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GFT Finance – Project Delivery Manager - London -VP

London, United Kingdom

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Overview

Citi’s technology team is growing at lightning speed, and we’re looking for talented technologists to help build the future of global banking. Our teams are creating innovations used across the globe – we’re changing the way people bank and how the world does business. Citi’s technology team supports business operations in 100+ countries, across multiple lines of business spanning both Institutional and retail businesses. The group works to optimize the IT environment by standardizing production platforms, reducing complexity, and introducing innovative solutions that provide new business capabilities, reduce total cost of ownership, and create a competitive advantage for Citi. Join an environment with a laser focus on growth and progress, and take your career to the next level through the power of Citi’s unmatched globality and vast expertise.

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As the world’s most global bank, Citi gives you the tools to be a trailblazer. We’re not just building technology, we’re building the future of banking. With thousands of employees located around the globe, we are an international team encompassing a broad range of teams, roles, and cultures, and we invite you to come and join us!

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Glassdoor Reviews

“Excellent technologists. Great vision of bringing the financial services industry into the 2020. Great place to work for work-life balance.” Senior Applications Development Manager, New York, NY
“Great Intern experience, great pay and solid opportunity to end up being a full time after the end of the internship program.” Summer Technology Analyst
“I had a great learning experience, good work environment and excellent coworkers. Had the opportunity to escalate my way to the highest position available in my area within 3 years” AVP Operations & Technology, San Juan PR
“Globally diverse and technologically progressive” Director of Software Development, Warren NJ

Responsibilities

Job Purpose

The GFT Finance Project Manager is a strategic professional who stays abreast of developments within own field and contributes to directional strategy by considering their application in own job and the business. Developed communication and diplomacy skills are required in order to guide, influence and convince others, in particular colleagues in other areas. Significant impact on the area through complex deliverables. Provides advice and counsel related to the technology or operations of the business.

We are looking to hire a Digital Transformation Manager / Project Manager responsible for delivery of complex Business transformation & IT change projects using Agile.

The role is under Global Finance Technology to support the business through a rapid modernization, working cross-functionally with key stakeholders to identify and implement both the quick wins, and longer-term strategy. This is a significant opportunity for an experienced Manager with past experience in Finance / Investment Banking domain to move into a Digital Transformation Manager role working with a variety of teams, including close collaboration with Senior stakeholders.

Job Background

GFT Finance Services Automation platform is a global application in Global Functions Technology built for providing low code automation services. The application is built for Finance and Risk Shared Services (FRSS) global team (spread across centers in APAC and NAM) to automate thousands of manual processes that are required to complete as part of daily/month/quarter-end close process. Application will be integrated with numerous finance applications to send and receive data and ultimately will allow FRSS Power Users to participate in workflow development and process modelling. The FINSAP team is the global center for the creation of automation workflows, supported by teams in NAM, UK, Costa Rica, Tampa and India.

The GFT Digital Transformation Program is a multiyear initiative which will evolve Citi’s Accounting landscape, consolidating disparate flows into a Central Platform, evolving our Finance ecosystem. The program spans the entire of the Citi organization with stakeholders in Finance, Operations, Technology and the Chief Data Office.

To be successful in this role, you will need to have proven experience as Digital Transformation Manager in managing end to end platform vision/roadmap against defined stages and reporting progress along with related risks and issues to program stakeholders. You are required to have very good problem solving skills, communicate well, good coordination across different teams and stakeholders to drive the delivery.

What we offer :

• Be a part of a delivery team that drives key technological enhancements 

• Lead / Contribute towards vendor and internal team delivery efficiency 

• Gain exposure to Product Control and Chief Accounting Technology business 

• Gain exposure to all the strategic priorities within a Business unit and how they are measured for success

