability and Stability - Ensure supported IT systems are stable and available. Take action to ensure platforms supported are stable and available. Ensure currency of upgrade path is consistent with IT strategy and business expectations. Plan for capacity, volume growth, retirement, SLA, and OLA's.
  • Business of IT - Leverages Multi-Vendor relationships and ensures high performing Vendor deliveries. Collaborates and actively supports other IT functions to ensure overall IT success. Understands IT industry best practices, standards, and resources (Gartner, vendors, etc) to ensure continuous optimization of IT delivery effectiveness. Ensure overall success of IT delivery and meet customer expectations. Comply with process and control requirements. Understand and support the AZL mission, goals, and priorities.
  • Manage staff, forecast and budgets - Direct and build high performing team. Ensure EE engagement is maintained at high levels. Approve budget levels. Understand and know costs of delivery or services provided. Ensure EE development plans are set and achieved.


What you bring:


  • 8-10 years of experience required: Expert in leading and directing IT solution delivery
  • 11+ years of experience preferred: Managing several different IT functions and has interacted directly with business leadership
  • Four-year degree required: Four year degree in technical discipline, engineering, business, mathematics or related field; or equivalent experience
  • Advanced degree preferred: Master's in Computer Science, Business, Finance or related field
  • Licenses/Certifications/Other, Technology Certifications as applicable preferred




  • Leading Quality Assurance teams
  • Supporting team members in their delivery teams  through a combination of Agile scrum teams (SAFe) and iterative waterfall teams
  • Experience in insurance / financial services industry
  • Experience leading teams with employees and vendors



At Allianz Life, we’re proud to provide a benefits package that supports the True Balance of our employees and their families. We offer a choice of comprehensive medical and dental plan options, a generous time off plan and an outstanding 401(k) company match. Plus, our employees enjoy an award-winning campus with an array of discounted amenities, including an onsite health center, child development center, fitness facility, convenience store and two cafeterias. Our employees and leaders take an active role in shaping our culture through our Employee Resource Groups, whose activities and advocacy contribute to an environment that welcomes, includes and celebrates diversity. Our generous benefits, campus amenities and inclusive, engaged culture are among the many reasons we’re routinely recognized as a top workplace employer.