• Up to £130,000 + Bonus and Benefits
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • EC1 Partners
  • 2019-03-07

Our client is a leading Global player in the Fintech market, providing open platforms, applications, APIs and access to real time trading data.

Director Of Product Manager – Office

  • Create the product vision, strategy and execution plan to build a best in class set of Desktop APIs and financial content and analytics offering through Office products
  • Provide leadership and direction and be accountable for the results of the team
  • Drive execution in a matrix organisation.  Anticipate and probe issues and contingencies with the early involvement of others, creating a culture that translates strategies into specific goals, tactics, action plans and deliverables
  • Report roadmap progress to Management and stakeholders; KPIs, key business deliverables and risk assessment reports
  • Drive accountability and make timely decisions and tough calls on enterprise issues and opportunities
  • Partner with Technology and Business Proposition teams to manage and oversee fully aligned communication and prioritisation as defined by the Proposition Launch Management programme
  • Create trust and credibility with Technology leads, Product Management and Propositions teams, working closely to anticipate customer expectations/needs along with industry and market trends and translate into solutions and capabilities
  • Participate in the Business Planning process by providing product expertise, express market technology trends and demands and assess technical feasibility of Business cases and company investments
  • Define and promote a customer centric culture within the team.  Foster a culture of innovation and encourage colleagues to think differently in finding solutions to delight customers

Specific responsibilities:

  • Oversee the delivery of content and analytics through Office products including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office
  • Oversee the design of Productivity Tools for Investment Banking workflows 
  • Drive the exposure of server side analytics into Office environments
  • Lead the design of APIs that will expose desktop services (ie settings, notifications, file repositories etc) 
  • Drive the design of APIs that will allow for interoperability with other desktop applications
  • Liaise with other Platform stakeholders to align to strategic APIs and contribute to data model standards 
  • Ensure an impeccable customer experience
  • Accountable for the overall performance and Quality of the Office and Desktop API suite


Key Career Experiences:

  • Strong alignment and collaboration with Technology Leads, Product and Proposition teams.  Proven communicator, able to influence Technology, Product and Customer Facing teams
  • Experience of working to strict performance, quality and timescale requirements
  • Competent at building strong customer relationships and resolving issues
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to communicate product vision and strategy to large number of employees globally
  • Thought leadership, innovation and customer mindset
  • Articulates technical and non-technical information effectively to multiple audiences and levels. Demonstrates active listening
  • Appreciates and drives change in the organisation as well as the impacts and consequences of those changes
  • Ability to anticipate and identify threats and opportunities, and create innovative strategies

Essential Skills/Experience Required:

  • Masters in a related quantitative role or science field strongly recommended: Computer Science, Mathematics, Computer Engineering, Physics or equivalent
  • Knowledge of:
    • Software deployment - specifically Office Add-ins
    • VBA, Python 
    • XML, REST, RPC, GraphQL
  • Advanced knowledge of JIRA and project management methodologies
  • Demonstrate thought leadership and vision in the creation and delivery of platforms and solutions
  • Continuously maintain an innovative mindset, challenge the teams to achieve continuous improvement around process, product management methodologies, technology trends and overall efficiency supported by the appropriate metrics 
  • Communicate confidently and concisely to both technologists and non-technologists. 
  • Proven ability to translate the product vision/strategy into clear priorities and direction
  • Strong experience in Product Management; Can understand and detail end-user workflows, and produce accurate Product Requirements, mock-ups and roadmaps
  • Ability to understand the business and practices of a global organisation and to deliver to demands in an agile way that meets customer demands.  
  • Strong team player with experience in working with virtual teams from different functions/regions
  • Highly collaborative with proven ability to quickly establish trust and credibility; demonstrates confidence to navigate the matrix and identify key stakeholders and their respective needs
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong financial and commercial acumen
  • Strong culture of creating beautiful end-user APIs and user experience, and being able to transmit this culture across the team

 Desired Skills/Experience Required:

  • Business degree preferred 
  • Technical awareness of:
    • API Design Tools, ie Swagger
    • R, Julia
    • Office 355, Google Docs
    • Balsamiq, Sketch, Axure, JIRA
    • Design of Microservices