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Systems & Applications Lead (Actuarial Systems)

Date Posted
18th September 2015
IT, Other
Job Type
20% annual bonus + 12% car allowance, excellent pension scheme & more
£50,500 to £63,000 Per Annum

Job Description

Making the move to Phoenix offers you the exciting prospect of applying your technical finance and actuarial systems architecture expertise in a unique setting, with the UK’s largest Closed Life and Pension Fund Consolidator and one of ‘Britain’s Top Employers 2015’. We’re industry experts, but we’re always looking for ways to be better. As part of our Release Management team, we’re responsible for bringing the requirements to the design team, accepting changes into the release and managing them through.

The role:

We’re looking for a forward thinking Systems and Applications Lead, with a strong commitment to the ethos of continuous improvement and process harmonisation. You’ll be developing all our IT requirements, solutions and designs for our finance and actuarial systems. Acting as our in-house expert, you’ll work closely with stakeholders from across the business, external suppliers and our welcoming IT and design teams. You’ll be able to shape and influence designs and solutions and deliver robust, Solvency II compliant systems. And you’ll have a huge impact on our organisation as you do it.

The role requirements

  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders to understand their challenges before defining requirements, proposing workable solutions and getting business sign-off.
  • Creating comprehensive specifications that clearly communicate business needs to the design and development team.
  • Reviewing all system designs to make sure the design team delivers well-thought-out solutions in line with the industry regulations and IT best practice.
  • Driving the timely delivery of high-quality, cost-effective designs.
  • Championing the development of solutions that meet business needs without relying on manual intervention.
  • Ensuring our behind-the-scenes processes and templates stay consistent and up-to-date.
  • Growing strong relationships with your internal customers and our talented SAS data, actuarial systems and reporting teams.

What we’re looking for:

  • An in-depth knowledge of UK life assurance industry regulations, product terms and conditions.
  • A background in IT Actuarial systems architecture
  • Strong systems design methodologies such as Object Oriented Design, Unified Modelling Language, Agile, or Service Oriented Architecture.
  • Good understanding of the systems development lifecycle.
  • Well-honed communication and relationship-building skills
  • A passion for making things better through design, complemented by the confidence to challenge current approaches and the technical understanding to champion new ideas.
  • The ability to hold your own and influence other experts in high-tech forum.

About us:

We value our employees highly and have been Britain's Top Employer for the last 4 consecutive years and are a member of the FTSE 250 index. We put people first in everything we do and are always looking for new professionals to join our talented team. Our funds are closed, enabling us to focus on areas that other businesses can't. This means that, among the many benefits of working at Phoenix (such as free lunches at our onsite restaurant, nature trail walk, putting green, free car parking, subsidised onsite sport facilities including gym, football & cricket pitches, tennis courts,excellent rewards schemes….we could go on!), our staff can enjoy exposure to a diverse workload not found elsewhere. We're proud of what we do, and we've recently gained recognition for our distinctive business model. We offer excellent training opportunities, career development and company culture.

Please note: If you decide to apply, this role will be referred to as a Business Definition Manager on future communications, as this is the equivalent for our internal job title.