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Senior Developer – Guidewire PolicyCenter

Economical Insurance

This is a Contract position in Kitchener, ON posted February 8, 2021.

Senior Developer  – Guidewire PolicyCenter



Work is a big part of our lives, so it makes sense to choose a company that offers truly rewarding work. At Economical Insurance®, your contributions, creativity, and energy won’t go to waste . Our passionate culture and pioneering mentality infuse everything we do, which is why our one-million-plus policyholders know we’ll protect their homes, businesses, farms, cars, and pets like they’re our own.

We’re not afraid to see how far we can push the envelope to make insurance better. Our family of companies includes Sonnet, the only Canadian home and auto insurer offering a fully online buying experience, and Petline, the largest Canadian pet insurance company. We’re also preparing to become a publicly traded company, a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity for everyone who joins our team.

If you’re looking for a company that takes care of its people – and its customers – and has a track record of doing big things, get ready to love it here.

What can you expect in this role?

  • Contribute to future Guidewire development as a key member of the development team
  • Work with business subject matter experts and business analysts to design and develop an approach for the configuration, effort estimation and build of design documents
  • Design, develop, configure and unit test Guidewire PolicyCenter enhancements and defects within an agile setting.
  • Debug and deploy plugins from predefined patterns, along with using Java methods or GOSU
  • Transform messages by using mappings. Design and develop associated maps using XPath functions, including self-defining XML, predefined and undefined data formats
  • Help with production support for the platform by analyzing logs and identifying potential problems and defects, and root cause analysis of problems for the highly available business solution
  • Support all the above in a fast-paced, exciting environment while supporting regular release rollouts into the Production environment
  • Follow design and development procedures, processes, standards and tools that align to Economical’s methodology and best practices
  • Apply industry standards and technical expertise to provide sound solutions that increase business results and/or minimize business and technical risk
  • Assists in the translation of requirements into a story map
  • Ensure that software designs and coding practices result in a high-quality product that follows Economical’s architectural principles and direction and meets both functional and non-functional requirements
  • Follow secure coding practices
  • Ensures that projects are completed on time

What do you bring to the role?

  • University Degree or College Diploma in Computer Science, Engineering, information Systems or a related discipline
  • At least 8 Years’ experience in Object Oriented Programming languages using JAVA technology
  • 5+ years of Guidewire development experience in PolicyCenter including a mix of configuration and integration work
  • Knowledge of common integration design patterns used by PolicyCenter, including the typical internal and external systems that are common (e.g., Claims, MVRs)
  • Formal Guidewire configuration and/or integration training preferred in PolicyCenter
  • Sound knowledge writing mapping rules and other business logic in GOSU
  • Experience configuring operational parameters such as roles / permissions, user attributes, regions, and so on.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills for solving complex application, data and infrastructure issues
  • Outstanding collaborative drive to work with others, within team and with other teams, on application design, configuration, and performance requirements with a passion for customer experience excellence
  • Additional development experience outside of Guidewire is an asset, especially with Java
  • Experience executing Agile methodology, working and collaborating within a Scrum team
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • A self-starter with a “can-do” mentality who engages in challenging situations with a sense of ownership and urgency, while being comfortable adapting to changing priorities and juggling concurrent activities to drive results that exceed business expectations
  • Experience with Production Support an asset
  • Experience working in agile settings required
  • Experience creating UML diagrams
  • This role can be in our Kitchener or Toronto l

We also take potential into consideration. If you don’t have this exact experience, but you know you have what it takes, be sure to give us more insight through your application and cover letter.

Go ahead and expect a lot you deserve it.

We offer: 

  • Competitive salaries, with potential for an annual raise and bonus
  • Pension and savings programs, with company-matched RRSP contributions
  • Generous time away, including vacation and personal needs days
  • Paid volunteer days and company matching on charitable donations
  • Educational resources, tuition assistance, and paid time off to study for exams
  • Two annual wellness campaigns – participants earn up to $300 each year to spend on almost anything supporting health and work-life balance (think things like spa days, daycare, pet grooming)
  • An unlimited employee referral bonus program
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Discounts on products and services


To complete the online application process, you’ll need to upload your resume and cover letter in one document. The posting will close at midnight on the deadline date; in order to successfully apply, please ensure your application is submitted by 11:59 p.m. the day before the deadline.

Our inclusive work environment welcomes diversity and supports accessibility. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know by contacting: .

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