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Application Developer

Western & Southern Financial Group

Last Updated: 4/04/24

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Summary of Responsibilities:

Produces or modifies computer programs of all sizes and complexity. Performs programming duties at the systems level, ensuring all program development is appropriate, including front-end research and definition. Develops an understanding of assignments including the business application, in order to either assist in making solution-oriented recommendations or advising on program/systems-related problems. Works with some supervision and is responsible for making a minimal range of decisions, escalating to Manager when appropriate and updating Manager on a regular basis.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Researches, designs, defines, develops, tests, documents and implements new computer applications or changes to existing applications following Western & Southern Financial Group (W&SFG) standards.

  • Installs software packages and/or personal computer software.

  • Assures that hardware and software operate efficiently.

  • Utilizes programming tools effectively to ensure accuracy and enhance productivity.

  • Assembles and analyzes data relating to processing problems, soliciting help as needed from IT and business unit associates.

  • Consults and/or advises business unit associates by written and/or oral communication on inquiries concerning existing or proposed systems.

  • Participates in committee meetings on developmental projects, large-scale improvement projects and internal IT technical committees. May chair committees and/or subcommittees.

  • Provides training to other programming staff or business unit associates on technical topics or systems definition.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by management.

    Selection Criteria:

    • Proven programming experience (e.g., research, design, gathering requirements, working with business units, developing programs, testing, documentation, production support). Cite examples demonstrating this experience.

    • Proven strong analytical skills, including demonstrated experience identifying, defining and quantifying problems; collecting or interpreting data, establishing facts, and providing effective solutions. Cite examples of good decision-making skills when dealing with multiple alternatives.

    • Demonstrated experience working effectively within a team. Provide examples of motivating co-workers in difficult situations.

    • Possesses and displays excellent verbal and written communication skills; occasionally conveys information to internal and external customers in a clear, accurate, focused and concise manner.

    • Proven examples of working under multiple deadlines with minimal supervision. Cite examples of successfully organizing and effectively completing projects where given little or no direction.

    • Demonstrated ability to document procedures and activities in a manner that is understandable to others and prepared using a prescribed format, demonstrating use of the English language to include exemplary knowledge, in verbal and written format, of the elements of grammar, punctuation, diction and spelling proficiency.

    • Continually performs an activity such as transcribing, viewing a computer terminal and extensive reading. Visual acuity is required to determine accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of work assigned.

      Work Setting:

      • Works in an office setting and remains continuously in a stationary position for long periods of time while working at a desk, on a computer or with other standard office equipment, or while in meetings.

      • Performs frequent keyboarding work requiring the ability to make repetitive motions of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.

      • Occasionally moves about to accomplish tasks, particularly moves from one work station to another.

      Educational Requirements:

      • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate selection criteria experience.

      Computer Skills and Knowledge of Hardware & Software Required:

      • Proficient in specific programming languages required by the individual business unit.

      • Proficient in word processing and spreadsheet applications.

      Certifications & Licenses (i.e., Series 6 & 63, CPA, etc.):

      • None required.

      Position Demands:

      • Extended hours required during peak workloads or special projects.

      • Handles problems, installations, calls, etc., off-hours as required either remotely or by returning to work.

Company Details

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Western & Southern Financial Group, a Fortune 500 Company, has over a 130-year heritage of meeting the financial stability needs of our customers — individuals, families, businesses, foundations and nonprofits — with a wide range of insurance, investment and retirement solutions through an ever-growing distribution system.Our family of companies continues to grow and diversify, fortifying our...