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Emerging Technology Associate

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Date: Sep 11, 2017

Location: Irvine, CA, US, 92618

Company: Capital Group

Req ID:  9741
Experience Level: Professional 
Other Location(s): N/A  
Relocation offered: No
Travel required: None

Come grow with us

At Capital Group, how we work is defined by shared values that include absolute integrity, respect and collaboration. But it’s more than that. It’s smart and highly driven people united in purpose to serve our investors and one another.

Bring your energy and unique perspective to Capital and you’ll have the opportunity to grow with us professionally, personally, and financially. You’ll be part of a team that genuinely cares about helping you succeed. You’ll work alongside talented colleagues, many of whom build long careers while progressing through multiple roles, establishing lifelong friendships and making a difference in our communities. In return for your contributions, you’ll receive premier compensation and benefits, and a company-funded retirement plan that ranks among the most generous.

Technology moves fast and is changing the world. The line between business innovation and technology driven disruption is more blurred than ever. As one of the world’s premier investment managers, the Capital Group will continue to optimize core functions and go to market with differentiated offerings.

The Emerging Technology function looks both within the Financial Services industry and across many others to identify and track technology trends, assess impacts and make recommendations on crafting strategic advantage for the business. In this role, you will be part of a dynamic team responsible for helping set the tone and drive this important mission. You will have an opportunity to synthesize emerging trends, pressure test new technologies and find ways to use them as part of Capital Group’s technology strategy. Our goal is to nurture a culture of forward-looking innovation, with a bias-to-action to make new technologies real in our environment


Conduct Emerging Technology Research & Incubation work in partnership with internal and external groups:

  • Deliver data driven research in various emerging technology domains (e.g. AI, FinTech, Digital & Ambient Computing, Collaboration Tech)
  • Use key insights and data to develop emerging technology venture ideas. Develop and curate a pipeline of ideas coming into the emerging technology group
  • Use innovation discovery and production techniques (i.e. human centered design, system thinking and lean enterprise), pipeline management tools, and proof of concept evaluation criteria
  • Combine knowledge of industry dynamics, policy changes, demographic, social, and other trends that may impact our ability to build and sustain an innovation portfolio over time

Lead technology advocacy and activism through technology evangelism and engagement efforts

  • Communicate complicated and new technical concepts effectively to a broad group of partners
  • Contribute to concept, creation and execution special events and innovation exercises to inspire and promote tech savviness throughout the company.
  • Assist with running lab and demo-based briefings with senior leaders across the organization
  • Coach and mentor more junior technology associates

Accelerate business value by identifying emerging tech opportunities and harnessing them appropriately to either build a strategy, examine viability through fail fast POC/prototyping or run pilots to drive adoption

  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with internal and external partners, use open innovation methods to serve known or anticipated business needs
  • Provide leadership in shaping strategic technology selection and direction, focusing on both the IT Group (technology stack, compute, collaboration, middleware) and Line-Of-Business-specific (e.g. Investment Management, Institutional Recordkeeping, Wealth Management)
  • Produce architecture and implementation guides as needed to advance adoption of key emerging technologies
  • Facilitate proof-of-concept prototypes and initial implementation models


  • 3+ years’ experience
  • A background in consulting, an MBA is preferred but not essential
  • Enterprise/solution architecture experience
  • Demonstrated passion in the emerging technologies space with the ability to qualify big bold technology ideas and their impact on our business
  • Particular experience with FinTech, blockchain, machine learning/AI solutions and/or digitally disruptive platforms and innovations preferred
  • An inquisitive intellect and willing to get hands on with deep research and POC efforts in variety of spaces. Previous coding/software development helpful
  • Demonstrated networking skills, polished engagement style and an affinity to hustle to get things done
  • DESIRED: Deep understanding of financial services, experience in asset management industry preferred

Company Overview:
Founded in 1931, Capital Group is one of the world’s largest and most trusted investment management companies and home to the American Funds. We manage more than US$1.39 trillion in assets, and our 7,500 associates make our clients their first priority every day. When we do our job right, millions of investors around the world fulfill their dreams and financial goals, from home ownership and higher education, to a comfortable retirement. Our long-term investment results and outstanding service set us apart from our competitors, while our workplace sets us apart from other employers. 


We are an equal opportunity employer, which means we comply with all federal, state and local laws that prohibit discrimination when making all decisions about employment. As equal opportunity employers, our policies prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including gender and gender identity), pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, AIDS/HIV status, political activities or affiliations, military or veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence, assault or stalking or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. 

Nearest Major Market: Irvine California
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

Job Segment: Consulting, Middleware, Testing, Solution Architect, Technology, Research

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