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Sagence Overview

Chicago, IL
51 to 200 employees
2009
Company - Private
Business Services
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Sagence is a management advisory firm dedicated to helping our clients optimize the value of their data assets. From thinking to doing, Sagence works with leading institutions in the acquisition, evaluation, development and management of their critical data assets and in the ... Read more

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Sagence – Why Work For Us?



WHO WE ARE

Sagence is a specialized data and analytics consulting firm. We help our clients generate economic value and drive strategic competitive advantage from data.

 

WHAT SETS US APART?

Sagence only hires Data Specialists. We are a firm of both Thinkers and Doers. Large generalist firms are focused on project delivery based on their products. Sagence is strategic, objective, and tool agnostic.


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WHAT WE DO

We believe that data management enables data analytics, and data analytics drives data management. But without good data governance, neither is effective. To learn more about our work, you can preview a selection of case studies on our website and be sure to subscribe to our blog, Sagence Connection.


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Data management is the planning and execution of policies, practices, and projects that acquire, manage, protect, deliver, and enhance the value of data and information assets. Data analytics is the extensive use of data, statistical, and quantitative analysis, exploratory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. And data governance is the organizational structures, policies, and practices that ensure the alignment of data and analytics activities and outcomes to strategic goals.

 

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

While Sagence works with clients across a number of industries, we have a strong focus in the financial services and healthcare industries.

Financial Services:

  • Investment Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Derivatives
  • Trading
  • Payments
  • Asset Management
  • Insurance
  • Private Equity
  • Retail

 

Healthcare:

  • Payer
  • Provider
  • Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM)

 



SAMPLE OF OUR SERVICES

  • Identify, assess, and remediate fragmented data sources to serve critical analytics or reporting programs
  • Augment our clients’ analytics teams to identify performance opportunities and implement the applicable business change
  • Architect solutions that serve up critical data without forcing the underlying data environment to start from scratch
  • Develop taxonomies that accurately represent true business context
  • Develop governance programs that are driven by analytics
  • Develop and execute pilots to demonstrate the value of effective data management, reporting, and analytics

 

WHERE WE ARE

Our corporate headquarters is located in Chicago, IL, in the River North district at 525 West Monroe Street. We have an additional satellite office in New York, New York.


A CULTURE OF CONNECTION

Passionate, Diverse, Creative, Genuine, Flexible, Hands-On, Connected

 

We are many things...
We are a high-energy group with a focus on producing high-quality results. We are committed to equality of opportunity, fairness, work and lifestyle balance, and mutual respect. We promote an entrepreneurial spirit by encouraging individual initiative and foster a collaborative culture and work environment that includes open communication and ongoing learning.  And finally, our founders and partners are deeply involved in our client work, which means you'll have the opportunity to work side by side with them on a daily basis.

Many people ask us, “How does a firm that has small project teams spread across multiple cities at multiple client sites build and maintain its culture and stay connected?” This is, and always will be, a priority for us. A few ways we maintain a connected culture are:

SAGECON

We host bi-annual company-wide meetings and events called SAGECON. Here, employees are able to re-establish personal and professional connections, receive company messages and updates, hear guest speakers, broaden their networks, learn about recent projects at Sagence, participate in training classes, and perhaps most importantly, kick back and have some fun.

 

SAGEU

Training classes enable our consultants to not only develop skills, but they also bring people together which allows them to further establish personal and professional connections and broaden their networks.

 

SAGENEWS

We publish an internal bi-monthly newsletter to keep everyone up to date on partner and board meetings, SAGECON events, SAGEU courses, business development opportunities, current engagement work, HR-related topics, recruiting, and a section we call SAGEQ where are employees can confidentially ask anything, and the management team will respond.

 

SAGENCE CONNECTION

Sagence Connection is our firm's blog. The entries are written by employees from all levels within the firm. Everyone is assigned to a blogging team and either writes, collaborates, or edits at least three posts per year. This is a great way for us to stay connected to the people on the ground doing the work day in and day out. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

 

CEO VIRTUAL UPDATE

Our CEO, Bruce Quade, sends frequent video updates to all employees. This message relays company news, client information, and company strategy.

 

INSIGHT TEAMS

Sagence brings together small multi-disciplinary teams where each member has different interests and passions. Through team meetings and outings, employees develop connections on both a personal and professional level which creates and promotes a positive and healthy culture.



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WHO FITS IN?

We employ a diverse group of people who possess a unique set of skills, are constantly challenging the status quo, and never stop asking questions. This is who we are:

 

·         CRITICAL THINKERS. We are constantly asking WHY? HOW? WHAT? We provide seasoned insight on our clients’ most pressing issues and most promising opportunities.

·         RESULTS-DRIVEN. Our results-focused orientation, backed by data-driven insights, ensures that our clients extract value from their untapped data assets.

