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Banking Systems Program Director

NSI & Bluefin Talent

Manama, Bahrain

Ref: KP709-1053

The Role

One of my clients, a leading Management Consulting firm, are currently seeking a Program Director for a large scale Core Banking transformation with a leading bank. The ideal candidate will have at least 15 years of professional experience with around 10+ years in the financial services and technology management. The project is anticipated to last around 3 – 5 years, so the contract is likely to be renewed on an annual basis. My client has also indicated that there is a strong possibility a permanent position will be offered provided both parties are happy with the quality and scope of work. Candidates whom have a mix of vendor and client side experience would be ideal for the role. Alternatively those whom have extensive consulting experience around Core banking programs would also be a very good match. My client is seeking someone whom has had extensive experience in managing programs specifically around large scale Murex implementation in the treasury arena & large scale I-flex implementation in core banking arena- EXPERIENCE IN BOTH IS A MUST.
PMP or Prince2 certification is highly desirable. Competitive tax free salary is on offer for this role.


- At least 15+ years of professional experience
- Bachelors degree minimum
- MBA is a big +
- PMP or Prince2 certification highly desirable
- PMO experience desirable
- Full SDLC experience in Murex & I-flex implementations (at least 3 +years)
- Previous experience in managing large scale IT banking programs in excess of 5 million USD in value.
- Previous experience in managing large scale Change Management initiatives.
- Previous experience in managing large scale IT Transformation initiatives in the banking sector.
- Fluency in English written and spoken is an absolute must
- Core banking program management experience is a must (5+ years)
- 10+ years in IT banking or project management.
- Mix of vendor and client side experience highly desirable
- Consultancy experience highly desirable

About the Company

New Sourcing International (NSI) / Bluefin Talent have partnered so to offer a specialized recruitment solution within the Consulting and Financial services domains.

Working together as a specialist search and selection agency, we concentrate on blue chip financial services and strategy / technology consulting organizations across Europe and the Middle East; focusing exclusively on Financial Services, IT and Risk. Being niche allows us to offer a premium search service, tailored to overcome the technically challenging nature of recruitment for the specialist functions that we work.

We are dedicated to representing best of breed candidates in the region in our dedicated fields of employment. As such we are a leading outfit for placing ex-pats and internationally educated students in the region.

Our biggest unique selling point, is that we are steered by a dedicated team of ex-financial services and industry professionals. This allows us to offer a level of candidate pre-screening for roles, which is largely anomalous to the recruitment profession. Our ability to bridge the technical knowledge gap typical recruiters encounter, coupled with a thorough delivery process allows us to drive consistently superior results for our clients sourcing requirements. Designed to provide a fast and efficient turnaround, we minimize the use of internal resources our clients spend vetting inadequate profiles, allowing them to quickly get back to focusing on their strategic goals.

Our strength lies not only in the specialist nature of our firm, but also in the commitment we show towards our clients and candidates. We endeavour to build long-term relationships and recognise the crucial nature of communication throughout the recruitment process. Excellence, integrity, respect and transparency are cornerstone to the culture we promote.

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