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About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world. Operating in hundreds of locations across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from strategic IT and business consulting to systems integration, managed IT and business process services and intellectual property solutions.

CGI is one of the few end-to-end consulting firms with the scale, reach, capabilities, and commitment to meet clients’ enterprise digital transformation needs. Their 77,500 consultants and professionals work side-by-side with clients in ten industries across more than 400 locations worldwide. They draw upon their global capabilities to help clients identify, develop, implement and operate effective strategies to meet evolving customer and citizen expectations.

At CGI, employees are referred to as members because they feel a powerful sense of ownership and accountability. That is why the vast majority of their employees are CGI shareholders. CGI’s ownership mentality is woven into all aspects of their management approach and gives their members the freedom to drive their careers, make decisions in the best interests of their clients, take part in the continuous improvement of their business and benefit from a job well done.

Their continuous growth is a testament to their strong client partnerships. Their approach is what sets them apart. Their proximity model, supported by the depth of their international presence, range of services, and insights, delivers value for clients. Their experts bring industry and technology knowledge to every engagement, helping clients achieve business agility, applied innovation and financial benefits.

In addition to mastering technology, their consultants have a deep understanding of clients’ industries and local business environments, and collaborate across a worldwide network of industry centres of excellence, emerging technology practices, and innovation and global delivery centres to bring clients end-to-end services and solutions.

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The range of services CGI provides includes:

  • Strategic IT and business consulting
  • Systems integration
  • Managed IT and business process services
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Global delivery model includes:

onshore, nearshore and offshore delivery capabilities that support client-proximity teams in accelerating clients’ digital evolution. Their global delivery model offers end-to-end capabilities:

  • 25,000+ experts
  • 31 Delivery Centres
  • 10 Technology Centres
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A network of Emerging Technology Practices

which incubate innovation based on local client priorities, supplements this.

Of these there are:

  • 68 Emerging Technology Practices
  • In 17 countries
  • Each having 100+ true experts per practice
    Reasons to choose CGI

    Growing our team in Northern Ireland

    CGI are excited and looking forward to growing their team in Northern Ireland. Initially NI talent will support their growing existing business across the UK, primarily their Scottish Business Unit, but going forward they are committed to, and actively, expanding their client base in both NI & ROI.

    In the summer of 2020, Invest Northern Ireland provided CGI with a shortlist of office locations in NI, which they have reviewed. 

    As a company, they prefer properties that are owned or managed by a local Northern Ireland presence and have identified offices in both Belfast and also Derry/Londonderry. 

    CGI feels that collocating with other innovative ICT companies will not only be beneficial for CGI, but may also assist with the development of local SMEs.

    Training and Development at CGI

    Organisational Development and Training

    There are specific training activities that new members must complete within their first year of employment with CGI.

    These activities are vital to ensuring that new members become familiar with their responsibilities and gain an understanding of CGI’s culture, values, management philosophies, methodologies, practices and processes. They are key to enabling all members to quickly become true ambassadors of CGI, delivering quality services to clients and living CGI values every day. This includes:

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    Within the first 30 working days:

    • Ensure Quality through the CGI Management Foundation
    • Member Partnership Management Framework
    • Security Awareness Program
    • Records Management
    • CGI Engagements – The CGI Environment (identified members)
    • Anti-Corruption
    • CGI Code of Ethics and Business Conduct
    • Data Privacy Fundamentals
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    Within the first 60 working days:

    • Client Partnership Management Framework (CPMF). This training outlines the CGI’s enterprise process framework. It establishes a common language for the activities related to managing and delivering client engagements of all types from proposal through closure.
    • Business Engineering Management Framework (BEMF) is for managers at a director level or up. The training outlines the CGI approach for developing winning proposals and growing the business.
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    Within the first 6 months as a new manager:

    • CGI 101 (for managers at a director level or up). This is the global leadership development programme designed to help members internalise and live the CGI way in managing their work and leading others.
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    Training Logistics

    All training is scheduled during working time. The majority of our workforce is currently working remotely due to the pandemic. Because of this, we have ensured that our employees can still access learning whilst they are working from home.  They can access via live virtual classroom sessions or online self-paced eLearning. In normal times, all employees have access to online and self-paced learning that they can undertake from home, their home office, or the client office, depending on their preference. Employees are not expected to undertake learning in their own time. Some employees might choose to undertake learning in their own time because they want to keep upskilling / reskilling in new knowledge, skills and abilities.

    Employees are able to record their learning time on their timesheet as “Training” and this is included as part of their regular working hours. They are not paid separately for their learning time. Employees are not expected to undertake learning in their own time. There are instances where an employee will be required to attend formal learning sessions hosted by a third party. If expenses outside of those normally incurred to travel to and from work are generated, CGI will pay for these.

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    Ongoing Training

    CGI fosters a culture where learning is embedded in our daily lives. We believe in building employee capabilities for the effective execution of excellence on client projects so that employee development priorities meet business requirements, future business opportunities and to help employees to realise their full potential. We strive to foster an environment in which our employees can explore stretch roles, set challenging development objectives, and learn through new experiences. Employees are encouraged to have a targeted personal development plan that incorporates business focused learning priorities as well as personal growth ambitions.

