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Head of Retirement Products


in Dresher PA

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 TPA.

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.

Detailed responsibilities include:

  • 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 organization
  • 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 Product
  • 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
  • Co-lead 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 Ascensus
  • 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 granularity
  • 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 goals.
  • 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 Always® 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 skills.
  • 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.
  • Ability to 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

Leadership Competencies

Focuses Externally

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.

Takes Intelligent Risks

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.

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