Nationwide Manager, IT Applications - Application Owner in Columbus, Ohio

This Application Owner will reside in the NFIT Retirement Plans BSA and will be responsible for planning and build processes for the DCdirect (RPLink) application.

Retirement Plans is a critically important growth area for Nationwide and is a significant contributor. This platform is in the midst of the Momentum program, which will consolidate our Retirement Plans business processes to begin operating as One Retirement Plans organization. Through the Momentum program, the DCdirect (RPLink) platform will become the recordkeeping platform for our 401k, 401a, and 457 plans.

The platform is moving to an Angular digital experience from a swing client and we are transitioning our business logic tier to APIs. This transformation will require technical leadership and custom development experience. The individual for this role must have a growth mindset and willing to experiment and take risks.

Job Description:IT Application Development Manager responsible for project staff as well as overseeing project work as an ITDE. The RP build portfolio has a multi-year Tier 1 program investment and this Application Owner will be expected to provide project guidance and build team support for a $6M portfolio of large case and enhancement functionality needed to continue to grow the business. The role will facilitate build to run transition and partner with our Application Services ADL(s) on practice/capability uplift for agile teams. Must have demonstrated application developmentand team leadership experience. The application is a J2EE app running on Solaris/Linux with an Oracle DB. PL/SQL, XML, unix/linux scripting, Toplink, and WebFocus reporting are also used in this large-scale financial recordkeeping system. As an Application Owner this position will also provide technical leadership for application and database infrastructure planning and practice uplift across multiple teams.

Key skills include:

  • People leadership: 13 direct reports in addition to matrixed leadership of projects

  • Financial/resource management: project budgets, plans and forecasts activity and commits staff resources to build activity.

  • Incident management: as management escalation during project warranty phase, candidates must have

  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision making skills.

  • Application development experience in a distributed environment: Annual build portfolio exceeds $40MM. With this high level of investment, the Application Owner must be familiar with application development and coordinate well with the project technical staff in the build to run transitions.

  • Technical leadership guiding teams of 10+ in software delivery

  • Demonstrated leadership in guiding teams in new development methods or tools

  • Strong team player able to work with other project, program, App Services, and BSA leaders.

Summary: Manages activities and staff responsible for one or more components of the systems development life cycle including business analysis, systems analysis, applications development and/or quality assurance and testing analysis functions. Responsible for feasibility studies, time and cost estimates, and the establishment and implementation of new or revised application systems and programs. Assists in projecting and testing software and hardware requirements. Assigns personnel to various projects and manages activities. Reviews and evaluates work and prepares performance reports. Confers with and advises subordinates on administrative policies and procedures, technical problems, priorities, and methods. Consults with personnel in other information systems sections to coordinate activities. Prepares activity and progress reports regarding the activities of the applications section.

Location: Columbus, OH

Reporting Relationships:Reports to Director/OfficerCore Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages all activities and functions of a staff involved with the analysis, definition, specification, development, testing, documentation and installation of new and/or existing applications.

  • Manages a staff responsible for the analysis and validation of user and system requirements as well as existing business processes and information systems. Manages multiple groups involved in designing, developing and implementing new programs and/or modifications of existing applications. Manages a staff responsible for the creation of prototypes and other methodologies for new and/or existing systems. Responsible for the development and implementation of test plans and strategies.

  • Manages a staff responsible for the design, coding, testing, debugging, documentation and implementation of software applications. Manages a staff of software testers involved in a wide range of quality-control tests and analyses to ensure that software meets or exceeds specified standards and end-user requirements.

  • Manages the activities associated with the definition and development of specifications as well as the programming and quality testing of technical modules, applications, prototypes and computer programs.

  • Manages one or more aspects of the systems development life cycle.

  • Manages a staff responsible for the planning, development and implementation of strategies related to the systems development life cycle. Manages a staff involved with the evaluation and consultation of technical solutions for systems development life cycle problems and issues.

  • Determines user requirements, leads application design, plans projects, establishes priorities and monitors progress. Evaluates project status and resource utilization and implements changes to improve the team's effectiveness. Ensures all projects are completed within time and budget and are integrated with other software applications.

  • Responsible for feasibility studies, time and cost estimates, and the establishment and implementation of new or revised applications systems and programs.

  • Manages a staff involved in test planning, test requirement definition, test design, test script, test data development, test automation, test environment development and script configuration management as well as test execution.

  • Leads in the development and implementation of the overall strategic vision and integration of broad range ideas regarding business analysis, systems analysis, applications development, and/or quality assurance and testing capabilities.

  • Assists in the development and implementation of business analysis, systems analysis, applications development, and quality assurance and testing policies, standards, procedures and methodologies.

  • Position is a first-level manager and has direct responsibility for people management. In addition to project deployment, responsibilities include career development, performance management, and pay determination and communication.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Typical Skills and Experiences: Education: Undergraduate studies in computer science, management information systems, mathematics or related field is strongly preferred.

License/Certification/Designation: N/AExperience: Eight years of experience in programming and systems analysis. Three years of experience in management is preferred.Knowledge: Must have proven knowledge in computer programming language. Must have a thorough understanding in systems and data processing policies, practices and procedures. Must have a thorough understanding in systems analysis and design techniques. Must have expert knowledge of the systems development life cycle. Demonstrated knowledge of project management concepts and techniques required. Must have familiarity of financial statement preparation, budgeting and financial analysis concepts and techniques.Skills/Competencies: Must be able to manage a staff responsible one or more components of the systems development life cycle. Must have the ability manage multiple teams that analyze applications and systems. Must be able to program complex systems requiring minimal interfaces. Must possess strong problem-solving skills to determine the programming effects on existing systems. Must have strong decision-making skills for problem identification and solution recommendation. Must possess strong project leadership and management skills. Must be able to develop, implement and present applications development strategies. Must have strong written and oral communication skills to prepare and communicate programming plans and procedures as well as to interact with all levels within the company.

Other criteria, including leadership skills, competencies and experiences may take precedence.

Staffing exceptions to the above must be approved by the hiring manager’s leader and HR Business Partner.

Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values and Guiding Behaviors.Job Conditions:

Overtime Eligibility: Not EligibleWorking Conditions: Normal office environment. Associates may have on-call responsibility after normal working hours and/or on weekends.ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.Credit Check: N/ASafety Sensitive (SS): N/A

Job Family/Function: MIS/TAPEvaluation Activity: 12/22/03 MDK

Job ID: 52454