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API Architect

Job ID : 5973
Category : Technology Solutions
Brand : Definity
Regular/Temporary : Regular
Fulltime/Parttime : Full Time
Location : Kitchener, Canada

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Definity includes some of Canada’s most long-standing and innovative insurance brands, including Economical Insurance, Sonnet Insurance, Family Insurance Solutions, and Petline Insurance. With strong roots that date back to 1871, we’ve grown to become a digital leader in the insurance industry. We’re proud to help our clients and communities adapt and thrive in a world of constant change.

Our promise to you: It’s better here. Why? Because we CARE, and we provide an employee experience that’s collaborative, ambitious, rewarding, and empowering.

Our ambition is to be one of Canada’s leading and most innovative P&C insurers. Come be a part of our journey, and love what you do.

Starting in September, Definity employees move to a hybrid work model so we can collaborate, build mentoring relationships, and solve complex or cross-functional business opportunities together. Our teams work in whichever environment best supports what they're working on and who they're working with. We're actively reinventing our offices as welcoming workspaces that optimize collaboration and empower leaders to use our space to strengthen team dynamics. Our tools and processes seamlessly connect employees from multiple locations, and our culture encourages respectful engagement and flexibility. Leaders work with their teams to determine the right balance of on-site and remote work that best meets the needs of their team, cross-functional engagement, responsibilities and timelines, plus those of our customers, our broker partners, and the company culture.

What can you expect in this role?


  • Gathering requirements and defining the strategy for application integration for a specific customer, with good soft skills on engaging and working side-by-side with client’s counterparts (Solution and Enterprise Architects). Customer orientation and technical strategic acumen is a must;
  • Implementing enterprise integration architectures.
  • Designing integration solutions and providing design guidance, with good understanding of Enterprise Integration Patterns.
  • Participate in estimation of complex IT projects, including assumptions, risks, issues, improvements, and dependencies based on documented scope, under waterfall and agile methodologies
  • Working with BSA to ensure the creations of verbose API Specification and working with QE to ensure API’s are thoroughly tested
  • Maintains an overall understanding of all changes impacting Microservices and Integration platform, including vendor, and external implementations outside of portfolio


What do you bring to the role?


  • 5-10 years of experience as a Technical Architect working with Integration platforms and API-oriented development.
  • Previous proven experience in hands-on applications’ architecture and solution design
  • Familiar with architecture quality attributes, their basic tactics and most-common trade-offs. Experience tackling performance, availability, security and maintainability issues.
  • Understanding and experience on most of the following architectural styles: Layered Architectures, Transactional applications, Client-Server, Sync/Async messaging, Microservices, PaaS-based architectures and SaaS-based applications; Experience designing Cloud PaaS and SaaS solutions.
  • Understanding and experience on most of the following types of Integration solutions: Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), API Management and iPaaS.
  • Understanding and experience on most of the following types of Integration protocols/principles: SOAP and WS-* stack, REST APIs, RESTful, RPC/RFC.
  • Proven experience with an API Management Platform (Apigee, AWS API Gateway) for at least 2 year.
  • Strong background in API REST, Integration platforms
  • Strong Knowledge and hands-on experience in: JavaScript, NodeJS, Java
  • Ability to work in an Agile environment with a strong practice in BDD, TDD, CI, CD, Git, Jenkins, Confluence, JIRA, Swagger.
  • Good understanding of Architecture, Integration and Design Software Patterns
  • Experience in enterprise projects with complex applications integrated with each other.
  • Understanding of security paradigms having used patterns/technologies like OAuth2, Auth0, ForgeRock.
  • Nice to have experience with container technologies (eg. Openshift, Kubernetes)
  • Possesses strong analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Adept in Waterfall, Iterative and/or Agile environments
  • Organized with the ability to quickly prioritize and effectively handle critical issues or competing priorities; move with agility from one task to another
  • Ability to effectively facilitate collaborative sessions with large and diverse business stakeholder groups to drive requirements discovery, analysis, and review
  • Demonstrate a high degree of self-motivation and tenacity to get the job done
  • Excellent communication skills, analytical and problem-solving skills, inquisitive nature and comfort challenging current practices
  • This role can be in Kitchener or Toronto


We also take potential into consideration. If you don’t have this exact experience, but you know you have what it takes, be sure to give us more insight through your application and cover letter.



We also take potential into consideration. If you don’t have this exact experience, but you know you have what it takes, be sure to give us more insight through your application and cover letter.

Go ahead and expect a lot — you deserve it, and we’ve got it: 

  • Hybrid work schedule for most roles
  • Company share ownership program
  • Pension and savings programs, with company-matched RRSP contributions
  • Paid volunteer days and company matching on charitable donations
  • Educational resources, tuition assistance, and paid time off to study for exams
  • Focus on inclusion with employee groups, support for gender affirmation surgery, access to BIPOC counsellors, access to programs for working parents
  • Wellness and recognition programs
  • Discounts on products and services

Our inclusive work environment welcomes diversity and supports accessibility. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know by contacting: [email protected]

Background checks
This role requires successful clearance of a background check (including criminal checks and leadership references).


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