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Athene Product Manager, Derivative Operations in West Des Moines, Iowa

We are Athene. At Athene, we are driven to do more. We are a leading retirement services company that issues, reinsures and acquires retirement savings products designed for the increasing number of individuals and institutions seeking to fund retirement needs. We see every day as a new opportunity to measure ourselves against the best - and then we don't stop until we've set the bar even higher. We're ready to help you achieve more.


The Derivative Operations team is responsible for managing all operational aspects of Athene's derivative investment and hedging strategy. As a critical member of this team, the Product Manager will provide leadership, oversight, and analysis for a dynamic mix of projects, programs, and initiatives; from process improvement and transformation to new product onboarding, regulatory compliance, and business process re-engineering. The Product Manager will also work closely with multiple stakeholders across the organization to define the objectives, scope, and requirements for efforts to improve systems and processes, optimize operations, add scale through technology and automation, and support Business-As-Usual (BAU) system updates. This position will report to the Senior Manager, Derivative Operations.


  • Collaborate with Portfolio Management, Derivative Trading, Legal, Treasury, Risk, IT, and Investment Accounting to solve novel problems arising from a dynamic business environment, and ensure the systems and processes utilized by the Derivative Operations Team remain in line industry best-practices.

  • Provide product oversight for a suite of new and existing projects, programs, and initiatives; working with business partners to ensure the organization’s best interests are well-represented during all stages of product and strategy development, planning, and execution.

  • Lead operational improvement and optimization efforts, using data to drive actions that translate into a scalable positive impact across risk management and operations; defining business cases, driving the vision and roadmap for deliverables, as well as aiding in the design and launch of new processes, products, and systems.

  • Build subject-matter expertise related to derivatives, and all post-execution processes and systems related to derivatives at Athene, with a view of becoming a key resource for information and leadership.

  • Build and maintain a strong awareness of ISDA standards, industry regulations, and best practices with regard to middle-office operations processes, systems, and data flows.

  • Work with in-house technology teams, in an Agile methodology, to deliver new or enhanced system capabilities.

  • Review technology solution providers, analyzing key capabilities and material contract data for suitability across risk management and operations.

  • Build and maintain documentation, process maps, and visual aids for a suite of programs and projects, as well as communicate key updates, metrics, and issues across relevant stakeholders.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 5+ years of financial services experience, with demonstrated success leading projects and initiatives

  • Experience in Investment Operations, Product Management, or Client Management

  • Experience with purchased investment and accounting systems preferred (i.e., PFI/PAM, BlackRock Aladdin, Calypso, FIS Apex, IHS Markit ThinkFolio)

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to influence without authority across both front-line team members and senior executives

  • Demonstrably strong strategic awareness and judgement

  • Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

NOTE: Successful candidate will be required to complete a pre-employment background check.

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Athene celebrates diversity, is committed to inclusion and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

We are driven to do more. More for our customers and the financial professionals who offer our products. If you are driven to do more and love the challenge of pursuing more, Athene is your kind of company. You will find we offer more than the basics to create a diverse, inclusive and dynamic work environment at our various locations.

Based on your location you will experience a unique blend of: • Benefits to meet individual needs including, but not limited to, a 401(k) and/or pension plan with a company match, paid time off, paid holidays, job-related tuition reimbursement, medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. • Career development opportunities including a Leadership Development Program, self-guided trainings and periodic Lunch & Learns. • Amenities that include "dress for your day" work attire, in house coffee bar, on-site café, ergonomic desks, game room area and on-site fitness facility. • Volunteer opportunities to give back to the community, company-sponsored volunteer events throughout the year, individual non-profit volunteer time that can earn grant money, and non-profit matching gift program.

Athene USA is also proud to be recognized for the following: • Best places to Work in Money Management by Pensions & Investments, 2020 • Iowa's Top Workplaces; since 2015 • Bermuda Top Ten Employer; 2019 • United Way of Central Iowa awards

• Advocate & Volunteer; 2016 • S pirit of Central Iowa; 2017, 2019 • Game Changer; 2018 • Impact-Maker; 2018, 2020 • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Awards • Patriot Award, 2018 • Pro Patria Award, 2019 • Seven Seals Award, 2019 • Military Friendly® Employer; since 2017 • Military Spouse Friendly® Employer; since 2017 • LGBTQ+ Friendly Employer by Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2021 • Excellence in Education LOMA;10 plus years • Structured Retail Products (SRP) • Best Carrier Award; 2017 & 2018 • FIA of the Year; 2019

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