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Athene IT Professional Development Manager 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.


The IT Professional Development Manager will direct and manage the design, development and maintenance of Athene's IT career development program and training solutions to meet the strategic and operational needs of the IT business unit, including research, analysis, facilitation, implementation and measuring effectiveness.


  • Partners with Human Resources (HR) to leverage leadership development, on boarding and other non-technical training for IT professional development.

  • Provides leadership and assimilation of effective IT communications.

  • Translates the organization and IT department’s strategic goals into professional and organizational development with associated training objectives.

  • Achieves a positive culture measured by IT team/department feedback.

  • Aligns and cascades SMART goals that reinforce the principles of accountability, outcomes and effectiveness.

  • Analyzes turnover to identify and implement retention actions to reach departmental goals of staff retention with the right skills.

  • Coordinates the development and maintenance of skills inventories to assess and forecast skill gaps and to assist remediation.

  • Demonstrates an influential relationship measured by feedback from IT management.

  • Increases the skill maturity according to plan and metrics defined within Communities of Practice.

  • Leads and partners with IT management to identify comprehensive training/coaching curriculum by Community of Practice for various roles (manages structured learning programs, demonstrates continuous improvement, and evaluates outcomes).

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 5+ years’ experience in Information Technology required and Financial Services preferred.

  • 3+ years’ experience of IT personnel management including multi-disciplined IT teams/roles.

  • Experience guiding development and career planning in an IT organization required.

  • Experience with Learning Management System (LMS) or equivalent tools.

  • Demonstrated experience in training program design, career development, organizational design, delivery, management, marketing and communication.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Knowledge of large-scale internal IT systems or related technologies.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

  • Proven ability to write and deliver quality, effective communications materials.

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education and work experience.

NOTE: Successful candidate will be required to complete a pre-employment background check.

Drive. Discipline. Confidence. Focus. Commitment. Learn more about working at Athene ( .

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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.

We are driven to do more. More for our customers and the financial professionals who offer our products. If you are driven to do more and love the challenge of pursuing more, Athene is your kind of company. You will find we offer more than the basics to create a diverse, inclusive and dynamic work environment at our various locations.

Based on your location you will experience a unique blend of:

  • Benefits to meet individual needs including, but not limited to, a 401(k) and/or pension plan with a company match, paid time off, paid holidays, job-related tuition reimbursement, medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.

  • Career development opportunities including a Leadership Development Program, self-guided trainings and periodic Lunch & Learns.

  • Amenities that include "dress for your day" work attire, in house coffee bar, on-site café, ergonomic desks, game room area and on-site fitness facility.

  • Volunteer opportunities to give back to the community, company-sponsored volunteer events throughout the year, individual non-profit volunteer time that can earn grant money, and non-profit matching gift program.

Athene USA is also proud to be recognized for the following:

Workplace awards

  • Iowa’s Top Workplaces; since 2015

  • Bermuda Top Ten Employer; 2019

United Way of Central Iowa awards

  • Advocate & Volunteer, 2016

  • Spirit of Central Iowa. 2017

  • Game Changer & Impact-Maker, 2018

  • Spirit of Central Iowa, 2019

  • Impact-Maker, 2020

Awards for veteran support

  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Awards

  • Patriot Award, 2018

  • Pro Patria Award, 2019

  • Seven Seals Award, 2019

  • Military Friendly® Employer; since 2017

  • Military Spouse Friendly® Employer; since 2017

​​​​​​​Product awards

  • Excellence in Education LOMA;10 plus years

  • Structured Retail Products (SRP)

  • Best Carrier Award; 2017 & 2018

  • FIA of the Year; 2019

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