Job Description

Awarded the Best Place to Work 2021, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona helps to fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life of Arizonans by delivering a variety of health insurance products and services to meet the diverse needs of individuals, families, and small and large businesses as well as providing information and tools to help individuals make better health decisions.

This remote work opportunity requires residency, and work to be performed, within the State of Arizona

Purpose of the job

  • Drives the strategy and operations for Enterprise Telecommunication Tools, Platforms, Processes, Services and Vendors for BCBSAZ, covering customer communications channels such as Contact Center, Interactive Voice Response, Chat, SMS, MMS, etc.
  • Maintains all Telecommunications equipment, software, monitoring software, appliances, security tools, and  suite of customer communications technologies.
  • Oversees the day-to-day functions of telecom including: maintain systems stability, oversee systems currency (security and functional patching), maintain operational currency (backup of systems, configurations, and restores, and system monitoring).
  • Assists senior leadership with BCBSAZ wide tactical and strategic planning, annual budget management, forecasting of future budget and evaluation and drive budget cost saving opportunities.
  • Manages deployment and telecom support operations and provides technical leadership for telecom design, telecom security, supports business continuity and crisis planning for areas of responsibility.
  • Helps develop, Maintains and Executes roadmaps for Call Center CCaaS and UCaaS solutions.

Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Required Work Experience

  • 10 years of experience in computer technology and/or information systems
  • 7 years of experience troubleshooting telecommunications hardware, software, and appliances, with an emphasis on technical problem solving
  • 5 years of experience with strategic implementation and maintenance of technology infrastructure
  • 5 years of project delivery experience
  • 2 years of supervisory experience
  • 2 years of experience with UCaaS and CCaaS solutions such as NICE and Genesys

Required Education

  • Associate’s degree in business, information technology, computer systems, or related field

Required Licenses

  • N/A

Required Certifications

  • N/A

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred Work Experience

  • 10 years of experience with Telecommunications and adjacent customer communications technology and architecture, troubleshooting telecom hardware, software, and appliances, with an emphasis on technical problem solving
  • 5 years of lead or supervisory experience
  • 7 years of experience with strategic implementation and maintenance of telecommunications systems
  • 7 years of project delivery experience
  • 5 years of supervisory experience
  • 3 years of experience in IT budget and financial management
  • 3 years of project management experience, preferably in a large-scale, complex, IT organization

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business, or related field

Preferred Licenses

  • N/A

Preferred Certifications

  • N/A

ESSENTIAL job functions AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Technology INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Direct telecommunications systems design, programming, implementation and modification activities in conjunction with Team Leaders, other IT technical managers, users, and management.
  • Analyze design and architectural issues pertaining to telecommunications services and adjust design to solve problems in a dynamic environment; align business requirements with enterprise technology alternatives and options. Provide perspective on leading industry trends and recommend new and emerging technologies.
  • Oversee the management of Enterprise telecommunications and adjacent customer communications technology hardware , software, appliances and platforms.
  • Ensure integrity of solutions and qualified state during their lifetime; conduct product evaluations and tradeoffs.
  • Work with Information Security Services and Corporate Integrity to maintain system and application security

SERVICE Operations

  • Manage all aspects of telecommunications and customer communications services.
  • Oversee day-to-day departmental administration by coaching and motivating managerial staff and departmental personnel to make maximum use of experience and skills.
  • Develop staff, including development and maintenance of training materials for new and existing staff, establishing performance goals, regular follow up with staff and year-end performance evaluations.
  • Maintain effective working relationships to ensure teamwork in achieving corporate goals. Ensure service level agreements are established, monitored and managed effectively; identify, prioritize, and resolve issues with business areas and vendors
  • Monitor quality performance, develop and maintain effective workflows, and seek to maximize system efficiencies.
  • Review relevant production and operating policies to ensure that the most efficient processes are in place and determine tactical plans to improve processes and services that can be streamlined and/or improved.
  • Ensure Management of compliance strategies within Telecommunications Platforms and Services.
  • Participate in Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery planning and testing for Telecommunications Platforms and Services to achieve Recovery Time Objective established by Business owners.
  • Perform cost, risk, supportability, effectiveness, and architectural compliance analysis on systems and applications.
  • Maintain up to date procedural and policy documentation.
  • Serve as a technical resource for Information systems and managers of other departments.
  • Research, analyze, track and resolve production problems in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Review service tickets and ensure tickets are completed and closed properly.
  • Be responsible for monitoring solutions to achieve IT scorecard goals and corporate goals. Alerting, reporting and trending information that is critical in preventing and reacting to issues on a timely basis. Also, identify and implement improvements to improve metrics and reduce production incidents.
  • Be responsible for coordination, communication, escalation and management of production system issues across internal IT stakeholders, business users, and vendors.
  • Research and analyze procedural problems and provide recommendations for improvements and changes.
  • Produce a variety of weekly and monthly operational reports for management.
  • Be responsible for disaster recovery / business continuity processes and system stability as it pertains to Telecommunications Platforms and Services.
  • Patch/Update Systems, maintain currency.