• Work across diverse set of cross functional and geographically diverse teams

Key responsibilities

  • The Candidate is required to possess relevant skills and experience in Digital Transformation space and should be a strong team player.
  • Identify and implement business priorities to drive digital transformation inline with the agreed target customer experience
  • Be seen as the subject matter expert in digital, providing thought leadership on new technologies and digitalization capabilities, owning the customer journey and business road map
  • Create best practice to enable a digital first approach
  • Work with the wider group to own effective digital Appian Computing Solution (ACS) management, digital delivery, and IT solutions
  • Maintain regular benchmarking of capabilities against the market to ensure that the business remains market leaders.
  • Monitor project progress continuously and make detailed scheduled reports on measurable items, such as milestones and deliverables.
  • Identify and develop trusted adviser relationship with project and program stakeholders, sponsors and stakeholders.
  • Manage project and program issues and risks to mitigate impact to baseline.
  • Demonstrate extensive understanding of project and program management principles, methods and techniques. Anticipate details of future projects by communicating directly with key stakeholders and staying informed of relevant trends and industry news.
  • Continue professional development in order to keep abreast of emerging technologies, methods and best practices.
  • Interfaces with senior project staff and client senior management teams regarding status of projects.
  • Recommends and oversees process improvements.
  • Has considerable business impact through in-depth evaluation of complex business processes, system processes and industry standards.
  • Provides expertise in area and an advanced level of understanding of the principles of IT project leadership.
  • Works closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the project.
  • The role holder should also have strong interpersonal skills, be able to make sound judgements, time management skills and vision to see impact of upstream and downstream systems to remediated EUCs
  • Proven experience of planning multiple enhancements to existing solution across multiple regions and users will be beneficial
  • Ability to articulate the KPI Matrix and ensure it is followed and a daily report is published.
  • Should be able to analyse/understand the report and figure out troubled areas and propose a solution to get it back on track
  • Highly effective communicator with the ability to translate and present technology issues and scenarios to non-technologists both verbally and written.
  • Drive and encourage the creation of continuous improvement ideas within the process network using continuous improvement
  • Follow established governance to pass through the Change Management process if the plan need a revision/change

Qualifications

  • The successful candidate must have 12+ years of experience in areas such as technology and project management, with full project lifecycle with understanding of development lifecycle and various technology methodologies that support that lifecycle. 
  • 5+ Years of Delivery Management / Digital Transformation / Project Management experience
  • Experience on Low Code Automation products (Appian, etc) will be an added advantage
  • Experience of Accounting and/or Ledger implementations and Corporate Finance organization and ideally experience of working on a Finance transformation program
  • Working knowledge of Oracle Financials/ERP, OFSA, Sub-Ledger, Data Model and Accounting Hub
  • Working knowledge of few of the Corporate/Retail banking products and events lifecycle
  • Experience of reporting of Multiple IT Projects
  • Excellent experience in project management methodologies such as SDLC, Agile, SCRUM, SDLC / Waterfall.
  • Experience leading, motivating and managing various project and program team sizes, including internal and external resources, while holding team accountable for performance.
  • Experience in successfully leading projects to on-time, on-schedule and within budget close.
  • Excellent leadership, communication (written, verbal and presentation) and interpersonal skills Experience building a team, evaluating, developing and attracting talent.
  • Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment demonstrating teamwork, innovation and excellence.
  • Strong experience working in and supporting diverse and inclusive environment
  • Strong knowledge of program / project management methodologies such as PMP, Scrum/Agile.
  • Adequate level of proficiency with MS Project, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint and SharePoint with experience presenting to stakeholders and senior leadership.
  • Proven ability to demonstrate a drive for results and accountability of business needs.
  • Proven ability to work in an ambiguous environment and collaborate across multiple areas in order to achieve a common business objective.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to influence and spur change, facilitate and enhance performance within a cross - functional environment. Demonstrate decisiveness in resolving business problems, making decisions and identifying priorities.
  • Technically competent with various software programs, including but not limited to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio), Microsoft Projects, Tools MS Project, Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Education:

• Bachelor’s degree must. MBA/CA preferred

• Accredited PM certification will be an advantage 

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Job Family Group:

Technology

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Job Family:

Technology Project Management

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Time Type:

Full time

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Success Stories

Isabelle

Isabelle Noelene Chong

Applications Development Supervisor
Tenure at Citi: 2 years and 5 months.

