Head, Research Products

Job Description & Qualification

The Head, Research Products will be accountable for building and maintaining global, industry-recognized research products that deliver the highest caliber content on relevant issues for investment industry practitioners and other stakeholders.

This position will serve as the managing editor of the flagship Financial Analysts Journal and support the leaders of the Enterprising Investor blog and the Research Foundation. The Head, Research Products is responsible for advancing an editorial and distribution process consistent with the mission, brand, and strategic priorities and priority themes of CFA Institute. Responsibilities will include conducting topical gap analysis and developing derivative products to increase engagement and reach. The successful applicant will understand research best practices, research metrics, research production, and educational approaches.

The position will be expected to develop strong, collaborative relations with the research oversight boards (e.g., the Research Foundation Board, the FAJ Advisory Council) to ensure smooth relations and cooperation among the various research producing platforms. This position requires expertise in product development as well as deep investment industry knowledge to enable research content selection and curation.

The position may be located in Charlottesville, VA, New York, London, or Hong Kong and will be supported by the Chief Economist.

The Head, Research Products will have the opportunity to:

- Accountable for research products including the Financial Analysts Journal, Research Foundation and Enterprising Investor.
- Responsible for developing new products that support the mission and vision of the organization.
- Develop and sustain a nimble, high-performing team with team members in multiple locations; provide leadership and support with the ability to be “hands on” when necessary.
- Coordinate with colleagues in credentialing, professional learning, advocacy, standards, the Asia Research Exchange and across the research area to enhance the quality and consistency of research and ultimately the reputation of the organization.
- Assist each research publication functional leader under his/her remit with the development of an annual strategy and work plan for research content and publications, including product design, pricing, advertising, etc.
- Develop and manage the annual strategy, budget, and work plan for the function accordingly.
- Closely collaborate with marketing and IT to ensure maximum reach of developed products. Work closely and collaboratively with content production and distribution areas to schedule projects efficiently and ensure appropriate planning and resources are brought to bear for the promotion and distribution of the research content.
- Participate in the recruitment and development of Advisory Council, Editorial Board, and referee panel members.
- Contribute to maintaining a network of thought leading investment professionals, academics and other potential contributors as authors, advisors, or governing body members.

The experiences required for this role are:

- Master’s Degree or higher in Business/Economics with strong quantitative coursework, or an equivalent combination of education and research industry experience.
- Significant finance/investment industry experience.
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation a plus.
- Ability to interact credibly in both the academic and practitioner communities.
- Familiarity and experience in research content selection, development, production, and distribution.
- Awareness and understanding of global financial markets and topics currently of interest to practicing investment professionals.
- Global cultural orientation required, and global working experience preferred.
- Established network of thought leading investment professionals and academics.
- Ability to work with and have credibility with high-level industry professionals and academic “luminaries”, representing CFA Institute in a professional and politically skilled manner.
- Ability to translate technical material and concepts into easily understood formats and language for broad appeal across multiple audiences.
- Must demonstrate outstanding stewardship and relationship building/management skills to expand the mission of CFA Institute.
- Ability to manage virtual global teams and multi-task around several points of input and oversight.
- Proven ability to interact effectively with cross-functional teams and keep team members motivated.
- Highly effective team building and influence skills, able to influence without authority.

This job description is a summary of job requirements and duties and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all areas of responsibility.

Application Procedure

Please visit the CFA Institute website and apply or click this link directly to apply: https://osv_cfainstitute.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Careers/job/Charlottesville-VA/Head--Research-Products_R-1367-1

About the Organization

CFA Institute is the world’s largest association of investment management professionals. As a global, independent organization, with a community of more than 175,000 members and 150+ member societies, we lead the investment profession by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.

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Job ID

ID: J10271