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Senior Application Developer

Company: United Fire Group
Location: Cedar Rapids
Posted on: August 24, 2019

Job Description:

Job ID 2# of Openings 1Job Locations US-IA-Cedar RapidsPosted Date 2019-06-14Category Information TechnologyTravel NoneCompany Car Provided NoOverview

UFG offers you an award-winning workplace and a trustworthy, financially stable company. While we've always known our commitment to employees and financial stewardship, it is good to have others recognize our dedicated efforts. We've been named an Iowa Top Workplace by the Des Moines Register for four consecutive years, and included on Forbes' "America's Most Trustworthy Financial Companies" every year since 2014. Additionally, UFG is a super-regional property and casualty insurer rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

UFG is seeking an experienced senior application developer that will be engaged in challenging, and innovative projects that will impact our organizations success. This position will play a critical role in the review, design, development and modification of web applications as well as growing a strong development team. This position requires a critical thinker with strong technical skills who can thrive in a fast paced environment. This position may direct the work of other team members and will also participate in the mentoring and development of other application developers.


  • Develop new applications and update and maintain current applications.
  • Consult with project managers, team members and users to identify current operating procedures and clarify project objectives.
  • Recommend solutions that will meet the meet or exceed the expectations of the project team members and system users.
  • Design and write new or modify existing applications based on specifications developed by project manager and business analysts.
  • Mentor, coach and provide technical advice to junior developers as needed for maintenance and enhancement of existing applications.
  • Stay current in the field through company provided and personal continuing technical education and development community involvement
  • Develop and document programming standards for all developers and team members.
  • Develop tools, programs and techniques that improve the development and implementation process.
  • Contribute to the thought leadership of the development team by working with other senior team members to shape the team's roadmap for the future.
  • Conduct testing by developing test data by following test plans to ensure programs meet standards and specification.
  • Assist with project/system releases.
  • Research errors to determine root cause and take appropriate steps to correct errors.
  • Properly document development progress with project tracking system.
  • Actively participate in cross-functional project teams.
  • Actively participate in insurance classes, programming coursework or in-house training programs throughout their careers


    • Associate's degree in computer science, information technology or related technical field
    • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology or related technical field preferred
      • 7+ years of advanced level application development work experience
      • Proficiency C#, React / Redux, JavaScript, Ionic, jQuery, AngularJS, HTML5, CSS3, React, REST and SOAP services.
      • Java experience is a plus.
      • Experience with Git and continuous build integration environments.
      • Experience in designing multi-tiered architectures and breaking out functionality into discrete reusable components
      • Insurance experience is a plus.
        Knowledge, skills & abilities:
        • Excellent understanding of Object Oriented Programming
        • Excellent understanding of Application Architecture
        • Ability to create detailed specifications for basic to complex applications and programs
        • Advanced knowledge of the language(s) and environments used to develop applications and programs
        • Knowledge of automated testing, both front end and backend.
        • Willingness to work on both new product development and legacy support.
        • Strong interpersonal skills; the ability to work well with people from many disciplines and with varying degrees of business and technical experience
        • Ability to be self-directed and to take initiative in defining and completing project deliverables
        • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to describe complex, highly-technical issues using simple, clear and precise language
        • Excellent analytical skills; strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
        • Adaptability and flexibility including ability to manage multiple priorities and work under deadlines

Keywords: United Fire Group, Cedar Rapids , Senior Application Developer, IT / Software / Systems , Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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