Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:33 am (PDT) . Posted by:
Management Consultant Banking and Financial Services
Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting and business process outsourcing services with approximately 140,000 associates and revenues of $7B. We are a member of the Fortune 500, NASDAQ-100 Index and S&P 500 Index and have been ranked among the top information technology companies in Business Week's Info Tech 100, Hot Growth and Top 50 Performers listings.
Cognizant provides a range of information technology consulting and business processing outsourcing (BPO) services, including: business and technology consulting, complex systems integration, application development and maintenance, business process outsourcing, IT infrastructure services, analytics, web analytics, business intelligence, data warehousing, CRM and social CRM, supply chain management, engineering management solutions, ERP, R&D outsourcing, and testing solutions. The firm is known for owning the CIO agenda.
Cognizant was founded in 1994 as an IT development and maintenance services arm of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Satyam Computers and Services Ltd. The company was spun off as an independent organization two years later. Cognizant was one of the first IT services companies to organize around key industry verticals as well as technology horizontals. It has significant practices in banking and financial services; insurance; healthcare and life sciences; retail; manufacturing; logistics; travel and hospitality; communications; and information, media and entertainment industries among others.
Cognizant Business Consulting - Overview
Cognizant Business Consulting (CBC) is a global consulting organization delivering strategic and domain consulting through industry and technology expertise. We have more than 3,000 experienced consultants with a broad range of domain and subject matter expertise. Our focus is on driving our clients' agendas through transforming operations around the "Future of Work", improving the efficiency and effectiveness of IT, maximizing the value of enterprise solutions, and innovating with state of the art technologies. We provide a number of Business/IT Consulting Services including: Business Strategy, IT Strategy & Roadmap Development, Process Re-Engineering & Transformation, Enterprise Architecture & Technology Selection, and Domain Solutions.
Our functional areas of specialty include: Strategic Services, Large Scale Program Management, Enterprise Analytics, IT Infrastructure, Process and Quality Consulting, and Customer Solutions CRM / ERP. The CBC team is a high performing organization that is continually expanding our client base and increasingly being recommended by analysts like Forrester and Gartner.
The growth of the CBC practice is the top agenda for the CEO and Board at Cognizant today. CBC aims to become the most respected business advisory group serving the Chief Information Officer and moving into the lines of Business at the C-level providing Technology advisory in addition to Business Process and Operational improvement and transformation.
The ultimate goal of the CBC and these positions in particular, is to increase brand awareness of Cognizant at the C-level and drive higher value services and provide a deeper level of relationship with new and existing clients.
The group is led by Senior Vice President Mark Livingston and is organized in a matrix fashion with leaders within the group reporting jointly to Mark and their respective business unit leaders.
Experience with requirement gathering and analysis process in a client-facing role; experience of creating functional specification documents; excellent oral and written communication skills
2 - 10 years of experience as a Business Analyst, Consultant, Senior Consultant or Manager in the financial services, banking, consumer lending or mortgages area
Experience working at:
o Major management consulting organizations,
o Consulting divisions of technology vendors serving clients in Capital Markets domain,
o Business / technology divisions of Investment Banks, or
o Capital Market product companies
Subject matter expertise in one of the following: Capital Markets, Asset & Wealth Management or Derivatives
Ability to diplomatically challenge concepts and tackle large, complex tasks; ability to lead consulting assignments; and project or program management skills desirable
Strong analytical and organizational skills; strong team player
Experience in designing road map at Project Initiation
Ability to formulate and define systems scope and objectives for moderately complex projects
Ability to identify & define client's business problem and corresponding solution areas (process/people/
Understands the interdependencies/
Ability to lead a team of 5+ analysts. Assist with IT work plans, schedules; project estimates, resource plans and status reports
Aware of industry standard financial products (Front/Middle/
Ability to consider business implications of the application of technology to the current business environment; identifies risks
Ability to play a key role in proposals independently. Ability to sell consulting engagements
Experience in OTC Derivatives (forwards, F/X forwards, Forward Rate Agreements, SWAPS interest rate and credit default)
Competency in Excel, PowerPoint and Word; technical background desirable but not essential; and competency in VBA / SQL / Visio will be helpful
Undergraduate degree in finance, economics or science; background in engineering / technology / mathematical discipline preferred; formal training / certifications in finance (MBA / MS Finance, CFA, Series 7, FRM, etc. is not required but preferable)
Understands business processes involved for Trade Life Cycle - Order Routing, Allocation, Execution, Monitoring, Confirmation, Exception, Settlement,etc.
Order entry attributes of OTC derivatives
Knowledge of Trade Reconciliation, Trade Correction & Cancellation along with its impact on Reporting
Nice to have-
Understand Fund Accounting concepts and business process e.g.NAV calculation and processing, Partnership Accounting
Aware of key processes in Financial Reporting, Pricing, end-of-day and Month-end valuations
Aware of various kinds of Fees (Fund level & Investor level) and complexity points of each - Performance Fee, Management fee, Incentive Fee, Admin Fee, etc.
Knowledge of Multi currency environment - Settlement and Reporting currency different
Understands Performance Analysis and Attribution calculation and reporting
Understands various Risk adjusted Performance measurement
Job Roles / Responsibilities
Manage or lead consulting engagements or work as a business analyst / consultant in complex projects
Lead / manage a team of associate consultants / consultants
Function as a bridge between client business organization and technology teams
Support business development initiatives and develop Cognizant value proposition in proposals / presentations
Participate as a team member throughout consulting lifecycle
Draft BRD / Process Maps
Lead requirement workshops
Test Plan and Test case drafting
Estimate effort for project and task
Ability to cross sell across organization
Direct team to create various domain artifacts
Develop and nurture relationship in client organizations
Ensure creation of high quality deliverables
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