Application Developer – Senior

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Toronto

Wawanesa Insurance

Job ID: 8000

Working Business Language : English. This role is considered a head-office role and will be required to communicate with internal stakeholders across Canada where the primary business language utilized is English.

Salary: At Wawanesa, salary is only one component of a holistic, comprehensive and competitive offering that we provide to our employees. In addition to salary, full-time and part-time permanent employees are eligible for an annual bonus plan, leave of absence top-up programs and provided with generous vacation time, personal days, premium free benefits and pension plan.

The salary offered for this role is determined with consideration to various factors, including but not limited to: your work location, local labour market conditions, external market salary data, internal pay equity and the knowledge, skills, experience and anticipated proficiency in the role. The salary offered is estimated to be within the following range: CAD $82,000- $113,400.

Candidates with salary expectations outside of the range are still encouraged to apply.

About Us
At Wawanesa, we’re proud to offer a hybrid work environment that offers flexibility to our employees in balancing in-office (2 days per week OR 15 hours per week in a Wawanesa office) and remote work. You may work from any of the following locations: Winnipeg, MB; Wawanesa, MB; Vancouver, BC; Calgary, AB; Edmonton, AB; Lethbridge, AB; Toronto, ON; Kitchener, ON; Thunder Bay, ON; Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; Moncton, NB; Dartmouth; NS

The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company (“Wawanesa Mutual”), founded in 1896, is one of Canada’s largest mutual insurers, with over $3.5 billion in annual revenue and assets of $10 billion (CAD). Wawanesa Mutual, with its National Headquarters in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa Life, which provides life insurance products and services throughout Canada, and Western Financial Group, which distributes personal and business insurance across Canada. Wawanesa proudly serves more than 1.7 million members in Canada, and we are home to more than 3,600 employees distributed across the Canadian regions and communities where we operate.

We give back to organizations that strengthen communities, donating more than $3.5 million annually to charitable organizations, including over $2 million annually in support of people on the front lines of climate change. To learn more visit

We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience and advancement on a growing team.

Job Overview

This opportunity either as an Application Developer II (intermediate) or Senior, will be part of our Core Application Delivery team and will contribute to the success of Wawanesa by maintaining, supporting, and enhancing business systems, applications & integrations.
The Insurance Suite team provides analysis and software development services with focus on enhancing the functionality of the Guidewire Insurance Suite.

The ideal candidate will enjoy working within a small agile scrum team model that facilitates rapid design, development and implementation of application changes that embodies a passion for continuous improvement and test-driven development. You will have experience in client/server applications design and development and have relevant technical proficiency with software technologies/tools such as Java, preferably with Guidewire (Gosu). Preference will be given to individuals with Billing Center experience.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design, develop, and test software.
  • Prepare technical specifications from requirements.
  • Ensure successful completion of development tasks by estimating and tracking progress of assigned work.
  • Participate in planning activities including estimating and prioritization.
  • Maintain the operation of business systems and applications.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve application incidents.
  • Estimate and track progress of assigned work.
  • Create and update relevant documentation.
  • Adopt, follow, and improve upon established practices, processes, and guidelines.
  • Keep current with relevant technologies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Qualifications

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in software development or related academic.
  • At least 2 years (preferably 4 or more) of practical experience performing an application development role building software using current programming languages (Guidewire/Gosu development experience and specifically Billing Center is considered an asset), working with relational database systems and object-oriented programming languages and software platforms such as Java.
  • Good working knowledge of Software Development Lifecycle.
  • Detail oriented with analytical and problem-solving skills to proactively recognize and identify issues, and take proper action to resolve them.
  • Effective communication skills, with the ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner with style fitting the audience and message.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment by making quality contributions and supporting fellow team members.
  • Effective organizational skills with the ability to self-manage a fluctuating workload within a fast-paced environment and changing priorities.
  • Effecting planning skills with the ability to develop and implement plans by prioritizing and multi-tasking.
  • Possesses a willingness to learn while keeping abreast of developments in the field and have the ability to apply learning to new situations.
  • Experience using software development tools, such as JIRA, Confluence, Source Code Management and TeamCity is considered an asset.
  • Experience with Unix; Windows; Oracle; Microsoft SQL Server is considered an asset.
  • Certifications in relevant technology or processes considered an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience in the Insurance Industry is considered an asset.


    Wawanesa is proud to be one of Manitoba’s Top Employers, a Kincentric Best Employer in Canada and a Forbes Best Employer in Canada recognizing an exceptional place to work!

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