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IT needs women
to solve the biggest challenges

 

CORE VALUES

The future of work is inclusive. Cognizant is committed to elevating the experience of work for women through our Women Empowered (WE) program.

OUR STORIES

Departing from the status quo

Müge

Cöteli

“Curious about the
possible,
and embracing what
seems impossible.”

CONTACT MÜGE


I hold two Masters in International Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of Zurich and Maastricht University, as well as an International MBA from the University of St. Gallen. I love technology as it enables us to build fair and transparent ecosystems accessible to all. During my time with Swiss Re, my fundamental belief in using tech for good led me to leverage technology for the purpose of business model innovation and digital solutions. Today, at Cognizant, I work in innovation and strategy consulting, dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what businesses can be - in every industry. 

By the way, my name is not Heidi. It's Müge – and Yes! We can all be whoever and whatever we want to be.

Click here If you like to know more about Consulting at Cognizant.

Want to try your hand at new solutions? Join us at the female driven hackathon HerHack 20.21 at 6 and 7 November.

If this inspired you to work in our company, check out the more than 50 open jobs in Switzerland here.

Connecting people and ideas

Poonam

Mishra

“We need more diverse
inputs to create even
greater solutions. ”

CONTACT POONAM


I work as a senior manager in Cognizant. I am the program coordinator for one of Switzerland's leading banks, working as the interface between the business and IT. I find my role inspiring: by translating the desired business outcomes into clear instructions and challenges for our team, I help to build a bridge. We work with our customers as a team and grow together. I gain domain knowledge, and I can help people. It is a great job- it requires creativity, empathy, understanding of IT and business processes. I studied computer science and started working for a relatively small company, around 400 people, where I learned a lot. In 2007, I joined Cognizant. I love the way we collaborate, the guidance we receive, and the great mentorship. I have always received strong appreciation of my work and can work on exciting projects to use my skills and talent. Working with good teams is very motivating. Furthermore, working for an international company on many different projects and with a variety of customers provides flexible working times, making it easier to combine job and family.

I would like to see more women working in IT in Europe. We need more diverse input to create even greater solutions.

Click here If you like to know more about what we do for Banking and Finance customers at Cognizant

Want to try your hand at new solutions? Join us at the female driven hackathon HerHack 20.21 at 6 and 7 November.

If this inspired you to work in our company, check out the more than 50 open jobs in Switzerland here.

Driven by data

Ruheena

Akhare

“Dream. Believe.
Achieve.”

CONTACT RUHEENA


I enjoy working with Data. It’s a job close to my heart. I work in data governance for one of the top-tier Swiss banks. I am driven by understanding clients’ needs and ensuring that we put our creativity and know-how to work most efficiently.
I grew up in Nashik, a small town in India, blessed with parents who believed in gender equality when it was not even a known term. I was inspired to dream.
I studied Computer Science, and in 2006 I moved to Pune, where I joined Cognizant to work as a Programmer Analyst. I took a break to welcome our daughter Aarohee. Aarohee means 'Progressing or Ascending.' I want her to be aware that, if you trust your capabilities you can grow and reach your goals .
After my maternity break, I considered no other employer than Cognizant. The work culture aligned with my requirements as a mother. Working in Operations for Cognizant allowed me to have a career and a family without having to compromise.
I kept learning, taking various training opportunities in the Cognizant Academy. In 2016, I told my management that I was ready to take up client-facing roles again. One year later, I was on a plane to Zürich, where I am now working and living my dream.
To communicate better with my clients and integrate locally, I have now taken keen interest in learning Deutsch und ich muss zugeben, dass es Spaß macht!

Click here If you like to know more about what we do for Banking and Finance customers at Cognizant.

Want to try your hand at new solutions? Join us at the female driven hackathon HerHack 20.21 at 6 and 7 November.

If this inspired you to work in our company, check out the more than 50 open jobs in Switzerland here.

Knowledge thirsty

Sandra

Bello

“'I feed on challenges
and love to use
creativity to change
things for the better.”

CONTACT SANDRA


I feed on challenges and love to use creativity to repair broken things or change things for the better. I co-founded two software companies. Started as a developer, coach and lecturer. Worked in different countries. I spent a year in Canada as Product Owner of a Business Process Management Suite. In Switzerland, my first job was with Cognizant- my boss mentored me, and I developed in various roles. I became Chief Digital Officer for another company and then returned to Cognizant to work in the global messaging team. 

