Full Job Description
American Century Investments® is a leading global asset manager with over 60 years of experience helping investors achieve their financial goals. Serving a broad client base including financial advisors, institutions and individual investors, we offer a wide range of investment strategies across a variety of investment disciplines.
Privately controlled and independent, we focus solely on investment management. This empowers us to align our decisions with client expectations and concentrate on their long-term money management needs.
We are committed to providing institutional-quality, actively managed solutions with a performance-centered mindset. Our expertise spans global growth equity, global value equity, disciplined equity, multi-asset strategies, global fixed income, alternatives and ETFs.
Our culture of winning behaviors exemplifies our dedication to clients every single day. Delivering investment results enables us to distribute over 40% of our dividends—or more than $1.5 billion since 2000—to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 550-person, non-profit biomedical research organization with a controlling interest in American Century Investments. Our dividend payments provide ongoing financial support for the Institute’s work of uncovering the causes, treatments and prevention of life-threatening diseases, like cancer.
Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, we also have offices located in New York; London; Hong Kong; Sydney; El Segundo, CA (Los Angeles area); and Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley).
For more information, please visit americancentury.com.
The Director of Investments Decision Support Technology manages the technology for investment research and portfolio construction for the firm. We are undertaking a significant transformation of our IT capabilities, and this person will be a key leader supporting this transformation journey!
We have a sophisticated set of systems supporting Investment Research, Investment Portfolio Construction and Modeling, with significant custom IP built and embedded in our systems over the years! These systems represent a significant competitive advantage, and we need to retrain and enhance those capabilities while we modernize our technology estate.
Specific areas of importance include research systems, portfolio modeling and construction systems, optimization systems, data driven insights and visualization assets. Driving enterprise technology design and development and support digital transformation through AI, ML, data engineering and data analytics.
What you will do:
Create a roadmap for modernization of Investments decision support systems in the firm, balancing the build vs buy trade-off, and creating an estate for supporting a diverse investments organization. Modernization in deployment of microservices based architecture, Cloud (AWS), AI/ML technologies leading to more efficient ways to operate
Build strong application development teams, including mentoring, recruiting, team building, clearly defining expectations & performance evaluation, salary administration and staff development
Improve thought leadership to the firm by fostering standard methodologies, co-owning the organization vision, reference architecture and positively participating in strategy formulation
Manage technology delivery, plan and lead staffing requirements, scheduling and projects in an agile environment. Review performance, quality, budget, organization and standards of the development team efforts
Engage on the Application Development leadership team. Actively influence strategic direction and architecture for the organization
Improve the productivity, cost-effectiveness and quality of the department and business area
Building and deploying investment research and management systems. Experience with leading investment decision support systems and platforms Factset IRN, Bloomberg Reseach, CodeRed, Barra, Northfield, and Axioma is a must have. Experience with quantitative modeling platforms such as Clarifi, Quantopian
Solid understanding of Investments Data & Analytics, including technology platforms needed for developing and delivering analytics to Investment managers at scale through utilization of Data, AI/ML and Cloud technologies
Significant experience operating in financial services, with preference for buy-side (asset management, investment manager, hedge fund, mutual fund) experience
Knowledge of the entire value chain of investment management
Superior interpersonal skills including the ability to connect with individuals at all levels of the organization in both verbal and written form
Expertise in Cloud platforms (AWS preferred), microservices architecture, enterprise integration design patterns, modern data engineering practices, and a solid understanding in artificial intelligence and machine learning
Inspirational people leader, who can serve as a role model, to build and lead a high-working team
Strong enterprise level project management and vendor leadership skills
Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree preferably in Computer Science, MBA is an added plus
15+ years of experience with significant leadership and supervisory tenure, preferably in buy side firms
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
EOE Policy Statement : American Century Investments believes all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity and advancement opportunities without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals forty years of age and older, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. ACI does not discriminate or adopt any policy that discriminates against an individual or any group of individuals on any of these bases.