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City of London Contract Posted: Friday, 7 December 2018
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Project Manager - Asset Management

Company Overview

As a global investment manager, we help institutions, intermediaries and individuals across the planet meet their goals, fulfil their ambitions, and prepare for the future. But as the world changes, so do our clients' needs. That's why we have a long history of adapting to suit the times and keeping our focus on what matters most to our clients.

Doing this takes experience and expertise. We bring together people and data to spot the trends that will shape the future. This provides a unique perspective which allows us to always invest with conviction. We are responsible for £447 of assets for our clients who trust us to deliver sustainable returns. We remain determined to build future prosperity for them, and for all of society. Today, we have 4,100 people across six continents who focus on doing just this.

We are a global business that's managed locally. This allows us to always keep our clients' needs at the heart of everything we do. For over two centuries and more than seven generations we've grown and developed our expertise in Tandem with our clients' needs and interests. Explore our interactive timeline to see how we've been shaping financial futures since our very beginnings.

Schroders' culture and core values of Integrity, Passion, Teamwork, Innovation and Excellence are fundamental to our success, and it is important we reflect them in everything we do.

Schroders provides industry leading benefits from core components of pension, life assurance and private health care, through to an extensive range of Health and Wellbeing benefits, gym membership in London and an Employee Assistance Programme to improve both the physical and mental wellbeing of our teams.

Team Overview

IT at Schroders is not just about technology; it's about problem solving using cutting edge technology to support the business and deliver high end solutions. We encourage innovation and value excellence. We are a global function that's managed locally and this allows us to develop and deploy systems and processes across our international offices. To learn how we've grown, explore our interactive timeline to see how we've been shaping financial futures since our very beginnings.

Operations Technology is a delivery function supporting the primary operational capabilities across Schroders such as; Investment Accounting, Reconciliations, Transaction Processing, Trade Operations, Derivative Operations, Asset Servicing, Collateral and Margining, Cash Management and TPA Reporting.

The team work closely with the business and its supporting change functions to provide on-going support for all forms of technical delivery including Project Management. The team also provide robust design solutions that meet the needs of the business and remain aligned to our Investment Technology strategic vision.

We also recognise that successfully balancing personal and professional commitments brings out the best in our teams and therefore all roles in Global Technology are reviewed for suitability for flexible working arrangements, with this specific opportunity available to applicants from 3 to 5 days per week. We passionately believe that individual performance is enhanced by embracing the whole individual and structuring a working environment that supports them.

Role Overview

Operations Technology are currently engaged in a series of change initiatives across many disciplines.

Large in-flight projects include:

On boarding of new clients and assets onto the Investment Platform, enabling new complex OTC instruments, enabling new trading support and cash management tools, building of new core data platforms (eg security master) and mandatory platform upgrades and regulatory change.

The Project Manager will be responsible for contributing to and controlling all aspects of the delivery life cycle from inception through to the formal release process into the production environment. The Project Manager will also be responsible for producing regular stakeholder reporting artefacts such as steering committee papers, weekly reports and will own and govern a financial budget aligned to the delivery.

Successful candidates will need to have experience delivering (or worked in a team delivering) projects across the full investment platform, covering business capabilities such as portfolio management, cash management, trading, trade and derivative operations, portfolio accounting, operational regulations, performance measurement and client reporting.

Key Responsibilities

    • Manage projects to budget and delivering agreed functionality using the Schroders technology life cycle, processes and procedures
    • To participate in a defined programme of work and manage the communication to enable this
    • To liaise with the business units in order to accurately identify business requirements/needs and provide effective solutions in a timely and cost effective manner
    • To manage the translation of these requirements into functional specifications and robust business processes
    • To liaise with external suppliers to ensure effective implementation of 3rd party applications
    • To liaise with the engineering teams to ensure accurate delivery from specification

To manage and support the testing and implementation of business initiatives

  • Support the Investment Solutions Practice Lead and Head of Investment Technology to define and remain aligned to the Technology Platform vision/strategy
  • Responsible for coaching, mentoring and leading the analysis team in order to improve the standards across the team
  • Support Capability [Product] owners and leads to ensure that features and stories to be delivered by the Technology Capability teams are suitably defined and structured
  • Accountable for ensuring committed objectives are met within agreed timelines
  • Accountable for contributing to all elements of planning, including estimates for analysis assignments, testing and the support acceptance process
  • Participate enthusiastically and effectively in Schroders agile ceremonies
  • Supporting the development of the wider GT organisation through leadership of communities, guilds or key involvement in other non-core activities

General and Technical Skills

  • Proven track record of project delivery within a middle/Back Office environment within an Asset Management House
  • Previous exposure to and ability to work well with Investment and Operations personnel
  • Have experience of the full project life cycle, from initial requirements gathering through to implementation and ongoing support
  • Ability to remain positive when under pressure
  • Inspiring and collaborative leader
  • Friendly, approachable, enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Ability to manage a small to medium size team with minimal supervision in a very dynamic and time critical business environment
  • Knowledge and experience of development or testing skills and tools
  • Comfortable engaging with senior stakeholders within the business and wider GT in both written and verbal form
  • Ability to produce management level information packs/presentations for senior stakeholders
  • Experience of working with global colleagues and stakeholders and sensitivity to cultural differences, times zones etc.
  • Excellent understanding of the Investment Management business with specific focus on the core Investment Platform capabilities; Fund management, trading, confirmation, settlement, reconciliations, cash management, accounting, performance, reporting etc.
  • Excellent ability to communicate how the Investment Technology team contributes to the wider business and Global Technology strategies

Schroders is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of sex, marital status, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious belief or age.

City of London, UK
6 months
Resource Solutions - Schroders
07/12/2018 12:23:37

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