Head of Front Office Development & Support - Asset Management / Investment Management

  • Up to £140,000 + bonus + benefits
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • TEKsystems
  • 19 Feb 18 2018-02-19

A world-famous investment management firm have created a brand new role to oversee their front office technology for EMEA.

[Head of Front Office Development and Support, Head of Front Office Technology, EMEA Front Office Technology Manager, Head of Technology, Front Office IT Manager, Asset Manager, Investment Manager, Asset Management, Investment Management, Buy Side, Financial Services, BlackRock Aladdin, Trade Order Management Systems, OMS, Development Manager, Architecture, Vendor Manager, Project Manager, Production Services Manager, Equities, FX, Fixed Income, Derivatives]

Join a world-leading asset manager, in a role overseeing change delivery and production services for their Front Office systems. This is a brand new role dedicated to front office technology for EMEA.


  • Brand new role, heading up Front Office Technology for EMEA for a world-famous asset manager
  • They are in the process of implementing a front-back OMS and Trading Processing system – BlackRock’s Aladdin
  • They have started in the US and are extending it to the UK
  • The UK team – and therefore this hire – will own Aladdin globally, which means big visibility
  • This hire will oversee three teams in total – the Aladdin team; a bespoke dev team; and a team that covers front office apps outside of Aladdin (e.g. portfolio analytics, portfolio management, property group)
  • There will be 10 people in the UK under them, split across the teams, and c.20 in total taking offshore/matrix management into account
  • The firm is growing and investing, in new hires, new technologies, and also acquiring new companies – across the globe
  • The company is very stable, very diversified, and very cash rich

What they want

  • They need someone with strengths across multiple areas – business knowledge, client management, man management, technical knowledge, and experience working with global teams
  • Someone with a track record of successful implementations, delivering projects
  • Asset Management / Investment Management experience is essential
  • They would prefer someone from a vendor model – if not Aladdin, then e.g. Charles River, LatentZero, Thinkfolio
  • They would strongly prefer someone from a permanent background – someone who can show continuity, experience building teams, has seen people under them leave and then replace them, etc.
  • Tech Risk / Information Security considerations will be a big part of the role – he mentioned Soc 2 and ASC – each tower (including front office technology) is responsible for their systems
  • They expect the hire will come from an application development background most likely
  • The tech stack is mainly Microsoft technologies – C#, SQL Server, SSRS, Tableau, a bit of VBA
  • They would prefer someone with some ETL knowledge – any is fine
  • Preference for someone who has worked across most asset classes – Equities, FX, Fixed Income, Derivatives