    Employees are able to record their learning time on their timesheet as “Training” and included as part of their regular working hours. They are not paid separately for their learning time. Employees are not expected to undertake learning in their own time. Some employees might choose to undertake learning in their own time because they want to keep upskilling / reskilling in new knowledge, skills and abilities.

    CGI Core Values

    CGI live by and adhere to their core values. They are not just something to add to tenders and submissions, rather they are the bedrock for internal decision making. The biggest of these is the commitment to improving people’s lives in the area in which they live. They actively seek opportunities for sponsorship where they can add value.

    As part of their classroom’s programmes (Connected Classrooms & Empowered Learning) in Scotland, they donate retired hardware (I-pads and laptops) to areas of deprivation, in order to enable common access to technology, knowing this will make a difference to learning outcomes for children.

    CGI’s Dream

    To create an environment in which they enjoy working together and, as owners, all contribute to building a company that they can be proud of.

    CGI’s Vision

    To be a global world class end-to-end IT and business consulting services leader helping their clients succeed.

    CGI’s Mission

    To help their clients succeed through outstanding quality, competence and objectivity, providing  thought leadership and delivering the best services and solutions to fully satisfy client objectives in IT, business processes, and management. In all they do, CGI are guided by their Dream, living by their Values to foster trusted relationships and meet their commitments now and in the future.

    Partnership and Quality

    Objectivity and Integrity

    Intrapreneurship and Sharing

    Respect

    Financial Strength

    Corporate social responsibility

    People + Practice

    Corporate Social Responsibility

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    People/COVID

    During the Covid pandemic, CGI did not furlough a single employee and used this time to upskill their workforce. Throughout a time of vast uncertainty, they believed in their staff and took this time to ensure that they had all the skills necessary to progress their careers. They also did not seek or accept governmental funding or grants as its did not reflect their values as a company.

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    Communities

    Contributing to communities is actively encouraged and supported in CGI. All members have the opportunity to identify local projects and causes to volunteer/support/sponsor to make a difference within their communities and they want to ensure that this ethos is shared in Northern Ireland.

    All internal employee gifts and corporate catering are supplied by local Social Enterprise businesses. For 2022, rather than providing Easter Eggs to their workforce (an internal employee tradition), the cost has instead been donated to the Ukrainian appeal, and further matched by a donation from the company.

    There is an internal emphasis on work within the STEM sector and education in general. They sponsor hackathons, going to schools to educate pupils on the different career options available to them within the technology sector.

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    Climate

    CGI’s commitment to the environment and climate change is not just a ‘box ticking’ exercise, but rather a fundamental aspect of the meaningful work they do and as part of their shared vision. They were the main sponsors of COP26 (see please find the full range of “No Planet B” initiatives by clicking the following link). https://www.cgi.com/uk/en-gb/responsible-business/climate

    What’s important at CGI

    Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

    CGI are committed to creating an inclusive working environment that promotes difference. They recognise the richness that diversity brings to their organisation, embracing this diversity within their business culture. They are committed to challenging themselves to ensure they leverage diversity and inclusion to spur collaboration and bring innovation to their clients, creating an environment where every member can bring their whole selves to work.

    They have a number of member-created networks that strive to provide a community, surrounding members who share a common bond, offer encouragement and support, and delivers activities and awareness to ensure everyone has the opportunity to contribute to our success.

    They are committed to recruiting women, students, those with disabilities and other historically under-represented groups. They ensure that all organisational policies, pay, hours of work, training, performance review schemes, disciplinary or other procedures and benefits are designed to promote equal opportunity and provide protection for their members. They have a broad range of diversity policies to enable and encourage their staff members to bring their whole selves to work and to celebrate their diversity and culture within CGI. Networks include BAME, Women’s Network, LGBT+ and Disability Confident.

    CGI champion diversity and promote on employee ability. They actively explore where they can upskill employees and will look at candidates who have the right behaviours and provide necessary training.

    Please see https://www.cgi.com/uk/en-gb/responsible-business/diversity-equity-inclusion for more information.

    The People at CGI

    Meet the Team – Kirsty Ramsay

    Kirsty Ramsay has 30 years’ experience leading programmes and complex change projects across a variety of sectors, including local government, health, retail banking and the public sector.

    Since joining CGI in 2017, Kirsty has managed the implementation of new delivery methodology for the Scottish Government’s Agriculture and Rural Environment (ARE) programme and in June 2018, she stepped up to lead the ARE account.

    Kirsty was appointed Vice President Consulting Services in November 2018.

    In October 2019, she took charge of CGI’s Glasgow-based Delivery Centre.  This central resource delivers technology services and solutions to a large number of Their UK based clients. The Centre has grown throughout 2020 -2021 to satisfy Their ambitious plans to offer its services to the public and private sectors, as well as CGI business units across the globe.

    In 2021, Kirsty was given responsibility for growing CGI’s footprint in the north of Scotland and in Northern Ireland. This means working with new clients, growing the CGI workforce and securing a permanent workspace for CGI in Northern Ireland.

    Northern Ireland

    Scottish Provident Building
    7 Donegall Square West
    Belfast
    BT1 6JH

    +44(0)28 9091 8529
    belfast@corvus.jobs

    Republic of Ireland

    The Business Centre
    Blackthorn Business Park
    Coe's Road
    Dundalk
    A91E03R

    +353(0)42 933303
    belfast@corvus.jobs