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Athene Senior Derivative Operations Analyst in West Des Moines, Iowa

We are Athene. At Athene, we are driven to do more. We are a leading retirement services company that issues, reinsures and acquires retirement savings products designed for the increasing number of individuals and institutions seeking to fund retirement needs. We see every day as a new opportunity to measure ourselves against the best - and then we don't stop until we've set the bar even higher. We're ready to help you achieve more.

Purpose:

The Derivative Operations team is responsible for managing the operational aspects of Athene's Derivative investment and hedging strategy. The Senior Derivative Operations Analyst will have responsibilities associated with derivative middle-office trade support, data management, investment accounting oversight, and derivative legal compliance.

Accountabilities:

  • Work closely with Derivative Portfolio Management, Derivative Trading, Legal, Treasury, and Investment Accounting to support end-to-end trade processing and data management for a variety of derivative products

  • Work closely with foreign and domestic investment banks to manage settlements associated with derivative trade events, margin requirements, cash management, and collateral

  • Perform data management functions to ensure appropriate flow of data into internal trade execution and capture platforms, and downstream to accounting, reporting, and other stakeholder platforms

  • Serve as point of escalation for trade and data breaks, provide direction to resolve complex issues with internal and external stakeholders, and incorporate new processes to mitigate risk of repeated issues

  • Assist management with operational support for strategic initiatives and projects, including the implementation of new processes, systems, investment products, and hedging strategies

  • Serve as Derivative Operations systems subject matter expert, working closely with Project Managers, Business Analysts, and Developers to support the maintenance and enhancement of operational platforms – Proactively seeking out ways to identify inefficiencies and improve current processes

  • Oversee third-party providers, analyzing complex issues, and coordinating with them to resolve any issues which arise

  • Develop and enhance a culture of prudent risk management within the team, and wider organization

  • Management and analysis of legal-document trading agreements; understanding differences among ISDAs, CSAs, MCAs and associated agreements across different legal entities and trading partners

  • Support regulatory events/changes, industry initiatives, and market trends which may impact the business and/or offer opportunities to improve systems/processes

  • Review trade bookings and legal trade documentation to ensure trades flow correctly for confirmation or to downstream systems

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (in Business, Finance, Accounting, Data Analytics, MIS, or related field) or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience required

  • 5+ years of progressive responsibility and experience in finance, accounting, or related industry required

  • Knowledge of and prior experience with derivative post-trade workflows required

  • Experience using MarkitWire/MTM, triResolve/TriOptima, Acadia, PAM/PFI, and/or GTSS

  • Prior experience writing business cases, defining business requirements, and/or overseeing projects as a business user

  • Experience with vendored platforms such as Calypso, Murex, Finesstra, etc is a plus

  • Expert knowledge of Excel required. VBA/SQL experience a plus

  • Strong knowledge of derivative and/or fixed income products, and how they fit with investment and hedging principles

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Superb work ethic, highly detail-oriented, well-organized, assertive, self-motivated, and able to prioritize multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced changing environment.

Drive. Discipline. Confidence. Focus. Commitment. Learn more about working at Athene (https://www.athene.com/about/usa-careers) .

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Athene celebrates diversity, is committed to inclusion and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

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