CPP Investment Board: Manager / Lead

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is looking for a Manager, Application Services:

We are presently recruiting for a Manager, Application Services to join our dynamic Information Services Team. The Manager, Application Services leads the design and oversees development of cross-functional, multiplatform application systems across the CPP Investment Board.

The ideal candidate is recognized as having exceptional leadership skills and competence in software architecture and development disciplines. He/She is committed to, and deeply experienced with, service oriented architecture principles and excels in instilling effective software development practices in a fast paced, results-oriented environment.

This role interacts with various investment and investment operations departments across CPPIB, and partners effectively with other groups within Information Services, including Enterprise Architecture, Enterprise Data Management, Quality Assurance and Infrastructure Management. It manages software development teams to meet project objectives and evolve CPPIB’s software applications to achieve its longer-term goals via a buy, build and integrate philosophy. This role partners closely with Enterprise Architecture to deliver solution architectures that are consistent with CPPIB’s broader architectural principles and directions.

They’re also looking for a Lead, Portfolio Analytics Systems:

The Lead, Portfolio Analytics Systems, manages a team of software engineers who design, develop and support quantitative models for cross asset investment strategies. This role partners closely with investment professionals across Public Market Investments’ (PMI) five (5) investment groups, and ensures the delivery of software engineering expertise backed by the infrastructure, architecture and data management capabilities of the broader Information Services team. 

This role manages the software engineering team to meet project and operational objectives, and design PMI’s analytic model systems to achieve goals of agility through re-use, production stability and controls (e.g. source library, change controls, logical security). It oversees software development and integration, maintenance of a coding library and knowledge repository to capture and distribute research documentation across PMI.

This role provides recommendations to senior management regarding the resources (human, financial, tools, etc.) required to complete assigned projects, and effectively manages change within the organization to transition systems from implementation to stable operations. When implementing new systems, this role takes a comprehensive view of the technology, process and architectural implications of the deliverables, and the change management activities associated with the project. It ensures that support resources are in place to support systems on a 7×24 basis, in conjunction with Infrastructure Management.

And finally, a Lead, Capital Markets Technology:

The Lead, Capital Markets Technologies, is responsible for the end-to-end delivery and support of technology solutions for CPPIB’s Global Capital Markets (GCM) Group. This role is a key relationship manager to the management team and investment professionals in this investment group, and is responsible for the implementation, support and integration of systems that support GCM’s portfolio management, analytic and trade execution activities. GCM is a sophisticated and rapidly growing portfolio management team, active across asset classes including cash and derivatives products in the equity, credit, currency and FX markets. This role is accountable for the client service relationship to GCM, manages the vendors that support investment systems and ensures that IS delivers the quality of technology expertise and services required for GCM to execute on their business objectives.

The ASP.NET career site they’re using makes it painful to get the above links, so be thankful for them.  The CPP Investment Board is a large investment organization that shepherds what is currently over $100B in assets for the canadian pension plan.  A large institutional investor, essentially.

The Good
The CPP IB is clearly a pretty significant organization, and one that has both public and private connections in a way.  These are pretty senior roles within the investment board, either what looks like a ‘development manager’ position or one of two team-lead positions.  I imagine these roles come with a fair amount of responsibility and an opportunity to make an impact.

Since the developer positions seemed to offer solid compensation, we might project that these will as well.

When processes are mentioned, they tend to use the word ‘agile’, which is good.  Then again, some of these postings also talk a lot about PMI, which might imply there are other process models afoot.  Similarly,  if agile methods are meant to adapt to change, the phrase “change control” tends to speak to organizations that aren’t thoroughly agile.

The only location listed is 1 Queen East, which would be Queen and Yonge, and a decent neighbourhood to work in, although it’s not certain that that’s where these roles would be.

The Bad
There’s some business-speak in there like “Manage stakeholder expectations”.  None of those phrases are necessarily wrong, but I’ve come to take that as a bad sign at times.

I’m getting very mixed messages as to the likely process.

The usual information gaps apply.  Where are they located?  There’s very little about compensation: do they do RSP matching?  What salaries do these roles command?  What technologies do they use other than SOA/ESB?  How many people would you be managing or leading, and what’s the composition of the teams?  How much experience are they looking for in these roles?  Why are their postings on their site that are six months old or more?

YMMV
Although your mileage may vary about working for a kind of investment firm while you’re hearing about all the investment bank disasters, the CPP IB would be happy to quell your fears about their exposure to the credit issues in the states from their FAQ.  Your mileage may also vary when it comes to a pervasively service-oriented approach, although it would take more understanding of the specifics of their business domain to really evaluate that.

In Summary
Pretty senior roles in a pretty significant institutional investor which may be well-paid.  If agility is important to you, I’d recommend probing on that in more detail, and clearing up some of the information gaps.

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