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Wellmark - Des Moines Platform Engineer – Business Development (AWS Cloud Native App) in Des Moines, Iowa

Our Ideal Candidate: You look forward to continually being challenged with problems that are in need of a creative solution. You feel effective when you can provide clear, succinct, communication whether you are speaking with a technical or non technical stakeholder. You have a knack for finding opportunities for automation through solutions that are elegant, scalable, and repeatable. You excel at collaboration and strive to work across functional areas to solve problems and create optimal solutions. Effective communication and the ability to articulate business value of technical investments will be one of your strengths. While you may not have experience in the health insurance industry, you are looking forward to learning Wellmark as a business and better understanding how your role impacts the members we serve.

About the Career: Wellmark is hiring a Platform Engineer for BlueSource, our business development platform. In this role, you will lead technical design efforts in collaboration with our User Experience team and Solution Architects, for highly integrated/complex application platforms optimizing security, integrations, system performance/availability and ensuring solutions developed adhere and align to the architecture standards. You will serve as a subject matter expert for the platform. You will identify enhancements related to the ongoing platform performance, stability, maintenance and operations and align the need and value with strategic platform investments. You will work cross-functionally with business stakeholders, user experience, lead application developers and Solution Architects in technical planning. You will provide guidance for IT policies, procedures, tools, security and infrastructure. As a Platform Engineer, you will research and recommend new emerging technologies, techniques and tools that will add value to the organization.

About the Team: You will be working on the Business Development build team, focused on building an AWS cloud native application that serves as a one-stop solution for agents to quote, enroll, maintain and renew products for their entire book of business. Our application is built using the MEAN stack with an Angular front end that references Node APIs. In this role, you will be a member of the Core team, a cross-functional team comprised of user experience design, architecture, business analysis, data integration, application development, and quality engineering leads.

Why Wellmark Technology? At a time when technology is creating new business models, disrupting industries and creating valuable experiences for consumers, our role as technology team members must elevate an organization through innovative transformation, modernized technology and delivery of new business strategies. This includes an aim to continuously evolve and enhance the customer experience. At Wellmark, our technology transformation program is called Ascend and is led by our empowered technology leaders and team members. Together, we are leaning into the future, owning the outcome and working together to transform how we work and what innovative solutions we deliver.


  • Bachelor's Degree or direct and applicable work experience

  • Minimum 7 years of experience to include any combination of the following:

  • Advanced application development knowledge

  • Advanced Cloud experience – AWS (preferred)

  • Advanced communication and collaborative problem solving with technical and non technical stakeholders

  • Providing innovative solutions to complex issues

  • Minimum 4 years of experience in IT infrastructure, architecture design, operations

  • Proven ability to adapt when experiencing major changes in work tasks or work environment.

  • Informal leadership experience typically gained through leading projects.

  • Demonstrated experience coaching/mentoring others by providing guidance and feedback to help an employee or groups of employees strengthen their knowledge and skills to accomplish a task or solve a problem

  • Proven experience with designing technical architecture and keeping abreast of existing and emerging technologies.

  • Experiencing consulting with stakeholders to understand needs with the intention of providing advice and counsel. Also interacting appropriately with others to guide individuals or groups to accomplish work, reach consensus or take action.

  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving/troubleshooting skills (conceptual, technical, IT) - Breaks down problems and identifies all of their facets, including hidden or tricky aspects, to find root-cause of problems. Generates a range of solutions and courses of action with benefits, costs, and risks associated with each. Probes appropriate sources for answers, and thinks ‘outside the box’ to find options. Tests proposed solutions against the reality of likely effects before going forward.

  • Demonstrated communication skills: verbal and written - Articulate; Communicates information/concepts clearly and concisely to individuals or groups; delivers presentations suited to the characteristics and needs of the stakeholders/audience. Clearly and concisely conveys written information orally or in writing to individuals or groups to ensure that they understand the information and the message. Listens and responds appropriately to others.


  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Experience working within an Agile team environment

  • Leadership typically gained through a combination of project and informal leadership that demonstrates competencies

  • Experience partnering with global staffing vendors to deliver projects

a. Lead the technical designs for highly integrated complex application platforms to optimize security, information leverage and reuse, integration, performance, and availability and ensure solutions developed adhere and aligns to the architecture standards. Fulfill service level agreements and ensure solutions remains current with industry best practices, technologies and with Wellmark's standards.

b. Consult with Solution Architects and project teams in the creation & documentation of design deliverables for application platforms. Collaborate with Solution and Lead Architects to design and implement effective technology solutions, while using innovative business and technology processes to identify and implement improvement initiatives, eliminate redundancies and maximizes reuse of applications.

c. May oversee and lead planning, developing and estimating of technical solutions. When appropriate, collaborate and work with other technical teams in to better provide subject matter expertise and insights.

d. Collaborate with Lead Architect for assigned domain, business systems analyst and other stakeholders to provide insight/ direction regarding process improvements.

e. Consults with business stakeholders regarding subject matter knowledge related to technical planning in order to ensure architectures are developed in alignment with business expectations.

f. Oversee, review and provide technical guidance on the design efforts of Wellmark's supported solutions including but not limited to the evaluation of vendors during the selection process, integrating with new vendors, design, implementation and administration.

g. Will adhere and are held accountable for the support and influence of Wellmark's architecture governance standards and technical standards. Provide design specifications to governing boards for proper approvals. Provides guidance for regarding IT policies, security and infrastructure.

h. Will provide training and mentorship of others regarding technical design and solution implementation including review and quality assurance.

i. Build strong relationships and business acumen with the business to ensure technical designs are aligned with business needs. Provide exceptional customer service and solutions.

j. Develops and applies industry best practice technology, design and methodology approaches to design platform specific technical designs. Researches and recommends new emerging technologies, techniques and tools that will add value to the organization.

k. Other duties as assigned.

Posting Title: Platform Engineer – Business Development (AWS Cloud Native App)

Requisition ID: 214380

External Company Name: Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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