·         PROBLEM SOLVERS. We possess strong strategic and business analysis skills with the ability to solve complex, analytical problems. Excellent decision-making, project management, communication, and presentation skills are foundational to all Sagence professionals.

·         VALUE DRIVERS. The ability to understand and utilize broad technology perspectives combined with analytics expertise to drive value for our clients is key in every project we tackle.

·         COLLABORATIVE. Collaboration is a critical ingredient of value creation. We understand this and utilize our clients’ experience in combination with our unique blend of data, technology, and business expertise to deliver actionable insights and pragmatic results.

·         INDUSTRY EXPERTS. Deep industry expertise instantly gives us more credibility with our clients. With years of hands-on experience in our core areas like Financial Services, Healthcare, and Insurance, industry leaders count on us to solve their most pressing data challenges.

 

 

Sagence Profile

Our people are well-rounded data specialists. Everyone from Analyst to Partner plays an important part on the Sagence team. Our firm's work calls for intensive client-facing interaction. This means all employees, even those at the most junior levels, will have the opportunity to interact with the client, oftentimes at the executive level, from day one. Our levels follow a fairly traditional management consulting model and are as follows:

Analyst Associate Manager Principal Partner

 

To get a sense for the experience and expertise of our people, below are SAMPLE profiles from various levels within the firm.

 

ANALYST

"Amy" is an Analyst at Sagence. Her background lies within Capital Markets Operations with a focus on profit & loss analysis and process improvement. She has experience working across both the business and technology teams in a variety of roles that have given her exposure to the full lifecycle of a trade. Amy currently resides in Jersey City, NJ.

Areas of Expertise:

Industry:

·         Financial Services – Capital Markets

 

Data Management & Analytics:

·         Data Analysis & Profiling

·         Data Governance

 

Tools & Technology:

·         Excel, VBA

·         SQL

 

 

Functional:

·         Operations

·         Programming Concepts

·         Process Improvement

ASSOCIATE

"Aaron" is a Senior Associate at Sagence. He has several years of technology and consulting experience with a strong focus on data strategy, governance, profiling and analysis. He has served clients primarily within the Financial Services industry, working with them on several initiatives, including third-party and account reference data and its governance, clearing and back-office operations of various asset classes, and risk and finance functions. Aaron currently resides in Chicago, IL.

Areas of Expertise

Industry:

·         Financial Services – Investment Banking, Brokerage Services

·         Payments and Retail

·         Insurance

·         Quick Service Restaurants (QSR)

Data Management & Analytics:

·         Data Analysis & Profiling

·         Data Integration and Modeling

·         Master and Reference Data Management

·         Data Governance

 

Tools & Technology:

·         SQL and Databases

·         Excel, VBA

·         MS Project

Functional:

·         Business Requirements

·         Project Management

·         Business Process Management

 

MANAGER

"Emma" is a Manager at Sagence. She has many years of experience in strategy and technology consulting delivering solutions and advising clients in the Financial Services industry. Her experience includes business process design, workflow improvement, data integration, and project management. Her current focus is on managing Client Reference Data applications supporting Federal Reserve and Dodd-Frank Regulation compliance. Emma currently resides in New York, NY.

Areas of Expertise:

Industry:

·         Financial Services – Investment Banking

·         Financial Services – Retail Banking

·         Software – Financial Information Services

 

Data Management & Analytics:

·         Data Integration and Modeling

·         Data Governance

·         Meta Data Management

 

Tools & Technology:

·         SQL, Access, Excel

·         Informatica

·         Business Objects

 

Functional:

·         Project Management

·         Business Process Management

·         Business Requirements

 

PRINCIPAL

"Mike" is a Principal at Sagence. He has significant years of management and IT consulting experience. His expertise includes leading data analysis, data quality, and data strategy initiatives with extensive experience in program management, systems integration, and emerging software evaluation. His industry experience spans Financial Services, Healthcare Insurance, and P&C Insurance where he has helped clients solve complex challenges using data-driven analysis and forensics, maximizing the value of their data assets. Mike currently resides in Chicago, IL.

Areas of Expertise

Industry:

·         Financial Services – Capital Markets

·         Financial Services – Retail Banking

·         Financial Services – Credit Bureau

·         Insurance P&C

·         Insurance Healthcare

 

Data Management & Analytics:

·         Data Quality Analysis, Profiling & Forensics

·         Data (Product) Strategy

·         Data Conversion, Integration & ETL

·         Data Governance

·         Enterprise Data Architecture

 

Tools & Technology:

·         SQL (DB2, Sybase, Postgress)

·         Visual Basic

·         C++

·         Java

·         HTML / XML

 




Functional:

·         Process Reengineering

·         Application Architecture & Blueprinting

·         Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

·         IT & Architecture Strategy & Roadmaps

·         Program Management (SDLC)

·         Software / Vendor Evaluation

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A VOCATION NOT AN OCCUPATION

Better to build a career than look for a job.

