Cross Asset Project Manager - Institutional Securities Group Product Operations

  • Competitive
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Morgan Stanley USA
  • 18 Oct 18

Cross Asset Project Manager - Institutional Securities Group Product Operations

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries.

As a market leader, the talent and passion of our people is critical to our success. Together, we share a common set of values rooted in integrity, excellence and strong team ethic. Morgan Stanley can provide a superior foundation for building a professional career - a place for people to learn, to achieve and grow. A philosophy that balances personal lifestyles, perspectives and needs is an important part of our culture.

Operations is one of the largest divisions in the firm and has diverse responsibilities, including correctly settling and recording millions of transactions per day, identifying and mitigating all operational risks, developing strong client relationships and partnering with technology to realize the full potential of IT and e-solutions. Throughout, the Operations department continually seeks ways to improve while actively supporting the development of new businesses, structures and markets.

Institutional Securities Group (ISG) Product Operations encompasses two functionally aligned organizations. The first, Trading & Client Operations, provides Operations functions in direct support of activity executed by Institutional Sales &Trading. The second, Clearing Operations, provides Operations functions in direct support for activity cleared by Morgan Stanley on behalf of our clients in Prime Brokerage, Listed Derivatives, and OTC Derivatives. The broad organization partners closely with Sales and Trading to develop and implement new products and services as well as drive efficiency and reduce risk in our processes. At all times we are focused on delivering quality service to clients both internal and external. ISG Product Operations partners closely with Shared Services and Banking Operations as well as Branch Operations and Operations Risk & Control to deliver a connected 'front to back' view of operations to ISG Sales and Trading.

The role is to work as a Project Coordinator and Business analyst on the Collateral projects team. This role has a global focus and will entail collaborating with Operations, Business Unit and IT located across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Primary responsibilities will include:

- Drive own project reporting and management
- Work with stakeholders and managers across all business functions to define business processing requirements.
- Assist with test planning, management and execution
- Support functional deployment to users, providing training and post implementation support

The candidate will support the delivery of enhancements across the Collateral infrastructure at all parts of the project lifecycle. It is expected that the candidate will be able to demonstrate initiative and own individual pieces of business analysis, testing and sign-off for functional changes within a larger project. There is room for growth in the role, and a highly motivated individual could quickly expand the role to take on ownership of smaller projects from front to back.

The successful candidate will have good communication skills; with the ability to quickly gain credibility and build effective relationships with stakeholders. Strong problem solving skills and an analytical mindset are fundamental to success in this role. Curiosity and a willingness to learn are more important than knowledge of collateral management, financing products and/or derivative products, although the latter will significantly advance the potential candidate's capabilities.

The role will be located in New York and will report into the New York team lead locally and the Clearing projects Program lead globally.

Qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree required
- Project and modelling skills: to represent information in forms that enhance decision making and communications. Agile project delivery including experience of User Story modelling an advantage.
- Communication: the ability to articulate problems, escalation and potential solution, at all levels, but especially to director and VP stakeholders.
- Good problem solving skills and analytical mindset
- Good quantitative analytical skills: the ability to critically evaluate information gathered across multiple sources, reconcile variances and recommend proposals to senior management and key stakeholders
- Some knowledge of the front-to-back trade lifecycle is useful including trade capture, confirmation, settlement, valuation, regulatory reporting, risk management