Product Manager, Japan

Location KANTO - TOKYO, JAPAN
Experience level Experienced Hire
Job details sector Asset Management

The Product Lifecycle team:

  • is responsible for all open-ended investment funds and fund ranges of AXA IM worldwide, both crossborder and local, with team presence in several AXA IM locations
  • The objective in this activity is to optimze the fund offering, maximize product relevancy, scale, and accessibility

The Product Manager Japan will be responsible for the following:

  • Product development of new local Japanese funds (unit-linked, retail and institutional)
  • Product management of local Japanese funds. Coordination of all evolution and change events including fund rationalization/ streamlining; monitoring of all activity in the local Japanese fund range
  • Day to day coverage of ad-hoc product requests, local product governance and regulatory requirements for Japan
  • Product Intelligence research to meet local AXA IM Asia requirements
  • Transversal topics/ projects across AXA IM Asia activity

Key Accountabilities

Product Management/ Development/ Intelligence:

  • Product development of local Japanese funds (unit-linked, retail and institutional); lead new funds through the new fund validation governance process
  • Act as the first point of contact for any fund related queries and proposals for product development, fund modifications, as well as gatekeeper
  • Drive the fund range evolution in project mode: centralize all requests, conduct feasibility/ impact analysis as well as alternatives, present business cases for validation, monitor the timing and cost of implementation. Oversee the accurate and timely execution of any changes to the fund
  • Structure the product offering:
    • Adaptation of the fund ranges to local market needs or client requirements: investment policy, benchmark, shareclass structure, fees, investment guidelines and other fund characteristics
    • Build and maintain a coherent AXA IM product offering in coordination with Product Development
  • Perform market research as required for local market needs

 

Beyond Japan the Product Manager Japan will be expected to contribute on AXA IM’s Asia ex-Japan initiatives as well.

 

The role requires close collaboration with the investment teams, sales teams, legal, compliance, risk and operations teams both in the local Tokyo office and abroad.

Technical skills:

  • We seek individuals that have good problem solving skills and solid business judgment. Candidates must possess exceptional attention to detail, be responsive, and have a strong sense of accountability and ownership for their work.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, collaborative and flexible mindset is required in this highly cross-functional role where priorities and client needs often change.
  • Good financial technical background, understanding of financial products/ instruments and an intellectual curiosity in global financial markets
  • Minimum 5 years of product management/ development experience, preferably within asset management
  • Excellent quantitative and analytical skills
  • Ability to work at a fast pace with strong attention to detail, highly organized and strong project management skills

 

Personal competencies:

  • The individual must be able to thrive in a dynamic environment where priorities change frequently and deadlines are critical
  • Must be able to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment; both within a specific department as well as with other parts of the organization; Ability to build relationships across the business
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including ability to interact with all levels of staff and management
  • Problem solving/ Results orientation
  • Fluent Japanese required. Fluent English is a plus.

 

Qualifications:

  • University degree or similar with master’s level in Finance, Engineering or similar
Would you like to wake up every day driven and inspired by our noble mission and to work together as one global team to empower people to live a better life? Here at AXA we strive to lead the transformation of our industry. We are looking for talented individuals who come from varied backgrounds, think differently and want to be part of this exciting transformation by challenging the status quo so we can push AXA - a leading global brand and one of the most innovative companies in our industry - onto even greater things.

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