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(Senior) Product Manager – Investment Funds - ACTIAM

Location: Rotterdam
Employment: Full-time

Within ACTIAM N.V. (ACTIAM), a vacancy for a (Senior) Product Manager is available in the Product Management & Development department. ACTIAM, a Dutch fund and asset management company offering a wide range of investment funds under the ACTIAM and Zwitserleven labels, is well known from its strong footprint and longstanding track record in sustainable investments and impact investing. Since January 2022 ACTIAM forms part of Cardano Risk Management, a fiduciary pension solutions provider active in primarily the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

ACTIAM is increasingly positioning its funds for growth in both existing and new markets in predominantly the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, in order to address increasing demand for sustainable investment solutions for both institutional and wholesale client markets. High quality product management and development, including high quality governance and up-to-date (legal) fund documentation and communication, is key to execute on that strategy.

Your responsibilities

As a Product Manager you will be responsible for the day-to-day management and maintenance of the governance and fund documentation of the funds, in order to make sure the funds comply with applicable legislations and industry best practices. Your key responsibilities will be to make sure and coordinate that all fund documentation and communication at all times fit with the highest standards, either from a legal, fiscal or marketing perspective, in order to make sure that the funds operate in the best interests of the participants. Relevant fund documentation includes amongst others fund prospectuses, (semi)annual reports, factsheets and key investor information documentation with respect to the ACTIAM and Zwitserleven funds that are under the supervision of the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets (AFM). In relation to the governance of the funds, you assist with or lead the interactions with the supervisory boards of the funds, various investment committees and stakeholders such as the custodian and depositary. As a Product Manager you will also be responsible for monitoring the asset management and risk management processes as performed by the Portfolio Management and Risk Management departments of ACTIAM.

Next to being involved in day to day product management, you will be engaged in product development processes and projects associated with the investment funds, with the aim that funds continuously and optimally suit client needs. In this respect the fund industry is in continuous movement. As an example the funds have recently become subject to increasingly stringent legislation on sustainability, such as SFDR and Taxonomy Regulation, where it is ACTIAM’s ambition to continuously stay ahead of the curve.

In your day-to-day activities you closely interact with various departments and stakeholders within and outside of ACTIAM. As such, potential candidates that apply for a function as a Product Manager should have a demonstrable knowledge of the various aspects of investment funds, including a strong affinity with portfolio and risk management and with the current legal, fiscal and supervisory framework in which investment funds operate. To that end you will cooperate with legal, fiscal and compliance staff departments. Needless to say, writing and communication skills of candidates should be excellent, both in Dutch and in English.

As a Product Manager you will report to the Head of Product Management & Development.

The Product Management & Development department

The Product Management & Development department is considered to be the center of expertise regarding investment funds that are distributed under the labels of ACTIAM and Zwitserleven. The funds are offered to both institutional and retail investors and are under supervision of the AFM based on AIFMD regulations. Although predominantly focused on The Netherlands, ACTIAM has a strong ambition to expand its scope by offering investment funds in other (European) countries.

Currently ACTIAM manages at about 40 ACTIAM and Zwitserleven funds, with total assets under management of approximately € 20 billion.

Key responsibility of the department is to ascertain that funds under management are managed in the best interest of fund participants and to make sure that funds at all times comply with required governance and relevant legal and fiscal legislation. This includes ascertaining that all relevant fund documentation is at all times up-to-date and comply with high quality standards as set by ACTIAM. Next to that, the Product Management & Development department is responsible for the organization and arrangement of meetings with fund supervisory boards, the depositary, investment committees and annual meetings of participants.

In a highly dynamic market and regulatory environment, product development is becoming increasingly important, both regarding the launch of newly developed fund propositions and the continuous quality improvement of existing fund propositions.   

ACTIAM

ACTIAM is the leading responsible asset and fund manager in the Netherlands, with approximately  € 20 billion in assets under management as of 31 December 2021. As an authority in the area of sustainable and impact investing, we are proud of the results we have achieved. We welcome sharing our successes. Our culture is professional, collegial, approachable and welcoming.

We work together and we exhibit ownership and flexibility. We put ourselves in the client’s position and are not afraid of making decisions. We are fully aware of our responsibility towards society, and we have taken this responsibility seriously for many years. Sustainable asset management is in our DNA, giving us a leading position in this area. It is an edge in which we continue to invest. ACTIAM offers a professional working environment and an atmosphere of co-operation in which involvement is rewarded and where you can realize your full potential. ACTIAM is a subsidiary of Cardano Risk Management.

Cardano Risk Management
Cardano Risk Management (Cardano) was founded in 2000 from the belief that in an uncertain world everyone should be able to rely on a fair pension. Cardano believes in a righteous and fair society in which the financial system contributes to the quality of live. In an irrational, uncertain world with a financial system that regularly runs wild, Cardano feels responsible to watch over other people’s money. That’s why Cardano helps to secure the assets and savings that are necessary to provide people with a happy retirement. This is realized by eliminating unwanted and unrewarded risks, and by embracing those risks that are necessary to make people and our society more resilient.

Cardano offers its clients specialized and integrated investment and risk management services, ranging from strategic advice to full implementation and investment management. Since its founding in 2000, Cardano has supported many European pension funds, insurance companies and other long-term investors with strategic advice, implementation and management of investment solutions, manager research and selection. Cardano is an important player in the European market for implementation and management of LDI and derivatives overlay solutions. Every year, Cardano executes over € 150bn of nominal value in transactions on behalf of clients, predominantly in interest rate, currency, inflation and equity derivatives and (government) bonds. Cardano has offices in the UK (London and Nottingham) and The Netherlands (Rotterdam) and – including ACTIAM – employs more than 500 experienced professionals.

Minimum requirements to apply

  • Academic degree in a financial economic discipline
  • Postgraduate degree or intention to realize CFA or VBA
  • At least 3-5 years of relevant working experience
  • Affinity and expertise with investment funds and the international legal and fiscal legislative context in which the investment funds operate
  • Strong communication skills, both orally and in writing in both (native) Dutch and English

Competences

You are a committed professional with a proactive and hands-on approach with a natural focus on putting central the interests of clients and investors in the funds. As a Product Manager you feel responsibility and ownership for what you’re doing. For this function good planning capabilities and eye for detail are key, in order to maintain compliant and up-to-date legal fund documentation at all times. You can work both in isolation and in cooperation with other disciplines, having substantial organizational sensitivity. As you will cooperate with various disciplines and stakeholders both within and outside of ACTIAM, you have strongly developed communicative capabilities, including excellent skills in writing in both Dutch and English.

Location:
Rotterdam

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Does this job spark your interest?

Please send your application for (Senior) Product Manager – Investment Funds at ACTIAM in Rotterdam including your CV to Mirjam Molenaar, HR Business Partner, Mirjam.Molenaar@actiam.nl 

Job posted

14 januari 2022

More information:

For more information regarding the vacancy please contact Bart van de Kamer, Head of Product Management & Development, bart.vandekamer@actiam.nl.

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