Production Support Analyst, Prime Brokerage

  • Negotiable
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Nomura
  • 25 May 19

Hiring for a Production support analyst in the London Prime Production Services team, supporting Nomura's Equity Finance, Cash and Synthetic PB businesses and core Prime reporting platforms

Department overview:

Prime Brokerage(PB) technology, part of Global Markets IT supports and develops a range of innovative solutions for Nomura's Equity Finance, Cash and Synthetics Prime Brokerage businesses. The team is spread globally across our Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mumbai, London and New York offices.

Prime Technology is made up of two core units: Production Services and CTB (Change the Bank). Production Services is responsible for the 1st and 2nd line support of the suite of applications. CTB is responsible for mandatory and strategic project delivery for Nomura's Prime offering, performing requirements gathering, design, development, testing, project management and governance.

Role description:

Production support analyst in the London Prime Production Services team, supporting Nomura's Equity Finance, Cash and Synthetic PB businesses and core Prime reporting platforms

Production Services is responsible for 1st and 2nd line support of all core PB systems, spanning front-to-back booking all the way through to reporting. Supporting a 24 hour global business, the team operates a 24x5 'follow the sun' support model which is backed up by 3rd level escalation to our CTB development team. The role requires constant daily interaction with the both internal users and clients

A typical work day includes:

    • Handling user and client queries -very often requiring in depth analysis of the technical and/or business logic of our systems-direct trading desk facing
    • Management of incoming and outgoing feeds to clients and vendors
    • Batch and system management
    • Identification and management of problems and frequent issues with the aim of improving the supportability and stability of our platform (in conjunction with our development team)The Prime systems are interconnected with a wide range of platforms areas outside of Prime Services IT, so a key part of the role will be working successfully with business and technology areas from across the bank. There is a requirement to work early and later shifts (7:30am - 4:30pm and 9:00am - 6:00pm), with later shifts likely to form the majority of the requirement. Additionally, the team are required to be on call over weekends, to carry out releases over weekends, and to provide onsite cover on bank holidays - all on a rota basis. The ideal candidate will be a hardworking, proactive individual with strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills who has a desire to drive continuous improvement, and the ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks to successful, timely conclusions.

Core Competencies of the role include:

  • Issue tracking and prioritisation
  • Release management
  • Incident management
  • Capacity management
  • Problem analysis and resolution
  • Risk management including proactively identifying and addressing risks before they impact us
  • Delivery of items in our improvement agenda (e.g. monitoring, reporting, release automation)
  • DR / BCP management
  • Interfacing with development teams
  • Understanding / learning all aspects of the business

Key objectives critical to success:

  • Our expectation is that a successful candidate will be capable of working at a level where escalations on issues are needed rarely, and are only done after a detailed investigation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate confidently and clearly with internal teams and external clients
  • Ability to analyse complex scenarios from both a technical and business perspective, and deliver solutions.
  • Ability to deliver to deadlines in a environment where multiple competing requirements are a part of the job
  • Proactivity and a strong ownership ethos, ensuring that queries are resolved through to completion
  • Flexibility and enthusiasm for picking up new areas as the role requires

Skills, experience, qualifications and knowledge required

    • Prior experience of application support in a banking environment (experience of working in a front office environment would be a major plus)
    • Strong PB business knowledge, or demonstration of a keen desire to learn
    • Must be client focused, with strong communication skills, and confidence dealing with internal and external parties
    • Experience of managing stakeholder expectations
    • Strong SQL knowledge (Nomura's Prime business uses Oracle and Sybase)
    • Strong experience of working with UNIX based applications-ability to write scripts and work on automation
    • Experience with job scheduling systems (ideally Autosys)
    • TIBCO middleware and Java experience would be highly beneficial
    • Experience of directly delivering technical improvement (e.g. development of improved monitoring, reporting)
    • Must be very detail oriented and analytical