Principal Insurance Architect - Digital Business Services
Hang Seng
Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Asia Pacific


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Some careers grow faster than others.

If you’re looking for a career that will give you plenty of opportunities to develop, join HSBC and your future will be rich with potential.

Whether you want a career that could take you to the top, or simply take you in an exciting new direction, HSBC offers opportunities, support and rewards that will take you further.

HSBC Digital Business Services is a pivotal part of the Group, providing essential operational and technical support to our global businesses and helping improve customer service and efficiency.

Digital Business Services combines global expertise and technology to help keep us ahead of the competition.

We are currently seeking a high calibre professional to join our team as Principal Insurance Architect .

Principal Responsibilities

The Global IT Principal Architect for Insurance and AMG is a strategy thought leader who is instrumental in the delivery of global architecture projects within Insurance and AMG.

The job holder owns the design and development of architectures for Global Insurance, including through functionally aligned architects, and they need to ensure they are aligned with group standards, IT and business strategy, meet business objectives and satisfy all relevant regulatory and operational risk controls.

The IT Principal Architect may work across the Enterprise, Technical, Data and Solutions Architecture disciplines.

Key accountabilities include :

  • Help the business to define their technology change portfolio enabling delivery of the global business strategy and then decomposing the portfolio into requirements that can be delivered in a single DevOps Product Team, or where appropriate, defining programmes required to co-ordinate delivery of complex change across HSBC business areas.
  • Reduce the cost of deploying change around the Insurance and AMG technology landscape.
  • Lead, manage the development and implementation of architecture strategy and standards for Insurance and AMG.
  • Leading the definition of solution architecture for programmes and creating target state roadmaps.
  • Defining, maintaining and ownining the technical architecture solution relating to platforms and portfolios of products within the supporting CIO function.
  • Lead architecture and design within the architecture discipline, including ensuring that the target for architecture is implemented consistently across the CIO function and respective of DevOps teams.
  • Introduce new best practices, processes, operating model, techniques, products, services, technologies and standards where needed against identified use cases, via the appropriate governance bodies.
  • Work with fellow peers and senior colleagues to ensure vitality across the team and share the responsibility of adapting the capability and its people to the high degree of change and challenge that the market is driving.
  • Stay abreast of technology trends and advise CIO / Chief Architect and the business about potential benefits / impacts
  • Lead and drive operational excellence on the full architectural life cycle and guidance to development teams and ensure quality technical deliverables
  • Key Stakeholder relationships
  • Relevant C-suite executives of the Insurance and AMG Business’

  • The Insurance CIO(s) / Heads of IT aligned and affiliated to country market and regions
  • Technology leadership within Insurance IT and AMG IT
  • Development leads and engineering teams
  • Insurance and AMG Value Stream and Sub Value Stream Technology Leads and Platform CTO
  • WPB lead architects including Global Platform Architects, Practice and Domain Architects and Regional Architects
  • Leadership & teamwork

  • Deliver strategic leadership and management for critical Insurance and AMG Architecture Discipline’ whilst balancing a personal and authentic leadership style to educate, inspire, motivate and mentor teams, creating a sense of community amongst the disparate members of the technical areas
  • Deliver a highly effective cross-functional leadership across diverse populations, regions and markets globally building strong working, effective stakeholder relationships and engagement across all teams.
  • Provide leadership and support for the ongoing WPB transformation of ways of working into Value Streams and platforms and aligning the Insurance and AMG architecture function to the new ways of working
  • An excellent communicator with ability to translate strategies, planned and managed approaches, methods and tools and operational plans globally.
  • Strong commercial acumen, judgment and expertise across all aspects of area of responsibility
  • Demonstrates strong resilience and tenacity with highly effective influencing, persuasive and negotiating skills
  • Accustomed to managing a high level of ambiguity across geographies, markets, products and services and delivering clear decisions and direction
  • Results-driven and relentless in achieving and exceeding business results, effectively exercising pragmatism when required, to deliver the right business outcomes
  • Managing regular business performance management reporting, review and communications cadence with global teams to ensure technical and business outcomes are met within the defined governance structure
  • Defines the scope of the strategic responsibility for architecture for Global Insurance and AMG.
  • Manage a global team of architects within an architecture sub-function
  • Drive future state architecture execution in collaboration with stakeholders
  • Drive partnerships with technology vendors to influence industry direction
  • Mentor and coach less experienced members of staff and promotes understanding of the value of architecture and the appropriate use of technologies and standard
  • Requirements

    Specific Industry Experience Sought :

  • Experience with General and Life Insurance products and / or asset management, preferably with a large global insurer, asset manager or fintech.
  • Strong preference for experience in the context of Agile / Devops, and microservices.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the lifecycle of insurance or asset management product development from manufacturing through distribution channels, and the role Digital plays in the future of insurance or asset management distribution
  • Able to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of available Insurance or asset management industry platforms and how those platforms fit into an overall Insurance or asset management IT solution landscape
  • Relevant industry accreditation is preferred (i.e. CII or LOMA certification)
  • Key HSBC Role Capabilities

  • Lead People
  • Problem Solving and critical thinking
  • Innovation & Idea Management
  • Maximising Business Performance
  • Business analysis and design
  • Leading and Improving business systems
  • Influences and challenges Stakeholders
  • Working in a dynamic environment
  • Engaging with Customers / Stakeholders / Colleagues
  • Shapes and Drives the Right Working Environment
  • To be considered for this role, the relevant rights to work in Hong Kong is required.

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