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How did you begin a career in Technology?

As a Computer Science graduate from NTU, I wanted to work somewhere where I would be able to make use of my technical skills, as well as explore the world of finance. Citi seemed like the perfect place for me to give me the exposure in both Technology and Finance. I was also drawn to Citi’s Technology Management Associate Program, as I knew that being in the program would equip me with the technical skills, in-depth business knowledge, as well as interpersonal skills that would accelerate my career development. The rotation structure would also give me the exposure to different parts of the bank and help me decide on my final placement after the program.

What does your day-to-day job entail and what do you like most about it?

My current role in GCT’s Digital Department allows me to work with stakeholders from Technology, Business, and Citi’s external partners. I am currently the lead of Emerging Payments module for the Enterprise Service Bus team in the Digital Department and am also part of the team spearheading a new initiative – Citi E-Marketplace, which will not only add value to Citi’s consumers, but also Citi and it’s partner merchants, too.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

What I love most about my role is being able to make a difference in the lives of Citi’s consumers, which includes yours and mine, too.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy being able to interact with stakeholders from Technology and Business, as it helps me to understand the different perspectives of these stakeholders and helps bridge the gap whenever necessary. I also love working on new digital-related ideas and turning them it into reality.

What skill set does someone working in this kind of area need?

I think an important attribute someone working in this area would need to have is the willingness to learn. As technology is constantly evolving, we need to consistently upgrade ourselves in order to stay relevant. Hence, it is essential that one is able to adapt according to the needs of the organization.

What advice would you give to someone looking to break into a career in Technology?

Go for it! You never know till you try. I feel that as long as you are willing to put in the extra effort to learn new technical skills, you will be able to ease into the technical role in no time.

Where can a career at Citi/Technology take you?

I think a career in Citi/Technology gives me endless opportunities – not just locally, but around the world, too. The only limitation to where your career can take you is yourself. More often than not, we find ourselves too shy to ask for what we want. Not all of us are lucky enough to have opportunities thrown on our lap; hence, in order to reach our career aspirations, we must be willing to speak up for ourselves.

What makes Citi a great place to work?

My favourite parts about Citi include culture, people, and opportunities. I will elaborate on culture in the next question. As for people, I think I have been very lucky throughout my career with Citi to have been able to work with such fantastic people. In the four teams I have worked with so far, everyone I met was always ever so willing to share their knowledge with me, and lend me a helping hand when I needed. It is their energy and intelligence that stretches and motivates me to further my career.

I have also gotten a countless number of opportunities here in Citi – the opportunity to learn through various trainings; the opportunity to lead initiatives, be it within my job scope or through Citi’s APAC O&T Women In Leadership (WIL) Council and CitiClub; the opportunity to try different job roles through the Technology Analyst Program, etc., which I am incredibly thankful for.

What is the culture like at Citi?

I think a large part of Citi’s culture is made up of the various clubs/groups in Citi. To give an idea of what the culture in Citi is like, let me share my experience at the clubs that I was most involved in – CitiClub and the APAC O&T WIL Council. Through CitiClub, I was not only able to engage with my fellow employees by organizing various employee-engagement activities, I was also able to collaborate with like-minded people to pursue various passions, such as playing sports or giving back to society. As the Engagement Lead of APAC O&T WIL Council, I was able to raise awareness of gender issues, help O&T women to achieve both their personal and career goals, as well as to promote diversity at the workplace. Personally, I see diversity as an important element for growth, as teams with diverse backgrounds usually work better together and produce more effective results. It is heartening to see that Citi takes diversity in the organization seriously, as evidenced by the various diversity-related initiatives in place.

Yoshi

Yoshi

Markets and Securities Services Technology – Australia Production Support Lead
Tenure at Citi: 10 years

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Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your background?

When I first introduce myself to someone new, or someone who doesn’t quite know me sees my name, more often than not a perception is formed that I am Japanese. Although I do have a Japanese name and although I was indeed born in Japan, it’s not quite so simple. Through my family, I have Vietnamese and Chinese heritage – although living here in Sydney, Australia for practically my whole life, I consider myself an Aussie. When I’m not at work, I enjoy being active outdoors, whether it be playing basketball, going to the beach, or going for weekend road trips.

