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Application Architect - Java (remote / work from home)

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Date Posted: Jun 18, 2022

Location(s): Cary, NC, US, 27513 Greenville, SC, US, 29607 Remote, US, 0

Company: MetLife

This role can be done from Cary NC, Greenville SC or remote / work from home / virtual


Role Value Proposition: 

MetLife is the leading provider of Group Benefits. The Disability Evolution Delivery organization is a diverse team of technologists, all working towards the common goal of ensuring the customer is at the center of everything we do.  We are looking for an Application Architect who loves technology and is excited by the opportunity to build an engineering culture. In this position you’ll have the opportunity to define and drive design standards and technical maturity for our Disability and Absence product platforms by working on complex multi-cloud solutions (AWS, Azure and on-prem) spanning multiple applications and integration technologies. Success will require good engineering skills building critical, secure and scalable applications; beyond great engineering skills and experience you need to see the bigger picture, evaluate multiple options, communicate, educate and mentor developers and partners.  This role provides you an opportunity to develop an engineering organization and in the process build leadership and consulting skills.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Define, educate and implement design practices ensuring security, scalability, maintainability across our development teams.
  • Own the technical governance process ensuring development alignment to design principles and furthering the maturity of apps in DevOps and SRE practices
  • Work with Solution Architects, Principle Engineers and development teams to ensure non-functional requirements are covered during the SDLC process
  • Assist teams in documenting technical options that align to design principles and implement prototypes and POC’s to bootstrap teams during spike’s and development sprints. 
  • Support teams during Capability sessions, PI Planning, User story breakdown and estimation as needed. 
  • Support creation of application technical roadmaps, and maintain technical backlogs
  • Research and analyze business needs documented in various requirements documents, user stories, etc. to ensure completeness and accuracy.  When necessary, elicit requirements from business stakeholders and assist teams in documenting requirements that match the acceptance criteria.
  • Produce documentation and perform training of both junior staff as well as systems analyst teams to increase knowledge/education and promote reusable solutions.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:



  • 8+ years experience developing and leading development teams, defining and implementing design standards for distributed full stack applications.
  • Experience in working with product owners and development leads to breakdown solutions into epics, user stories and spikes – driving best practices and ensuring inclusion of non-functional design requirements.
  • Full-stack experience using various JAVA technologies and Cloud based application development experience  (AWS and/or Azure), Integration technologies (micro-services. batch ETL, messaging), Database and data technologies (Oracle, MongoDB, SOLR), User Interface design (React, Angular), CI/CD (Azure DevOps, GitHub, Jenkins), Monitoring and ops (AppDynamics, Dynatrace, Splunk).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with attention to details, demonstrated professionalism and time/task management skills; ability to establish strong relationships and mentor on/off-shore development teams
  • Experience with both waterfall, iterative and agile methodologies; Agile experience highly desirable
  • Working knowledge or JIRA or similar tools and experience breaking down solutions to Epics and User Stories
  • Experience writing, estimating and planning user story development across multiple teams
  • Experience in Software architecture, design and development of financial or other systems of record in support of critical business processes



  • Functional and technical knowledge of claims processing systems and integrations
  • Experience with FINEOS or similar Vendor Claims processing system
  • Setting best practices, aligning multiple technical teams, and providing guidance to Product owners, Technical leads and Development teams
  • Creating multi-year platform roadmaps outlining technical and functional dependencies


Business Category

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At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.


The wage range for this position specific to Colorado is $113,600 - 151,400 base salary.  You may be also eligible for the MetLife Annual Variable Incentive Plan ("AVIP").  Your eligibility for an AVIP award are governed by the terms of the applicable plan or program documents. MetLife offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes  Medical, Dental, Life, Vision plus Retirement benefits and Paid Time Off.


MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine's 2021 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." 


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.



We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  For further information about how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click on the Disability Accommodations link below.



MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.



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