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Vice President, API Product Manager Aladdin Wealth Tech

New York, USA
Closing date
Jun 7, 2023

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

BlackRock is one of the world's preeminent asset management firms and a premier provider of global investment management, risk management and advisory services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors around the world. BlackRock's mission is to create a better financial future for our clients. We have a responsibility to be the voice of the investor, and we represent each client fairly and equally. Constant communication with a diverse team of partners strengthens us and delivers better results for our clients. Continuous innovation helps us bring the best of BlackRock to our clients. BlackRock offers a range of solutions - from rigorous fundamental and quantitative active management approaches aimed at maximizing outperformance to highly efficient indexing strategies designed to gain broad exposure to the world's capital markets. Our clients can access our investment solutions through a variety of product structures, including individual and institutional separate accounts, mutual funds and other pooled investment vehicles, and the industry-leading iShares® ETFs.

About Aladdin Wealth Tech:

Aladdin Wealth Tech is a fast-growing fintech business operating within BlackRock Solutions. Our mission is to leverage the power of Aladdin's analytics, technology, and data to give wealth management firms the edge they need to grow their private client businesses. Through our proprietary platform, we equip wealth management businesses with advisor tools, risk monitoring capabilities, portfolio construction & management tools, and business insights. The team operates as one cohesive global unit spanning client, product, and engineering, and we pride ourselves on getting things done while delivering new business value quickly and frequently. We are passionate about finding new ways to solve important problems in our industry using technology and data.

Your Role and Impact:

As an Aladdin Wealth Product Manager leading our API and Integrations offering, you will help define, manage, and execute on the Aladdin Wealth API & Integrations roadmap with a mission to facilitate seamless integration points between the Aladdin Wealth platform and our Clients' applications. Aladdin Wealth offers a broad suite of easy-to-use flexible APIs built for scale plus many other integration patterns, and we have ambitions to expand our API & Integrations suite to offer even deeper integrations with our Clients and through third-party partnerships for a varied set of use cases. Often times Aladdin Wealth sits alongside a wealth manager's core banking and other internal systems, our client-facing external APIs complement our front-end applications and allow clients to derive maximal value from Aladdin Wealth by leveraging the same data and analytics in their workflows outside of Aladdin Wealth. We believe APIs and Integration capabilities are a full-fledged Product offering which needs to be managed and built thoughtfully and holistically just like our front-end applications.

You're accountable for defining API & Integrations product strategy, authoring the roadmap, and executing across the entire product lifecycle. You're also accountable for supporting clients directly in their implementation of our integrations capabilities, delivering a great experience for developers at our clients and prospects. You'll be tasked with initiating, evaluating, and implementing third-party partnership integrations. We expect our PMs to be strongly commercially-minded, proposing new features, validating them in the market, and owning commercial outcomes. You'll work closely with engineering and business partners to innovate, conceptualize, design and pilot new capabilities to simplify our clients' business problems and enable them to impact their commercial goals.

Key Responsibilities:

Product Management: A passion for and hands-on experience defining and managing APIs and/or Integrations as a Product, identifying and prioritizing development to improve capabilities, and executing across the full product lifecycle, from ideation to development, testing, go-to-market, and documentation on developer portal.
Wealth Management: Fluency in the wealth management ecosystem to understand our clients and how our API integrations add value to our partners and clients in the ecosystem
Client Engagement and Onboarding: As the PM focused on APIs and Integrations, you should love engaging directly with Clients, from working with highly technical partners on initial integration setups to presenting integration plans and workflows to project leads. Spending so much time with clients will put you in a great position to evolve the Product to better serve current and future Clients
Storytelling and Documentation: Author, tell, and evangelize the story of the APIs and Integrations as a Product within Aladdin Wealth. Own first-rate technical documentation and client-facing integration plans that bring Aladdin Wealth's Integration and API story to life.
Roll-up-your sleeves execution: You are the driver of execution, hands-on working with engineers to bring your vision to life. Run point on day-to-day operational issues and leverage subject matter expertise to resolve them as quickly as possible.
Technical Partnership: Partner with engineers throughout the development process from idea conception to product launch
1Aladdin & BlackRock engagement: Establish a clear and shared vision for your area of ownership with consensus and excitement across the firm

Desired Qualifications:

5+ years of product management experience, ideally in wealth management or asset management, closely dealing with APIs as product
Bachelor's degree in a technical field or equivalent experience
Experience in designing and building APIs for external use and /or experience with consuming external APIs as core integration block in product development
Understanding of product and software development lifecycles including experience with agile development practices
Experience authoring technical documentation
Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional projects including engineering and product.
Familiarity with various API standards and protocols (REST/JSON) and web technologies (Http, Webhooks)
Experience in data modeling, object-oriented programming and DB query languages
Familiarity in leading cloud & messaging technologies (such as Kafka/event bus, Pub/Sub) and hands knowledge of Python is a huge plus
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to deliver presentations and communicate up and down the organization and external clients
Strong interpersonal, problem-solving, and planning skills

For New York City only: The salary range for this position is $161,500 - $200,000. Additionally, employees are eligible for an annual discretionary bonus, and benefits including heath care, leave benefits, and retirement benefits. BlackRock operates a pay-for-performance compensation philosophy and your total compensation may vary based on role, location, and firm, department and individual performance.

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

Our hybrid work model

BlackRock's hybrid work model is designed to enable a culture of collaboration and apprenticeship that enriches the experience of our employees, while supporting flexibility for all. Employees are currently required to work at least 3 days in the office each week, with the flexibility to work from home up to 2 days a week; some business groups may require more time in the office due to their roles and responsibilities. Beginning in September, all employees will shift to at least 4 days in the office per week, with the flexibility to work from home 1 day a week. We remain focused on increasing the impactful moments that arise when we work together in person - aligned with our commitment to performance and innovation. As a new joiner, you can count on this hybrid model to accelerate your learning and onboarding experience here at BlackRock.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children's educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment - the one we make in our employees. It's why we're dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

For additional information on BlackRock, please visit @blackrock | Twitter: @blackrock | LinkedIn:

BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.

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