Axis Research Center Data Lead

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The Axis Research Center Data Lead is a new role at the Axis Research Center (ARC) at the University of Illinois tasked with managing a team of university talent and providing technical support for the risk and actuarial functions within AXIS plus other areas of IT. The role will work with the business including the Insurance Data & Analytics team to define data intensive or analytic projects that can be supported by interns at the ARC and then manage project delivery. Projects will focus on analytical tool development, report automation or visualization, and database design. Daily responsibilities will include managing the team, prioritizing and delegating assignments, and peer reviewing initial results for accuracy. This role will also work directly with the Head of the ARC to balance intern availability and evaluate opportunities to align existing actuarial efforts with IT support as needed. Candidates need to have prior insurance knowledge,  excellent communication skills, and experience managing a wide range of projects.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Be a key contributor to the development of a strong data practice at the ARC which will include actively searching out areas to support and sharing success stories.
  • Develop and maintain contacts and relationships within appropriate University of Illinois academic units including Statistics, CS, Actuarial Science, ORMIR among others.
  • Manage a diverse team of student interns that will grow in size as the number of projects increases. The interns work 15-20 hours per week so the candidate will need to balance their availability with the workload and identify capacity constraints.
  • Manage a portfolio of projects in support of multiple areas  that will require weekly or more frequent status reports for key stakeholders.
  • Complete peer reviews of prototypes developed at the ARC including testing for accuracy and evaluation for future implementation.
  • Partner with IT to move prototypes to production including developing appropriate user assessment testing plans following development and production cycles which will include an in depth review of development results to ensure consistency and accuracy.
  • Develop and implement documentation standards for the ARC work product that adheres to best practice but can be managed by student interns.
  • Develop and administer appropriate user assessment testing plans following development and production cycles which will include an in depth review of development results to ensure consistency and accuracy.
  • Provide ongoing support to end users as needed through initial procedure documentation, maintenance/trouble shooting of released applications, and identification and fulfilment of regulatory/compliance documentation requirements.
  • Leverage and lead the ARC delivery team in the creation and delivery of innovative solutions for AXIS.  Ensure the ARC team creates solutions in accordance with AXIS architectural standards, design standards, and operational requirements (performance, stability, monitoring, resiliency, security…).
  • Participate in the introduction and change control process (e.g., transition from project development team to the application maintenance team) of a new application or capability.
Required Qualifications, Skills & Experience: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Successful candidates will have prior development experience including advanced knowledge of SQL, R, Python, Tableau, C# or similar applications is preferred Experience in insurance is required, commercial/specialty insurance experience is a plus
  • Actuarial experience is also a plus
  • Ability to adapt quickly to an existing, complex environment
  • Ability to quickly learn new concepts and software is necessary
  • Candidate should be a self-starter who can collaborate with teammates to develop solutions
  • Strong written, verbal and presentation/communication skills including translating technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Candidate needs to be available for light travel as needed
Location:  AXIS Research Park in Champaign, IL