How did you begin a career in Technology?

After graduating from Sydney University with a Software Engineering degree, I started my career at Citi as a graduate. I was hired into the Equities Production Support team, which allowed me to enhance my technical skills and develop an understanding of financial markets/business trading flows. Over the years, I was fortunate to have multiple internal opportunities opened up to me, where I now lead the Markets and Securities Services (MSST) Production Support team in Australia.

What does your day-to-day job entail and what do you like most about it?

Working for MSST Production Support keeps you on your toes (literally). The Support team sits with the Markets traders on the Dealing Room Trading Floor. For someone who hasn’t seen what a trading floor looks like, imagine a large hall full of computer screens stacked side by side, big-screen electronic notice boards, traders standing and shouting instructions at each other and phones constantly ringing. The noise and furious pace of the trade floor can be quite a spectacle. The MSST Production Support team is responsible for keeping trading systems up and functional, allowing the traders to transact on behalf of the firm or on behalf of clients.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Every day on the trade floor brings something new, e.g., winning new clients and learning new business flows, keeping up with constant change both internally and externally, such as changes to infrastructure, technology enhancements, and market regulations, and continuously looking for ways to stay on top of our competitors. This is a fast-paced area, and those that remain stagnant will fall behind!

What skill set does someone working in this kind of area need?

A tertiary qualification in Business Information Technology or Computer/Software Engineering is recommended. Knowledge of financial markets is useful. Experience with multiple operating systems, databases, programming languages are key technical requirements. We also look for people with strong soft skills such as communication (both written and verbal), time management, and being able to succeed in a demanding environment.

What advice would you give to someone looking to break into a career in Technology?

Technology is the future! Why wait? Technology companies are always looking to make things faster, bigger (or smaller, depending on what the object is), more stable, having improved performance. This is an exciting age we are living in.

Where can a career at Citi/Technology take you?

From starting my career 10 years ago as a graduate to now being responsible for production support of Australia’s Markets and Securities Services business, this is an example of where your career at Citi could go. Leveraging from your existing networks/connections and constantly looking to build new networks will hopefully open up opportunities for you as it did to me.

What makes Citi a great place to work?

Working for a global company, there are countless career mobility/career opportunities that could take you around the world. With so many different departments, you’re bound to meet great people at work. Citi also promotes personal development and offers a vast range of training programs covering technical areas, interpersonal behaviors and leadership programs. What you take away from these training sessions can help you in the workplace but can also be applied to your everyday lifestyle.

What is the culture like at Citi?

Citi is a diverse workplace full of employees with a wide range of backgrounds. Cultural events, such as Diwali and Chinese New Year, are celebrated at work. Much thought goes into the planning of these events, which shows the appreciation and respect the company has of its employees. Citi also uses a framework to recognize employees who provide significant contributions toward company goals. Recognition is one of the common motivating factors for employees, so it’s great to see that in use here at Citi.

Michelle

Michelle

Assistant Manager, FX Technology
Tenure at Citi: 1.5 Years

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Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your background?

I graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2016 with a Computer Engineering degree. I first joined Citi in July 2016 under the Technology Analyst Program, which seeks to provide structure and exposure to fresh graduates joining Citi Technology. I have always been interested in technology from my childhood days, and actively pursuing it as my university education was a real joy for me. In my spare time, I like to stay active by doing Mixed Martial Arts or playing soccer. I also enjoy making music and reading.

How does your role/department impact the larger Citi organization?

My department is committed to developing innovative solutions to enhance the process of Foreign Exchange trading via FX Connect (a third-party vendor application). We target to build a bridge between Citi VELOCITY and FX Connect, seamlessly integrating the end-to-end workflow between both applications and providing our users with greater ease of use.

How did you begin a career in your department/line of business?

began my career in the FX Technology in September 2017 as part of the requirements for the Technology Analyst Program. This is my second and final rotation under the program and, so far, it has been a valuable and fruitful experience. My first rotation was a one-year stint in Commodities Technology, which was fulfilling as well.

