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Career Opportunity – Business Manager & Scrum Master  

Do you love the digital tech start-up scene? Are you motivated by results and do you like making this happen?

LifeShifter is a company founded and led by LISA Alumni Jana Hlistova (MSc’04) and they offer a new and innovative way of looking at work in today’s ever changing work environment.

Company Background:

Lifeshifter’s client is an agile software development company that was founded in Paris in 2009. They build scalable web applications in record time for clients including BNP Paribas IP, Sagem Safran, Société Générale, Solace and BlablaCar. After successfully growing the business to 100+ people in France, they have recently launched in the UK. In London they are currently a small team of engineers, business people, and Scrum Masters who are alumni of the top universities across Europe looking to emulate the success of the French office.

Their methodology, borne out of experience on more than 100 projects, is focused on helping clients iteratively build products to produce software that users actually use.

They follow three principles to ensure the success of your projects:

• small teams of highly skilled experts, dedicated to your project

• open-source web technologies for fast application development: Node.js, AngularJS, Symfony…

• the client’s agile methodology, based on Lean, Scrum and DevOps

The Opportunity:

We are looking for a business developer who will also take responsibility in running the business day to day. This individual thrives in the tech start-up scene and approaches every client and their business as a ‘problem solver’. You are very pro-active and enjoy scoping and qualifying potential opportunities. You understand how crucial building trusting client relationships is and you can quickly understand their business problem. Your consultative approach allows you to emphasise with the client and can help to formulate a solution. Your overall competence will urge you on to take responsibility within different areas of the business.

You will work with the clients, (be this a founder and/or a product owner), once a project is under way, providing agile coach support within a team.You are an avid learner and a quick thinker. You subscribe to lean and agile methodologies and genuinely care about your clients, their business and their success.

Responsibilities:

  • Generate qualified weekly sales leads & develop potential client relationships

  • Close deals and meet sales targets

  • Track sales pipeline progress in CRM

  • Manage existing project clients as an agile coach

  • Take responsibility for numerous areas within the business including:

    • Recruitment

    • Operations

    • Invoicing & Expenses

    • Management

    • Strategy

  • Attend industry events and conferences

  • Represent and promote the Theodo brand in industry

Requirements:

  • Top university graduate

  • Passionate about new technologies, especially web development

  • A former entrepreneur or have proven yourself in a sales/recruitment based role

  • 1-3 years of experience in business development/recruitment/running your own business

  • A fast learner

  • Self-starter

  • No task is too big or too small

  • Not afraid of the French

What We Offer:

  • The chance to make a massive contribution to a growing and successful business

  • We invest in our staff-we will provide training so you can grow

  • A very competitive salary

  • A fun working environment: social events all year round

  • And if you have a start-up idea or business, you can join the Theodo Incubator.

Please email jana@lifehshifter.com or visit the LifeShifter Website – and feel free to mention that you are an LSE Information Systems or Department of Management connection – it helps !

Career Opportunity – Product Director

LifeShifter is a company founded and led by LISA Alumni Jana Hlistova (MSc’04) and they offer a new and innovative way of looking at work in today’s ever changing work environment.

A successful fast-growth tech start-up in the digital subscriptions and payments industry is working with LifeShifter, looking for a Product & Services Director to oversee the group’s product strategy and development plan.

The person they are looking for should be well versed in lean and agile methodologies and has worked in at least one start-up, and thrives on learning, technology. The candidate should ideally have worked in a tech and/or digital fast-paced environment, have a background in e-commerce, payments, billing or cloud computing/infrastructure services.

Are You are ready to take on a challenge?

The role is focussed on:

  • Defining the Product & Service offering (4 new products a year) in the B2B and B2C space
  • Creating testing plan for products to validate pricing, positioning and customer acquisition strategy
  • Defining the business model for each new product
  • Product marketing
  • Launching products and creating continuous improvement plan
  • Drive P&L of product for the first 6 months
  • Working closely with the business development to drive partnerships and develop the product.

The role is very multifaceted and requires a self-starter mentality and drive. Someone hands-on and driven, who can eventually run a team of 3-5 people in a lean and agile environment.

Detailed duties

  • Define a product strategy
  • Define a scalable product launch plan
  • Negotiate deals with product delivery partners
  • Test Ideas and pricing
  • Create business plans for CEO and CFO sign-off
  • Create offering and branding in partnership with Marketing Director
  • Create customer acquisition plan with Head of operations
  • Follow success of products and develop continuous improvements plans
  • Hit financial targets set in business plan

Skills and Attitude

  • Business acumen and consumer insight
  • Hands on
  • Creative
  • Solutions oriented
  • Highly driven and dynamic
  • Rigorous
  • Trustworthy and capable of managing highly sensitive information
  • Ability to manage many projects in parallel
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills

Please email jana@lifehshifter.com or visit the LifeShifter Website – and feel free to mention that you are an LSE Information Systems or Department of Management connection – it helps !

Factset Research Systems visits Class of 2014

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For the past three years LISA has hosted FactSet Reasearch Systems to come and give a talk to the graduating class, in an informal discussion about what FactSet does, a life of a FactSet’er and what makes the firm both relevant and unique to a graduate of the LSE Information Systems Group.

 

Sarah Scadding, Campus recruiter for FactSet came to LSE on Friday February 7th, and was joined by former Factset employee and LISA member Charles Wahab, and Dr. Ela Kelcun from the ISI Group. Miss Scadding began her presentation by giving a brief overview of what FactSet does, and what sort of place it is to work there. An ever growing company, the firm opens an office in a new country almost every year, with their outreach now standing at 31 countries in all continents. A diverse group of people, working in a dynamic, fast paced environment focused on providing high tech solutions for the financial industry. However, FactSet prides itself with its culture, by having many social activities, a free lunch for all employees, and most importantly, excellent customer service.

A good segway on the importance of helping customers, Sarah talked about the Consultant role, which is a group of tech savy, yet business oriented individuals who understand the usability of the FactSet terminal. Their role is to help clients make better use of the Factset tools, not simply by answering customer queries, but by suggesting new and better ways of doing things. Which explains why FactSet supports its employees to work on obtaining CFA  certifications, which is invaluable to anyone working in the financial industry.

Stepping in for Sarah’s colleague who could not attend, Charles talked about his experience working as a Software Engineer for FactSet which gave him the exposure to financial services, while still being relatively safe in a more technical environment he was more accustomed to coming from a computer science background.

FactSet provides a natural transition environment for IS graduates, as should they be from strong scientific backgrounds such as computer science and engineering, or from business and economics, armed with an MSc from the LSE, the firm offers an alternative to the conventional firms recruiting at LSE, and uniquely tailored for future LISA members, as they leave their Alma matter, and don’t want to make any hard or early decision on whether

At the warrant of the students, the careers session was a success. It is also important to note the firm welcomes applications for students from outside the EU, making all students, regardless of nationality, eligible to apply.  LISA thanked the presenters, and invited them to return next year, in hope of building a lasting relationship, that can only get stronger.