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Appu Babu


Business Consultant, Zensar Technologies | Investec Securities

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa


Certified ScrumMaster



  • 7.5 years of IT experience as a Business Analyst with Accenture, Investec Securities, Bank of America and Zensar Technologies
  • 3 years of International experience with Investec Securities, a leading global Private Bank in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Proven ability to design and re-engineer business processes and build complex systems that are flexible, reusing code and business rules
  • Solid experience in leading a team and carrying out all phases of SDLC life cycle, from planning, analyzing, designing and testing web and client/server applications in traditional waterfall and agile methodologies
  • Proven ability to manage user expectations and deliver multiple projects simultaneously
  • Proven strategic thinking skills. Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Excellent verbal, oral and written communication skills (IELTS score of 8.5). Excellent presentation skills
  • Proven interpersonal skills with ability to gain confidence and respect of senior executives
  • Strong management and leadership skills
  • Exposure to SDLC models like traditional Waterfall model and Agile methodology. Experience as Scrum Master.
  • Ability to work independently and organize workload with minimal direct supervision
  • Experience in requirements gathering by interviewing and conducting workshops with business managers and users
  • Experience in gap analysis, impact analysis and re-engineering existing business processes
  • Experience in documentation of business requirements, preparation of test cases, User Acceptance Testing, and data mapping.
  • Hands-on exposure to the Wealth Management business
  • Business knowledge on securities business streams like Securities Pledge, Securities Lending & Borrowing, Paper & OTC, Bonds, Settlements, Asset Swaps, Financial Transactions and Fees
  • Experience on multiple trading platforms for Fixed Income and Interest Rate derivative products
  • Business knowledge on Corporate Actions, Capital Gain Tax, Dividend Withholding Tax, Commercial Banking and Share Registry platforms
  • Australian Permanent Resident under Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190) visa looking for BA openings in Melbourne, Australia



Work experience

Zensar Technologies | Investec Securities, Business Analyst | Scrum Master
December 2009 - Present, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Role: Business Analyst | Scrum Master | Team Lead Domains: Corporate Actions, Securities Pledge, Securities Lending & Borrowing, Settlements. Automated Payments, Bonds, Paper & OTC, Capital Gain Tax, Financial Transactions, Fees. Responsibilities: - Conduct JAD sessions and workshops with business users; analyse and document requirements - Re-engineer business processes for Investec Securities and manage user expectations - Performed gap analysis and evaluated buy/build, cost/benefit analysis of vendor package to replace legacy system. - Scrum Master; ensuring issues are identified, tracked and resolved in timely manner - Conducted product roll-out and user training

Accenture Services, Business Analyst
June 2005 - December 2009, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Role: Business Analyst Domain: Fixed Income & Interest Rate Derivatives, Share Dealing, Corporate Actions. Responsibilities: - Conduct JAD sessions, analyse and capture user requirements in functional documents - Plan and track the test execution cycle, task allocation to testing team, investigation of issues - Prepare test cases on derivatives trading platform dealing with interest rate and fixed income derivatives


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