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23 Jun 2015

IT Director

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Job Description

ROLE

This role is accountable for three main areas of delivery, namely:

Maximise the benefit to AI of the technology infrastructure delivered through the Aviva Shared Service model
Design and delivery of AI specific IT architecture, including the ownership of all elements in the IT change agenda from both Group and AI led strategic initiatives
Design, implement and ‘own’ AI’s data strategy

This role is very broad in its nature and requires a collaborative approach, a deep technical understanding and a strategic thinker to develop and shape the Data and Technology agenda to help AI become the “Global Leader in Outcome Orientated Solutions”

Maximise the benefit to AI of the technology infrastructure delivered through the Aviva Shared Service model;

Ensure that Aviva Group mandated hardware and software meet the performance and structural needs of AI, rather than a one-size-fits-all solution
Delivery and run of IT services that support the needs of the business and are in-line with industry best practice
Proactive oversight and management of the Shared service cost base, looking for opportunities to increase efficiencies within the budget
Ensure Technology solutions are globally consistent and scalable, given AI are the only international company within the Group

Design and delivery of AI specific IT architecture, including the ownership of all elements in the IT change agenda from both Group and AI led strategic initiatives

Recommend and deploy best-in-breed applications, tools and solutions to meet AI’s specific asset management IT needs
Hold the business to account to ensure they clearly articulate their detailed requirements before undertaking any design or build activity
Ensure full engagement in all IT elements of the strategic roadmap, working closely with the transformation and business leads
Work with the Director of Fund Services / Design Authority to define and clarify roles and responsibilities around analysis and testing

Design, implement and ‘own’ AI’s data strategy

Design and develop best-in-breed overarching data strategy and establish a robust and repeatable data architecture including mid and long-term deployment options
Data strategy to be built in collaboration with Internal users and external clients to ensure end deliverable is fit for purpose
Build appropriate size team and associated mid-term business case (next 2 years) fit to facilitate AI’s GLOOS strategy, including;
Golden source identification
Tools to manage & cleanse data
Selection of end user customer reporting applications

ROLE DIMENSION

Direct Reports:

Functional direct team of c8 direct reports and a global function of 40 (direct)
Team will be located in the UK, Singapore, US, Poland and France

RELATIONSHIPS (INTERNAL & EXTERNAL)

Reports to the COO with a dotted line into the Group CIO
Direct reports/COO Direct reports/CIO Direct reports
Strong relationships with AI Executive and Senior Management
Aviva Group Shared Services
Wide ranging relationships within the Aviva Group
Outsourced Providers
Application Service Providers Specialist consultants (Gartner, InvestIT)
Aviva Investors / Group Transformation
Asset Management Industry Peers

SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ TECHNICAL

Agile approach
Application Development and Maintenance
IT Infrastructure/service
Strategy & Architecture (including Data)
Leadership, team management & communication skills
Risk and Security
Project Sponsorship, stakeholder management
Broad understanding of investment management business
Extensive experience leading IT & Change functions in the financial services industry
Comfortable working in a fast paced environment
Negotiation and influencing skills

EXPERIENCE
Extensive Asset management industry experience essential
Understanding and leadership of complex, geographically distributed team
Experience in international working and multi- cultural, multi-locational leadership and delivery
Has initiated, led and successfully completed major change programmes.
Working in a joint venture environment
Experience of working in complex matrix environments

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