Vice President, Agile Manager Specialist, HFS

$120,000 - $140,000 yearly
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  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Sep 01, 2021
Full time Information Technology

Job Description

Job description
The role involves working for this company's Hedge Fund Services, a global fund administrator, specializing in complex hedge funds and alternative asset investments.  The successful candidate will be an ambitious self-starter who has demonstrated the ability to function as an effective and strategic leader/manager in a dynamic, fast-paced and demanding environment. This individual will have a strong technical background, experience working within the Financial Services industry and a proven track record of solving business problems.  The role will be a key part of our hedge fund administration business and will be visible to many teams and partners.    
This role is responsible for agile execution on the Program Management team. This Program Management team is one of others that is a part of Hedge Fund Services Change Management group. The Agile Project Management function is responsible for executing on product-focused visions aligned to HFS’ business strategy – optimizing technology sequencing and delivery. 
Major Duties:
  • Responsible for managing strategic development execution to support the Omnium Platform and various segment stakeholders/clients.
  • Responsible for managing the software development pipeline – from feature prioritization to coordinating the deployment to production – for selected Omnium Platform applications and/or services. 
  • Demonstrate T-shaped skills in the areas of agile project management, scrum mastering/agile coaching, release planning and project management. 
  • Lead regular meetings with development managers/developers, product solutions specialist(s), project managers, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders to prioritize development and coordinate testing and release management.
  • Backlog grooming and prioritization utilizing tools such as Jira in collaboration with business sponsors, product solutions, development teams and project managers that align to client and business objectives. Manage reprioritization and negotiations between stakeholders as needed.  Collaborate with peer agile managers when sequencing requirements are cross-workstreams.
  • Responsible for reporting on development team activities and preparing development roadmaps visualizations for stakeholder transparency.
  • Lead release planning activities to ensure successful delivery to production. Create release versions in partnership with development team(s), communicate and manage release testing timelines and support production coordination in partnership with release management. Ensure tight testing coordination with peers across omnium applications.
  • Demonstrate leadership within the organization; proactively identify ways to demonstrate continuous improvement across teams. Facilitate continuous improvement best practices, identify broken processes and recommend process improvements to streamline and optimize delivery execution. 
  • Self-motivated to drive innovation, advance the adoption of agile best practices across the organization and proactively contribute to SDLC enhancements. 
  • This position requires commitment to exceptional results, a strong desire for continuous improvement, a willingness to experiment and learn, and the ability to build strong relationships with multi-disciplined teams.
  • Use sound judgement to escalate issues appropriately and timely, including solution options and associated impacts to drive effective decision making.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking to anticipate and connect opportunities to drive the project forward and resolve challenges / escalations.
  • Collaborate with project management to keep them informed on software development as it relates to critical projects to ensure the delivery plans are executed against agreed milestones.
  • Demonstrate leadership within the team; effectively lead meetings, drive agendas, set high expectations, hold team accountable for results, be proactive on execution and follow-up on takeaways.
  • Understand the business functions, clients and products to think strategically, effectively lead the team through change and solution issues.
  • Display a balanced, cross-functional perspective, liaising with the business and working with the team itself to improve efficiency, effectiveness and productivity in project execution.
  • Demonstrate strong collaboration with others and high emotional intelligence to build productive and strategic relationships.
  • Self-starter, performs independently with little supervision and coaching, leads and directs the efforts of team(s) to improve the delivery of quality client service. Coordinates with teams within and outside of HFS.
  • Proactively recommends and champions efforts to improve overall service quality and promote employee engagement.
  • Viewed as a leader and influences peers, team, supervisor, clients, other BAU teams, Sr Managers, all NT Servicing Teams, vendors, industry groups and external parties.
  • Serves as a mentor and coach for others.
  • Maintain focus on diversity and inclusion.
Qualifications: Knowledge / Skills:
  • Seasoned expert with technical and / or business/industry knowledge and functional expertise
  • Expert knowledge of all BAU functions and process flows; able to lead projects and BPO efforts across BAU team and across this company's organization
  • Demonstrates strong client service capabilities
  • Sound platform capability knowledge, applicable product and related industry knowledge surrounding best practices and competitive landscape
  • Proven track record of excellent project management execution, including complex, long-term strategic initiatives
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to change; capable of being a ‘change agent’ to identify and drive productivity transformation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills (“solutions-oriented” mindset)
  • Client relationship focused (internal and external relationships)
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and with accuracy
  • Ability to run a meeting and drive an agenda  
  • Excellent client-service skills and high emotional intelligence (EQ) 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and with accuracy 
  • Innovative reporting which fits Agile framework.
  • A College or University degree and relevant proven work experience
  • Certifications in Agile project management is a plus
  • A minimum of 8-15+ years of experience; Agile or project management preferred
  • Experience with Investment Management and/or Financial Services; Alternative Asset Management specific a plus
  • Proven product and / or project management practice
  • Familiarity with Atlassian tools or a willingness to learn (Jira, Jira Portfolio, Confluence)
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio) 
  • Familiarity with project management tools and concepts 
  • Familiarity with Agile development methodologies and concepts 
  • Experience using VBA, Python or other scripting languages not required but a plus
  • A genuine desire and capability to work in a fast-paced, professional, inclusive environment which requires teamwork, well-honed problem-solving skills, frequent re-prioritization, deadline management, ongoing and comprehensive communication, constant attention to detail, and a commitment to continuous improvement and best practices