Director, Product Research and Innovation, Fixed Income

London, United Kingdom
11 May 2022
10 Jun 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

Job Purpose/Background

Innovation is a key component of our strategy to maintain and grow our leadership position in the asset management industry. For this purpose, iShares is looking to appoint a Director within the EMEA Product Innovation team, reporting to the iShares EMEA Head of Product Research & Innovation, to lead the Fixed Income efforts.

Development Value

This is an opportunity to join an exciting and fast-growing segment within the asset management industry. This important role will give the successful candidate an opportunity to be involved in shaping the product strategy and design, while interacting with many different teams across the organization (investment research, sales, marketing, risk management, fund platform, index providers, investment strategy, sustainable, factors amongst others).

Key Responsibilities and Requirements

The individual will contribute towards constructing quantitative index strategies and reviewing existing index methodologies as part of the new product launch process, with a focus on Fixed Income.

The successful candidate will be required to:
  • Design systematic strategies to capture specific market exposures. This may include reviewing existing data and solutions available, testing of the usability of data & financial rationale to transform data into investable indices, testing of index strategies and interpreting the output results vs investments and platform requirements.
  • Lead the fixed income efforts within the Product Research and Innovation team: manage, support and guide the team members and review related projects. Work in partnership with internal stakeholders towards generating new product ideas and building the fixed income product pipeline by taking into consideration market data, client feedback as well as broader research trends.
  • Lead projects and work with internal stakeholders to successfully deliver new investment products: present new product proposals in front of the product development committee and the fund board, produce and present digestible and relevant applied research material to help the product sale, collaborate with the platform team in the structuring of new funds, support the sales force with custom analysis and in meeting with clients as a product experts, help conduct internal training sessions as and when required to share product knowledge.
  • Collaborate with research and investment teams, both within the iShares business and the wider BlackRock organisation, and represent EII in selected BlackRock investment forums
  • Analyse and review systematic investment strategies and index methodologies proposed by third parties, providing a critical comparison between index strategies.

  • People management experience
  • Degree in a quantitative discipline is strongly preferred
  • Experience in analysing and/or designing fixed income investment strategies
  • Working knowledge of investment risk management tools is strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of index construction methodologies and terminology
  • Knowledge of sustainable investment and ESG data
  • Programming skills (Python, R)
  • Attention to detail and ability to pick up & digest new information quickly
  • Good communication skills, including written and presentation skills
  • Highly organised and able to adhere to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment
  • Commercial awareness and capability to understand client needs and ways to solve them

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.

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.

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