Program Director

Cognizant Technology Solutions Deerfield , IL 60015

Posted 2 months ago

Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world's leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.). Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 1000, and the Fortune 500 and we are among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world.

Program Director

  • Full Time
  • Please note, this role is not able to offer visa transfer or sponsorship now or in the future*


  • AIA - Artificial Intelligence and Analytics

The AIA Practice leads all initiatives surrounding incorporating AI into Customer Intelligence, Operations Intelligence, Product Intelligence, and Fraud Insights


Deerfield IL - Work will be onsite post COVID and remote to start

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Anchoring a multi-year data transformation program on cloud data platform / analytics technologies

  • Provide thought leadership in program planning, governance and senior client stakeholder management

  • Engage with client executives for a clear alignment on plan, budget, accountability, change management and solution acceptance criteria

  • Leading a core team of 5-8 Program / Project Managers and provide guidance on execution plan, progress tracking, outcome measurement and entry/exit planning

  • Leading the communication tower by collaborating with cross-functional teams of stakeholders including client and Incumbent vendors.

  • Leading the overall Program Management functions with multiple large, complex initiatives from ideation to implementation

  • Support the program teams in resolving program issues and mitigating the risks with effective strategies and collaboration

  • Understanding the inter-dependability of workstreams, features and the impact of changes

  • Collaborate with global program team on an effective and optimal delivery strategy

  • Engage with IT and Business stakeholders equally to create a solution/program alignment

  • Contribute in plan and strategies for execution, governance, time to market, validation and legacy solution retirement.


Must have

  • 15 years of experience, with at least 6 years of experience on delivery and governing big size multi-year program in a leadership role

  • Experienced in executing multiple multi-year programs in parallel on data modernization solutions on data lake, data warehouse retirement, BI and Analytics

  • Awareness of Cloud solution stack and key solution building blocks

  • Prior experience in program planning, crafting implementation roadmap

  • Should have excellent presentation skills with a high degree of comfort speaking with internal and external executives, IT management and business executives

  • Ability to influence direction of the program, goals and client decisions

  • Ability to manage and maintain high level program plans and milestones with complexities

  • Ability to drive engagement in a multi-vendor execution model

  • Experienced in program financial and execution health tracking

Good to have

  • Awareness of data management, BI and Analytics solution principles and architecture

  • Awareness of best practices for automation in data and analytics space

  • Understanding of key focus areas of solution that drive the program success and adherence to the plan

  • Prior experience in migrating appliance based data platforms to cloud for data / analytics / BI workloads

  • Domain: Retail/Supply chain/Pharmacy (Preferred)

We pride ourselves on the talent we are able to attract to our organization. We not only hire the best, but continuously strive to provide our associates with opportunities to work with innovative solutions and technologies, with premier clients across the globe. Our diverse backgrounds offer different perspectives and new ways of thinking. It encourages lively discussions, inspires thought leadership, and helps us build better solutions for our clients. We want someone who thrives in this setting and is inspired to craft meaningful solutions through true collaboration.

Cognizant is committed to veteran and military communities. Cognizant is a military friendly employer and is a coalition member of the Veteran Jobs Mission. Our business resource group Veterans Network assists our military associates in building and growing a career at Cognizant that allows them to leverage the leadership, loyalty, integrity, and commitment to excellence.



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Program Director

Cognizant Technology Solutions