Director, EMEA Factor Product Segment Lead

London, United Kingdom
04 Aug 2022
03 Sep 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

The ETF and Index Investing (EII) Product Team is responsible for product management, new product innovation and commercialization of the iShares UCITS range across both ETFs, IMF and mandates. Within the Product function, segment leads are the primary commercial axis for execution of client and commercial strategy in the region, aligning it with global client, product and marketing functions for scale.

Role Description
The EII EMEA Product Team is seeking a lead for the Factors segment. iShares currently has a strong range of Factor ETFs in EMEA, with over $46 billion in assets under management, including single, multifactor and Factor ESG funds. The Factor Product Segment Lead will be responsible for building and transforming the way investors understand, analyze and implement Factor ETFs within their portfolios. This role will help drive the education and investment insights to significantly expand our distribution efforts, continuing to position us as the clear market leader and a strong partner to our clients. This role will work closely with the firm's Factor investment strategies platform, as well as partners across Sales, Marketing and the overall ETF business.

Primary Responsibilities:

Establish and provide leadership for growing the adoption of Factor ETFs in the EMEA region. The Segment Lead will be expected to provide overall strategy across product development, sales, marketing, communications, and analytics initiatives. The successful candidate will possess demonstrated experience within the factor investing, strategic thinking, and a desire to be part of a fast-growing team.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Drive the evolution of product segment strategy, including ETF product pipeline prioritisation, messaging, business development and commercial opportunities, advocacy network, tools and analytics
  • Lead a cross-functional virtual team (Product, Sales, Research, Marketing, Portfolio Management) to drive the initiative and provide steering where required
  • Driving commercial strategy for Factor ETFs, leading distribution support across client segments
  • Represent BlackRock ETF and Index Investing Factor business to internal and external stakeholders
  • Position the Factor team for future growth by managing two resources and growing the pool of champions across the wider firm
  • Build relationships with other teams supporting the Factor investment and research process. Closely partner with multiple teams across the organisation in the execution of joint initiatives across index and active, and partner to design and construct portfolios tailored to suit investor requirements and preferences.

Skills & Experience Required:
  • Demonstrated experience with Factor Investing topics (as an investor, research professional or sales)
  • Connections with the industry and an understanding of the needs and demands of clients.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal. The successful candidate must have the confidence and ability to persuasively interact at the most senior levels of colleagues, management, and clients.
  • Outstanding interpersonal characteristics, reputation, and team orientation, which will enable her/him to command the confidence, loyalty, and respect of investment colleagues and external constituents.
  • Experience attracting, hiring, setting expectations for, managing and mentoring individuals and/or teams.
  • Fluency in a European language preferred
  • 10+ years industry experience, specifically extensive investment management knowledge and experience
  • Extensive client facing experience (investment consulting/sales), required.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task, prioritize and collaborate vertically/horizontally in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to travel regionally and globally, ~25%.

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.

Our hybrid work pilot

BlackRock's current hybrid work pilot is designed to help you experience the best of both worlds: the opportunity to connect with colleagues in person and the flexibility to work remotely, with greater time to focus on what's important to you. In line with local health guidance and regulations, employees are generally expected to work 3 days in the office and 2 days from home (on average) each week. For some business groups, more time may be required in the office, while greater flexibility may be in place for others. Our "One BlackRock" culture means you'll be supported to collaborate with your new colleagues while bringing your full self to work - wherever you are.

The health, safety and well-being of our people will always be our top priorities; we will continue to monitor local conditions and health advisories in making decisions about our work environments.

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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