Date(s) - Monday, October 27, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jonathan Debusk, a Sociology PhD alumnus and member of IBM’s Business Performance Services team, will be at the Graduate Center on Monday, October 27, to discuss his career path and internship opportunities available with the team.
What is BPS?
Business Performance Services (BPS) is a team within IBM Corporate Headquarters focused on addressing strategic challenges in the areas of sales management, financial planning, and services delivery. The team works with senior leaders of the company on engagements that progress from issue identification to the analytics-fueled solution and from there to the company-wide deployment. Much of team’s work is done in partnership with IBM Research and requires leading-edge consulting practices to come together with the appropriate analytical approach in order to drive the maximum business impact. With direct access to IBM leadership and a track record of achievements, BPS is highly visible and appreciated throughout the company. Several members of the team have been recognized as “The Best of IBM.”†
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IBM Business Performance Services FAQs
Who do we look for? Do we require previous consulting experience?
An ideal candidate would be a team player, have high affinity for data analytics, and possess problem solving, leadership, and stakeholder management skills. We consider and hire candidates who do not have previous consulting experience. As such, our team consists of people from diverse professional and educational backgrounds. We look for a combination of professional skills, character traits, and a track record of achievement that indicates a strong foundation to build the analytical expertise and change management ability required to become a successful strategy consultant.
How do we support professional development?
BPS leadership team encourages consultants to take advantage of IBM’s development programs and invests a great deal of time ensuring that each consultant receives guidance in developing his or her skills to advance within the company. Consultants meet regularly with their project and development managers for skills assessment, performance feedback and career planning. Bi-monthly, all team members are invited to participate in skill development workshops.
What is a typical BPS career path?
Consultants typically develop within BPS for 3 to 4 years and move on to leadership roles within IBM’s operating units in Sales, Operation, Strategy, Business Development, Finance, or Market Intelligence. Many BPS alumni are successful leaders in areas of their interest in IBM.
Where is BPS located and what travel is expected?
The central BPS office is located at the IBM Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, NY, just north of New York City. Typical travel involves visiting IBM campuses within short driving distance of Armonk. Rarely, a project may require international travel.