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Senior It Strategist Resume

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SUMMARY:

  • Track record on strategic initiatives at/for blue chip organizations in several industry verticals:
  • Research Manager for Cardiology Division at major university hospital
  • Strategic advisor on patent related products and processes
  • Project Manager for anesthesiologist work station for another major university hospital
  • Familiarity with Product development lifecycle from inception to rollout
  • Experience in the strategy discipline for product and services: Visioning, Competitive Assessment, Planning, Implementation
  • Knowledge of product and services life cycle from opportunity assessment within macro - economic and regulatory contexts, competitor evaluation, business requirements to functional requirements, technology architecture, design, development, testing, product roll out, product support
  • Proven ability to work with all product stakeholders: executive management, external vendors, partners and beta customers, marketing and sales organizations, software and hardware engineers, quality assurance team, trainers and post-sales support
  • Leader of JAD sessions to facilitate stakeholder meetings to brainstorm, gather requirements, validate concepts, and solicit feedback
  • Hands-on experience with a variety of technology lifecycles, frameworks and platforms
  • Strategy and Architecture Lifecycles
  • Strategy Definition and Planning
  • Strategy implementation
  • Process Re-engineering and Organizational Change Management
  • Network, Data Center and Software Architectures, Frameworks and Platforms
  • Web (n-tier architectures, clouds)
  • Distributed and Parallel processing
  • SOA
  • ESB
  • Infrastructure Management lifecycle
  • Data center and network planning
  • Procurement: RFP, vendor evaluation and selection, contractual phase
  • Installation and Configuration
  • Capacity, Performance and Optimization (load balancing, load sharing)
  • Security
  • Data center migration and consolidation
  • Backup and Disaster recovery (fault-tolerance)
  • Business Continuity
  • Application Portfolio Lifecycle
  • New application lifecycle from business case to rollout (full SDLC)
  • Maintenance and Enhancements of Legacy applications
  • Vendor Packages evaluation, selection, integration and monitoring
  • Financial Management
  • Exposure to a wide range of hardware and software platforms, architectural and application development frameworks
  • Heterogeneous computing environments in International Data Centers (US, EMEA, India)
  • Web Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure security
  • System software
  • Software Development environments and tools
  • Relational DBMS (DB2, Oracle, MS SQL)
  • Development methodologies: Traditional SDLCs, Object-Oriented environments (RUP) and tools (Rational Rose)
  • Expert systems shells (Rule-based inference engines): AION, Teknowledge M1
  • BPM and Workflow (IBM Websphere)
  • Senior Project Manager responsible for full lifecycle
  • Delivery of strategic engagements (from 10 to 100+ staff at leading institutions, across departmental, enterprise and national boundaries
  • PM Methodologist versed in Project Management standards (methodologies (CMMI, Six Sigma, PMBOK) and tools (Project Workbench, Microsoft Project, Primavera Evolve, HP (Mercury ITG) Portfolio Manager, CA (Nikku) Clarity
  • Hands-on monitoring of SDLC deliverables and milestones
  • Recognized Leadership Abilities
  • Solution-oriented problem solver with focus on client satisfaction, deliverables quality, and project performance
  • Adept at developing effective relationships with all project stakeholders: business, operations, IT and vendor organizations at all levels across functional, departmental or geographical lines
  • Leader by example and staff motivator
  • Collaborative working style to engage all internal and external actors constituencies early on with a focus on win-win outcomes
  • Team player comfortable in matrix environments
  • Analytical and “out of the box” problem solver and creative thinker
  • High energy and composure
  • Premier academic and professional credentials
  • Post-graduate from renown US and European academic institutions; of multiple Master’s degrees with completion of Ph. D. course and seminar requirements at NYU
  • Trilingual speaker familiar with multi-cultural environments