Working in these different roles gave me insight into multiple businesses and sparked my passion for advisory, digital transformation, and innovation. It made me knowledge thirsty. Moving countries several times gave me perspective and introduced me to new languages and new ways of thinking and talking. Extreme sports taught me confidence, patience, a love for nature, the concept of balance and simplicity, and the ability to confront fear as a living principle. Motherhood showed me how to be more human and helped me realize how strong women can be.

Click here If you like to know more about what we do for the Future of Work at Cognizant.

Want to try your hand at new solutions? Join us at the female driven hackathon HerHack 20.21 at 6 and 7 November.

If this inspired you to work in our company, check out the more than 50 open jobs in Switzerland here.

Smooth operator

Shannon

Meier

“If you don’t know
what to do next, just ask!”

CONTACT SHANNON


Twelve years ago, I started with Cognizant as a senior executive. Now I am Associate Director, responsible for managing the European Payroll teams across eight countries, including Switzerland.

I grew up in Canada, where I graduated from business high school. My first job was at a car dealership. After that, I worked for a university in payrolls processing. When PeopleSoft entered the market, the software was introduced in the university, meaning we had to transport 30 000 people into the new system. I figured out how it worked and was so fast operating the system that I needed to pause to let the software catch up with me. The PeopleSoft team immediately hired me to train other people on their software, which opened up new opportunities for my future career.

My talent is keeping a cool head. I am able to stay focused amid all the complex rules, processes, obligations, and timelines and connect the right people to get things done. I streamline the process and make sure everything runs smoothly.

Working for a large, complex company can be overwhelming. I set my goals and priorities every day and make sure I reach them. For example, where are we with any internal or external audits and closure? Have I communicated clearly with my manager, done my team justice, and moved our projects forward within the timeline (especially M & M&A)? I am very transparent if something is not meeting its goals and am open if I have made any errors along the way. I am always looking for solutions! Giving your best is what makes companies - and individuals- successful.

My advice to women pursuing their careers is the same that I gave my son: Be authentic about who you are, and realize that asking for help is not a weakness. It makes you stronger and provides clarity, giving you the ability to move forward more confidently.

Click here If you like to know more about the Future of Work at Cognizant.

Want to try your hand at new solutions? Join us at the female driven hackathon HerHack 20.21 at 6 and 7 November.

If this inspires you to work in our company, check out the more than 50 open jobs in Switzerland here.

Mentor to succeed

Farhat

Nooruddin

“If you have a point
of view, voice it.”

CONTACT FARHAT


I have worked in the global information technology industry for over 35 years, holding different roles, including business operations management, business development and sales management, customer relationship management, and complex program management.
I am originally from Bombay, India – now known as Mumbai. I came from a very diverse background and grew up in an environment where gender equality was always a given. I earned a Master’s degree in Economics and then “drifted” into IT in the mid-1980s. I was fascinated by the potential and impact of all that IT could achieve, so I made it my career and feel so privileged to be part of this ground-breaking industry, which touches all aspects of our lives.
I joined Cognizant in July 2007. I established the first Cognizant European near-shore delivery center in Budapest subsequently set-up and lead all of our European Delivery Centers including Hungary, Spain, Poland, and Portugal.
I have recently changed roles – I now work in our Global Delivery Strategy and Transformation organization. I thoroughly enjoy challenging the status quo and working on strategies for a global enhanced delivery execution model.
I am passionate about Inclusion and Diversity. Setting the foundation for D&I and Outreach in Europe has always been close to my heart.
I believe women should challenge themselves to grow, and mentor others to succeed.
My most important piece of advice is: Have confidence in yourself and your ability to succeed! If you have a point of view – voice it.

Click here If you like to know more about what we do for the Future of Work at Cognizant.

Want to try your hand at new solutions? Join us at the female driven hackathon HerHack 20.21 at 6 and 7 november.

If this inspires you to work in our company, check out the more than 50 open jobs in Switzerland here.

HERhack 20.21


Cognizant Switzerland is together with AWS leading partner of HERhack 20.21
We are looking forward to working with more women to create our digital future.

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herHACK 20.21

a female led hackathon

Switzerland’s largest women’s hackathon will take place as part of Digital Day. Do you want to be part of a community that’s passionate about tech? Sign up and be part of it on November 6 & 7 at the Noerd in Zurich – Oerlikon. No “coding skills” necessary.
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