Specialist, Product Solutions, HFS

$150,000 - $155,000 yearly
  • The Resume Review - Recruiting Department
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Sep 08, 2022
Full time Information Technology

Job Description

SUMMARY
Experienced product manager.  A combination of strong functional knowledge of the business line paired with deep product knowledge to drive strategic change of a proprietary finance platform.  Seeks perspective from multiple stakeholders and team members to optimize value to customers and minimize risk to existing functionality.  Actively looks for opportunities for process improvements that result in higher efficiency, effectiveness, and a better user experience.
 
Has specific knowledge or expertise typically gained through formal education or equivalent experience. Uses expertise to derive technology solutions to complex problems. Requires in-depth conceptual and practical knowledge in own job discipline and basic knowledge of related job disciplines.  Works independently; receives minimal guidance. May lead projects or project steps within a broader project or may have accountability for on-going activities or objectives. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.
 
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Acting product manager to a major component of a proprietary finance platform, of which the below responsibilities are with respect
  • Creates and maintains a strategy that is aligned to the goals of sponsors
  • Exercises judgment based on the analysis of multiple sources of information
  • Finds balance between larger strategic initiatives and smaller high-value requests
  • Accountable to a refined product backlog of prioritized development
  • Daily oversight of product development including but not limited to
    • Requirements are documented clearly and understood by all relevant parties
    • Test plans are thorough
    • Validation and feedback through testing is timely
    • The team understands the goal and value of each development item
  • Performs risk assessment of development solutions to determine appropriate testing strategy
  • Accountable to training as deemed required of new technology solutions for both internal and external users
  • Participate in discovery sessions with new clients to determine impact to development scope
  • Oversee migrations to new technology including but not limited to
    • Training business users on new technology
    • Establish a roadmap of migrations
    • Oversee execution of migration
    • Put forward development requests to expedite migrations
    • Incorporate feedback of new technology from early adopters
  • Is aware of the competition and the factors that differentiate them in the market
  • Takes a new perspective on existing solutions
  • Collaborate directly with project managers, agile managers and scrum masters on milestones of both short-term (e.g. end of day milestone) and long-term (e.g. release milestone)

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills (“solutions-oriented” mindset)
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills
  • Client relationship focused (internal and external relationships)
  • Is experimental and embraces continuous improvement
  • Explains difficult or sensitive information; works to build consensus
  • Flexible and adaptable to change; capable of being a ‘change agent’ to identify and drive productivity transformation
  • Usage of workflow tools like Jira or Azure
  • Knowledge of software development life cycle and common frameworks (scrum, kanban, waterfall)

 
Qualifications:
EXPERIENCE

  • Must have at least one of the below, multiple is preferred
    • Key member of an agile transition in an organization
    • Key member of a major client onboarding (multiple over career preferred)
    • Key approver of new software delivered to production (i.e. understands the system well enough to approve test plans)
    • Acting product owner of a component of technology at your organization
    • Driver of technology solutions to solve complex problems
  • Extensive experience working with colleagues outside reporting lines
  • Experience with Investment Management and/or Financial Services
    • Alternative Asset Management specific strongly encouraged
  • Has mentored and trained multiple colleagues to be technically proficient
  • A College or University degree and relevant proven work experience
  • Certifications are a plus
    • Agile (product owner, scrum master, etc.)
    • MBA, CPA, CFA