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Confidential

Senior IT Strategist

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for SDLC activities of Enterprise Risk Management solution for major insurance and banking institutions:
  • Architected framework to support risk measurement, risk monitoring across asset classes and regulatory and compliance requirements on Confidential basis
  • Risk IT infrastructure to span front, middle, and back offices
  • Reengineered risk management systems and processes
  • Platform for all risk management (market, credit, liquidity and operational risk), asset (at CUSIP level) and liability management
  • Stress Testing
  • On longevity risk based bond modeling project (model to be used to find optimal financial structuring for rated bond, derived from the securitization of life insurance settlements)
  • Business Requirements Definition
  • Functional Specifications
  • Vendor evaluation and selection (e.g., Mortality Simulator engine)
  • Issue management with current vendor of bond model
  • Integration of PC based Excel model with Web based calculation engine
  • Testing of (Monte Carlo based) mortality simulators
  • Leading activities to create Web presence for Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) real time engine
  • Web site creation and testing
  • Server setting up technical environment at ISP
  • Integration testing of platform with data vendors (Bloomberg, BondEdge)
  • Client specialized in Risk management using financial modeling and actuarial statistics.
  • Bond Model used to find optimal financial structuring for a rated bond, derived from the securitization of life insurance settlements
  • Responsible for
  • Business Requirements Definition (BRD)
  • Functional Specifications (FSD)
  • Design Specifications (DSD)
  • Vendor evaluation and selection (e.g., Mortality Simulator engine)
  • Issue management with bond model vendor (“quants”)
  • Integration of PC-based Excel model with Web-based calculation engine
  • Firm specialized in Risk Measurement
  • Support business development with FS institutions, financial data providers, risk management consulting firms, and rating firms
  • Leading activities to setting technical infrastructure for Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) system
  • Led pursuit of major AO/BPO opportunities in strategic areas at several FS blue chip firms
  • Agent Portal Framework
  • Policy Administration
  • Middle-Office architecture
  • Middle and back office operations modernization
  • Securities Lending
  • Institutional Sales Portals
  • Private Wealth and Asset management
  • Claims Processing re-engineering initiative to establish an architectural foundation to replace legacy platforms using state of the art technologies (SOA, BPM), and enable easier and faster introduction of new features for Claim Reimbursement product offerings: Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Retirement Accounts (HRA), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
  • In addition to PM roles of planning, issue, financial and people management, was also responsible for the delivery (requirements, design and implementation) of automated fund enrollment, claims and payment processes.
  • Defined architectural requirements for services, components, external interfaces to banking entities, and access to data repositories

Underlying technology: IBM BPM suite (WPS Modeler, WID, Process Server, WPS Monitor), SOA environment via Web service calls and Java components to a host of technical platforms (IBM CICS batch and COBOL, DB2, UNIX, Java, Message Broker)

Confidential, NYC

Senior Project Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Project Management
  • Stakeholder relations
  • Status reporting
  • Author of SDLC documentation
  • Business Requirements Document (BRD)
  • Functional Requirements Document (FDD)
  • Solutions Design Document (SDD)
  • SOX Compliance document
  • Test Plans
  • Leadership of Proof-of-Concept for selected vendor
  • Physical environment encompassed Unix and Windows servers, Java, Citrix, interfaces to major Market Data vendors (Bloomberg, Reuters, Comstock) and FIX connections to liquidity providers (Lava, ATR) and major street brokers
  • Interfaces to market data feeds (Bloomberg, Reuters, Comstock)
  • Resolution of cross- issues from Bloomberg-based SMF/ Data to Reuters RIC symbology

Confidential, Hartford, CT

Senior Architect

Responsibilities:

  • Heterogeneous technology environment including IBM mainframes, Web - based and UNIX, running CICS, DB2, Oracle, Windows 2000 and MS-SQL, encryption software and network appliances
  • Oversaw Outsourcing, encryption appliance and data privacy consulting vendors
  • Interfacing with IT and Business stakeholders.
  • Use of Rational tools (ReqPro, ClearCase, Clear Quest and Test manager), Microsoft Productivity Suite (MS Office, Visio, MS Project)
  • Design of interface between Tandem Mainframe with network encryption appliance ( Ingrian)

Confidential, NYC

Strategic Sourcing Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Organization responsible for procurement
  • For Asset Management and Private Banking LOBs, defined requirements (RFPs), perform vendor selection vendor negotiation and package acquisition for Trade Order Managementsystems and Portfolio Management Systems
  • Use of contract and other relevant document (SOWs, Task Orders) databases
  • Matrix collaboration with various internal stakeholders such as supplier management and vendor risk

Confidential, NY

Strategic Consultant

Responsibilities:

  • Worked with Product Management Senior Executive and Managing Directors to create a Product Management Office
  • Deliverables were a Product Office Charter, review of current business processes candidates for re-engineering, the introduction of Best Practices (CMMI, Six Sigma, StageGate™ Product Lifecycle, Balanced Score Card), and the business requirements definition for a Product Manager “dashboard” encompassing Program Management, Customer and Product P&Ls, and IT Governance

