Jean-Christophe Simons

Jean-Christophe Simons
Management Consultant
+32 484 92 30 94
Brussels, Belgium
Project Management
Business Analyst
Asset Management
Microsoft Office
MS Project
Quality Center

Experienced dynamic and dedicated Project Manager, experienced in outsourcing and large-scale projects with a strong background in the financial industry, a wide and in-depth experience in asset management, together with extensive knowledge on business and infrastructure side.

Managed multiple regulatory and IT projects from design to maintenance stage, as well as operational process review and implementation.

Senior Project Manager
Euroclear2019 – Present

Leading €6m project to implement the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) for Euroclear Belgium.

  • Review and plan activities to match the regulatory deadline of Nov 2020
  • Manage, control and review the budget allocation of all teams involved in the project.
  • Identify and regularly evaluate all risks that the project could face as well implement the necessary mitigation actions
  • Follow up on each stage of the project by using a strict Prince 2 methodology while integrating the Agile team in the delivery plan.
Program Manager
SABCA2018 – 2019

In charge of the €7m Transformation Program for ICT that included the outsourcing of the whole IT department, stabilizing the current infrastructure, and migration to cloud base solutions for multiple applications (e.g. ERP).

  • Definition of the long-term architecture and road map for the IT department in alignment with the strategy of the company
  • Identify, launch, and follow on more than 60 projects (Office 365, Backup Solution, new user devices, system upgrades, cybersecurity, …) in line with the company’s strategic view
  • Alignment between transversal stakeholders for all projects
  • Draft, negotiate and put in place a contractual agreement with the outsourcing partner
  • Oversee the transfer of the maintenance and support of the current infrastructure and applications to the new service providers
  • Implement new service desk with offshore resources
  • Drafting of new IT policies in accordance with the new structure
Senior Project Manager
AG INSURANCE2017 – 2018

Responsible for the realization of multiple and simultaneous IT projects for the Life department. Planning and follow-up of the implementation of each project with either a dedicated team or shared resources following Agile methodology.

  • Make sure all relevant people are involved and aligned with the scope and objectives of the project
  • Provide adequate information in a timely manner to project members and the Project Board
  • Organize the go-to production of all projects through tests phases and activities of roll-out as well as ensure the transition to the domain manager.
Managing Consultant

Working directly with the CIO, the project required to get an understanding of the IT department to include it in the global transformation project aimed at restructuring and providing a more coherent and competitive organization of the company.

  • Establish a description of current processes
  • Identify changes to implement and possible optimization
  • Create a RACI matrix including all stakeholder
  • Propose options to restructure the department
Senior Project Manager
VF Europe2016 – 2017

Managed Infrastructure Projects during the migration to SAP HANA. Major projects were the move of the JBA/PKMS server from the US to Europe and delivery of SAP FMS & MDG servers on new dedicated hardware (vBlock).

  • Supervising IT staff, vendors, and suppliers (IBM, Iris, VCE, Dell)
  • Planning and supervising installation of infrastructure
  • Review and validate cost estimates
Senior Project Manager
BNP Paribas Asset Management2013 – 2016

Heading implementation of automated production of KIID documents following the regulatory requirements imposed by UCITS IV in agreement with the legal, risk, and compliance department. The project succeeded to put in place all the specific requirements in 6 locations around Europe.

  • Report to the COO and Head of Sales and Marketing
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize the delivery of all sub-projects
  • Present and defend budget for the evolution and maintenance of the projects
  • Select, manage and allocate a team of 7 consultants
  • Then, lead the project targeted at replacing the existing application hosted at BNPP IP for the KIID production with an outsourced solution. The project is required to reproduce the currently existing state with improvement on performance, flexibility, and cost-efficiency while respecting the documents’ local regulatory specificities.
Project Manager
BNP Paribas Securities Services2012

Project Manager on the automation of the ETD (Exchanged Traded Derivative) confirmation flow with BP2S clearer as well as the optimization of middle office activity following the decision to transfer trade support functions from Brussels to Chennai

  • Plan, organize, and prioritize the delivery of all sub-projects
  • Challenge the current routine and identify any process that can be enhanced
  • Coordination and review of the documentation: procedures, user guides and operating memorandum
Senior Business Analyst
BNP Paribas Asset Management2009 – 2012

Business Analyst in the context of the merge between Alfred Berg (ABN Amro Asset Management) and Fortis IM within the Project and Process Coordination Team.

Analyze and redesign the target operating model following the merger between Fortis IM and BNP Paribas IP within the migration team.

Brought expertise in Mutual Fund Process within the Project and Process Coordination Team to design and implement the flows following the agreed global target model.

Education & Qualifications
Agile SCRUM Certification
Refine, Brussels, Belgium2017
Prince 2 Certification
ILX, Brussels, Belgium2011
BSc in Business & Economics
Brunel University, London, England2001
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
Warwickshire College, Leamington Spa, England1996