Provide day-to-day leadership and direction to a technology operations team (may be comprised of employees, contract personnel and/or vendor partner resources) dedicated to a portfolio of technical business applications and/or services, including: operational maintenance, production support, front-line management of incidents, development support, and proactive/preventative analysis (to include solution ideation, recommendation and implementation). Serve as point-person and operational expert for issues, needs and projects regarding or related to area of responsibility.
Participate in change management process and approve technology and service changes; ensure balance between business requests and impact/risk. Assist in establishing technology/service goals and reporting needs. Participate in transition of technology and services into production support. Develop call scripts, monitoring procedures and break/fix documentation. Collaborate on system health evaluations to address performance issues and establish action plans (internal and/or vendor).
Provide end-to-end oversight of critical incidents. Coordinate efforts of support teams (internal and/or vendor) to drive service restoration targets. Liaise with technology teams to develop corrective action or workarounds to resolve incidents. Ensure action plans are in place to address recurring issues, including escalation and effective hand-off to other technology teams as required. Ensure compliance with incident management processes and procedures. Provide on-call support.
Provide insight into operational requirements and funding conversations. Participate in the budget and project planning process by providing accurate estimates of work, resources required, scope and cost as it relates to area of responsibility. Review vendor/supplier invoices, as applicable, to ensure services provided/business activity translates accurately to spend.
Serve as the primary contact for assigned function/portfolio. Monitor and perform routine performance/service-level audits to ensure optimal utilization. Execute scheduled and unscheduled operational maintenance tasks. Develop processes, work streams and maintenance schedules. Ensure escalation processes are in place and utilized. Collaborate with technical teams, business partners, and vendors to advocate for assigned services/technologies, ensuring stable operations/production environment.
Provide oversight and leadership to a technology operations team (may include employees, contract personnel and/or vendor partners and their resources). Delegate work to ensure effective execution of team/function deliverables. Ensure knowledge transfer and cross-training of team members to effectively support the business. Develop and maintain a high-performing team through effective hiring, vendor partner management, coaching and performance management. Champion policies and standards.
Primary day-to-day liaison with suppliers and vendors for assigned portfolio of applications/services. Monitor, review and report on progress against technology goals/needs (metrics and measures). Provide feedback based on execution and delivery of services. Work with vendors, technology and the business to establish and review service level agreements/objectives (SLA/Os). Work in conjunction with vendors to ensure service commitments are maintained.
Maintain up-to-date skills in relevant technologies. Participate and provide input into the selection, implementation and use of tools and best practices. Establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships with business partners, vendor partners and service providers, as well as other teams across technology (e.g. peers in operations, application development). Maintain a broad understanding of business, business needs, and how assigned technologies drive and support the business.
Bachelors degree or equivalent in Computer Science, MIS, or related field.
5-7 years of relevant experience required.
2+ years of experience providing day-to-day oversight/supervision to a team of technical employees and/or vendor partner resources.
3-5+ years of broad technical experience with proven expertise in several of the following areas: servers, networks, hardware, operating systems (Windows, UNIX, Solaris, Linux, AIX), virtualization software, middleware and related base build infrastructure and software.
Experience and subject matter expertise in the web and distributed computing environment, as well as mainframe experience.
2+ years of experience and proven success identifying and implementing opportunities for improvement to configurations, procedures and process to enable greater availability, capability and efficiency.
Certifications preferred: ITIL Foundation.
Direct people-management experience to include performance management.
Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to translate technical information to non-technical audiences and vice versa.
Excellent problem detection and determination skills in multiple functional infrastructure/application areas.
Strong customer service orientation.
Proven experience creating, championing and maintaining processes, procedures and policies.
Experience working in the financial services industry or other similar, highly regulated environment.
About Our Company
The Ameriprise Financial Technology team mission is to create innovative technology solutions and engaging digital experiences for our clients, advisors, and employees. We embrace an inclusive and collaborative culture that allows us to partner across the business and lend our expertise in the areas of corporate computing, network infrastructure and security. We celebrate the unique qualities and reward the contributions of our talented, passionate employees. If you're motivated and want to work for a strong, ethical company that cares about you and your community, take the next step with Ameriprise Technology.
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