Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

What we do at IBM


Do you know what job area you are interested in? Take a look at our YouTube channel playlist “What Students think about IBM” or find job area descriptions below.

Architect Consultant Enterprise Operations
Finance General Executive Management Hardware Development & Support
Human Resources Information Technology & Services IT Specialist
Legal Manufacturing Marketing & Communications
Product Services Project Executive Project Management
Research Sales Services Solutions Management
Software Development & Support Supply Chain Technical Services
Architect architect
Architects design the system needed to run a client’s business. They work closely with clients to understand what is needed, then map together a plan for hardware, software applications and services for technical support to build and maintain. They typically do the high level design, including some sort of cost/benefit analysis. They need to understand both the client’s business and have at least a general understanding of all the components. Other names for architect are – systems architect, systems designer, systems engineer, and more.
Consultant consultant
Consultants work with clients to help them improve their businesses. They may advise on strategy, organizational change management, technology configurations (hardware, software, etc) or using ‘big data’ among others. They help a client figure out how to use Information Technology to maximize return on investment. Typically, they study the client’s situation, analyzing priorities and create a set of recommendations for them.
Enterprise Operations Operations
These systems or technical support people manage the systems IBM uses to manage its business. People managing site locations or providing operational support are included here.
Finance ibm financing
Depending on their position, they may manage internal controls, analyze risk, advise on investments and divestments, or prepare financial reports. They could be working in accounting, credit, pricing, financial planning, business controls, business development, audit, funds management, risk and insurance management, pension management, incentives, tax, and other related areas.
General Executive Management executive management
This job category is for managers who are generalists. Usually, they have a set of programs to manage world-wide and assignments are for several years. They may make investment decisions and they do manage a business area’s profit and loss.
People in this job as a primary role are typically in the executive management pipeline.
Hardware Development & Support hardware development
Hardware Development and Support professionals design, develop and support IBM hardware and technology products including systems, servers, storage, semiconductors and emerging technologies.
Human Resources human resources ibm
HR is responsible for programs that attract and motivate people. Areas of specialty are: acquisition and outsourcing management, compensation and benefits, executive and organizational development, generalist support, learning, talent management and delivery, workforce diversity and workforce relations. Some SJSU students made a video about HR work. Here’s their version of the written description.
IT Specialist It_specialist
IT Specialists build the systems that the architects design. They make sure everything really works and do problem solving to keep things running if issues arise. They might be on a client site, or at a centralized data center.
Legal Legal
Legal beagles provide legal services, such as legal and ethical implications of plans and policies. They advise, audit, interpret and counsel on laws, agency rulings, IBM policies and practices, business conduct and ethics, and consent decrees. They negotiate legal contracts and represent IBM in all assigned legal matters.
Manufacturing ibm manufacturing
World-wide manufacturing builds every system product that IBM sells, including servers, storage systems, mainframes, semiconductors and everything in between. They manage all the steps required to build something — parts supply, assembly and test, the delivery network, and recovering equipment for reuse, redistribution, or disposal.
Marketing & Communications marketing and communications
M&C people are involved in the creation, management and execution of strategies dedicated to building the strength of IBM’s Brand across all audiences and markets – clients, market influencers, employees, partners, shareholders and local communities.
In order to drive revenue through demand generation, they perform marketing intelligence, analyzing trends; and write creative and differentiated positioning and messages. M&C people fiercely protect IBM’s brand and reputation. See what some SJSU students think about this one on YouTube
Product Services product services
These people do on-site installation, maintenance and repair of IBM and multi-vendor systems/components, including hardware, software, networking products, and operating systems. They focus on client satisfaction by advising on preventive maintenance, configuration, operation and environmental factors which may impact product performance or impair customer’s IT operation.
Project Executive ibmers
PE’s lead IBM teams that deliver outsourcing or other long term services contracts to a client. S/he is responsible for general management of their account. Their focus is on client relationship management, meeting IBM’s financial objectives while creating an environment conducive to growth and innovation.
Project Management ibm-furniture-project
PM’s lead and are accountable for the success of a project. They are responsible for the full project management process: initializing and planning projects, developing project cost structure, tracking and reporting project deliverables, managing risk, managing contracts, reporting and communications.
Research ibm research
Research professionals work on IT hardware, software and services with an objective of applying the research to transform businesses in a variety of industries. Research projects cover a wide range of exploratory work including physical and materials sciences, semiconductors, systems and storage technology, programming, scientific and technical applications, mathematics and speech technologies.
Sales SJSU student’s view of Product Marketing Managersales
Sales people work to understand client needs in order to create solutions that will help them be successful. They are responsible for customer satisfaction. These people may work in a variety of settings: face-to-face sales, call centers, teleweb, and selling through and/or with Business Partners, Alliance Partners and integrators.
Services Solutions Management service solutions manager
In technical services, these people work to understand what can make a client successful and create a solution using IBM’s (and possibly other’s) hardware, software and services. Their job is to ensure that cost case is mutually advantageous and close the deal.
Software Development & Support software development
These professionals design, develop, test and provide technical support on a wide range of IBM product software for businesses including operating systems, networks, middleware, security, and IBM software solutions.
Supply Chain supply chain
This position supports manufacturing, including services for procurement, distribution, logistics, fulfillment and more.
Their job is to optimize speed, cost, client relationships and client satisfaction.
Technical Services technical services
Technical services includes installing, operating, planning and configuring (managing) complex client information systems, products, or networking systems/components. Services may also include the integrating and testing of hardware/software solutions. They are most likely on a client location and often co-located with other vendors.

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