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The Hartford

Director - App Modernization

Columbus, OH

Director IT Engineering - IE06AE

We're determined to make a difference and are proud to be an insurance company that goes well beyond coverages and policies. Working here means having every opportunity to achieve your goals - and to help others accomplish theirs, too. Join our team as we help shape the future.

The Director - Application Modernization is responsible for Technical Program Management and provide technical leadership over the simplification and modernization for apps migrated to cloud as part of our cloud journey. This role provides strategic direction to the program team and works with cloud architects, engineers, developers, application security team scrum masters to ensure program goals and objectives are and remain aligned to the strategic direction of the program. The role collaborates with leaders and stakeholders across IT and the business to ensure proper coordination and execution of activities.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Provide Tech ownership for the end-to-end flow / process for app migration to cloud across multiple LOBs, infra shared platforms, etc.
  • The incumbent will work closely with app architects, developers, cloud engineers, and application security engineers to provide engineering oversight of the migration of 400+ application and data assets to the Cloud.
  • The candidate will use his/her technical experience to influence the right level of app modernization to cloud in close partnership with cloud services team.
  • Will drive adoption of cloud native solutions by working closely with Cloud Sol architecture and cloud services team.
  • Work on an overall plan for upstream and downstream integrations and dependencies that applications need and help sequence them to achieve efficiencies in migration.
  • The candidate will work closely with the cloud services team to influence service delivery as we migrate to AWS.
  • Will update, advise, and collaborate with senior leadership regarding the ongoing alignment of the program to the business and technology strategy.
  • Work across multiple value streams of stakeholders, technology teams, and vendors to ensure program is delivered on time, within budget and meets the strategic and business requirements.
  • Continually identify, log and mitigate risks and issues within projects
  • Identify required granularity to satisfy visibility and control needs while articulating complex schedules and inter-dependencies clearly for stakeholders


  • Bachelor's degree in applicable field required.

Tools Knowledge & Certifications

  • AWS practitioner certification preferred.
  • Hands on experience of Rally, MS Excel, Word, Visio, Project, Jira, and PowerPoint

Work Experience

  • 3+ Years proven experience in leading major cloud migration projects to AWS.
  • 10+ years combined IT experience in Strong Engineering and Execution
  • Experience managing large, complex cloud projects of $50M+ to quality, time, and budget.
  • Experience in full SDLC project delivery with a variety of methodologies i.e., Agile, Scrum
  • Proven track record leading executives and influencing others towards a common goal.
  • A demonstrated ability to rely heavily on influence over authority to drive deliverables.
  • Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal, and ability to clearly articulate messages
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis, problem solving, and troubleshooting capabilities

Required Skills

Functional Competencies:

  • Change Management
  • Governance
  • Systems Thinking
  • Troubleshooting
  • Vendor Management

Technical Competencies:

  • Cloud Migration
  • SDLC - Development or Architecture
  • Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Domain Expertise
  • Project Management

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Communication
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Influence
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Focus

Must be authorized to work in the US without company sponsorship

This role will have a Hybrid work arrangement, with the expectation of working in an office 3 days a week (Tuesday through Thursday).


The listed annualized base pay range is primarily based on analysis of similar positions in the external market. Actual base pay could vary and may be above or below the listed range based on factors including but not limited to performance, proficiency and demonstration of competencies required for the role. The base pay is just one component of The Hartford's total compensation package for employees. Other rewards may include short-term or annual bonuses, long-term incentives, and on-the-spot recognition. The annualized base pay range for this role is:

$151,600 - $227,400

Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity or Expression/Religion/Age

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Client-provided location(s): Columbus, OH, USA; Charlotte, NC, USA; Chicago, IL, USA; Hartford, CT, USA
Job ID: hartford-R2416822
Employment Type: Full Time

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Health Reimbursement Account
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA With Employer Contribution
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • On-Site Gym
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Virtual Fitness Classes
    • Fitness Subsidies
  • Parental Benefits

    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
    • Adoption Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Flexible Work Hours
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • On-Site Cafeteria
    • Company Outings
    • Holiday Events
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Volunteer Time Off
    • Personal/Sick Days
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Stock Purchase Program
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
    • Financial Counseling
    • Profit Sharing
  • Professional Development

    • Internship Program
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Shadowing Opportunities
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Learning and Development Stipend
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program