Information Technology - Newark, NJ Vice President, Product Development

About the position

Prudential is seeking a VP of Product Development with a proven track record of delivering high-quality products in financial services or similar highly technical industries. The person filling this role will be responsible for providing strategic thought leadership and measurable, defined outcomes in the area of product development encompassing delivery of products in a defined suite.
This role will
  • Own a complete line of products from an engineering perspective. Ownership refers to driving both the technology strategy for the products and day-to-day operations leading to business outcomes.
  • Build and evolve platform services required for current and future applications in one or more product areas.
  • Partner with product owners to contribute to a product roadmap that this role will be ultimately responsible for delivering on.
  • Deliver on the committed product roadmap with world-class quality and timing.
  • Team up with other leaders within the Technology organization to develop working processes to aid in delivery.
  • Collaborate with engineering leaders across the organization to adopt and share best digital technology practices.
In this leadership role, you will get to work in an exciting and engaging agile startup environment where you will be encouraged to expand your skills, test your creative boundaries, share new ideas, and most importantly - have fun.
The role is responsible for implementing and improvising a framework that solves for delivery of high quality, high-reliability by product development organizations.
Key responsibilities include:
  • Strategic planning and execution of all aspects of product development including establishing product roadmap alignment between Product Management and Development organizations, building engineering teams.
  • As a technology leader, envision and execute on the notion of a platform that will support current and future product offerings. This will require collaborating with all of the product and technology stakeholders to understand strategic requirements and defining a roadmap for platforms services.
  • Role model technology-leadership by encouraging adoption of tools and solutions that solve for business in a cheaper and faster manner.
  • Institute an Agile processes to advance rapid delivery of products and learn from user experiences. Foster a work environment that is innovative and fast.
  • Execute to success through diligent planning, attention to detail, effective delegation and efficient decision-making. Manage deliverables to budget and time.
  • Hire outstanding talent that can work in high performing teams and deliver advantaged results for the business. Develop a strong set of leaders that can drive success for the individual teams.
  • Communicate effectively across the organization to ensure that the team is completely aligned to the business objectives and can do the job effectively
  • Build strong inter-personal relationships with peers and other key stakeholders that can help smoothen execution, identify new opportunities.
  • Lead change.


  • Overall experience of 15+ years with several years in Software Development with a majority of it in earned in product companies building mid to large-scale web-based products.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field. Masters’ degree preferred.
  • Experience working very closely with software engineering and product development teams to deliver infrastructure solutions in a collaborative, innovative manner.
  • Strong leadership and change management skills – at least 12 years of experience in managing teams with last few years as leading an engineering organization delivering products.
  • Proven ability to attract the best product development talent and built highly engaged teams that deliver stellar outcomes for the business.
    Demonstrated ability to partner and collaborate across organizations to optimize outcomes.
  • Ability to be an effective leader in a fast paced, pressure environment. Effective supervisory management skills with the ability to oversee tasks delegated to subordinates.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and translate plans into phased actions.
  • Must be able to interact and work with peers and leadership in the various departments within the company assisting in achieving all corporate goals and objectives. Very team oriented.
  • Extensive understanding and responsibility in project and program management principles, with explicit experience in the application of these principles to operational infrastructure environments.
  • Effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Strong presentation skills necessary to communicate, and persuade, a wide range of audiences.
  • Is an experienced technology leader in rapid growth companies with a history of scale in the market.
  • Has a track record of great engineering management, and an ability to coach, mentor and motivate engineers.
  • Has a strong orientation towards product development – driving the development of applications and platforms from the user’s perspective.
  • Makes decisions based on facts, asking the right questions and weighing the pros & cons.
  • Has experience with scaled systems and understands data and system integration; should also have a good understanding of security from a data and process perspective.
  • Knows his/her strengths and areas of development opportunities
    Subscribes to the methodology of “Go fast, make it happen and adjust along the way”. Mistakes are OK but going slow is not. If something needs to get done, we do it.
  • Possesses an ability to thrive in a ‘production’ culture and push the limits of an agile development process, while maintaining a high performance cohesive team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
    Ability to coach and mentor software engineers and operations resources for personal and professional growth.
  • Has a customer-driven mindset and insatiable appetite for engineering excellence and drive for outcomes

Prudential is a multinational financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. The company's well-known Rock symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services.

We recognize that our strength and success are directly linked to the quality and skills of our diverse associates. We are proud to be a place where talented people who want to make a difference can grow as professionals, leaders, and as individuals. Visit to learn more about our values, our history and our brand.

Prudential is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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