Strategy

  • Drive development of platform roadmap and technical strategy for Call Center CCaaS and UCaaS solutions; maintains and executes on the established roadmap.
  • Apply and promote technology that optimizes the portfolio of technologies, tools, products, and applications pertaining to Telecommunications Platforms and Services.
  • Establish and meet short- and long-term department goals in accordance with overall company objectives and divisional strategic planning.
  • Work with business leaders and subject matter experts to use technology to improve business processes, promote the strategic use of information technology, and enable workforce utilization and efficiency.
  • Deliver assessment services, develop business cases, design solution architecture, and recommend multi-phased, complex migration programs that address technology, people/organization, and process change.
  • Ensure re-use of existing services, solutions and components wherever possible to minimize development or acquisition of new solutions; ensure new solutions are designed and developed in a cost-efficient manner and11 meet service quality.
  • Partner with other technology leaders to identify points of leverage, integration, and resource sharing.

Project Management

  • Coordinate and manage installations, upgrades, changes and integrations including test design, execution and support
  • Develop timelines, work estimates, cost projections, and manage projects to approved guidelines; review and consult on design and technical approach of projects to ensure consistency.
  • Participate in the review of software procurement plans for compliance with IT standards and architectural decisions.
  • Provide analytical and technical support and planning for IT projects, initiatives, and systems.
  • Ensure change management protocols maximize benefit and alleviate unnecessary disruption.

Financial

  • Manage use of corporate funds including budgeting, financial management, and reporting. Identify opportunities to achieve administrative efficiencies while maintaining service.
  • Provide capacity planning, forecasting, and budgeting of equipment, software, service, and End User license needs to support Information Technology and our Business partners.
  • Review hardware and software procurement plans for compliance with IT standards and architectural decisions.
  • Negotiate contracts in partnership with the Legal department to ensure appropriate protections and SLAs.

OTHER

  • The position requires a full-time work schedule. Full-time is defined as working at least 40 hours per week, plus any additional hours as requested or as needed to meet business requirements.
  • Position may require evening, weekend, or on-call schedules, depending on project requirements and/or system status.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Required Job Skills

  • Advanced knowledge and experience related to telecommunications technologies design and operations
  • Knowledge of Interactive Voice Response, Workforce Management Tools, Quality Management, Telecom reporting tools and platforms
  • Advanced skill in computer system validation including SOP development, implementation and adherence
  • Robust experience and knowledge in current technical architectures.
  • Strong skills in documentation, processes and collaboration.
  • Knowledge of ITIL foundation
  • Knowledge of Microsoft, UNIX, and LINUX operating systems.
  • Knowledge of Enterprise networking
  • Experience working with high volume, transactional, large capacity systems in a 24x7 environment. 
  • Knowledge of budgeting and purchasing

Required Professional Competencies

  • Ability to take appropriate risks, using available data.
  • Ability to build synergy with a diverse team in an ever-changing environment
  • Anticipate downstream technical needs and steer architectural designs to appropriately factor in considerations.
  • Strong analytical skills to support independent and effective decisions..
  • Ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of executives, managers, and subject matter experts.
  • Independent thinker with strong verbal,written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Exhibit the ability to lead complex projects and lead matrix teamed projects.
  • Highly skilled at designing and implementing multiple tier system architecture, developing or supporting high-performance and secure systems and system integration
  • Work effectively with management, project managers, business analysts, developers, engineers, architects, system administrators, and QA to conceive, design, and deliver successful deployments.
  • Able to operate at varying levels of abstraction including business and product strategy, design, and implementation
  • Customer service skills to deal with sensitive and difficult customer situations
  • Ability to evaluate problems and determine hardware / software origin and then determine appropriate solution or escalation
  • Strong understanding of information systems, business processes and the key drivers and measures for success
  • Strong analytical and decision making skills
  • Ability to prepare written proposals and deliver presentations.
  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy

Required Leadership Experience and Competencies

  • Provide leadership, promote teamwork, meet objectives and exercise independent judgment
  • Experience leading and implementing projects and working collaboratively with other departments and levels of administration
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work with multiple priorities, sometimes under limited time contstraints
  • Strong organizational and management skills

PREFERRED COMPETENCIES

Preferred Job Skills

  • Expert knowledge of Telecommunications technologies and architectures including IVR systems and communication techniques
  • Knowledge of HIPAA security and privacy standards

Preferred Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrate flexibility, anticipate customer needs and communicate in a manner consistent with business strategy
  • Able to cope with multiple priorities and high customer expectations and bridge the demands between internal and external customers
  • Advanced understanding of information systems, business processes and key drivers and measures for success
  • Advanced understanding of HIPAA transactions and privacy requirements
  • Presentation and public speaking abilities
  • Project management skills
  • Conceptualize new business architecture and infrastructure

Preferred Leadership Experience and Competencies

  • Identify resources and training needs while fostering opportunities for staff growth
  • Promote and support the overall quality principles and company quality program
  • Empower associates at all levels and encourage innovation and risk taking
  • Develop an enthusiastic and positive work envirnoment
  • Negotiation and influencing skills with the ability to create win/win situations
  • Resource management skills

Our Commitment

BCBSAZ does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected group.

Thank you for your interest in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.  For more information on our company, see azblue.com.  If interested in this position, please apply.

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