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Director, Product – Asset Management

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board

This is a Full-time position in Ottawa, ON posted June 17, 2021.

The opportunity The Director of Product is a strategic business partner, responsible for managing a team of Product Owners that align to a set of products that support business technology delivery.

They work with their team and the business to define product vision and roadmap as well as success measures for each product.

They empower their Product Owners to deliver against their respective product roadmaps, while encouraging product thinking, continuous improvement and acting as a mentor and guide on the product discipline.

Who you’ll work with You will support the Managing Director of Product with leading and driving cultural change to a product-based delivery across their team.

This role will also work directly with the Director, Product, and lead a team of Product Owners.

​ What you’ll do Be a servant leader to their team of Product Owners as a mentor and coach as well as a partner in driving product strategy for their respective portfolio of products Support the adoption of product thinking and an incremental delivery approach to the Agile squads that their team of Product Owners support and drive the shift in culture to entrepreneurship, empowerment and enablement required.

Collaborate with Agile and Product leadership as well as other Agile practitioners (e.g., Coaches, Scrum Masters) to advocate, foster and spread agile thinking, culture and behaviours in the organization Work with Product Owners to develop and hone their skills in product by playing an active role in the professional development of their team.

Has the accountability to ensure that the Product Owners under their portfolio have a vision, roadmap, story maps, success measures, etc.

for their respective products Acts as a key resource for business partners to interact with on opportunities, roadmaps and when new products are to be developed Where there are multiple competing priorities among the squads in their portfolio, act as a source of mentorship for Product Owners to test their prioritization hypotheses against.

Establish strategic touchpoints for their Product teams to stress test the product roadmap on an established cadence to ensure there is business alignment to the product roadmap at all times Support and partner with the broader ESD organization in the evolution of business case development and how it relates to target outcome/benefit realization Owns the quality of the Product Ownership discipline.

Ensure that Product Owners staffed to deliveries meet a high and consistent standard of skill and knowledge Develop strategies and plans to improve the partnership with business partners in evaluating the benefits, costs and risks associated with solutions and services Foster learning across the Product Ownership group through collaboration forums, practice/approach sharing, developing standards, and systematically ensuring the organization’s Product Owners are using current industry practices/thinking Understands product management techniques such as personas, story mapping, validated learning, product health models, OKRs, etc.

at a sophisticated level.

Including being able to draw from hands on experience in selecting/implementing the techniques when mentoring POs Able to select and prioritize more mature product management techniques to bring into the organization, working across the Product Owners to experiment and guide adoption Support, advise, and provide mentorship to Product Owners for navigation situational/context specific challenges Champions new ways of representing and delivering information among senior partners, to build an environment where Product Owners are able to communicate with their customers, partners, and leaders most effectively Ensure that outcome objectives and targets become a standard within delivery, collaborating with senior partners to champion and support its adoption Support in the prioritizing the teams who will receive resourcing (in partnership with the Agile Enablement Office) Build an environment where high demand technical professionals want to work.

This includes providing leadership and management of employees by encouraging a high focus on talent development and retention, long term succession planning, and new talent selection Plans, manages and hires direct staff.

Responsible for taking part in the hiring of key staff across OTPP where appropriate Coach and mentor direct reports to develop into Sr Product Owners Leads by example and demonstrates Teachers’ values consistently in interactions across all levels of the organization What you’ll need 8 years’ experience in a technical delivery leadership role 3 years’ experience leading and mentoring a team of Product Owners 10 years’ combined delivery experience 5 years’ in Capital Markets or Capital Markets Risk Management with a major financial institution.

Demonstrated leadership and management experience, including ability to coach and develop a high-performing Product Ownership teams.

Track record of success leading product teams and achieving business objectives.

Relevant university degree Certified Product Owner (CSPO) certification Advanced Scrum Product Owner or equivalent certification an asset Ability to effectively communicate across SMD, CIO level leadership Knowledge of Agile methodologies, values, and principles A deep understanding of the breadth and depth of products within Capital Markets A strong understanding of general investment management and investment finance concepts, processes and practices Good interpersonal skills, coupled with excellent communications and people-interaction skills, leading to co-creating collaborative solutions and opportunities for individual and organization growth Ability to understand, empathize and bridge multiple perspectives e.g.

Senior Leadership and technical specialists Familiarity with IT concepts, methodology and vocabulary is an asset Awareness and embodiment of corporate leadership principles & behaviours Ability to advise and invite alternate viewpoints in different partners, including Senior Leadership Ability to manage expectations and communicate appropriately with business partners while making decisions about competing priorities Demonstrable ability to develop business cases to support persistent product funding Demonstrated experience in creating product vision and product roadmaps that easily convert to impactful user stories in the product backlog Demonstrated capacity to inspire, influence and obtain alignment up, down and across the organization Demonstrable experience in exercising diplomacy, maturity and judgment Change management experience an asset What we’re offering Pay for performance environment that offers competitive salary and incentives Numerous opportunities for professional growth and development Comprehensive employer paid benefits coverage, including a Health Spending Account Guaranteed retirement income through a defined benefit pension plan Competitive time off Discount programs including Edvantage and Perkopolis Degreed: a digital platform that helps you quickly and easily discover, share, and track ALL kinds of learning resources
– from courses to videos to articles and more.

At Ontario Teachers’, we are a globally minded organization and take pride ensuring that the people we hire and the culture we create reflects and celebrates diversity of thought, background and experience.

Through our Inclusion & Diversity Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) events, celebrations , we offer a variety of opportunities for colleagues to connect for the purposes of professional development and networking & mentoring.

If you require an accommodation for the application, recruitment or interview process, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

How to apply Are you ready to pursue new challenges and take your career to the next level?

Apply today You may be invited to complete a pre-recorded digital interview as part of your application.

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