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Monday, October 12, 2009

Cognos Planning and Performance Management Lead in Milwauke, WI or Atlanta, GA or Miami, FL

Cognos Planning and Performance Management Lead in Milwauke, WI or Atlanta, GA or Miami, FL

Assurant is a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America and selected international markets. Its four key businesses-Assurant Employee Benefits, Assurant Health, Assurant Solutions and Assurant Specialty Property-have partnered with clients who are leaders in their industries and have built leadership positions in a number of specialty insurance market segments worldwide.

Assurant, a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ. Assurant has more than $23 billion in assets and $8 billion in annual revenue. www.assurant.com

Assurant seeks an experienced Cognos Planning and Performance Management resource to join its team responsible for the design, delivery, and support of Assurant's substantial and growing Performance Management application inventory. This highly qualified resource will be responsible for all aspects of the development life-cycle: from analyzing and deeply understanding business and technical requirements, through ongoing operational support for the solution.

Apply Online at: https://assurant.taleo.net/careersection/10000/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=255304

* The preferred candidate must be a self-starter, independently seeking opportunities to increase value to Assurant. This individual is highly motivated and service-oriented, and independently advances their technical knowledge to the highest degree in order to give Assurant's Performance Management practice a competitive advantage.
* The ideal candidate will have deep project and support experience to draw from when recommending and implementing Cognos Performance Management standards and best practices. Full technical management of large projects during all project phases will lead this person to deliver on time and on budget.
* The best candidate will be able to engage customers on business topics, communicating technical concepts into non-technical terms. Accommodating the customer's needs while providing leadership, technical guidance, and mentoring to others is an important role of this individual.

Key Accountabilities:

* Develop new and enhance existing Cognos Planning (Contributor and Analyst) applications
* Support existing production Cognos Planning (Contributor and Analyst) applications
* Develop procedures to administer Cognos Planning (Contributor and Analyst) applications
* Identify and validate software and infrastructure components required to implement technical solutions
* Prepare and review technical and logical design artifacts
* Submit solutions for review for compliance with best practices and standards
* Develop processes to automate tasks in Contributor and Analyst, building processes to monitor those tasks
* Contribute to enhancing and/or optimizing department support processes and procedures
* Lead and guide internal quality assurance testing activities
* Resolve development and production support issues of moderate to high complexity or risk
* Provide systems administration support for Cognos Planning or BI applications
* Write reports using Cognos Planning-based data sources
* Learn and adhere to established Assurant change management processes
* Create and sustain open communication with customers and stakeholders by learning the underlying business processes


* Must have 5+ years experience developing Cognos Planning applications in Contributor and Analyst from the ground up in an individual and team setting with version 7 up through a minimum of version 8.2 Additional experience with version 8.4 preferred
* Experience supporting customers in a virtual, mixed-matrix Corporate I/T environment is preferred
* Demonstrated ability to create and interpret Cognos Planning technical requirements and design documents
* Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and assignments of moderate and high complexity, working tenaciously to meet or beat deadlines
* Knowledge of quality assurance testing procedures, processes and techniques employed across various business and technical application platforms and environments
* Must be able to apply analytical and critical thinking skills to Cognos Planning application, technical, and process problems of high complexity
* Ability to collect information to ascertain the root cause of a complex issue and make timely decisions when recommending corrective action
* Strong knowledge of data access tools and SQL languages
* Effective oral and written communication skills

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We offer comprehensive benefits to full time and part time employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD and life insurance, 401k with profit sharing, generous paid time off and much more.

Assurant is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All aspects of consideration for employment and employment with the Company are governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

To learn more about our current opportunities and apply online, please visit: http://www.assurant.jobs

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