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Head of Data Technology at Ameriprise Financial in New York, NY

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Job Description
You will be responsible for providing the strategic leadership for all technology applications (data warehouse, security master, price master, account master, etc.) and services supporting the provisioning and distribution of core investments data to the various business groups including front office, middle/back office, investment compliance, and investment risk, or a global $500B investment manager. Your role will be to stay closely attuned to business needs (both internal requirements and upcoming regulatory or other externally driven requirements) and ensure that the business users are pleased with the speed \u0026 quality of software and services provided by technology while, at the same time, minimizing risk and adhering to controls and standards.

You will collaborate with architects to set architectural direction, champion architectural standards, strategically plan and lead the sourcing, design, development, testing, implementation and support of software solutions you are responsible for. You should leverage your expertise in industry \u0026 technology principles and standards to ensure scalability, performance, security, quality and reliability in delivering world-class applications
Major Areas of Accountability:
* Employ technical, market and industry expertise to influence business strategy based on technology needs/vision (ideate and demonstrate how technology can support and drive the organization). Translate business needs and strategy into short and long-term technology strategies. Drive said strategies by providing vision, leadership and innovation to application development teams

* Build and develop a highly effective global technical organization with required skills and structure to meet current and future business needs. Drive quality, efficiency, and energy through effective hiring, mentoring, career planning, talent management and employee engagement initiatives.

* Lead the annual budget and financial planning process for assigned organization and portfolio of technical assets that includes, but is not limited to: cost/benefit estimates on proposed projects, prioritization of projects, and investment decisions based on return on investment, criticality, and business strategy/need. Manage various application development and business unit budgets while ensuring that the business maximizes value from dollars expended on projects, applications and infrastructure.

* Develop and drive a resource modeling strategy to effectively balance the use of employees, contractors, and vendor partners to maximize efficiency, technical capability, cost, and quality of the organization and its technical assets. Address talent challenges by modifying said strategy as needed. Proactively collaborate with procurement to execute and analyze resource strategy. Partner with vendors to drive quality and contract compliance while participating in the negotiation process as needed.

* Fully engage with business partners to address business and customer needs through technology as appropriate. Employ business and technology acumen to translate technical details into business terms and vice versa, assuring mutual understanding and agreement of technology objectives/deliverables by all affected constituencies. Foster strong working relationships across the organization and within technology to drive application development strategy and goals.

* Provide oversight of application development activities, ensuring schedule, scope, cost and system performance targets/goals are met. Act as a single technology point of contact for business partners. Escalate, address and communicate issues, as appropriate, with technology & business leaders to achieve timely resolution. Address and communicate impact of production incidents to ensure root cause is determined and permanent solutions are documented and implemented.

* Be a change agent. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of industry advances and developments to be incorporated into and improve the application development life cycle, technology function and business capabilities. Institutionalize SDLC and quality practices to drive efficiency and standards within the organization. Champion and contribute to continuous improvement best practices through rigorous gap analysis and solution ideation and implementation to increase effectiveness of the development organization.
Required Qualifications
* Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, MIS or related field; or equivalent work experience

* 10+ years of relevant experience

* 6-8+ years of people leadership experience, including success in leading teams and executing technical projects.

* 5+ years of proven experience and success in short- and long-term strategy planning and execution.

* Deep business domain knowledge of buy-side investments data (valuations, holdings, transactions, risk analytics, security master, price master, etc.) and key data attributes that are required by various business groups. Demonstrated understanding of what data should be stored in what systems, articulate what are the issues with various types of data, know the various industry sources for different types of data, articulate the rules for cleansing various types of data, and demonstrate understanding of what data various business functions need and how they consume this data. Be able to distinguish between TBOR, IBOR, ABOR and how the same data element is sourced and processed differently depending on use case. Ability to interact with senior business leaders to intelligently discuss their data needs and quickly understand their requirements.

* 3-5+ years of experience in astutely managing the financial planning and budgeting process.
Preferred Qualifications
* Strong business and financial acumen.

* Thought leader and change agent on optimizing technology solutions and organizations to deliver best-in-class, easy-to-use applications and systems with high availability, response times and data accuracy.

* Proven innovator and strategist with excellent leadership and communication skills.

* Experience working with and knowledge of major reference data and data warehouse technologies such as GoldenSource, Eagle or Markit.
About Our Company
With the right company, life can be brilliant. At Ameriprise, we're not just in the business of managing our clients' finances - we also help our advisors and employees reach their true potential, too. Be part of an inclusive, collaborative culture that rewards you for your contributions and work with other talented individuals who share your passion for doing great work. You'll also have plenty of opportunities to make your mark at the office and a difference in your community. So if you're talented, driven and want to work for a strong ethical company that cares, take the next step to create a brilliant career at Ameriprise Financial.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. The EEO is the Law poster is available here.
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