Business and Systems Technical Analyst

M&G plc.
London, United Kingdom
04 Aug 2022
03 Sep 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
At M&G our vision is: to become the best loved and most successful savings and investment business and we're looking for people who are excited about joining us on our journey. We're digitally transforming and investing heavily in technology and innovation to develop new and improved customer propositions that really raise the bar for our customers. To help us achieve our vision we're looking for exceptional people who live our values and behaviours and who can inspire others; embrace change; deliver results and keep it simple.

We know that an inclusive environment makes us more accessible and ensures we attract, engage, promote and retain exceptional people. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity/nationality, disability, or military service and welcome those who have taken career breaks. We will consider flexible working arrangements or home working arrangements for any of our roles and also offer work place accommodations to ensure you have what you need to effectively deliver in your role.

What you can expect from us:
We are committed to creating an environment where you can be exceptional at all you do. To help us deliver this, we promise to:
  • Challenge Your Limits by creating a stimulating working environment and providing opportunities for you to be involved in meaningful and challenging work
  • Support Your Aspirations with a commitment to learning and development that helps you achieve and build your experience with people who want you to succeed
  • Value Your Input whereby leaders and managers will involve you in key decisions, listen to your thoughts and recognise the important contribution you make
  • Balance Your Life through a work life partnership that focuses on making this an inclusive, diverse and friendly place to work and offers the flexibility and support that enables everyone to be at their best

How do we support our employees:
All M&G plc employees will be supported in the workplace through our M&G Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). If you need counselling, confidential financial or legal advice. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers access to qualified professionals who can provide specialist information, advice and support on many issues. It offers a broad range of services, including help with family issues, maintaining work/life balance and mental health support.

The Role:
An opportunity has arisen to join an existing Business Solutions team in a support role within a global fund management company. The role will involve helping to support the global Real Estate application platform, working closely with key business stakeholders and within an existing support team, which is supporting the Yardi Voyager platform globally across the UK, EMEA and APAC regions. The scope of this role is focused on the support of these Yardi Voyager platforms.

The successful candidate will be required to proactively support the global platform, engaging and supporting business stakeholders in identifying and making key system changes, contributing to the successful implementation and communication of platform changes where relevant. This role will also support the technical on-boarding of new business partners onto the Voyager platform.
The candidate will work closely with the wider Business Solutions team, change programme resources, regional operational teams, strategic global business partners and key software vendors. This role also involves liaison with other internal Group IT technical staff, project resources and Yardi consultants. Key to this role will be ensuring that system changes for the Yardi Voyager UK, EMEA and APAC implementations are consistently integrated within a global context and the wider operational platform within the current highly governed and structured environment.

The candidate must have a strong background and experience within the Real Estate industry and a practical depth knowledge in working with Yardi Voyager (Investment Management and Property Management modules) and proven track record of roles in a fund management or property management environment is essential. Strong financial services/investment management knowledge is a key requirement for this role.

Key Responsibilities for this role:
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues and take personal accountability to maintain and enhance controls you are responsible for to support improvement of the overall control environment, customers outcomes and a reduction in M&G's operational risk.
  • Design and deliver financial accounting and property management change requests to the Yardi Voyager platform
  • Assess the global impact for all changes delivered
  • QA change requests for other system analysts
  • Operate within, and contribute to, the existing Business Solutions governance model
  • Along with fellow team members, provide on-call, out-of-hours batch support as part of a support rota and additionally provide occasional on-call/on-site weekend support, as required
  • Ensure production of consistently high-quality technical documentation
  • Establish data rules and principals to ensure data consistency and integrity of changes
  • Actively trigger system efficiencies and improve system utilisation
  • Assist in ensuring global system design and configuration consistency with a clear understanding of regional differences
  • Maintain an understanding of regional system differences, assess options for ensuring the consistency of design approach and execution
  • Work within wider organisational/project plans, meeting business and project timescales within budget and to the agreed level of quality
  • Following a formal lifecycle approach in adherence to standards
  • Along with other teams, contribute to the technical direction of RE Voyager platform
  • Maintaining positive and effective relations with key business stakeholders and members of the wider Business Solutions team.

Key Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
  • In depth knowledge of working with Yardi Voyager Investment Management and Property Management modules essential
  • Good understanding of real estate fund accounting at various levels (property, SPV, consolidation and fund reporting) in a fund structure
  • Recent experience of multi-jurisdiction Yardi Voyager platforms is helpful
  • Strong financial services / investment management knowledge is also required
  • Experience of investment performance calculations and valuations software (e.g. Argus Enterprise) is helpful but not essential
  • Experience of working within a structured business change and IT environment
  • Confident, proactive and self-motivated individual, able to work on own initiative
  • Previous experience of large-scale data and systems environments
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills required
  • Able to work to tight timescales in a controlled manner
  • Strong documentation and communication skills
  • Proven track record in similar role in a fund management or property management environment, and experience of multi-jurisdictional requirements
  • Experience of SQL, Yardi reporting (via SSRS, YSR) and Yardi Voyager schema is helpful but not essential.

Work Level: Manager or Expert
Recruiter Name: Emily Northcott

We live by four behaviours at M&G and we ask all our employees to:
  • Inspire Others - Support and encourage each other, creating an environment where everyone can contribute and succeed
  • Embrace Change - Be open to change, willing to be challenged and able to adapt quickly and imaginatively to new ideas
  • Deliver Results - Focus on outcomes, set high standards and deliver with energy and determination
  • Keep it Simple - Cut through complexity and bureaucracy, be clear and decisive and never overcomplicate things

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