Associate Director, Corporate Security Investigations (Remote Opportunity)

October 30, 2019
Teaneck, NJ
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Associate Director – Corporate Security, Global Investigations

Cognizant is a global information technology (IT) consulting company. As Cognizant continues to expand its industry footprint, it seeks to hire an Associate Director to help the Company maintain a top-tier global investigations program. The Associate Director will play a pivotal role as a subject-matter expert and leader within Cognizant’s Corporate Security (CS) Global Investigations Team. The Associate Director will lead the Americas team of investigators and manage a diverse portfolio into sensitive and complex investigations. This position will support an array of internal stakeholders including Global Compliance and Ethics, Internal Audit, Finance, Legal, Human Resources and other internal business units.

The ideal candidate will have a unique combination of technical and professional skills. The candidate must be able to work collaboratively with other investigators and analysts to gather, interpret, analyze, and evaluate data and arrive at a proper conclusion for an investigation. The candidate will be required to summarize findings for senior management, other internal stakeholders, or external law enforcement. The candidate will be required to learn various business operations to ensure compliance with information security policies, best practices and recommendations. The candidate will assist in defining appropriate changes to investigations policies, processes, and work instructions. The Associate Director will report directly to the Corporate Security Global Investigations leadership, and may interact with a wide variety of stakeholders, including other investigators, Legal, and business leaders.

This position will be in the United States and will cover the Americas Region, Canada to Brazil


The CS Associate Director primary responsibilities will include:


  • Lead the Americas investigative team ensuring a logical approach to the investigations and ensuring the cases are handled in a timely manner.
  • Plan, organize and conduct investigations of alleged or suspected violations of Cognizant’s Corporate Security, Code of Ethics and other company policies and procedures.
  • Manage and conduct a full range of investigations to include, but not limited to, theft; conflict of interest; bribery; fraud; embezzlement; employee misconduct; business due diligence; litigation support; health, safety and environment; computer crime and theft of proprietary information.
  • Establish effective working relationships inside and outside the immediate team to facilitate information gathering and joint investigative efforts.
  • Work in a team environment while maintaining confidentiality and operational security of investigations.
  • Perform sensitive corporate investigations requiring significant understanding of organizational interests and business impact.
  • Obtain and preserve critical evidence to include interviews of company personnel, vendors, contractors, and related third parties.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders and business personnel to obtain data and related investigative information for research and analysis.
  • Analyze information and intelligence developed from single and multiple investigations to identify trends, patterns, common systemic causes, and internal weaknesses, and deliver recommendations to mitigate related risks.
  • Provide actionable recommendations to legal and to management regarding investigative findings and to determine appropriate actions.
  • Participate in teams and projects designed to promote the goals and objectives of the Cognizant Ethics and Compliance Program.
  • Provide subject matter expertise, consulting and training in investigative process and matters, as required.
  • Update the Company's case management system with status and outcome of all assigned investigations.
  • Maintain a safety-conscious work environment by following Cognizan t’s safety policies and safe work practices.


Education & Experience:

  • Required: Bachelor's, Criminal Justice, Accounting, Finance, Computer/Digital Forensics, Business Administration, Law or equivalent experience
  • Preferred: Master's, Criminal Justice, Accounting, Finance, Computer/Digital Forensics, Business Administration, Law or equivalent experience
  • 15 + years’ experience as a leader in an investigative position, analysing information to determine potential issues, violations, root and contributing causes
  • Fully supportive of others’ individuality and respect for diverse b ackgrounds/viewpoints in collaborative, team-oriented, problem-solving environment. Ability to integrate into a global environment
  • Demonstrated organizational, writing and communication skills; integrity and trustworthiness in previous work experience; impartiality and objectiveness
  • Familiarity with protection of intellectual property and personal identifying information (PII)
  • Demonstrated excellence in interviewing and conducting complex internal investigations
  • Excellence in the delivery of timely, well written investigative reports to senior management and executive leadership
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint and Excel etc.)
  • Willing and able to travel domestically and internationally on a regular basis at short notice (approximately 15% of the time)
  • Strong multi-tasking skills


  • Master's degree in Criminal Justice, Accounting, Finance, Computer/Digital Forensics, Law or Business Administration
  • Professional certifications such as Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), or Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP)
  • Previous law enforcement investigative experience, particularly handling white-collar, fraud and/or computer enable crimes
  • Strong general IT and InfoSec background
  • Proven ability to coordinate multiple assignments/projects and effectively lead an experienced team managing a high-volume caseload to a timely resolution
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain relationships with business partners, internal stakeholders and law enforcement agencies. Maintain collaboration across organizational boundaries to achieve goals
  • Formal training in various investigative areas, i.e. investigation process and principles, interviewing techniques, evidence collection, investigative/intelligence analysis and report writing
  • A skilful leader and manager with the ability to influence others and drive performance while seeking continuous process improvements
  • Strong ethics and integrity with proven ability to lead teams

Cognizant US Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. If you require accessibility assistance applying for open positions in the US

Company Description

Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients'​ business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 193 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at or follow us @Cognizant.

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