Ascensus is the largest independent retirement and government savings services provider in the United States, helping over 7 million Americans save
for the future. We are experiencing exceptional growth. Ascensus was recently named to the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in U.S. by achieving 65% revenue increase over three years! To ensure our
continued success, we are looking for a seasoned Product professional with significant leadership skills to lead a team to coordinate and oversee product activities across our major groups having retirement-related offerings including Retirement, Trust and
Role Responsibility Summary:
This individual will serve as a member of the Retirement Executive Leadership Team and will report to the Head of the Retirement division. Major responsibilities include: establishing
strategic vision and define road map for the organization's retirement product offerings; clearly articulating business value of new products and define products' target market; managing/driving the life cycle of products, including concept,
specification, launch, adoption, and performance; overseeing customer research and engagement for gathering feedback and determining product requirements; partnering with development team to determine the technical strategy, architectural vision, and
manufacturing feasibility of the product design concept; working closely with product marketing to implement innovative strategies that drive revenue growth and market penetration for new and existing products.
Drive vision and development of Ascensus Retirement product suite
Develop vision and roadmap for Ascensus suite of Retirement products, with input from different stakeholders (product managers, clients, RM, BU
executives, scrum teams)
Break down vision and product roadmap into product lines and business goals that can be assigned to product managers and scrum teams
Ensure scrum teams are allocated across top business priorities maximizing the
match of existing skillsets/experience with team scope
Involve Head of Retirement BU and COO to ensure to identify and address trade-offs in resource allocation and execution towards business priorities
Develop a strong Retirement Product
Hire, train and coach a strong team of Product Managers, Product Owners and BAs -- including the PO and BA chapter leads
Maintain a detailed definition of Product Manager and Product Owner role(s), and identification and
sharing of best practices
Ensure clear differentiation, specialization and training of Ascensus associates into key Agile roles: product manager, product owner and BA
Share product vision and roadmap with Product Mangers and Product Owners
to ensure alignment
Keep transitioning towards Agile best practices
Assign an Agile "champion" within Retirement Product who will co-lead the continued evolution to Agile together with Technology and Education
Ensure right level of autonomy and feedback loop of scrum teams
Provide feedback to scrum teams as needed during product demos and when Product Owners are setting the vision for the scope of their own scrum teams
different dimensions of Ascensus Retirement products together with different stakeholder within Ascensus
Collaborate with Sales and Marketing to ensure a coherent and integrated go-to-market strategy and approach
Collaborate with Sales,
Marketing and Finance to define and review pricing for the Ascensus Retirement suite of products to ensure competitive pricing structure and levels
Collaborate with Marketing to define Ascensus vision, strategy and execution approach for Digital at
Collaborates with Technology Chapter leads to ensure right coaching of scrum teams
Collaborates with PMO to ensure right level of information on progress (agile KPIs), pipeline and priorities is shared with the right level of
Key success measures include profitability, organizational performance metrics as well as retention and satisfaction measures for both associates and clients.
Act as a lead industry influencer for strategy, distribution, product
and service trends with prospects, internal team members and other centers of influence.
Develop strategic plans, annual operating plans, and quarterly financial forecasts working with stakeholders and centers of excellence to meet organizational
Coordinate the development of business cases and business requirements for new functionality and lead the successful implementation of new services.
Actively participate as a member of the Retirement Executive Leadership Team, which
makes strategic decisions for the overall division.
Responsible for protecting, securing, and proper handling of all confidential data held by Ascensus to ensure against unauthorized access, improper transmission, and/or unapproved disclosure of
information that could result in harm to Ascensus or our clients.
Our I-Client service philosophy and our Core Values of People Matter, Quality First and Integrity AlwaysÂ® should be visible in your actions on a day to day basis showing
your support of our organizational culture.
15+ years of financial services industry experience with demonstrated track record of success.
Exceptional written and verbal
Experience interacting with clients and advisors.
Success in leading complex programs/projects.
Superior interpersonal skills with all levels.
Ability to drive change within the organization.
leverage technology to effectuate great outcomes.
Intuitive understanding of the impact on clients and the client relationship; strong external focus.
Strong collaboration skills, which lead to the ability to identify meaningful new
opportunities and to demonstrate joint accountability for organizational success with peers.
Demonstrated success in acquiring, developing, and retaining a diverse talent pool.
Managerial courage, intelligent risk taking, and being a
catalyst for decision making within the larger organization.
Bachelor degree required; MBA preferred
Industry affiliations and credentials preferred
Seeks to understand the trends impacting our customers, competition, and marketplace. Is personally and emotionally invested in understanding the customers? needs and feelings. Takes a broad view of the environment to
identify opportunities. Is recognized as a thought leader.
Has a Talent Mindset
Treats talent as a strategic differentiator, and takes personal ownership for attracting, engaging, developing, retaining,
and actively managing a diverse talent pool for the organization. Is personally invested in the career success of employees. Ensures business strategy drives talent deployment; considers talent a shared company asset.
Generates new and valuable ideas and business solutions using creativity, combined with superior business knowledge and analytics. Carefully assesses and manages risk; uses sound judgment to make appropriate
decisions and take action.
Collaborates to Seize Opportunities
Promotes and protects the corporate interest; has an ownership mentality. Looks to seize opportunities that serve the larger organization by
sharing selflessly across boundaries.
Transforms Strategy into Action
Translates strategies into tactics and effectively mobilizes resources to achieve intended results. Establishes metrics to define
success, gauge progress, and drive business decisions. Adapts to changing conditions.
Ascensus is a place to have a career, not just a job. As the largest US independent retirement and college savings services provider, we put
our focus on people. Our culture is guided by sound principles, is committed to high standards, operates with transparency, and welcomes diversity. When you join our team, you get to go to work every day knowing that you help over 6 million Americans
save for retirement and college.
Ascensus is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, citizenship, sex, marital or veteran status, disability or handicap,
sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Ascensus also takes affirmative action to employ, and advance in employment, qualified women, minorities, and covered veterans. Ascensus also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified
individuals with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state laws
Establishes a Clear Vision and Strategy
Seeks to create sustainable long-term value for our company. Develops a clear vision for the future, and
communicates that vision in a way that creates clarity and inspires action. Creates an environment in which every associate understands the organization?s objectives, and how they can contribute to both short and long-term success.