Syed Muhammad Ali Zaidi

Payment Domain Expert |Techno-Functional Consultant | Scrum Master | Onsite Project Implementation and Coordination | Implementation Specialist
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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http://www.linkedin.com/in/ali-zaidi-80a59789/
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muhammada.zaidi@gmail.com
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+971558781513(UAE) | +923322367376(Pakistan)
Passionate about advancements in Payment Technology Solutions and the future of Payments. An innovative, hard-working and focused individual looking for ways to bring accessible payment to people globally. Experienced professional with a demonstrated history of around 6 years of working in the information technology and services industry with variety of clients from across the globe. 5 years of professional experience in the Payments Domain, and an in-depth understanding of the acquiring and issuing systems and their applications.
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Work Experience

Wirecard AG

Implementation Specialist
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Sep, 2017 - Current
  • Technical knowledge of system integration with regard to schemes(MasterCard/VISA etc).
  • Responsible for integration and implementation of payment card issuing projects globally.
  • Analyzing customer requests about specific features/functionality for technical feasibility and external suppliers.
  • Communicating complex information, pertaining to the solution and roadmap, in a concise and timely fashion to both internal and external stakeholers.
  • Working closely with business and sales teams in requirement gathering to determine key data input, output and functional processes.
  • Facilitating the comparative analysis, identification and evaluation of the functional utility of third party products to be used with the current application and systems.
  • Development of key technical documents e.g. architecture blueprints and appropriate Implementation specifications etc.

TPS - Cards and Payments Experts

Senior Implementation Engineer
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Jul, 2016 - Sep, 2017
  • Worked on projects including Regional Switch Acquiring/Issuing, NCR and Diebold ATMs and Cash/Cheque deposit machines, certification of different payment scheme over different transaction sets.
  • Practical experience of working on E-banking solutions like Banking middleware (switch), ATM NDCs, EMV, VISA/SMS, MASTERCARD, CUP, IVR channels, GDCI, mobile banking etc.
  • Individual on-site client support to clients in Pakistan, Africa and Middle Eastern Bank.
  • Assisting and designing of project deployment plans.
  • Assisting in requirement gathering for client projects with respect to their domain.

TPS - Cards and Payments Experts

Software Quality Assurance Engineer
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Aug, 2014 - Jun, 2016
  • Engaged in all End to End Testing of IRIS including System and Regression, Integration Testing after changes in product as desired by client.
  • On-site client support to clients in Pakistan, Africa and Middle Eastern bank.
  • Automation testing to improve the current running system of bank with future requirement of customers and improve the product by identifying the functional and professional gaps.
  • Designing of all type of test scripts required on the project or CRF

Education

University of Karachi

Bachelor of Science. Computer Engineering
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Aug, 2010 - Aug, 2014

Projects

BICE BANK GIMMAC Certification

Implementation Engineer and Coordinator
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Mar, 2015 - May, 2015

GIMMAC is the Central African Inter-Country Switch. The switch provides BICEC the ability to link directly with all the CAC Banks, instead of a single link through the member country switches.

Responsibilities:

  • To design test scripts.
  • Complete in-house testing.
  • Deployment on client-side.
  • Cut-over to Live System and managing post cut-over monitoring issues.
  • On site Managing and documentation the overall life-cycle of the Project.

Mobilink Microfinance Bank Limited VISA Certification

Implementation Engineer and Coordinator
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2015 - 2015

Performing the Complete certification of VISA issuing in MMBL.

Responsibilities:

  • To perform user acceptance testing with bank
  • Cut-over and post cut-over monitoring.

NIZWA Bank Master Card EMV Issuing Certification

Implementation Engineer
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Apr, 2016 - May, 2016

With this project NIZWA bank in OMAN was able to produce their own MasterCard EMV cards.

Responsibilities:

  • To perform user acceptance testing with bank
  • Cut-over and post cut-over monitoring.

Allied Bank limited VISA EMV Issuing and Acquiring

Implementation Engineer
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Feb, 2015 - Apr, 2015

Allied Bank (ABL) was a VISA issuer and acquirer earlier but only Mag-Stripe cards could be issued and acquired on the bank, this project enabled ABL acquire EMV cards on their system as well as issue the same.

Responsibilities:

  • To design test scripts.
  • Complete in-house testing.
  • Deployment on client-side.
  • System Integration Testing.
  • Support client in the UAT phase.
  • Cut-over to Live System and managing post cut-over monitoring issues.
  • Manage and document the overall life-cycle of the Project.

Bank AL Habib Switch Migration Project

Senior Implementation Engineer
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Oct, 2016 - Jun, 2017

BAHL IRIS switch is a solution that accommodates all the corporate transaction processes that are being followed and the ones that are introduced in this era. BAHL Payment System is a very comprehensive and detailed solution that focuses on automating all the transaction processes related to cash management from receiving the instruments from the clients.

Responsibilities:

  • Project Life-cycle Planning
  • Onsite lead for overall project implementation
  • Presenting and communicating the progress of project to all stack holders.
  • Managing Client Requests during project implementation for enhancments

Australia and New Zealand Banking

Implementation Specialist
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Nov, 2017 - Mar, 2018

The ANZ prepaid card project is a migration of around 1.5 million Multicurrency prepaid cards from VPS to Core Card.

Responsibilities: VISA scheme certification for a new instance , Helping BA in requirement gathering and understanding the SOP of previous system, Cut-over to Live System and managing post cut-over monitoring

Al - Ansari Exchange

Implementation Specialist

Al Ansari Exchange is one of the largest currency exchange in UAE.

Project is about enabling Al Ansari to issue multi currency prepaid card from Wirecard`s platform.

Skills

  • Project Management: MS Project and JIRA
  • Language / Framework: Blockchain, Microsoft ASP.NET, Microsoft C#.NET, HTML, jQuery, CSS, JSON, Bootstrap, C# etc.
  • Database: MS SQL Server, Oracle
  • Soft Skills:Communication,Decision Making, Relationship building, Team Management, Negotiation, Mentoring, Trustworthiness, Flexibility