PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP Product Manager - Asset Allocation Funds in DES MOINES, Iowa

Product Manager - Asset Allocation Funds - #222084Job Area:InvestmentsBusiness Area:PGI OtherLocation:CA, IA, IL, NYCareer Category:Experienced ProfessionalFull/Part Time:Full-TimeRegular/Temporary:RegularDate Posted:10/02/2018Responsibilities:Principal Global Investors is a forward-thinking global investment manager, asset allocation expert, and retirement leader for financial professionals and investors. Including its target-risk and target-date offerings and is the fifth largest lifecycle funds provider in the industry. Growing quickly, Principal Global Investors has moved up four spots in the Strategic Insight advisor-sold mutual fund market share rankings in the last two years.We are currently hiring a Product Manager for the Target Date suite. In this role, you will play a critical part in the link between investment management, distribution and other internal business partners. The position will interact with both investment management and distribution in an effort to promote and defend the products under its purview and often serve as first point of contact for general questions on the investment strategies.This opportunity allows you to take your strong work ethic, knowledge of investments and combine that with your drive and leadership to help others in an expanding business. The ideal candidate will have a collaborative, strategic perspective, be action-oriented, and display a willingness to engage in multiple levels of work.Here is just a sample of what you can expect:Drive and support the gathering and retention of assets under management by working closely with sales, marketing and investment professionals across all distribution channelsAbility to learn the specifics of particular investment products and teams, identify what needs to be done to drive their success in different channels, and champion those efforts independentlyStrong relationship building skills will be key to success in this role, and a sense of humor never hurtsProvide strong collaboration and excel at influencing others at various levelsShowcase a consistently optimistic approach with an eye on achieving results among competing prioritiesUtilize strong judgment and smart political skills to resolve problems and make recommendations for solutions and actions.Consistently answer product inquiries, help craft and create investment messaging and positioning using deep analytical and competitive intelligence, articulate investment team views and respond to performance issues and other investment-related issues on strategies for assigned asset class.Identify appropriate resources and collect information to use to research and analyze all aspects of competitor products, peer performance and competitive industry landscape, and then use that intel to support messaging.Qualifications:Skills required:Bachelor's degree or equivalent of 8+ years' experience. Advanced studies ((e.g MBA, MFin), or professional accreditation (e.g. CFA, CIMA, CAIA) preferred.5+ years of experience in investments or financial services preferred.An active FINRA Series 6 or 7 is preferred.Strong knowledge of asset management / asset allocation concepts, investment products, market trends and the needs of institutional and retail sales channels.Successful candidates will have the following:Demonstrated expertise in investment products, vehicles and distribution channelsStrong oral and written communications and organizational skills.Ability to interact and build relationships with all internal partners and external investment and third-party data providers.Must be able to manage small to medium projects.Must be client-focused, detail-oriented and have proven ability to execute projects and initiatives.Proven ability to efficiently and effectively research, analyze and synthesize information.Must be team-oriented with ability to work independently and efficiently to meet deadlines with limited supervision.Marketing writing and verbal communication skills necessary.Requires atte