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Associate Product Manager

Graduate at Russell Investments

Associate Product Manager

Graduate at Russell Investments

  • LocationLondon, UK
  • Position levelGraduate
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 06 Sep, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date:
  • Visa iconVisa Sponsor
  • CompetitiveCompetitive

Associate Product Manager

Role Summary

The Associate Product Manager works within the Product Services team in London. The primary purpose of the role is to work on the development of new products and the management of existing products for the EMEA business, from idea generation, through to design and launch and lifecycle management. Products are largely UCITS Dublin domiciled vehicles, but also include segregated accounts and QIAIF structures as well as a range of UK ICVC, Cayman funds and French FCPs.

The Associate Product Manager is expected to manage and coordinate product development and management activities in conjunction with other team members and to provide support on sales activities throughout Russell Investments when requested. This will involve working closely with other product team members as well as Russell Investment’s Go To Market (Sales and Client Relationship), Legal, Risk, Compliance, Finance, Investment Division and Operations groups.

The responsibilities of the individual in this position include:

Competitor research & regulatory impact analysis

  • Assisting in maintaining awareness of Regulatory and competitor landscape.
  • Preparing focused research to support and make recommendations on development and evolution of range.
  • Preparing regular and ad hoc reports on competitor sales/products.

Analysis & Product Governance

  • Assisting with analysis and data compilation in order to provide background for launches/mergers and assisting with compiling materials for governance (Product Strategy Committee, Global Product Committee, Boards).
  • Assisting Director with preparations for quarterly Board submissions.

Implementation of product initiatives and special projects

  • Assisting with coordinating product implementation for initiatives working with Legal, Operations, Investments etc.
  • Assisting with identification of structure specific requirements and resolution of issues as they arise throughout product implementation process.
  • Where necessary, helping to ensure that capabilities are developed and that ongoing responsibilities are appropriately assigned to relevant teams.
  • Facilitating EGMs and AGMs and share class launches.
  • Participating in “special projects” initiated by groups outside of Go To Market and Investment Division e.g. benchmark changes.

Product lifecycle management

  • Assisting in the assessment of the EMEA fund range for rationalization or changes to funds and share classes.
  • Assisting with prospectus changes and internal communications to Go To Market and other business units or Board reporting.

Process Management

  • Supporting the Director, ensuring that processes maintain momentum.
  • Ensuring documentation is updated and communicated appropriately.
  • Suggesting improvements.
  • Managing processes as allocated by the Director.

Assist with other internal Committees

  • Assisting the Director with input to Audit, Risk, Investment or Product Strategy Committee reports or updates to senior management

The successful candidate will have extensive demonstrable skills and experiences including the following:


  • University undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification
  • Some knowledge of financial markets, investment management and the marketplace
  • Experience in the investment management profession, ideally comprising of client exposure.
  • Previous Product Development experience and some knowledge of European fund structures preferred
  • Knowledge of retail products preferred
  • Obtained, or agree to obtain the Investment Management Certificate.
  • Studying or intending to study for CFA (or other finance related professional qualifications) will be preferred
  • Project management skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to prioritise & to work independently and exercise good judgment
  • Strong organisational, professional and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well in highly pressured team
  • Proficiency with Powerpoint, Word and Excel essential

Russell Overview

Russell Investments is a global financial services firm that serves institutional investors, financial advisors and individuals working with their advisors in more than 40 countries.

Founded in 1936, Russell Investments is one of only a few firms that offers actively managed multi-asset portfolios and services that include advice, investments and implementation. With core capabilities extending across capital market insights, manager research, asset allocation, portfolio implementation and factor exposures Russell Investments stands with clients to achieve their desired investment outcomes.

A pioneer, Russell Investments began its strategic pension fund consulting business in 1969 and today is a consultant to some of the largest pools of capital in the world. With four decades of experience researching and selecting investment managers, meeting annually with more than 2,200 managers around the world, Russell Investments is well-known worldwide for its investment advice.

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Russell Investments operates globally with 21 offices (as of August 2016) across the world, providing Investment Services in the world’s major financial centers, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, San Diego and New York.

Russell Investments offers a competitive compensation and benefit package to associates including: medical, vision and dental coverage; a profit-sharing retirement plan; sabbatical leave every 10 years; and tuition assistance. Most importantly, Russell Investments offers a work environment where respect for the individual and teamwork are part of our fundamental values. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Russell Investments supports workforce diversity.

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