A fantastic opportunity to join a top global asset manager in a front office, Project / Change role. Knowledge of Aladdin is crucial to this role as it will help drive how the multi asset business maximise it's potential.
Partner closely with the Multi Asset Investment business, including investment, risk and product teams.
Establish a deep knowledge of how Multi Asset use the Aladdin platform and other technology.
Understand investment business requirements and propose solution options that allow the investment desk to extract the greatest value from Aladdin.
Work in partnership with Technology teams to define and deliver functionality outside Aladdin where specific requirements / services levels cannot be met by Aladdin
Participate in project initiatives ensuring that changes to the Investment platform and associated business processes are carefully understood and implemented.
Drive scalability and efficiency improvements, reducing cost and complexity in the operating model
Focus on data quality – ensure processes are aligned to maintain appropriate standard
Reduce operational risk by leveraging usage of Aladdin platform
Overview of role
Provide assistance to the Multi Asset teams operating on the investment platform, with primary focus on Aladdin. This involves establishing a deep knowledge of Aladdin functionality used by Multi Asset and working closely with Global Technology, Operations and BRS to provide comprehensive solutions.
Define operating requirements for BAU, new products, instruments,
Connect Multi Asset with the operational functions to deliver platform requirements across Operations, Technology and other teams.
Support resolution of any relevant operational issues with other process owners (both ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’) as they arise
Manage the escalation of support issues with BRS and internal teams.
Oversee and report performance against agreed service levels.
Provide input into strategic platform enhancements and target operating model definition.
Challenge thinking and innovate - identify potential efficiency gains deriving from process re-engineering/process automation & org structure/best use of resources
Promote consistency and reduce complexity across mandates and processes with a view to streamlining and reducing exceptions
Work in partnership with Technology Teams and Multi Asset business teams on the development of any in-house built technology/decommissioning of legacy systems
Maximise the benefits available in Aladdin and clearly communicate enhancements/roadmap development items where there are gaps in Aladdin capabilities which are being fulfilled through user defined tools and operational processes.
Experience and Skills
Experience working in an asset manager or similar organisation, with experience working directly with Multi Asset Investment teams (i.e. Fund Managers, Implementation Teams, Risk and Compliance teams).
Strong understanding of Investment Workflows (Portfolio Construction and modelling , Target Management, Order Management and Execution).
Appreciation of Portfolio Compliance and Risk functions and processes.
Understanding of Investment Performance and attribution.
Experience of BlackRock Aladdin platform or similar.
Experience working with external vendors / third party suppliers also beneficial.
Confidence to engage in discussions with colleagues across the investment, operations, change and technology functions. It is important to be able to challenge and direct discussions as part of this.
Strong understanding of business processes, technology and data management as part of the investment lifecycle.
Problem solving ability within a complex environment.
Ability to define and document business requirements to a high standard. Experience with the appropriate methods and tools (i.e., BPML/UML hosting workshops, process flows, Visio).
Ability to negotiate pragmatic solutions that meet conflicting business requirements.
Good technical knowledge and ability to translate between IT and the business.
Awareness of full project life cycle including defining user requirements, defining test scenarios and user acceptance testing.
Strong inter-personal and organisational skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to operate under pressure and deliver to demanding deadlines.