Bishnu Kumar is a Murex Risk Business Analyst working at Excelian Luxoft Financial Services. He joined Excelian as a result of the acquisition of derivIT. He specializes in Murex Market and Credit Risk modules. While working for Excelian, Bishnu has been given the opportunity to relocate from Mumbai to Singapore.

Can you tell us about your experience and background before Excelian?

I have more than 13 years of experience in the Financial and Technology domain. I was a part of derivIT and joined Excelian through derivIT's acquisition. Originally, I joined derivIT in January 2017. Prior to that, I was working within the Murex practice of a large multinational bank. For derivIT, I was working on a Greenfield implementation for a large banking and financial services company in India. After the completion of the first phase of the implementation, I moved to a project at a multinational bank in Singapore. My relocation actually happened in the midst of derivIT's integration within Excelian, but derivIT management and Excelian's relocation team worked together and made my transition smooth. It was a good learning experience.

How has working at Excelian changed you as a person?

The most important thing that I have learned here is people management: how to work with different people on the client side, from India to Singapore, in a multicultural environment. Singapore is a cosmopolitan place, so there are lots of people with different nationalities, a different way of working, different approaches to everything, and different backgrounds. So I learned a lot in terms of soft skills.

What do you like most about Excelian?

It has good process organization, and this is very important for a large company. Because of that, you really don't have to worry about how a certain thing is going to happen: there is a process there already, you just need to follow it, and you will achieve the required result. Another good thing is being a part of a bigger organization. There are a lot of global opportunities here. If I want to move to another location, I can ask for it.

What kind of support did Excelian provide for you in your relocation?

The team catered to all my relocation requirements: visa, tickets, work permit, etc. They also helped with providing an allowance for accommodation purposes and initial setup at the new place.

How quickly did you adapt to a new country? Was it difficult for you?

I have been to a lot of places as a part of my work before, so for me, it was not so difficult to adjust here: I've been to Singapore before and worked here for a short time. However, coming on a short business trip and moving to a location for a longer term is different. Initially, you need to get used to a new culture: that's an exciting part that I was always looking forward to. In Singapore, you get to work with people from all over the world, from different cultures and ways of life. This gives you a new kind of experience, which I appreciate about Singapore and about Excelian as well. It is a good experience overall.

What other opportunities opened up for you in Excelian?

These are opportunities across the globe. In case I want to work in a different geography, I can apply for that. Also, as I mentioned, everything is very process-oriented now, which is good for me. Things become easier when there is a process for everything.

What would your advice be for those who aspire to build a career at Excelian?

It is a great thing that Excelian has a lot of opportunities everywhere. So see if you fit somewhere, and if you wish to move to a different country for work, Excelian can help you do that. Go for it!
Bishnu Kumar