Database Services Product/Technical Area Lead

Place of work
Mlynské nivy 12, Bratislava
Contract type
Wage (gross)
From 4 000 EUR/monthMinimum base salary for this job from 4000 EUR gross/month/full time. Our offer to you may be higher based on your skills and experience and will include additional rewards and benefits.*

Information about the position

Job description, responsibilities and duties

Are you an energetic leader, dedicated to work across one Value Stream with multiple product backlogs with budget responsibility? As a Product/Technical Area Lead for the Database Services Product Area in Group Technology Services (GTS) you will have shared commercial and technical accountability with other Product/Technical Area Leads and will support them and C-Level. We're looking for a senior technology leader with a hands-on approach to coaching and guiding technologists to deliver solutions along strategic directions.

We believe in a joint leadership model. Together with your colleagues, the Product Owners, Scrum Masters and Architects as a team will resolve priority challenges and ensure that technology can support the organization's goal. You will align technology strategy with fellow Product/Tech Area Leads to improve technology investments and decide where experimentation is warranted to innovate and drive practices and technology forward.

Your main responsibilities:
- A technical leader with extensive experience, supporting a Product Area on aligning to Technology Strategy goals.
- To set overall vision to direct, inform and prioritize the order of work​ to maximize value within constraints of resource, strategy and compliance​ with an entrepreneurial mindset.
- Communicate with members of the squads through clear principles, common design patterns and industry standard practice.
- To incubate and commercialize innovative, disruptive solutions​, using data and validation techniques incl. demo, usability testing, A/B testing to prove hypothesis
- Looks to increase flow of work through the Product Area using Engineering techniques (CI/CD, DevOps, TDD, BDD etc.).
- Co-create, prioritize and communicate product roadmaps and high-level squad backlogs using iterative techniques with feedback loops.
- Mentors the Product Area and drives collaboration and knowledge sharing to benefit your area and the broader organization.
- Works with Chapter Leads, CTO, CDO and HR to develop the technical capability plans for the future.
- Communicate financial forecasts with business case creation identifying market segmentation and bring clarity on the value proposition.
- To balance & manage technical debt in line with customer value work and to deliver the squad mission and objectives with shared accountability with the Tribe Product Owner​.
- To ensure voice of the customer is heard and focused on by squad​.
- To ensure cooperation between squads and manage interdependencies​ and remove impediments and create an environment for people to excel.
- To support the squad to deliver on budget, to clear scope, with clear guidance on timelines ​with clear acceptance criteria.

About the Team

The Database Services team optimizes Cloud offerings and create automation around life-cycle events. Core focus is to ensure compliance with governance/security controls and support different deployment models to increase cost efficiency.

We aim to achieve this mission by providing:
- Dedicated or shared resources and rightsizing of databases to allow cost optimization
- Standardized API’s to interact with the underlying RDMS to allow consistency and ease of automation
- Supporting rapid provisioning, automated lifecycle, managed operations and flexible sizing options
- Role Based Access controls integrated to platform capabilities to ensure optimal protection of data assets
- Offering different types of SLAs for corresponding needs
- Backup/Archiving solutions following Swiss Re’s governance/security standards

The core scope of the Product Area includes:
- DBaaS in Private Cloud: Postgres, MSSQL Server, Oracle
- Managed database services in Public Cloud platforms
- Consultancy services for database optimizations
- Database Services Integration and Management Framework
- Application platform for automated database assessment and migrations
- Automated Oracle-To-Postgres assessment and migration assistant
- License/Vendor management for Swisscom Cloud
- (legacy) On-Premises: Drive the migrations and infrastructure decommissioning of Oracle (by end of 2021), and MSSQL
- (legacy) We manage the 3rd party database vendors and providers on behalf of all Swiss Re IT

Information about the selection process

*Minimum base salary for this job from 4 000 EUR gross/month/full time. Our offer to you may be higher based on your skills and experience and will include additional rewards and benefits. We are required by law to disclose basic wage component (minimum salary) for the advertised positions. We carefully consider your professional competencies, qualifications and experience in our compensation package and/or when offering you other positions. Our compensation philosophy is to pay fairly, also considering market situation and the value employees may bring to Swiss Re.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. Our aim is to live visible and invisible diversity – diversity of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, physical abilities, personalities and experiences – at all levels and in all functions and regions. We also collaborate in a flexible working environment, providing you with a compelling degree of autonomy to decide how, when and where to carry out your tasks.

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Requirements for the employee

Candidates with education suit the position

University education (Bachelor's degree)
University education (Master's degree)
Postgraduate (Doctorate)

Language skills

English - Upper intermediate (B2)

Personality requirements and skills

We are happy to meet you if you possess:
- Demonstrable experience as a technology leader, having lead projects spanning multiple teams or headed an IT division or organization
- Feel comfortable to work in a transformational and complex environment and can get things done in a fast-paced surrounding
- Experience understanding customer needs, can demonstrate expertise in Risk & Data, strong business & financial acumen & strategic mindset.
- Experienced communicator both written & verbal and strong stakeholder management skills and able to influence in servant leadership style
- Experience in applying technology to seek business challenges and realize vision & strategy
- Combined agile practices with leadership and management skills across cultures, geographies and organizational levels
- Committed to continuous learning and self-improvement
- Excellent sales, negotiation, influencing and presentation skills
- Ability to motivate others across line management boundaries
- Finisher attitude by getting things accomplished with a strong commitment to quality and timely customer service
- Dedication to the Swiss Re’s new way of working through greater collaboration and breaking down of silos
- English fluency is a must

Interested in this new challenge? We are looking forward to your application!


Brief description of the company

As the world's leading and most diversified global reinsurer, we offer as our core business financial services products that enable risk taking essential to enterprise and progress. Our company was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1863, and operates in more than 25 countries and provides its expertise and services to clients throughout the world. We combine financial strengths with experience, knowledge and creative thought to explore new opportunities in the interests of our clients, staff and shareholders.

Number of employees

1700 and more employees

Company address

Swiss Re Business Services (Slovakia) s.r.o.
Mlynske Nivy 12
821 08 Bratislava
Learn more about working in Swiss Re Slovakia.


Kontaktná osoba: Maria Pollakova

ID: 4027141  Dátum zverejnenia: 29.1.2021  Základná zložka mzdy (brutto): 4 000 EUR/month