Senior Business Consultant – NYC

Whiting Consulting is looking for a high-calibre Senior Business Consultant for our client who sells, develops, implements, and maintains a software product for the asset management industry. The Senior Business Consultant will work on projects in the U.S. or Canada implementing the software with asset managers, fund managers, and pension plans. Consultants will mainly work with the processes in the back office where the software manages the position keeping, fund administration, settlement, and accounting. The middle office functions (including performance measurement and attribution and risk management) may also form part of the projects. Due to the broad asset class coverage in the software, consultants will be exposed to everything from straight forward equity and fixed income securities, to more complex derivatives, credit and OTC instruments. Our client’s internal education program will give consultants a unique opportunity for personal development and enable them to gain in-depth knowledge over a broad range of areas within the investment management industry. Additionally, consultants will gain ‘hands-on’ technical experience with a world class asset management system. Consultants may wish to become an expert in a particular field or tailor their career (i.e., toward project management in the future).

Roles & Responsibilities:
Consultants will participate in all aspects of the software implementations, including analysis, design, configuration, data conversion, integration, testing and training.
In the analysis and design phase of a project, the consultants gather and map client requirements to the software’s function and processes.
Consultants will support the client in test activities, training, and preparation for the software while it is in production, in addition to other important elements of the project work.
Depending on areas of expertise, consultants are responsible for one or more streams in the project.
Consultants will assist clients to model their business processes within the software.
Consultants will advise on process improvements through better use of the software.
Consultants will perform the role of mentor to less experienced colleagues.
Consultants will contribute to improving and documenting best practices for implementations in North America.
Consultants will participate in internal training programs.
Consultants are traditionally assigned to a project 100 percent, which means that they will be working “full-time.” This is normally onsite at client locations Monday to Thursday and in the company’s office on Fridays.
Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:
2–5 years experience working on implementation projects in the financial industry.
Degree within Physics/Maths/Science/Engineering/Economics or Finance.
A number of years of experience in one of the following fields: Asset Management – Middle or Back Office. Consulting or Professional Services within the Asset Management sector. An implementation role for a software vendor specialising in Asset Management software.
A proven track record in demonstrating: An interest in the Finance industry and an aptitude to learn more. Great empathy and strength in working with both clients and internal and external partners. Strong presentation and communication skills. Excellent problem solving skills and a solution focused attitude. Methodical, hardworking, enthusiastic, and an ability to work well under pressure. Strong Project Management skills. Interest and enthusiasm to use and learn new software packages.
Detailed knowledge of two or more of the following areas: Performance Measurement and Attribution. Settlement. Investment Accounting. Fund Accounting. Fixed Income. Equity based products. Derivatives. Knowledge of data providers proprietary software. Relational databases. Crystal Reports.

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