BlackRock Strategic Product Management (AxJ Product Strategy, Director, Hong Kong) in Hong Kong, Hong Kong

BlackRock helps investors build better financial futures. As a fiduciary to our clients, we provide the investment and technology solutions they need when planning for their most important goals. As of December 31, 2017, the firm managed approximately $6.288 trillion in assets on behalf of investors worldwide. For additional information on BlackRock, please visit | Twitter: @blackrock at | Blog: | LinkedIn: .

Job Description:

Business Unit Overview

BlackRock’s Strategic Product Management (SPM) group’s mandate is to drive organic revenue growth by enhancing innovation and product development and by bringing strategic discipline and insight to the products we offer our clients. SPM is tasked with ensuring that BlackRock has an industry-leading product set to support our clients’ needs and the firm’s growth aspirations in all market environments. SPM partners closely with the various Investment Strategies Groups and Client Businesses to achieve the firm’s goals and objectives.

The functions of SPM include:

  • Developing and defining a clear product strategy for the firm based on varying time horizons reflecting the lifecycles of markets, client needs, and products

  • Enabling and cultivating a robust pipeline of innovative solutions for our clients that can competitively differentiate the firm and enhance its prospects for growth

  • Providing objective, rational analysis of each product's strengths and weaknesses to enable optimal decision making

  • Eliminating unprofitable and non-strategic products from the line-up so the firm can focus on the things that really matter to our clients

  • Managing a rigorous and globally consistent product development process to ensure every new product is of the highest quality and consistent with the firm's principles

  • Aligning the firm's resources behind BlackRock's key product priorities and serving as a critical connector of the firm's business units while driving decision making

Scope of the role

We are seeking a high caliber and experienced individual to drive Product Strategy across the Asia ex-Japan business. The person will report into the Head of APAC SPM. The position is based in Hong Kong with an amount of travel required across the Asia ex-Japan region to understand markets and business aspirations.

This is a high profile role that is business critical given the importance of expanding and optimizing the AxJ product offering in alignment with evolving markets, industry trends and client needs.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop market-leading views on evolving markets and industry trends to inform ideation

  • Stay abreast of regulatory and other structural trends as to identify upcoming threats and opportunities

  • Create, evolve and deliver a strategic product roadmap for the region, in partnership with distribution and investment teams

  • Assess product offering alongside competitors and markets to inform consideration of ongoing suitability, and trigger proposals to reposition or rationalize products

  • Maintain oversight of BlackRock’s product offering in each jurisdiction; identify, syndicate and trigger range management initiatives

  • Connect with broader global SPM team to share ideas and collaborate on platform wide initiatives

  • Leverage broader SPM team to ensure seamless partnership of Product Strategy and Product Development activity

Development opportunity:

  • A senior and highly visible role in a fast paced function that is a critical enabler of the firm

  • Direct exposure to executive management across the firm

  • Contribute to highly visible and impactful firm-wide initiatives that give exposure to BlackRock’s breadth of capabilities

  • Gain a broad perspective on Blackrock’s business priorities and its leadership role in the industry

Knowledge / Experience

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in the investment management industry or in financial services

  • Broad industry knowledge spanning across asset classes, markets and clients segments

  • Good understanding of Asia and ideally EMEA regulatory frameworks pertaining to the offering of investment funds in key Asian markets

  • Understanding of operational infrastructure supporting investment products

  • Self-starter with a high degree of intellectual curiosity and willingness to challenge established thinking

  • Excellent communication skills and gravitas with the ability to build relationships across functions external parties at all levels of management

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced environment, and own delivery against tight deadlines and constraints

  • Demonstrated experience of creating and articulating strategic plans

  • Experienced interacting with regulators, clients and investors

  • Strong project management, organizational and problem solving skills

  • Attention to detail, while also able to grasp the bigger picture

  • Sound and unbiased judgment, professionalism and discretion

  • Fosters an open, interactive, collegial environment

  • Direct experience managing assets, structuring or selling investment products a significant plus


  • Post graduate degree or above; specialization in Finance or Strategy welcome but not a must

  • Business proficiency in English a must, other Asian languages a significant plus

  • Proficient in MS Office tools; familiarity with other finance industry tools a plus

  • Charted Financial Analyst or comparable qualification a plus

BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.