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Systems Analyst - Vitality Life systems

Business:  Vitality Life
Function:  Information Technology
Date:  19-Jul-2021

Systems Analyst (aka Java Technical Lead) - Vitality Life Systems


About VitalityLife Systems
VitalityLife, alongside sister brand VitalityHealth, provide insurance services to the UK market. VitalityLife specialises in selling life insurance directly to individuals, families and businesses; via financial advisers and insurance brokers. Working for VitalityLife Systems, you'll experience an exciting mix of creativity and innovation, within a framework of challenging objectives and a passion for delivering the best. We think work should be fun and sociable, and we want our people to get the most out of every day. Our people are chosen for their skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and attitude but above all, their belief that anything can be achieved.

Key Purpose
Design and implement robust, scalable and optimally performing systems using java related technologies, according to provided specifications, standards and procedures, while ensuring compliance with the architectural standards and guidelines laid out by Discovery.


Areas of responsibility may include but not limited to
 Translate business requirements into technical designs adhering to Vitality Life’s processes, standards and guidelines, taking cognisance of performance, security and scalability requirements. Deliver within agreed timeframes. Complexity = complex interactions between number of interacting systems.
 Liaise with relevant parties where clarification of business requirements or resolution to technical issues is needed
 Research and find effective solutions to technical issues that arise
 Estimate development timelines based on business requirements
 Construct robust, maintainable, scalable, optimally performing system code in line with technical specifications, following prescribed process, standards and procedures. Deliver within agreed timeframes
 Conduct unit testing and fix any defects found
 Verify build stability and quality with development team before releasing to test team, aiming to release with zero defects
 Assist the Business analyst in ensuring the test pack includes relevant scenarios
 Consult and assist in reviewing risk / impact of defects found in testing, and assist with fixing where necessary
Support / Troubleshooting:
 Assist system users with technical support issues and handle according to defined procedures
 Ability to effectively analyse root cause of system errors (front end and data errors, performance and stability issues)
Mentoring / Team development:
 Actively coach other developers to understand and apply the Vitality Life coding and architectural standards correctly, as well as any technologies in use
 Perform code review to ensure logical correctness, maintainability, scalability, performance, compliance with architectural standards and frameworks
 Assist in identifying training needs of team members
Personal development:
 Keep abreast of current technological trends and how these might be applied in the Discovery environment
 Constant improvement of knowledge of the various applications, their functionalities and data models

 Ability to communicate clearly, constructively and effectively. Easily able to follow and participate in technical, business process, and other discussions
 Able to build business relationships with other members of team and the business areas we support.

Personal Attributes and Skills
Technical Skills

 Excellent understanding of Object Orientated principals and Java language fundamentals
 Knowledge of commonly used design patterns
 Broad understanding of how to put together an EE-based business solution from scratch

 Essential:
o EJB; HTML; JSF; JQuery; JAXB; SOAP Web services; Message Driven Beans; UML; XML/XSD; SQL
 Advantageous:
o REST Web services; JSON; Business Process Management Tools; Apache Camel; Apache Webserver Configuration; JBOSS Configuration; CSS; GIT; Integrated Build Tools; HTML 5


Behavioural Skills:
 Highly adaptable and resilient (Able to work under pressure)
 Ability to work both independently and participate as a member of a cross-functional team.
 Ability to prioritize and work on multiple tasks simultaneously
 Able to work in conditions of change, flexible and open to learn new languages and architecture
 Recognise unique demands of IT of non-conventional working hours
 Structured and analytical problem solver – Obsessive about finding solutions to problems: action oriented problem solver.
 Team player – reliable, works actively with others towards common goal, communicates constructively, shares information, knowledge and experience, treats others in a respectful and supportive manner
 Drives Results
 Problem Solver

Education and Experience
 BSc Computer Sciences/ BSc Information Systems or equivalent IT tertiary qualification
 Formal Java qualification(s) (Advantageous)

 At least 5 – 8 years’ experience in Java development with exposure to core competencies listed in the SDLC (Essential)
 Unit Testing experience
 Knowledge of data modelling and design of database structures

The Company’s approved Employment Equity Plan and Targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we actively encourage and welcome people with various disabilities to apply.

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