IT Applications Director

, Illinois

Employment Type:
Date Added:
July 09, 2015

Looking for an exciting change? Do you like to manage teams and stay current with technology? Then we want to speak with you!

Our client, based in the Chicago suburbs, is looking for an energetic leader to manage local and remote teams. The IT Applications Director will manage our client’s applications which support its internal business unit. The IT Applications Director will manage the development and testing teams.

The IT Applications Director will be responsible for all aspects of the development and implementation of smaller projects delivering change to current applications and systems as well as maintenance, support, and enhancement of these systems. This IT Applications Director will manage a team of application managers, architects, developers and testers accountable for those systems. The IT Applications Director will take small projects from design and concept through final implementation, and will work with stakeholders cross functionally. The IT Director will be supporting the IT Claims organization


  • Create and maintain a constructive and supportive relationship with business partners, up to C-level
  • Accountable for the development and maintenance of IT systems supporting the business partners Operations
  • Represent IT or business unit in the development and continual review of all business partner or IT
  • strategy and plans
  • Gains business partner approval of the IT Service Level Agreement (SLA) within IT's SLA framework
  • Timely facilitate robust and consistent communication between all areas of IT and all appropriate levels within the business partner using both formal and informal methods as desired by the audience
  • Facilitates executive interaction with CIO and/or members of Senior IT Leadership
  • Qualified candidates will have a track record of leading, inspiring and executing change of highly technical teams
  • Will be responsible for leading the technical team off a legacy system to a new system while continuing to support the high profile business users
  • Ensure all projects are initiated within IT's delivery framework and satisfy the needs of business partners while aligned to both IT and business strategy
  • May facilitate the development and implementation of recovery plans for off-schedule and unanticipated situations that are not slated for current delivery
  • Involvement in HR activities such as hiring, terminations and performance management

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 10+ years of project management, program management experience with IT Applications and systems
  • 5+ years of experience managing direct reports
  • Experience migrating systems to new technology and managing the change associated with that migration
  • Exemplary leadership skills including the ability to manage varying personality types as well as a local and remote workforce
  • Solid skills working and partnering with offshore suppliers and managing SLAs and expectations
  • Strong experience working with Executives/communicating with Executives
  • Strong Program Manager experience, project management experience, and managing project managers
  • Skilled with Waterfall and Agile methodologies, and experience implementing Agile
  • Ability to travel if necessary

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Insurance industry experience, preferably with claims or commercial insurance
  • Experience with Guidewire and Pega (in order of importance) technologies highly preferred
  • PMP and/or Scrum Master certifications preferred
  • Master’s Degree preferred

Qualified candidates may send their resume to:

Palace Gate Corporation is an information technology consulting and full-time placement firm that is committed to the success of our clients and our talented placements alike. Palace Gate is consistent in matching the right people with right opportunity. Our company approach is simple: understand our clients’ requirements, business needs and cultures in order to quickly identify the best resources to meet those needs and achieve business success. Palace Gate Corporation offers full medical and dental insurance, 401K, as well as weekly direct deposit.

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