Investment Business Change Analyst Aladdin

Columbia Threadneedle Investments
London, United Kingdom
06 May 2022
05 Jun 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
About Columbia Threadneedle Investments

You'll find the promise we make to our clients is the same one we make to our employees: Your success is our priority.

Here, you'll find growth and career opportunities across all our businesses. We're intentionally built to help you succeed. Our reach is expansive with a global team of 2,000 people working together. Our expertise is diverse with more than 450 investment professionals sharing global perspectives across all major asset classes and markets. Our clients have access to a broad array of investment strategies and we have the capability to build tailored solutions matched to clients' specific requirements.

Columbia Threadneedle is a people business and we recognise that our success is due to our talented and dedicated people, who bring diversity of thought, complementary skills and capabilities. We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment that supports the diversity of our employees and reflects our broader communities and client-base. We encourage applications from returners to the industry.

We appreciate that work-life balance is an important factor for many when considering their next move so please discuss any flexible working requirements directly with your recruiter.

Job Purpose Statement

In this role you will support the Front Office Investment Business to manage risk and safely deliver change. You will have an interest in technology and continuous improvement. You will work closely with Investment Professionals, Operational Risk, Business Management, Technology and Third-Party vendors, particularly BRS, providers of the Aladdin portfolio and order management system.

Role Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Head of Front Office Assurance and Oversight, Head of Investments' Business Management and Investments' Business Change Manager to understand the priorities of the Investment teams.
  • Be a contact point for Investment Professionals, BRS and Technology throughout the different phases of implementing changes to the order management system (Aladdin).
  • Undertake requirements gathering, analysis and operating model design associated with changes; coordinate business sign off, develop training and support documentation and determine implications for Aladdin user access permissions.
  • Liaise with internal and external auditors on design and operating effectiveness of user access controls; conduct quarterly user reviews focussing specifically on any risk associated with different access combinations
  • Work with Investments, risk associates and 3rd party vendors to monitor, design, test and implement systems-based controls.
  • Ongoing monitoring of systems-based controls, investigating alerts and advising Investment Professionals on remediation required.
  • Gather feedback from the Investments Professionals and other users of Aladdin to be used in quarterly review meetings with BRS.
  • Work alongside the Investment Professionals, BRS and Operational Risk team in understanding root cause and corrective controls associated with any errors emanating from 3rd party vendors; monitor trends and escalate any systemic themes
  • Work closely with counterparts in the US to establish global alignment

Key Capabilities

Knowledge of investment management systems
Strong data, analytical and technical skills with a keen interest in using technology to improve business processes
Outstanding communication skills with confidence to interact with associates at all levels within CTI and at 3rd party vendors
Ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity and communicate understanding in a simple and concise way
Collaborative team player
Able to manage multiple priorities, thrives in a dynamic fast-moving environment

Desired Capabilities

BRS Aladdin knowledge
Risk and controls experience
Experience of systems user access protocols

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