Vice President, Product Strategy

Posted 13 May 2024

Vice President, Product Strategy at AGF Investments

Other Full-time Toronto

Experience: Senior-Level
Education Required: Undergraduate degree required. Additionally, CFA, MBA, or Masters in Finance or Economics, CAIA is a plus.
Salary Range: $100, 000+

Close date: 11 July 2024

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About AGF:

Founded in 1957, AGF Management Limited is an independent and globally diverse asset management firm. AGF brings a disciplined approach to delivering excellence in investment management through its fundamental, quantitative, private capital, and high-net-worth businesses. Our suite of diverse investment solutions extends globally to a wide range of clients, from individual investors and financial advisors to institutions, including pension plans, corporate plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations. Our commitment to the principles of good stewardship and responsible investment is a positive differentiator for AGF. We believe integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues into our investment decision-making and ownership practices across platforms will help deliver better investment outcomes to our clients.

Position Description

About the Role:

Reporting to the Chief Marketing & Product Officer, AGF’s Vice President, Product Strategy will lead the execution of AGF’s ambitious product development and management strategy with a particular focus on the further expansion of AGF’s private and liquid alternatives solutions as well as the continued evolution of AGF’s global equity and fixed income offerings in all jurisdictions. As a senior member of the team, this individual acts as the primary liaison between investment management, distribution, affiliate managers and other internal and external business partners to shape AGF’s future product line-up and will have frequent interactions with executive and senior leadership team members throughout the organization.

About the Team:

As part of AGF’s Marketing and Innovation team, the Product Development and Management group are high-performers that work collaboratively to develop and execute AGF’s strategic, long-term product development and management plans. The group’s culture can be summed up in a few words; impactful, collaborative and forward-thinking.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Oversees investment products research, peer and landscape analysis for AGF, developing new product ideas as AGF looks to grow its offerings globally for all lines of business.
  • Develop and present business cases for new investment products including overseeing competitor analysis, market intelligence and sizing
  • Advise the business on optimal product structures and characteristics for distribution globally including consideration for vehicle structures and regulatory regimes
  • Collaborate with Product Operations and Governance to manage the execution of launches from business acceptance through to delivery by effectively partnering with senior Operations, Finance, Distribution and Marketing stakeholders to drive implementation.
  • Oversee strategic product restructuring initiatives
  • Serve as the senior member of the team, including management of junior/mid-level team members
  • Build strong relationships with internal teams across the business.
  • Participate in various industry body working groups and actively engage with industry associations.
  • Work collaboratively with Marketing & Innovation to support Distribution with effective marketing plans and materials, knowledge and training for product structures and investment solutions.

Required Skill / Experience

Your Qualifications:

  • Minimum 7 years' experience in investment product development and/or global product structuring with minimum 3 years' experience in structuring alternative investment solutions (private and/or liquid)
  • Knowledge of Canadian, U.S. and Europe-domiciled investment product related vehicles including a working knowledge of investment strategies and styles employed by fixed income, equity and alternative portfolio managers is required
  • Knowledge of pool fund trusts, limited partnerships, LLCs, offshore feeders, UCITs is preferred
  • Understanding of operational aspects of alternative product development, such as capital call process, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of investment industry services and distribution channels.
  • People management experience.
  • Ability to build relationships with teams across the organization, excellent interpersonal skills, working effectively with individuals across cultures, functions and levels of seniority.
  • Undergraduate degree required. Additionally, CFA, MBA, or Masters in Finance or Economics, CAIA is a plus.

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