What does your day-to-day job entail and what do you enjoy most about it?

My day-to-day job consists of resolving issues and fixing bugs that are found in the application. My manager often challenges me with new enhancements to be made, and is open to hearing my opinions. I always get a sense of fulfillment when I see my changes working in a live environment. I enjoy the open discussions I have with my teammates and the freedom I get to creatively implement my changes.

What skill set does someone working in this kind of area need?

A curious mind and dedication to deliver beyond expectations. Anyone who is open to learning and exploring new solutions will fit well in this area. What advice would you give to someone looking to break into a career in your department? Read a lot and practice what you have read. Be proactive and eager to learn from people. Technology is constantly changing, and you will never know what you can learn from someone else.

Where can a career at Citi take you?

FX Technology offers vast opportunities, as the business is stable and established. With teams spread across the world, this department makes global mobility a viable and realizable option. Further to this, this department puts a strong focus on harnessing the newest technologies and integrating them into the applications we build. Being in this team will allow me to grow to be more adept in Application Development, and perhaps even lead my own projects and teams in the future.

What makes Citi a great place to work?

Great people and an empowering culture. The people in Citi are highly collaborative and are always willing to share what they know. They promote inclusiveness and I have never once felt left out. Citi believes in empowering its employees through training and celebrating excellence. Not only am I often compelled to do better and to push the boundaries of innovation and technology, I also find myself enabled to do so through the trainings I have access to and the people I have networked with.

Do you take part in any volunteering, special programs, or leadership development opportunities and/or participate in any Employee Networks? If so, please describe.

I have recently closed my chapter as the lead of CitiClub Singapore’s Terrific Thursdays committee. It is a committee that organizes weekly workshops on Thursdays to empower and engage Citi’s employees. In 2017, we had a total of 1,429 participants across 21 events that we held, a 38% increase from the previous year. I continue to actively engage myself in CitiClub activities and provide assistance whenever required.

In 2018, my goal is to be more involved in groups advocating diversity in the workplace – groups such as Women in Leadership (WIL) or Women in Technology (WiT). In addition to this, I hope to be able to participate in more leadership development programs sometime in the future.

Madhuri

Madhuri

Senior Vice President
Tenure at Citi: 14 years 9 months

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Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your background?

I am a computer engineer from Pune University and have 13 years of overall technology experience. Started my career in 2004 as a software engineer and worked on several important initiatives for organizations like Principal Financial Group, HSBC and Patni before joining Citi..

How did you begin a career in Technology?

I always had passion for programming and, as a result, I started my career in technology as a programmer in Patni (now acquired by Capgemini) after completing my graduation in 2004.

What does your day-to-day job entail and what do you like most about it?

Day-to-day job entails working closely with business stakeholders, understanding business initiatives, and working with the team to build efficient technology solutions for the business. I enjoy building the best-in-class solutions for the business, partnering with global stakeholders, and motivating the team to achieve superior results

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I get to learn about the business functions and explore the latest and greatest technologies to build best-in-class solutions for the business and I get to work with very talented individuals.

What skill set does someone working in this kind of area need?

Some of the important ones (but not limited to) are passion for technology, ability to collaborate with different teams, enthusiasm to drive for building the best technology solutions, and the energy to embrace change and challenge the status quo.

What advice would you give to someone looking to break into a career in Technology?

Keep upgrading your technical skill set; however be technology agnostic and be flexible to work on any technology that offers the most to achieve the optimum solution for solving the problems in hand.

Where can a career at Citi take you

Sky is the limit at Citi. Multiple options are available based on one’s competencies and interest. One can shape up a career in technology leadership or tech experts can pursue a career in engineering as a tech architect/solution architect, for example.

What makes Citi a good place to work?

Global presence, challenging work opportunities, collaborative work environment, and talented people to work with make Citi a great place to work.

What is the culture like at Citi?

Culture at Citi is client focused, people focused, diverse, inclusive, and collaborative.

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