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Managing Director Investment Operations #220928

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Principal Financial Services, Inc

Des Moines, IA

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Do you want a career where you can make a real difference? At Principal

, you can.

We work with a greater purpose in mind—to give people the financial tools and confidence to live their best lives. And we take that to heart not only for our clients but also extend that to our employees.

By choosing to work at Principal, you'll be a part of making a difference in the lives of customers and in communities. And you can make a difference in your own life by joining a company that cares about its employees as much as it cares about its customers. From career development to comprehensive benefits to our vibrant, diverse work environment, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enrich your personal and professional life.

As Managing Director - Operations, you will strategically lead and manage operations and support functions for several major operations functions within Principal Global Investors. Responsible for driving the development, implementation and execution of the operational strategic plan, including function vision, strategy, policies, financial and operating plans and business model across PGI's boutique structure. Act as a change agent within operations, continuously assessing areas such as function structure, operational best practices, talent and leader development, innovation opportunities, etc. Responsible for ensuring the business complies with applicable laws, regulatory environments, ethical business practices, and Principal policies.


Act as a primary contact and liaison for coordination of PGI's operations activities both inside and outside the organization. Ongoing coordination and cooperation with portfolio managers, information technology, client service, marketing and various key business leaders.

Monitor global industry and competitive environment through research and review of market intelligence and insights to proactively identify emerging regulations that may impact team functions.

Direct operations activities for PGI's multiple product and distribution channels, which may include boutique operations, securitization business and registered and unregistered products.

Assure resources are aligned to support operations activities for all PGI client types and asset classes.

Lead all activities related to operations organizational structure and preparedness to accommodate business needs, including new business initiatives and overall growth.

Act as a key contributor in the planning, prioritization and execution of strategic, financial and operating activities and initiatives in support of PGI's centralized operations business model.


Bachelor degree or equivalent experience required, plus 10 - 15 years of relevant industry experience (operations, financial services, asset management etc.).

MBA preferred.

Proven ability to articulate a compelling vision and case for change and strong consensus building

Proven and strong ability in area of people leadership required.

Extensive knowledge of investment products and services, asset management operations, including systems, financials and operations preferred.

Demonstrated success in process improvement or operational excellence strongly preferred.

Strong analytical, problem solving, communication and negotiation skills required.

Must demonstrate strategic and long-range visionary thinking.

Proven strong abilities in the areas of building strategic partnerships, influencing, negotiation, problem solving, analytical thinking, decision-making, presentations and written and verbal communication required.

Must have strong business acumen with strong results-orientation.

Must have ability to work on issues independently and manage teams of both direct reports and resources in other functions and geographies to execute strategic initiatives.

Travel, including overnight stays required (less than 25%).


Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status, military status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Investment Code of Ethics:

You will be required to comply with a Code of Ethics which covers personal trading activities for you and members of your household.

Visa Sponsorship:

This position is not eligible for sponsorship for work authorization by Principal. Therefore, if you will require sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, we cannot consider your application at this time.

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The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal®) is a leading global financial company offering businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services. Our range of products and services includes retirement solutions, insurance, wellness programs, and investment and banking products through our diverse family of financial services companies and national network of financial professionals.

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