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Application Support Engineer

  • Department: Cloud and Customer Success
  • Location: San Mateo, CA, USA
  • Country: United States of America

Guidewire's Customer & Cloud Operations team is a pivotal part of Guidewire's success, has a start-up culture within a global public company, and is growing fast. We use our immense knowledge of Guidewire products (gained through company sponsored training), and our ability to read and write Java and SQL, to delight customers with our problem solving skills and customer service approach.

At Guidewire, we make software that offers Property and Casualty (P&C) Insurance companies the tools to take care of their customers when they need it the most, whether that’s a time of crisis, a natural disaster, an accident, or exposure to cyber risks. We build the core applications that insurance companies use to sell and underwrite policies, settle claims, and bill their customers. We also have a portfolio of innovate products serving the needs of P&C insurance companies in areas such as data management, digital online portals, and predictive analytics. We serve hundreds of insurance providers all over the world, helping them handle billions of dollars of business.

We are proud to be voted a Top Cloud Employer on Glassdoor by our own employees and positioned as a market leader by industry experts like Gartner. We have a fun work environment and a culture that lives by our core values of integrity, rationality, and collegiality.

We’re searching for people who are as passionate about working together to deliver quality products and support as we are. Join us and enjoy a career where you can make an impact. You’ll be inspired by those around you, and you’ll be trusted and empowered to go further.

Guidewire’s CASE team (Customer Application Support Engineering) is part of the Customer & Cloud Operations (CCO) organization, delivering 24x7 service to customers who are using Guidewire software both on-premise and in the Guidewire Cloud.

As an Application Engineer, you will be part of a team of Application Engineers in a regional “pod” that serves specified Guidewire customers. You will provide expert troubleshooting, problem remediation, system restoration, and root cause analysis for all assigned cases.

This role requires a high degree of independence, ownership and responsibility for customer success. Application Engineers in the CASE team are expected to be highly responsive and resourceful to manage customer production issues in a timely manner. The successful candidate will be skilled at developing and maintaining professional relationships with peers as well as colleagues across departments and geographic locations. Senior Application Engineers are expected to provide technical leadership and mentorship to more junior members of the pod. They will also provide detailed cloud-hosted production system support expertise, general architecture best practices awareness and guidance, and should be willing to expand their team leadership capability.


Case Resolution

Research, respond to and accurately resolve cases of moderate to high complexity, in a timely manner and in accordance with CASE team standards
Function as primary customer contact for all assigned support cases, meeting Guidewire’s contractual and internal goals for initial response and subsequent customer communication
Provide expert solutions to customer problems to ensure customer satisfaction
Write thorough and detailed case documentation to meet objectives for Case Quality and Customer Satisfaction scores
Proactively take ownership and responsibility for support cases where and when required
Escalate customer issues to the CASE Manager as appropriate
Participate in team projects that enhance the quality or efficiency of support
Participate in after-hours weekend deployments and on-call support as needed

Knowledge Management

Develop and maintain deep knowledge of Guidewire’s products, achieving Professional-level certification in at least one product area
Contribute to an environment that encourages information sharing, team-based resolution activity, cross training and an absolute focus on doing what is best for the customer
Create knowledgebase articles and other informational documents to be shared with customers and teammates
Contribute to a team environment that will have both local and remote leadership

Customer Management

Partner with Guidewire delivery teams to understand each customer’s business objectives and integration requirements, and rationalize those against established best practices you learn through your experience and that of your peers to ensure successful Guidewire Cloud-hosted customer solutions
Contribute to technical assessments of incoming Guidewire Cloud-hosted solutions, ensuring that pre-production customer solutions meet our security and performance criteria and adhere to our coding standards


Education and Work Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field
Familiarity with the Agile software development lifecycle
3+ years of work experience providing technical software support for a B2B software company
Experience with a commercial customer incident tracking or CRM system such as
Experience using a software defect tracking system such as JIRA
Advanced exposure to broad technical skills such as Java development, web UI (design and development), XML, application architecture
Knowledge of front-end web technologies (JavaScript and AngularJS) or similar
Ability to read and interpret application server thread dumps, Oracle AWR reports, and other log files
Strong understanding of relational databases and SQL

Personal Qualities

Outstanding troubleshooting skills; ability to think critically and display an aptitude for problem solving
Employ sound business judgment when making business decisions
Use creative and innovative ways to solve problems
Display a strong work ethic and do whatever it takes to get the job done
Demonstrate strong follow-through and consistently keep commitments to customers and employees
Display an understanding of the customer’s needs and a strong commitment to customer satisfaction
Ensure that each and every customer is handled with a consummately professional attitude and the highest possible level of service

Other Requirements

Ability to read, write, and speak fluent English
You will score bonus points if you can also read, write, and speak French
You will be part of a team that works together at one of our company offices listed above (working remotely is not an option)
We provide 24x7 support to our customers, so we expect you to take turns with your teammates being on-call for after-hours production emergencies
Travel – Expect occasional travel (less than 5%) to other Guidewire offices for training and team meetings

About Guidewire

Guidewire exists to deliver the industry platform that P&C insurers rely upon to adapt and succeed in a time of accelerating change—and to ensure that every customer succeeds in the journey. We provide the software, services, and partner ecosystem to enable our customers to run, differentiate, and grow their business.

Guidewire InsurancePlatform is the P&C industry platform that unifies software, services, and partner ecosystem to power our customers’ business. InsurancePlatform provides the standard upon which insurers can engage their customers, optimize their operations, drive smart decisions, and innovate quickly. We are privileged to serve more than 350 P&C insurers in 32 countries. We invest heavily in R&D to build a technology platform that combines three elements—core processing, data and analytics, and digital engagement—to enhance insurers’ ability to engage and empower their customers and employees.

Guidewire Software Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. All offers are contingent upon passing a criminal history and other background checks where it's applicable to the position.