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An individual’s career is multifaceted. Sagence provides a mix of experiences at an elevated level of intensity to move your career forward.

If you want an opportunity to expand your skills while working on a number of strategic issues for multiple top-tier clients across varying industries, and you possess the core qualities below, we encourage you to explore a career with Sagence.

  • Deep Skills — analytics, data and information management, project and program management
  • Intellectual Thirst — embrace of ambiguity, passion to solve problems, relentless curiosity
  • Strong Work Ethic — collaboration, innovation, motivation, creativity, objectivity, professional

"A Week in the Life"
To see what it's like to spend a week in our shoes, visit the careers section of our website where you can view a "week-in-the-life" of several of our Sagence consultants.

Our Interview Process
Take the first step toward your future with Sagence.

Our interview process allows us to get to know one another over the course of a number of phone and in-person discussions. Our Recruiters guide each candidate through various steps, providing open communication throughout the entire process.  

RESUME SCREEN: Recruiting reviews all resumes received and determines if they meet the firm’s criteria based on our current recruiting targets and needs.

RECRUITER SCREEN: Via telephone, the Recruiter shares an overview of the firm, discusses the nature of our work, assesses the candidate's background, experience, and communication style, and answers any initial questions he/she may have regarding Sagence.

CONTENT SCREEN: A phone conversation or in-person interview is scheduled between a practice professional and the candidate to further assess the breadth and depth of the candidate’s skills and to provide the candidate with some additional insight on our work, our clients, and our culture.

IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS (Chicago or New York Office): Each candidate is interviewed by at least three Sagence employees at this stage, including one Partner.  The interviews include a mix of Behavioral/Content and Situational type interviews:

Behavioral/Content: The purpose of the behavioural/content interview is two-fold. The behavioural portion focuses on better understanding a candidate's past reactions and behaviours as it pertains to handling challenging situations, managing teams, interacting with clients, etc. The content portion explores the depth of the candidate's industry knowledge, their project management experience, and their fundamental consulting skills.

Situational: A "real life" business situation is presented to the candidate to assess the ways in which he/she analyzes, structures, and ultimately answers the typical questions that come up as part of the firm’s usual project work. 

 KEEP MOVING FORWARD

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Ten? Fifteen? Regardless of whether you desire to become a life-long management consultant or transition into a leading industry role in the data and analytics space, Sagence will help you reach your career goals. We do this in several ways:

  1. HANDS ON, CLIENT-FACING WORK: All employees, even those at the most junior levels, will have the opportunity to interact with the client, oftentimes at the executive level, from day one.
  2. CLEAR COMPETENCIES: We have defined competencies that are a measurable and observable combination of knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors critical to successful job performance. These competencies were identified based on firm priorities and provide detailed performance guidelines regarding what it will take to advance and succeed in the firm.
  3. CONSISTENT, TIMELY FEEDBACK: Bi-monthly journals are reviewed with coaches where employees have candid discussions about recent accomplishments and goals within the competency areas. Annual reviews incorporate the journal entries to reflect on the year's accomplishments and as a means to help define future goals.
  4. TRAINING: We designed our curriculum with a foundation of essential consulting skills, technology our clients use and require, training on our most served industries, core courses where all Sagence professionals are expected to have at least a working knowledge, and specialized skills that are tailored to either a data management or data analytics path.

SAGEU courses are both internally and externally sourced. When selecting our courses, we took the following factors into consideration:

  1. Most importantly, we listen to our people.
    • You are on the ground working with the client daily. You help shape our training courses and provide valuable feedback for areas that need more attention. Our courses are designed to be flexible, meaning you take the class when it's convenient to and relevant for you.
  2. External market demand
    • Training for the sake of training is a waste of time. We only train you on the skills and tools that can be utilized with your clients and that will help you grow as a professional consultant.
  3. Firm philosophy, competencies, and career model
    • What good is it to have clear competencies if we don't provide you with the resources to help you meet expectations? We have aligned our training curriculum to our competency and career model so you'll know exactly how to get from point A to point B.

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    Pros

    Small secure company that cares about it's employees careers. Much greater personal growth opportunities compared to big firms. Amazing teams to work with. Highly intelligent employees with a combination on technical and business skills.

    Cons

    Much of the work is clustered in a couple industries, though the scope is expanding.

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    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Sagence.

    Interview

    First I had a phone screen with the Recruiting Director. About a week later I had a phone interview. A week or two later I had three in-person interviews -- one case-type interview and two more behavioral-type interviews.

    In general, the interviews were very conversational. The process was very quick (from first conversation to offer was about 1 month) and communication with Recruiting Director was easy and I was kept up-to-date with next steps at all times. There was little to no wondering about when I would hear back or what to expect from a conversation. Overall, it was a quick, smooth, process that allowed me to learn quite a bit about the firm and present myself well.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked to walk though a conceptual data issue for an industry in which I have no professional experience, but am at least aware of.   Answer Question
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