UNUM Solutions Engineer in Columbia, South Carolina

Job Posting End Date: 04/13

Unum is a company of people serving people. As one of the world's leading employee benefits providers and a Fortune 500 company, Unum's financial protection benefits help protect more than 33 million working people and their families from the financial impact of illness or injury. Unum's three distinct, but similarly focused US businesses – Unum US, Colonial Life, and Starmount Life – are each a market leader in making disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, and vision insurance accessible in the workplace.

Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Unum has significant US operations in Portland, Maine, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Glendale, California with over 35 field offices nationwide. Colonial Life is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina with over 40 field offices nationwide. Starmount Life is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is the dental and vision center of excellence for Unum in the US.

General Summary:The Solutions Engineer works in direct partnership with other technical resources throughout the company to build and integrate the hardware, middleware, software, and off premise computing resources needed to deliver the computing, communication, collaboration and security needs of our dynamic and evolving enterprise. They collaborate with our business partners to ensure that technology delivers business value. In addition, they work to ensure successful implementation of all technologies and partner closely with third party/cloud vendors to ensure proper integration of the technology.The technical scope of the Solutions Engineer typically includes one or more of the following:•Networks and data communication•Telecommunication systems•Mainframe, Server and desktop systems•Storage and data management solutions•Information Security•Application/Infrastructure Monitoring

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • The management of the capability, functionality and sustainability of infrastructure components to meet current and forecast needs in a cost effective manner.

  • The provision of specialist expertise to facilitate and execute the selection and installation of system software such as operating systems, data management products, office automation products and other utility software.

  • The development and exploitation of expertise in any specific area of technology, technique, method, product or application area.

  • The capability to recognize and exploit technical opportunities that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.

  • The incremental and logical integration and testing of components and/or subsystems and their interfaces in order to create operational services.

  • The identification and management of external suppliers to ensure successful delivery of products and services required by the business.

  • The selection, design, justification, implementation, and operation of information security controls and management strategies to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, availability, accountability and relevant compliance of information systems with legislation, regulation and relevant standards.

  • Develops strategies to ensure all the performance measures of all IT services meet the needs of the business and of any service requirements or service level agreements which may be in place. Ensures that the policy and standards for capacity management are fit for purpose, current and are correctly implemented. Reviews new business proposals and provides specialist advice on capacity and demand issues.

  • Evaluates new system software, reviews system software updates and identifies those that merit action.

  • Adherence and input into the organization's architectural direction.

Job Specifications

  • Key skills required for this role are: Python, Ancible, Ruby, Cloud Forms, Azure and AWS

  • Bachelors Degree preferred, or equivalent experience

  • Takes a logical, analytical approach to problem solving and pays close attention to detail

  • Knowledge of Agile Development Methodologies

  • Self motivated and results oriented

  • Demonstrates strong focus on quality delivery and delighting customers; holds self to high standards of delivery

  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong team player; able to work effectively within a team and more broadly with people from a variety of backgrounds and areas across the organization.

  • Takes an innovative approach to problem solving

  • Provides organizational leadership and guidelines to promote the development and exploitation of technical knowledge in the organization.

  • Has sufficient technical overview knowledge and practical experience to give leadership to multi-specialist projects.

  • Rapidly wins respect from both clients/users and professional colleagues and develops a reputation for sound judgment and effectiveness in a variety of organizational cultures.

  • Commands respect for excellence and is considered an expert within areas of specific knowledge. Continually maintains own knowledge at the highest level.

  • Provides mentoring to team/peers and to consultant colleagues, transferring skills and expertise.



Unum and its family of businesses offer world-class training and development, generous compensation and benefits packages, and a culture built on employee ideas.

Unum is an equal opportunity employer, considering all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement, without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status.



A Fortune 500 company, Unum’s family of 10,000 employees spans three countries and dozens of office locations. Our employees focus each day on delivering financial protection benefits to millions of workers and their families when they need it most.

The Unum enterprise includes Unum in the U.S. and U.K., Colonial Life and Starmount Life Insurance – each a market leader in making disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision insurance accessible in the workplace.