Vice President, Product Management

IHS Markit
Raleigh, USA
Jan 21, 2021
Jan 22, 2021
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
The IHS Markit Financial Services Solutions division is seeking a Head of Product for the Wall Street Office (WSO) software suite to transform the Product Development Operating Model, define and deliver our product roadmap, and continue to modernize how we bring product to market. The WSO Software suite provides a wide range of solutions designed to make the management of bank loan portfolios and structured deals an efficient and accurate process.

The position will encompass owning all aspects of operating an enterprise software product organization at scale. This includes aligning commercial strategies and product prioritization all the way through building and monitoring an SDLC that optimizes throughput without compromising quality. This individual must be able to build credibility with an established globally distributed product and engineering team and serve as the internal and external evangelist for the WSO platform.

This individual will work in a senior capacity, partnering with managers from across the Solutions division to deliver against the objectives of the platform and the broader division overall. They are expected to become fluent in all Solutions products, collaborating to rationalize, integrate and streamline capabilities across our portfolio of assets.

  • Drive sustained health, growth, and commercial success of the WSO software suite
  • Institute and iterate on a Product Development Operating Model that supports the unique aspects of WSO platform and capabilities and appropriately aligns with the principles and goals set at the Solutions level. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Build team structures with the appropriate roles and responsibilities
    • Refine idea and prioritization processes that build consensus and excitement
    • Represent the voice of stakeholders by maintaining and prioritizing a product backlog to ensure that development teams are working on stories that maximize business value and meet defined success criteria
    • Analyzes priorities, maintains the product roadmap and works with engineering to ensure that work is progressing according to plan. Participate in the agile development process, evaluate project/product status, and communicate progress and risks appropriately.
    • Maintain artifacts and a communication framework for internal and external stakeholders that provide appropriate transparency to the product development machinery
    • Oversee release and go-to-market processes coordinating with sales, marketing and product teams to ensure smooth and productive rollouts
    • Champion continuous improvement processes at all levels of the SDLC
    • Utilize the appropriate toolsets to facilitate transparency, improve velocity and maintain the highest of quality
  • Partner with Commercial Leads to balance current business objectives and investments necessary for long term strategic growth
    • Work with the Commercial Leads to set the strategic vision and the associated product roadmap
    • Collaborate effectively with our strategic alliance partners to maximize the combined value proposition for our shared clients
    • Provide product expertise and advocacy by delivering presentations to internal and external stakeholders
    • Represent the firm's capabilities and strategy at client and prospect meetings/events, gathering feedback and presenting the product vision to the market
    • Partner with the Commercial Strategy leads to bring together and analyze competitive intelligence, informing strategy and providing sales organization with competitive differentiation points for our solutions and functional capabilities
    • Stay attuned to industry trends, markets and alternative product offerings and conceptualize impacts and response
  • Actively manage product team's professional development
    • Grow existing talent and process maturity level
    • Set reasonable stretch goals for your team members and manage progress
    • Create an environment that rewards excellence and accountability
  • Leverage good User Experience and User Centered Design principles
    • Raise client empathy and persona understanding across your team
    • integrate UX design as a critical function within your product development operating model
    • Influence the transition approach from a legacy technology architecture to a modern technology architecture

The Person
  • Hands-on, high impact strategic leader
  • Must have a strong background in B2B SaaS product management, software development and data management
  • Must be resourceful, accountable, self-motivated and passionate about building product and teams that win
  • Demonstrated ability of building products with strong blend of management, technical, creative, and business talent
  • Seasoned senior professional with ability to work effectively across organizational/functional boundaries and contribute to broader strategic agenda of the company
  • Has user context/empathy and ability to translate that into compelling solutions and user experiences
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build and sustain client relationships and motivate a large product development organization
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to apply adaptive and creative approaches
  • Ability to develop and manage cross functional processes and project timelines and collaborate across multiple stakeholders and constituents

Required Competencies & Experience
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience working in financial services technology
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience building and managing product development teams at scale including significant SaaS and cloud native experience
  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in computer science, business, finance, economics, physical science, or mathematics
  • Solid technology grounding with an understanding of the SDLC of distributed SaaS applications
  • In-depth understanding of Agile process and principles. Ability to interpret business and technical needs and translate them into themes, epics and user stories
  • Specific knowledge of the investment industry (financial instruments, workflows, major players, trends, etc.)
  • Knowledge of and experience with user centered software design
  • Excellent skills in MS-Word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint

Ideal Competencies & Experience
  • Experience in product management developing and delivering a multi-tier financial applications
  • Experience in alternative assets/loans portfolio solutions and servicing is a strong plus
  • Understanding of workflow and analytics needs of key market segments, including asset managers and asset owners
  • Knowledge of Bank Loans/CLO market and industry requirements/challenges
  • Experience with WSO software suite
  • Master's degree with quantitative orientation and/or CFA is a definite plus
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