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BlackRock, Inc.

Head of iShares Institutional Client Technology

BlackRock, Inc. - New York City, NY

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BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At December 31, 2016, BlackRock’s AUM was $5.1 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. As of December 31, 2016, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at | Twitter: @blackrock_news | LinkedIn:','!*! 

iShares Business Overview

BlackRock’s iShares is the #1 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) provider globally with over $1 trillion in assets under management and approximately 37% share of the global ETF market. With more than a decade of ETF innovation and expertise, iShares is a trusted leader in the ETF industry. We serve investors of all sizes, including advisors, personal investors, wealth managers, banks, asset managers, pensions, and insurers. The platform offers clients a comprehensive range of products that provide precise, transparent and cost-efficient access to a full range of asset classes and global markets.

Aladdin and the Aladdin Product Group

Aladdin unites the information, people, and technology needed to manage money in real time at every step in the investment process. Aladdin enables organizations to communicate better, work smarter, see clearer, and move faster in a changing landscape.  Aladdin combines sophisticated risk analytics with comprehensive portfolio management, trading and operations tools on a single platform to power informed decision-making and create a connective tissue for thousands of users investing worldwide. 

At the heart of BlackRock, is the Aladdin Product Group (APG), the team responsible for designing, building and operating Aladdin.  APG works with the industry’s thought leaders to build innovative and next generation products that shape the financial markets. The team partners with our end users to deeply understand their business strategy and build technology to help them get there. We think big about new opportunities and ways technology can change the financial services ecosystem. APG partners with iShares to conceptualize, build and run ETF tools.


Job Description

We are at an inflection point in the adoption of ETFs by institutions.  At BlackRock, we need to build the tools, analytics and technology for ever more clients to analyze, buy and evaluate ETFs in their portfolios and trading strategies.  ETF analytics are not as available, high quality and accessible as similar data and tools on other securities and derivatives.  Our mission is to change this.  We will drive up adoption of ETFs by enabling clients to self-service their ETF needs on existing technology platforms in their toolkits.  This includes both tools and data / analytics. It is a bold ambition and we need a leader who can drive a bold agenda and build execution teams. 

The Head of iShares Institutional Client Technology will lead our business strategy and product management for ETF trading and analysis tools.  This role will partner with BlackRock, iShares, and Aladdin Product Group leadership to drive innovation and lead us in making decisions on which tools / data we scale and distribute. Additionally, individual will determine whether we deliver these capabilities as BlackRock tools or via third party distribution.  This role will build a team that acts as product mangers on the key tools and technologies we build for clients and will oversee our third party partnerships and collaborations.

BlackRock as a firm and our ETF business are fast-moving cultures and we win by attacking opportunities with collaboration.  The successful candidate must be agile and be able to drive a vision while getting energy from collaboration and feedback along the way.  Ideally we also want someone who has a track record in developing talent as this leader will be building our platform while building an extremely powerful and competent dedicated and virtual team.  The closest partners for this role will be clients and third party technology firms, iShares institutional sales and operating teams, and the Aladdin Product Group.  This role will also partner with the Head of iShares Wealth Client Technology on tools that may benefit wealth clients and on our broad public websites.  Individual must be willing to work in a highly matrixed organizational structure.

Key Responsibilities

Develop the vision for BlackRock and third party ETF tools and self-service platforms.  Work closely with external partners and internal leadership.

Develop the multi-year execution plans and define partner responsibilities and success metrics

Build a team to lead BlackRock products, including ongoing competitive analysis, promotion and release management.

Oversee third party efforts to build ETF tools – we win if ETF trading support is as high quality and pervasive for institutional users as equities on Bloomberg. Partner with APG on this work.

Partner with engineers throughout the development process from idea conception to product launch

Influence and lead a large scale virtual product team; educate and receive feedback so we can create tangible prototype that results in real business benefit and happy clients

Lead a data driven team that tracks and measures usage and metrics to inform product strategy and deployment strategy

Be a market structure expert - stay attuned and be ahead of industry, market, and technology trends to create opportunities for BlackRock and better serve our clients

Develop junior talent in line with our people strategy to create the leaders of the future

Experience/ Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to inspire and manage teams and people to drive results

Previous trading platform experience and/or product management experience

Previous ETF industry experience and/or product management experience

Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams, from communicating conceptual ideas to execution

Demonstrated capacity for developing and understanding strategy

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to deliver presentations and communicate up and down the organization

Ability to represent the firm in industry forums and events

Insatiable curiosity and interest in electronic trading as a marketplace and creating and analyzing products

Strong organizational, problem-solving and planning skills, including the ability to multitask

Superior influencing skills

Ability to work and deliver results independently, a self-starter

Strong technical abilities with an ability to get in the weeds where necessary

Extensive knowledge of available solutions providers

BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

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BlackRock, Inc.


Head of iShares Institutional Client Technology BlackRock, Inc. - New York City, NY, United States


Location: New York City, NY

Company Profile:
BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager, and our business is investing on behalf of our clients, from large institutions to the parents and grandparents, the doctors and teachers who entrust their savings to us. We work only for our clients—period. Our promise is to offer them the clearest thinking about what to do with their money and the products and services they need to secure a better financial future. That’s why investors of all kinds entrust us with trillions of dollars, and it’s why companies, institutions and global governments come to us for help meeting their biggest financial challenges.