Director - Product Management - Trading Platforms
Boston, MA 
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Posted 24 days ago
Job Description

At MFS, you will find a culture that supports you in doing what you do best. Our employees work together to reach better outcomes, favoring the strongest idea over the strongest individual. We put people first and demonstrate care and compassion for our community and each other. Because what we do matters - to us as valued professionals and to the millions of people and institutions who rely on us to help them build more secure and prosperous futures.

What you will be responsible for:

THE ROLE

The Director, Product Management - Trading Platforms will work with key stakeholders to manage the ongoing development of MFS trading platforms, including the Charles River Investment Management System and other key trading applications and environments across asset classes. In conjunction with trading and technology leadership, manage the business strategy, requirements setting and prioritization for streamlined work across trading systems, including project management for implementations, platform upgrades, patches, system stability, resiliency and the coordination of ongoing development. This person will manage vendor relationships, and partner with GTIO leaders to ensure technology teams can staff and execute in a manner that strengthens business outcomes. Align Agile teams dedicated to trading to meet the overall portfolio management, trading and risk needs; communicate roadmap and milestones accordingly.


WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • In cooperation with trading and technology leadership, organize the overall work for trading technology and workflow process, including the successful implementation, delivery and enhancement of The Charles River Investment Management System, its corresponding applications, and other key trading applications across asset classes.
  • Work with key internal and external stakeholders and leaders, including other investment division product owners, to establish and manage vision for, refine a cohesive product strategy and a corresponding roadmap.
  • In cooperation with others, envision and ensure improvements to the Platform SDLC processes that are required for trading platform stability are captured in the Agile planning process.
  • Serve as a Product Owner for one to two Agile team, as well as coordinate and harmonize a cohesive planning effort across all relevant Agile teams.
  • Manage two Product Owners. In conjunction with the Agile Enablement Office, coach toward a cohesive and consistent approach toward work for Global Trading.
  • Quarterback vendor relationships, including the Charles River Investment Management System business relationships, ensuring clear communication on development requirements, priorities, work in flight and deliverables.
  • Coordinate with the Global Trading leadership team and vendors to ensure stories are well articulated, organized and appropriated prioritized.
  • Partner with GTIO to ensure stories include clear expectations for internal vs vendor team requirements, and that communication is clear and fluid between teams.
  • Accountable for achieving business outcomes through Agile delivery. Serve as primary communicator between stakeholders, technology and operations managers and the Agile Team. Build alignment amongst all parties, including Global Technology and Investment Operations, on how to best support the business needs, including for testing and documentation.
  • Envision and build project metrics and strong feedback loops to ensure continuous sharing of information, value delivery and to continue to strengthen the Agile process.
  • Working with the Director of Global Trading and Senior Tech Director, participate in the development of the technology budget for Global Trading.
  • Collaborate with legal, risk and compliance teams to ensure product and capability roadmap improves workflow and operational risk oversight capabilities and aligns to policy and regulation.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders on models and applications to support bespoke workflows, which may include trade and broker allocation, surveillance and analytics to support best execution.
  • Develop clear acceptance criteria that guide the team to producing "done" increments, while fostering an iterative approach to problem solving and analytics development.
  • Actively manages internal and external dependencies and impediments that could impact the team's completion of sprint goals. Actively collaborates with other product owners on work that has interdependencies or contingencies between Agile teams.
  • Participates in scrum ceremonies (Scrum, Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, Sprint Review, and Retrospective) and longer-term planning exercises (Road Mapping, Release Planning).
  • Participates in the internal Agile Enablement efforts to exchange knowledge and build skills.
  • Continually enhances knowledge of systems, products, emerging technology and industry dynamics, and educates internal teams accordingly.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities as required.


WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required. Master's degree or equivalent preferred.
  • Minimum of 12-15 years' experience in supporting trading applications, with deep subject matter expertise on The Charles River Investment Management System, trading data and analytics and more.
  • Experience operating as a Product Owner on an Agile Team, and/or a background in leading and organizing large strategic projects and navigating the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the investment and trading process, investment data and corresponding technologies.
  • Proven ability to align functional domain expertise and solutions to meet the changing demands of clients, competitors, and regulators.
  • Open-minded approach to problem solving - commercial, yet creative
  • Excellent communication skills, self-starter, positive attitude, team player
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and management skills, including the ability to work across the organization and interact/influence/negotiate effectively at all levels of management and peers.

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At MFS, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace. If you are excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage you to apply - you might be just the right candidate for this role or others.

What we offer:
  • Generous time-off provided: including "Responsible time off" for many roles, paid company holidays when the US Stock Exchange is closed, plus paid volunteer time
  • Family Focus: Up to 20 weeks of paid leave for new parents, back-up care program, dependent care flexible spending account, adoption assistance, generous caregiver leave
  • Health and Welfare: Competitive medical, vision and dental plans, plus tax-free health savings accounts with company contributions
  • Wellness Programs: Robust wellness webinars, employee assistance program, gym reimbursement through our medical plans, fitness center discounts and more
  • Life & Disability Benefits: Company-paid basic life insurance and short-term disability
  • Financial Benefits: 401(k) savings plan, Defined Contribution plan- 15% of base salary invested into the Plan, competitive total compensation programs

MFS is a hybrid work environment (remote/onsite) unless otherwise stated in the job posting.

This position will require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of their job responsibilities, unless MFS approves an exemption as an accommodation due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Submission of an exemption request does not guarantee that an exemption will be approved or that the request can be accommodated.

If any applicant is unable to complete an application or respond to a job opening because of a disability, please contact MFS at 617-954-5000 or email for assistance.

MFS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws. Employees and applicants of MFS will not be subject to harassment on the basis of their status. Additionally, retaliation, including intimidation, threats, or coercion, because an employee or applicant has objected to discrimination, engaged or may engage in filing a complaint, assisted in a review, investigation, or hearing or have otherwise sought to obtain their legal rights under any Federal, State, or local EEO law is prohibited. Please see the Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal document and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision, linked for your reference.


MFS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws. Employees and applicants of MFS will not be subject to harassment on the basis of their status. Additionally, retaliation, including intimidation, threats, or coercion, because an employee or applicant has objected to discrimination, engaged or may engage in filing a complaint, assisted in a review, investigation, or hearing or have otherwise sought to obtain their legal rights under any Federal, State, or local EEO law is prohibited. Click here to view the EEO is the Law poster and supplement.

 

Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
12 to 15 years
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