Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a trailblazing legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the 1.8 billion people who are left out of, or poorly served by, the financial sector. For more than 60 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 200 partners in 63 countries. More at http://www.accion.org.
About Global Advisory Solutions (GLAS)
We are a diverse and close-knit global team with one common social purpose: building a financially inclusive world for small businesses and low-income households. We are passionate about what we do – working with a wide range of financial service providers and other partners across the world to create to build sustainable businesses to achieve financial inclusion. We enjoy solving problems, being exposed to new ideas, sharing information, and asking, “what if?”.
The Accion Global Advisory Solutions team is seeking a VP, Product Innovation who is passionate about re-imagining the delivery of financial products to underserved customers in today’s digital society. The successful candidate will be tasked with spearheading the creation of competitive, innovative, scalable, and fit-for-purpose financial products, driving execution excellence, and capturing synergies across practices and regions. The candidate should have experience working with and building financial products and a comprehensive understanding of integrating different practice areas and possible regulatory and compliance requirements. This position will lead the Practice Areas for GLAS and directly manage a team of Practice Leads. Current Practice Areas include: product development, credit and risk analytics, data management and analytics, operations and technology, capability building and people and culture.
Working with the Managing Director of GLAS and core practice area leads, this position will be responsible for guiding and directing GLAS's technical outputs and activities, driving execution excellence, and capturing learnings and synergies across practices and regions. This position will ensure GLAS is driving innovation with various digital-first financial services projects for the underserved around the world as well as ensuring outputs of practice areas adhere to standards of excellence. This will require working with financial service provider (FSP) leaderships teams, donors and Accion and GLAS leadership. Core areas of responsibility include:
1. Oversee the Practice Areas to execute a delivery standard that is best in class: Own and optimize the GLAS execution model, applying standards to its operations to achieve efficiency and quality of output.
2. Directly manage and oversee the development of cutting-edge product solutions. Key activities to include:
3. Work with Resource Development and GLAS management team, to develop business development pitches to both donors and commercial entities that can use GLAS services; and
4. Manage the GLAS Practice Areas