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Director, Technology Innovation

Company: Raymond James
Location: Saint Petersburg
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

About Raymond James:

Founded in 1962, Raymond James Financial, Inc. is a Fortune 500 diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities through its subsidiary companies engaged primarily in investment and financial planning, in addition to capital markets and asset management. Headquartered in Florida, Raymond James Financial has approximately 8,000 financial advisors in 3,000 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. With over 130 consecutive quarters of growth and Service 1st culture, Raymond James Financial aims to be the premier alternative to Wall Street.

Job Summary:

This Director, Technology role will be part of the Private Client Group (PCG) Innovation team and plays a critical role in driving change and new growth, cultivating innovation capabilities within the organization, and promoting the value and influence innovation can offer. The candidate will help drive both the innovation culture and strategy throughout the PCG Wealth Management organization. Candidate should be able to effectively lead technological and process transformation, initiate strategy change, and help the IT organization respond to disruptions and trends by innovating. Demonstrates knowledge of industry and technology to support department and firm commercial goals and applies in-depth understanding of the business impact of technical contributions. Deals with complex and variable issues with substantial potential impact where multiple options must be considered, analyzed, prioritized and validated. This role will be based out of our headquarters in St. Petersburg, FL, but we are open to remote candidates that are based out of other locations in the U.S as well.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Drives IT solutions to ensure they meet the business needs balanced with a pragmatic and integrated approach to the design of technical solutions. Able to weigh alternatives, develop approach and balance conflicting needs.
  • Leads projects to successful completion as defined by predetermined project success criteria including those established by the business, capital expenditure and budget requirements.
  • Builds a strong network of connections who can support collaboration and provide valuable feedback innovation processes.
  • Creates an innovation portfolio and roadmap to drive growth and spur investment.
  • Influences/determines the prioritization of business unit technology projects, optimal project structure and project administration to ensure strategic business objectives are met and risk is managed.
  • Ensures innovation provides value to our clients and advisors and cultivating long-term relationships
  • Crafts an innovation strategy and garnering support from business stakeholders, senior IT Leaders, and employees.
  • Responsible for workforce management to accurately capture IT resource capacity involving resources (internal and/or external), processes and practices.
  • Codes custom POCs and analyzing 3rd party software - ideal candidate should be familiar with Java and Python.
  • Partners with senior leaders to assess how technologies can best streamline processes and/or add business value.
  • Remains up to date on key technology, business and industry trends.
  • Oversees new innovations as they are introduced to the marketplace.
  • Responsible for budget and annual goals and objectives; holds organization accountable for attaining goals and objectives.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge (preferred):

  • Java
  • SQL
  • Python
  • Data Science
  • Natural Language Processing and/or Machine Learning techniques

Skill in:

  • Innovation
  • Project Management
  • Enterprise Implementation
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Acumen
  • Application Development and SDLC

Ability to:

  • Create/maintain a competitive organization by attracting, developing and retaining talent to ensure people with the right skills & motivations are in the right place at the right time to meet business needs.
  • Build a cohesive team, and develop structure & direction to meet or exceed customer needs.
  • Leverage systems & processes to attract, develop & retain talented individuals.
  • Provide feedback, empowerment and coaching to help others excel in current and future job responsibilities.
  • Create a trusting work environment where people can realize their full potential.

Education/Previous Experience:

  • Minimum of a B.S. in MIS, Computer Science or related degree and ten (10) years of relevant experience including management or leadership experience or combination of education, training and experience.
  • Financial services experience preferred.


  • None required.

Keywords: Raymond James, St. Petersburg , Director, Technology Innovation, Other , Saint Petersburg, Florida

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