Confidential, NYC

CTO

Responsibilities:

  • Firm specialized in Insurance Risk Measurement
  • Led IT infrastructure set up for connecting new office to headquarters and external providers: Confidential, T1 voice and data lines, Cisco routers and firewalls, Dell and Windows 2000 Web Servers Application and SQL data servers
  • Working with quantitative team to refine ERM product
  • Product features
  • Product architecture
  • Market data vendor interfaces (Bloomberg, BondEdge, AIR Catastrophe data vendor)
  • Web-based subscription model for insurance clients
  • Helped define IT architecture for outsourced processor of workman’s compensation claims

Confidential

Head of Solutions Group

Responsibilities:

  • Led the firm move to a project oriented organization and acquire significant clients
  • Managed several projects involving Web technologies (.Net, Java, Websphere) real time anesthesiologist work station at a major Confidential
  • Web-based small business exchange (B2B)
  • HR and Billing application for nationwide mail facilities management company

Confidential, NYC

Senior PMO

Responsibilities:

  • Infrastructure renewal initiative for Options and Equities trading environments communication with Senior Management, overall Program plan, deliverables tracking, issue management and resolution
  • Program scope encompassed all trading activities and systems from back-end matching engine to hand-held wireless terminals by on floor traders and brokers (Selected server system was Unix based, written in C++, with interfaces to the host of SIAC computing platforms from IBM mainframes to Tandem fault-tolerant systems and HP-UNIX)
  • Key participant in RFI, RFP and Requirements processes

Confidential, NYC

Senior QA/Testing Leader

Responsibilities:

  • In the context of a Demutualization initiative
  • Key member of Program Office, responsible for QA and Testing Activities
  • Guided Project Managers in preparing development and testing plans.
  • Enterprise-wide initiative encompassed nationally distributed, diverse computing platforms: Call centers, IBM mainframes (CICS/IDMS/DB2/COBOL), Client and Web servers (MS Windows NT, SQL 2000, VB)
  • Worked closely with Senior Vice President to define an operational and IT strategy for the refinancing of $50 billion dollar commercial loan portfolio
  • Defined IT architecture for a reengineered refinancing process, premised on Intranet, data warehousing, OLAP, and workflow management in a Windows NT and AS/400 environment

Confidential, NYC

Director

Responsibilities:

  • Member of Management team.
  • Focus on building up the New York practice and managing projects for Financial Services institutions led IT architecture effort to support re-engineering of Confidential Finance organization and functions (technical environment was IBM MVS/CICS/COBOL) led IT design and implementation effort in the context of a Section 20 Tier II application to the Confidential, in the area of Credit MIS automation led team to assess client’s IT strategic plan, with emphasis on the IT organization and on major IT investments: baselining, benchmarking, rationalization
  • For Group of 35 Financial Industry participants in survey about IT expenditures, worked on developing questionnaire and analyzing responses of benchmarking project:
  • Breakdown of IT spending
  • Priority ranking of IT projects to support business goals
  • Assessment of business user satisfaction with IT performance

Confidential

Principal

Responsibilities:

  • Senior member of the Confidential Practice.
  • Engagements encompassed business and technology strategies, “best practices” benchmarking, Program Management, “best of breed” system selection, long-term architecture, technical and operating cost analyses, and “process re-engineering”
  • Corporate Data Center Disaster Recovery Strategy
  • Methodology for a Confidential System Portfolio Assessment
  • Led team of analysts to work with client organizations across 23 countries
  • Developed methodology to map various country charts of accounts to a unique accounting artifact and process model for lifecycle of credit card from client acquisition to chargebacks
  • Major processes (10), and sub-processes (70) were modeled and used to aggregate costs people, equipment and application software costs
  • Benchmarking was performed against competitors
  • Ideas for savings presented and vetted with stakeholders
  • Presentation to country, region and Confidential management individually, in small groups and whole group (50+ senior managers)
  • 5 year road map developed annual derived savings of $40Million through data center consolidation, application portfolio rationalization (best-of -breed selection), delocalization of country ITs to UK to benefit from national tax differences, new centralized customer service application
  • Led the automation strategy and vendor selection for the development of a store-and-forward Mortgage-Backed Securities pool notification process
  • Led the evaluation of an Electronic Funds Transfer Payment System and recommendation on alternative strategies for the Cash Management

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