Sr Dir IT Operations - Disaster Recovery

Hartford, Connecticut

Company Information
Solid reputation, passionate people and endless opportunities. That's Travelers. Our superior financial strength and consistent record of strong operating returns mean security for our customers - and opportunities for our employees. You will find Travelers to be full of energy and a workplace in which you truly can make a difference.

Job Summary
Plans at a strategic level and manages the effective use of team resources. Leads teams of technicians to design, develop, maintain, and implement large-scale, highly complex systems and projects supporting continuous maturation of Disaster Recovery readiness within GTS Common Services area for the Enterprise. Additionally, accountable for Common Services Business Continuity planning and execution. Influences business and technology leaders to drive sound decision-making. Responsible for all aspects of human resource management of staff. This job is a Manager of managers: Senior level manager that is responsible for managing the objectives, performance, and compensation of lower levels of management. This job works under General Direction: Establishes procedures for attaining specific goals and objectives in a broad area of work. Generally final results are reviewed. (Typically applies to a manager or expert/top level professional.) This position could be located in our Hartford, CT, Norcross, GA, St. Paul, MN or Omaha, NE offices.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities
Leads the coordination of resolution of complex topics. Interacts with internal product owners, vendors and other points of escalation the in the product area. Manages team(s) with responsibilities to configure, test, document and implement new or upgrades to major, highly complex processes, controls or automation. Responsible for communicating status, strategic direction, and results of assigned work. Inspires use of automation products to increase availability and improve Common Services productivity. Other duties as assigned. Responsible for fulfilling IT audits for respective processes and technologies. Ensures team compliance with IT standards, policies, and governance. Provides human resources management, including coaching, performance management, team development and growth, and workforce planning. Provides financial/budgetary oversight for team and set of responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Five years of Technology or Technology Operations experience required. Two years of experience managing others and/or technical teams required.

Education, Work Experience & Knowledge
Bachelor's degree in Technology or a related field preferred. Five years of technology support within Production/Operations preferred. Three years of experience managing others and/or technical teams preferred.

Job Specific & Technical Skills & Competencies
Technical knowledge: Able to understand market and industry trends within areas of expertise. Possesses strong analytical skills in order to effectively influence recommendations and decision-making, assess impacts, compare solutions, problem solve, and achieve business and/or technical objectives. Fully understands how overall responsibilities fit within broader operational environment and has strong ability to influence technology recommendations for the organization.
Communication skills: Strong written and oral communication at all levels, both internally and externally. Effective presentation skills used to influence decisions of leaders.
Business knowledge and partnership: Able to demonstrate in-depth understanding of business and financial acumen. Able to actively influence customers and business partners to solve problems and ensures products and services are utilized effectively and efficiently. Able to provide solutions tailored to meet business objectives.
Team orientation: Able to act as a change agent, leads and welcomes innovative ideas and drives continuous improvement and service optimization. Able to lead effective partnerships across the organization and is able to influence Senior Management, peers and subordinates through an inclusive style and recognition of their abilities and knowledge. Able to balance organizational, team, and individual responsibilities. Leads team to be more balanced and be effective. Able to exhibit objective leadership and openness to other views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Able to put success of organization and team above own interest.
Leadership: Accountable to drive cross-functional objectives and priorities and help form a vision for the future. Able to effectively influence across multiple teams, leaders, organizations, and/or enterprise. Able to demonstrate the thought leadership necessary to set broad technical direction and is able to communicate/articulate a clear vision. Able to exhibit the skills needed to be seen as a technical and process leader within the organization, independently resolves conflicts, and develops relationships outside the broader organization. Able to exhibit team leadership, provides guidance, feedback and coaching to direct reports. Strong ability to influence upward and lead others into 'new' ways of doing things. Ability to build and inspire a fully functioning team, proactively takes initiative to improve team and set high expectations. Able to provide leadership for functional objectives and priorities across multiple technologies, platforms and teams. Supports management decisions and acts as a change champion.
Financial awareness: Should be well-versed in how budgets and chargebacks operate as related to designated technology.

Environmental/Work Schedules/Other
Weekend work hours - Occasionally Overnight work hours - Occasionally Holiday work hours (Federal and religious) - Occasionally Weekend, overnight, and holiday work hours occur on an as needed basis

Physical Requirements
Operates standard office equipment - Continuously Sitting (Can stand at will) - Continuously Standing - Occasionally Use of Keyboards, Sporadic 10-Key - Continuously

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.
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About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company's diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in the auto, home and business settings. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2010.