Product Manager - 12 month fixed term contract

Schroders Investment Management
London, United Kingdom
21 Aug 2021
23 Aug 2021
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
About Schroders
We're a global investment manager. We help institutions, intermediaries and individuals around the world invest money to meet their goals, fulfil their ambitions, and prepare for the future.
We have around 6,000 people on six continents. And we've been around for over 200 years, but keep adapting as society and technology changes. What doesn't change is our commitment to helping our clients, and society, prosper.

The base
We moved into our new HQ in the City of London in 2018. We're close to our clients, in the heart of the UK's financial centre. And we have everything we need to work flexibly.

The team
The Data Insights Unit (DIU)'s mission is to bring scientific rigour to all business decisions in Schroders. In essence we do this by:
1. making available new data sources,
2. unlocking the value in data by providing a research service, answering business questions by analysing these datasets,
3. scaling the value in data by building Insight Products: generalising those analyses or anticipating those questions by alerting people to relevant changes before they know to ask.
Through all these we use specialist Data Science tools and techniques: Big Data technologies, Intelligence Augmentation and Artificial Intelligence techniques, and insights from the world of Behavioural Science.

The quantity of information available for investment research purposes is increasing at such a rate that traditional industry practices and skillsets are unable to absorb and process it. Global trends in digitalisation, social media, open data and technology are all creating vast streams of alternative data that are often highly unstructured and obscure. However, they contain valuable and often rare insights. The DIU aims to find these new and potentially unorthodox datasets, extract the rich, hidden information they contain and use their expertise to improve traditional fundamental research.

First established in 2015, the DIU's team of over 30 data professionals is at the forefront of rethinking how to blend together technology (data, algorithms, software) with expert human judgement (especially research analysts and fund managers) to deliver the best outcomes for our clients

Team Culture
The Data Insights Unit is a friendly, dynamic and exciting team, and we welcome applications from a diverse range of individuals at all levels of hiring. Schroders has strong support for flexible working practices, including modern technology for remote working. As such we offer a friendly and welcoming home for diverse and neuro-diverse individuals with various home/family arrangements.

The DIU consciously adopts a strengths-based style of management and personal development. We strive to understand people's motivations and strengths and orient their roles to play to these. This applies to their immediate role and as part of their ongoing career development into future roles.

What you'll do
The DIU Product Manager will be responsible for ensuring that Schroders clients are well informed of the DIU's work for investment through client meetings, press engagements, and published papers.
This includes the provision of material that can be used by Product and Distribution colleagues, including presentations, written thought pieces, press articles and RFPs. It will include being the primary point of contact for DIU client meetings. The ultimate goal is to ensure that Schroders clients understand the value that the DIU and data science brings to fundamental investment at Schroders This role is one of the key focal points of the DIU's relationships with other groups across the business including with Distribution, Wealth Management, Content, Marketing and other product teams within the Investment division.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about the edge that data science and alternative data gives investors at Schroders and can channel that into excellent relationships with our clients to better inform them of the role of the DIU.

The knowledge, experience and qualifications you need
• Degree educated or CFA
• At least 5 years of relevant experience within Asset Management or wider finance industry
• Strong relationship building and management skills both with internal colleagues and Schroders clients. Ability to build trust with the wider DIU team.
• Ability to gain understanding quickly of large complex technical aspects of the wider DIU team and fit them into an investment context.
• Excellent written communication skills - Previous RFP and investment writing experience essential
• Microsoft Office essential, to include Word, Excel and PowerPoint

The knowledge, experience and qualifications that will help
• Experience of financial product coverage is preferred.
• Prior client facing experience
• PR/press writing and management experience
• An interest in Data Science, new investment research techniques and Alternative Data would be useful

What you'll be like
• Strong relationship building and management skills both with internal colleagues and Schroders clients. Ability to build trust with the wider DIU team.
• Ability to work on own initiative, managing deadlines and prioritising.
• Proactive approach to tasks.
• Excellent attention to detail and accuracy.

We're looking for the best, whoever they are
Schroders is an equal opportunities employer. You're welcome here whatever your socio-economic background, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious belief, age or disability.

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