Head of Investment IT (AAM) Job Opening at Transamerica in Cedar Rapids, IA

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Position:Head of Investment IT (AAM)
Job Location(s): Cedar Rapids, IA
Start Date:As soon as possible
Employment Term: Regular
Employment Type:Full Time
Starting Salary Range:
Required Education: Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience: 12 to 15 years
Required Security Clearance: None
Related Categories:IT - General

Position Description

Head of Investment IT (AAM)

Company and Divisional Description:

This position will be with AEGON Asset Management, the organization which oversees asset management for many of Transamerica's insurance and operating companies as well as third party clients. The global AEGON Asset Management organization has operations in Europe, the United States and Asia. Primary offices in the United States are located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Baltimore, Maryland. AEGON Asset Management and Transamerica are both part of the AEGON NV group of companies. The legal entities that comprise AEGON Asset Management US are AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC and AEGON USA Investment Management, LLC. AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC manages commercial real estate, commercial mortgage loans and other real estate related investments. AEGONUSA Investment Management, LLC, is a registered investment adviser that manages fixed income assets, including public bonds, private placements, derivatives and alternative investments.

Job Summary:
The AAM US Head of Information Technology is accountable for overall management and delivery of high availability, cost effective asset management information technology solutions and services that are designed to meet the current and long term business objectives of the asset management organization.
Primary Duties / Accountabilities

1. Align IT objectives and programs to AAM objectives and strategies:

  • Define and implement IT strategy
  • Align the objectives of the IT organization with overall enterprise performance objectives
  • Align IT risk management with broader enterprise risk management
  • Create and execute a communication plan for keeping the organization informed about technology solutions and direction.

2. Develop and implement an enterprise architecture that is designed to support the strategic direction of the asset management business, including business, infrastructure, data and application architecture.

  • Define and implement standards and architectures
  • Utilize a consistent process across the organization
  • Optimize cost of services through a mix of internal and external resources
  • Create IT centers of expertise

3. Develop a talent management program for the department that is focused on:

  • Maintaining a knowledgeable, experienced, flexible pool of technology professionals to support the business
  • Ensure appropriate talent management tools such as cross training and succession planning are used to ensure business continuity and employee development
  • Ensure all components of the performance program are executed in a timely, effective manner

4. Deliver high availability, cost effective asset management information technology solutions and services:

  • Ensure systems are reliable, accurate and meet business demands
  • Define and implement metrics based on overall business objectives
  • Maximize the mix of in-house versus outsourced services
  • Establish and manage strategic service provider partnerships including AGT
  • Effectively manage overall technology costs for the organization
  • Ensure effective system development life cycle (SDLC) process is utilized to deliver solutions appropriate to meet business needs

5. Develop collaborative partnerships with other parts of the business to deliver value added solutions to business needs. Key partnerships include:

  • Partner with Data Management to deliver high quality, timely data to users in a secure, reliable manner. Create and implement a plan to turn data into actionable information in an effective, efficient process to meet the information needs of the business
  • Partner with Change Leadership to deliver seamless, business change initiatives
  • Partner with AAM IT organizations in other countries to deliver cross border solutions

6. Create an innovative, collaborative culture within Information Technology that is focused on providing creative solutions to solve business issues and continuously improve processes.

Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent training / experience required. MBA preferred.
  • Minimum 12 to 15 years of experience in an investment management (strongly preferred) or financial services organization with a minimum of 10 years of leadership experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Expectations:
  • Seasoned, versatile and user focused IT leader with a documentable record of accomplishments and achievements in infrastructure, architecture, standards and technology road-mapping for an asset management organization
  • In-depth understanding of information technology used in complex, global asset management organizations
  • Excellent professional and problem solving skills
  • Strong creative, independent thinking skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Culturally and organizationally astute
  • Demonstrated skills in influencing, negotiation and diplomacy
  • Ability to work under constantly changing conditions and tight deadlines
  • Manage multiple goals and deadlines
  • Financial management skills
  • Effectively cooperate and collaborate with many different organizations

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please follow the online application process. Be sure to fully complete the form and include your resume. If you experience technical problems during the application process, please email .

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Transamerica Life Insurance Company (Realty Advisors, LLC) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of age, religion, sex, gender identity, genetic information, race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, participation in the uniformed services (e.g. U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard), physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local equal employment opportunities laws.

Applicants with physical or mental disabilities may be entitled to a form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state and local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will insure equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the Transamerica Companies. Please inform the Human Resources department if you need assistance completing any forms, or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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