Senior Director, Technology - Product Practice Lead
Posted on: January 7, 2021
The Product Management Practice Lead is a visionary member of
the management team within Technology and a thought leader for the
broader organization that spearheads the product management
discipline to drive strategy, usability, and cohesiveness across
the portfolio. This role leads the team of product managers that
provides oversight of the portfolio and provides solutions to both
business and technical problems, and typically reports directly to
a Senior Vice President.Essential Job Functions:
- Leads the department's Product Management Practice .
- Owns and drives the department's product strategies, policies,
processes, standards, and guidelines; monitors and drives
compliance, providing transparency and oversight.
- Lead transition of the product practice to a more "Lean
Start-up Mentality" to make better, faster decisions that aligns
with Engineering and Architecture, as well as the Business.
- Grow a culture of ownership, transparency, accountability, and
personal investment where teams are fully responsible for all
aspects of a solution.
- Responsible for product staff performance management and
training for up to 12 product managers and their teams.
- Hire and develop exceptional product talent.
- Owns the training curriculums for developing product skills and
knowledge to expand the competence of product management.
- Establish high standards for the skills, knowledge, practices,
and behaviors of the product practice and demonstrate competency
and adherence to those standards.
- Deploy/allocate product resources to gain coverage across the
portfolio to achieve business and technical goals.
- Collaborate with the department's leadership to collect needs,
solicit feedback, and gain buy-in for resource allocations and
opportunities to improve solutions.
- Collaborate and coordinate with other Technology leaders to
enable and/or adopt capabilities or otherwise evolve the product
- Own, manage, mature, and prioritize the department's product
backlog and generally fill the role of Product Owner for the
- Reserve and organize a portion of all deployed product
resources into an agile product team that works through the
portfolio's product backlog. This backlog contains application
agnostic items to improve the effectiveness of the portfolio's
technical ecosystem for the portfolio of applications, platforms,
services, and tools.
- Analyze and synthesize the portfolio's solution context to
develop strategic implementation plans and designs, document and
mitigate risks, and provide regular updates and proposals to senior
- Reviews product artifacts (i.e. stakeholder analysis, vison and
roadmaps) to advance the alignment of solutions.
- Work with the project teams to ensure there is an intentional
roadmap and vision that is suitable and sustainable for the
- Ensure that trade-off decisions and assumptions are
intentional, rational, and documented.
- Serve on Program Leadership Teams to provide expertise, as
- Contribute to business cases to ensure prospective initiatives
are viable and fit-for-purpose.Other Responsibilities:
- Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with
peers both within and outside of Technology and maintain them over
- Establish and maintain external relationships with strategic
product / service vendors, FINRA clients / customers, FINRA
regulators, industry forums (government & private councils,
standards bodies, product forums, etc.), as appropriate.
- Respectfully challenge decisions when necessary, even when
doing so is uncomfortable or exhausting.
- Remain current in technologies and product disciplines that are
applicable to the portfolio.Education/Experience Requirements:
- Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or
related discipline and at least 15 years of related experience,
which includes minimum of 10 years of product management with
demonstrable Subject Matter Expertise in driving solutions through
quality attributes and intentional trade-offs, or equivalent
combination of education and training or work experience; Master's
degree and past Financial Services industry experience
- Minimum of 5 years of managing product staff of at least ten
(10) resources, comprised of both employees and contractors.
- Substantial knowledge in the following disciplines: software
development, operations, engineering, development services,
information security, and compliance.
- Demonstrated identifying opportunities and applying Machine
Learning and Artificial Intelligence to improve the effectiveness
and quality of business processes.
- Substantial knowledge of business, technology and management
principles involved in strategic planning, organizational change
management, resource allocation, human resources modeling,
leadership techniques, and coordination of people and
- Demonstrated ability to oversee several initiatives
simultaneously and balance competing priorities.
- Past success contributing to strategic decisions for an
organization, identifying investment tradeoffs, and delivering high
quality solutions to customer needs.
- Outstanding organization, time management, interpersonal and
- Excellent problem identification, analysis, and solving
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Proven change agent who can improve and grow the capability of
an organization; keen eye for hiring and motivating teams.To be
considered for this position, please submit an application.The
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