Job purpose :
You will be responsible for the design, development, delivery and continuous improvement of one or more product(s) and / or platform(s) at Cardif Japan related to Accounting and Finance
Key performance areas
Area of knowledge : You will create technical specifications (SPC) based on functional requirements (FRD), written by Business Analyst and ensure traceability between FRD and SPC.
You will regularly review SPC with Product Owner before organizing a review session with Business Analyst, Business Owner and the Developer.
You will ensure proper handover of SPC, set coding / quality standards and follow up on development, UT and IT execution.
You will ensure delivery on time, on quality and on budget before the handover to the Testing Engineer of your Product team for SIT execution.
In some cases, you will need to do a hands-on development work creating / updating batch files, configuration files, design and develop integration jobs.
You will maintain SPC documentation in version control system in order to secure product knowledge.You will participate and encourage a culture of innovation focused on adding value give people space to think creatively.
Main accountability :
Be part of a multi-disciplinary product team to deliver excellent new products (systems) and / or iterations to existing products to meet user needs.
Build a strong relationship with business teams including business analysts, understand their current and future needs, proactively propose evolutions
Translate functional requirements to technical requirements based on understanding of diverse audience groups, define comprehensive traceability between functional and system requirements.
Be able to challenge functional requirement document, if key information is missing.
Contribute to maintaining prioritized product backlog by analyzing requirements providing estimates and suggesting alternative cost-efficient solutions when costs do not justify benefits.
Work with architects to define robust, scalable and maintainable solution architecture, keep abreast of technological advances related to business applications under Product Team’s control or evolution thereof.
Have security and quality at source mindset and ensure that external development teams (in case development is outsourced) follow specific guidelines and requirements (for example, observe OWASP rules, perform static code scan continuously) by reviewing deliverables.
Review SIT test cases with Test Engineer for completeness and effectiveness, promote test-driven development (TDD).
Prepare and execute handover to production teams, prepare all artefacts required for the release of an application under Product Team’s control, confirm and close change tickets after the change is implemented;
follow through application-related incidents, related problems, obsolescence action plans and outstanding architecture / security reservations.
Be actively involved across the business and technology communities to promote the department’s principles and foster a collaborative approach to solution delivery and engagement
Direct Reports : N / A
Matrix Reports : Offshore or onsite developers working on business applications under one’s control
Key Direct Customers : Internal business stakeholders
Key Suppliers : IT vendors
Other Relations etc. : Procurement, Finance, Actuarial
Business knowledge :
Communication with Finance / Actuary departments will be part of the job, therefore understanding of financial management and accounting, knowledge of accounting standards would be a plus, but not a must.
This can be a person with finance or financial consultancy background aspiring to pursue IT career or IT specialist willing to learn accounting / budgeting processes and concepts in order to efficiently map user requirements (communicated using specific accounting and financial terminology) with proposed IT solutions.
Additional knowledge :
Overall IT knowledge, general understanding of software design and development, infrastructure and integration concepts.
Experience working with MS Access and VBA-macro based tools, especially aimed at processing financial data
Experience with Infor SunSystems used by Cardif would be an advantage, but proven knowledge of any other major GL or ERP tools (e.
g. SAP, Dynamics AX / 365 for F&O) would also be considered a plus.
Good knowledge of Oracle 11g / 12c (Oracle Master Silver or above, PL / SQL), SQL server knowledge would be a plus
Understanding or willing to learn accounting concepts.
Strong solution design skills using MS Visio or any other diagraming tools
Preferably experience with integration software (ESB, ETL), Tibco BusinessWorks, in particular
Strong knowledge of a programming language (Java, VB.NET, Python, JS) would be a plus
Supervisory / Managerial / Leadership complexity :
Committed to deliver on time, on budget and on scope.
Excellent cognitive skills (active and contextual listening, ability to correctly grasp the essence from multiple interactions, confirm understanding by using clear communication and visuals, if required)
Willingness to acquire new skills both in technical and business domains
Ability to convince peers with IT and Business
Strong analysis and troubleshooting skills
Level of Discretion
Independent thought and judgment : Act responsibly and professionally in a leadership capacity at all times
Level of authorities : Decision helper : The role will interact with key stakeholders autonomously and help the Product Owner in operational decisions
Solution design : take decision in designing sustainable solution that don’t generate technical debt in the long run
Secondary or Tertiary education : University degree (3-4 years) in computer science or finance (or equivalent / related)
Qualification in IT / Business Analysis / Finance & Accounting (a plus)
Number of years of experience : 2+ years in a similar IT role
Candidates from Accounting and Financial advisory firms will be also welcome
Behavioral Competencies of the Position
Strong commitment and charisma
Good written, presentation and oral skills (intermediate English and Japanese)
Ability to handle uncertainties
Ability to write clear, succinct technical requirements, test cases and project plans
Be an inclusive and confident Software Engineer, respectful of diversity and able to work in a fast moving environment
Proactive, approachable, decisive, pragmatic and goal-oriented
Ability to conduct work in a positive and proactive manner
Creativity and determination enabling to generate ideas and realize them
We value diversity at Cardif, but applicant must be authorized to work in Japan.