Janus Henderson Investors Release Manager - Core Platforms in London, United Kingdom
We are a leading independent global asset manager, dedicated to delivering the best outcomes for our clients through a highly diversified range of actively-managed products. We are truly global, supporting our individual and institutional investors across a range of products, encompassing equities, fixed income, multi-asset and alternatives. Our high-energy and collaborative culture at Janus Henderson helps our client achieve their goals and ensures that our people love the place they work.
The Global Technology department plays a crucial role in supporting the success of the business. We are responsible for developing and implementing state-of-the-art software and hardware maintenance to support our fund management, trading, distribution and operational areas with secure, stable and resilient technology platforms.
Overview of the role
The focus for this role is expected to be:
80% Agile Release Manager responsibilities
20% project management responsibilities
Janus Henderson have adopted an Agile framework for change development and implementation. This agile framework is being used to transversally enhance the release cycle, leading to a more efficient and scalable environment.
As the Agile Release Manager, you will be responsible for building upon a new Scrum framework. You will facilitate program level planning, alignment, organization and execution of prioritized work. This will require event facilitation, release planning, scrum of scrum ceremonies and working with scrum masters to manage the day to day Trading & Compliance impediments to successful release. To be successful in this role, you will be able to strike a balance between execution on the current release and planning for future releases.
In the role, you will be responsible for aligning to transversal scrum deliverables, ensuring changes can be delivered and working closely with the development teams to ensure that blockers are cleared. You must possess the ability to analyse requirements and succinctly define stories to enable successful development.
You will not only need excellent problem-solving skills, but you should also be able to see the strategic impacts of any cross-team dependencies and escalate where necessary.
The role will require strong communication and leadership skills as regular reporting with senior stakeholders is expected globally with core impacted teams being in the UK, US, Singapore and Australia.
Duties and responsibilities
Event and Ceremony Facilitation
Facilitate program level planning including estimation and creation of sprint (iteration) schedule; facilitate planning readiness through the preparation of planning materials (Vision, Roadmap, Backlogs,) and event scheduling
Facilitate key ceremonies including Scrum of Scrums, program level retrospectives, release reviews, and other program level meetings with both technology and business stakeholders
Establish and communicate quarterly and annual calendars for release iterations and program level planning events
Coordinate activities and enable collaboration across all impacted teams/areas
Aggregate Team level objectives into Program level objectives and publish them for visibility and transparency
Broadly communicate release commitments post planning sessions
Reporting, Metrics and Overall Transparency
Combine metrics from Teams to a Program level reporting view
Track and report on progress of epic, feature, costs and benefits; understand and operate within the program budget
Identify internal and external dependencies that impact work; manage program level risks and dependencies across teams; provide input on resourcing to address critical bottlenecks; escalate and remove impediments
Report planning results and epic status to senior management, business owners, epic owners, product owners and other stakeholders.
Create, maintain and report high-level program/project and project management maturity, best practices and tools; with an emphasis on moving toward Agile.
Work with other technology and business teams/stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment across the organization
Support cross application/department/function release planning, coordination and alignment
Keep teams aligned on vision, direction and scope as set by the Program team
Coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in Agile practices and mindsets
Ensure Agile governance standards, best practices and required reviews are met
Support scrum deployment activities to global offices, creating an opportunity for like-minded scrum masters to share experiences and learn from each other
Carry out additional duties as assigned.
Technical skills and qualifications
RTE and/or SCRUM Master related experience using SAFe Agile delivery frameworks
Business Program or portfolio management experience
Experience managing virtual and global distributed teams
Experience working in a matrixed environment
SAFe RTE as well as other SAFe certifications desired
Demonstrated hands on leadership of large-scale process development/improvement initiatives
Experience with and understanding of concepts of Organizational Change Management
Power User of Jira
Experience with Product Management tools beneficial
Experience with Investment data and data warehousing is desirable
Experience and understanding of Cloud Data Platform such as Datalakes, Azure, Cosmos and API are desirable.
In addition to putting clients first, acting like an owner, and succeeding as a team, the competencies for this role include:
Strong leader equally comfortable facing off to stakeholders and directing service providers and internal teams.
Excellent communication, presentation, influencing, and reasoning skills, demonstrating the ability to communicate information technology concepts to non-technology personnel
Collaborative, excellent communication, holistic view and systems thinker
Must have the ability to lead and coach without having authority
Leader who builds relationships, credibility, and collaboration across diverse groups
Acts as a servant leader - Must be able to lead without “Command and Control” leadership style
Learning mindset, organizational skills, analytical mindset, strategic mindset
Proactive, problem-solving approach – someone who offers solutions not problems for others to solve
Self-motivation and enthusiastic approach – a completer-finisher able to work on their own initiative with a focus and commitment to delivery
Effective time management / planning – manages personal workload effectively, sets realistic and achievable targets and delivers to those targets
Problem ownership – takes responsibility for identified issues and works to resolve in a pragmatic manner
Client focused, committed to excellence, strong attention to detail and a team player
Taking responsibility for successful delivery
Ongoing competence in the role to be assessed, in line with applicable regulatory requirements, by:
Annual performance appraisal
Completion of all assigned compliance training
At a minimum the role will require you to:
Place the interest of Janus Henderson’s Clients first, act in accordance with TCF (Treating Customers Fairly) principles
Understand and follow laws and regulations applicable for your role, seeking the help of your supervising manager or Compliance if additional guidance is required
Understand and abide by all Janus Henderson policies applicable to your role, and seek support/guidance of the policy owner guidance when required
You are ultimately accountable for your actions and responsible for seeking further information on any or all of the above as necessary.
Knowledge of financial markets, financial markets function and the impact of economic figures and national/regional/global events on markets
Understanding of issues relating to market abuse and anti-money laundering
Janus Henderson (including its subsidiaries) will not maintain existing or sponsor new industry registrations or licenses where not supported by an employee’s job functions (as determined by Janus Henderson at its sole discretion).
All applicants must be willing to comply with the provisions of Janus Henderson Investment Advisory Code of Ethics related to personal securities activities and other disclosure and certification requirements, including past political contributions and political activities. Applicants’ past political contributions or activity may impact applicants’ eligibility for this position. Janus Henderson is an equal opportunity /Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. All applications are subject to background checks.