Innovation R&D - Engineer - Northern Ireland

Date Opened: Apr 2, 2021

Location: Belfast, GB Derry/ Londonderry, GB Strabane, GB

Company: Allstate Insurance Company

Title: Innovation R&D Engineer

Ref: 2/4/IRD


About Us


At Allstate Northern Ireland, we believe it’s more than just a job.  We believe in allowing our people to choose the direction of their careers.  It’s about you, your future and where you want to get to.


Opportunity is the hallmark of the Allstate career experience.  We invest heavily in our employees, offering long term career development, personal growth and investment in new technologies.  Every day is different, with new ideas, challenges, and rewards — no matter which team you join.


We believe that inclusive diversity is crucial to creating a culture of mutual respect where the strengths and talents of each individual are recognised.  We like to leave things better than we found them and deliver results.  We do all of this while having fun and exploring personal passions.


Join our team and you’ll find challenge and reward in a culture of innovation, support and balance.







Your role in the team


The Allstate Technology Innovation R&D focuses on emerging technology and solutions, and how they might be applied to business problems and opportunities.  There are three typs of work we engage on.  1) Basic research to understand the technology/solution and what value it might offer, 2) Applied research to explore how a technology/solution might be applied to a specific business problem, and 3) Risk mitigation to identify and mitigate risks/challenges in employing the technology/solution in the Allstate eco-system.


We are seeking candidates with a genuine interest in R&D and curiosity.  If you want to exercise your “big picture thinking”, love to dig deep in technology while exploring the ‘art of the possible’, and are comfortable with lots of unknowns, then this could be the role for you!


The successful candidates will be comfortable collaborating with business partners, delivery leads and technical staff and have the ability to identify, define, nurture, and nourish ideas and solutions that can benefit the business.  Candidates require strong communication skills (presentation, discussion, written, and listening), and the ability to deal with multiple related issues simultaneously yet retain a clear focus on the goals and the value we are creating.



As an R&D engineer you will:


Identify and share forward-looking technical capabilities to inform new opportunity solutions for various businesses

Develop Hypotheses, testable experiments, and share results

Develop software to prove concepts, test experiments, create Concept Demonstators and present findings to rest of team and business partners

Bring new technology and ideas to the team for evaluation

Work in an agile deliver team

Explore how technology can be incorporated to the Allstate technology eco system

Liaise with business partners to identify opportunities and frame problems

Be a trusted partner to consult on technology and impartially evaluate options

Partner with the forward-engineering team to deliver MVP and pilots on solutions  


So, what are the essential criteria to apply?


  • All candidates must evidence an existing right to work in the UK
  • At least 5 years’ experience designing and developing software applications
  • Be able to demonstrate ability to review and contribute to business problem/opportunity definition, hypotheses, and develop solutions based upon those
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of the principles of mobile and web application development and security, cloud solutions, micro-service, Single Page Application, PCF/Spring/Java
  • Be able to demonstrate problem solving skills;
  • Be able to demonstrate strong communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage work to critical product timelines in a fast-paced environment.




We also have some desirable criteria


  • Previous experience of technology research and innovation 
  • Understanding of the following delivery practices: XP, agile scrum, Waterfall, and SaFE
  • Knowledge of, or experience with Architectural design tools



What we offer


As Digital DNA’s Workplace of the Year 2020 winners, we offer a generous benefits package that includes flexible annual leave entitlement, dental and healthcare insurance, an attractive pension package and discounts on gym memberships, public transport and parking.


Allstate invests heavily in your development, as an employee you will have access to multiple world-class learning platforms and courses from our award-winning in-house Learning & Development team.


We pride ourselves in providing clear career paths and opportunities for internal mobility allowing you to further develop within the organisation.


We encourage a better work life balance and you’ll have the opportunity to apply for various flexible working arrangements.


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Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities


Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.


We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women. All appointments will be made on merit.


Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.



The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 13th April