Research Associate (Consumer Sector)

Sands Capital Management
Arlington, USA
23 Nov 2021
23 Dec 2021
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
About Sands Capital:

We are a long-term concentrated growth investment manager based in Arlington, Virginia (or greater Washington, D.C. area). We invest globally across the life cycle of high-quality innovative businesses, ranging from early-stage private to leading public companies. Our investment philosophy centers around our six criteria based on our founding principles (detailed on our website Our strategies employ a fundamental, bottom-up research process to manage over $80 billion dollars in client assets (as of September 30, 2021).

Identified below are Core Values the firm holds in high regard and believes are critical for high-performing teams at Sands Capital:
  • Integrity & Trust: Do what is right, not what is popular. Deliver on commitments.
  • Client-Centered: Always act in the best interest of our clients.
  • Commitment to Excellence: Strive to learn and improve. Implement best practices.

About the Research Associate Role:

Sands Capital is seeking a motivated Research Associate (RA) to join our Research Team (Consumer Sector). This individual will support and assist our experienced team of Research Analysts to help monitor existing investments and conduct research on new investment ideas within the global Consumer sector for our domestic, global, and emerging market growth portfolios. The primary areas of research include innovative companies, both public and private, in the consumer sector.

The RA is typically expected to work for 2-4 years before either leaving for external opportunities or being considered for internal promotion based on performance and firm needs.

Position Responsibilities:

The Consumer RA is responsible for:
  • Successfully completing research projects by:
    • Creating and maintaining financial models that support the investment decision process
    • Creating, maintaining, manipulating, and analyzing industry data sheets
    • Crafting well-informed and succinct earning notes and headlines
    • Preparing presentations to support communication with various Portfolio Management teams
  • Executing on functional tasks by:
    • Accurately updating company / industry data
    • Running and distributing data reports that clearly convey key insights
    • Updating and maintaining key Investment Team and sector-specific documents and tools to include company models, sector screens and data tracking
  • Developing a strong team dynamic by building and sustaining effective and supportive working relationships within and between sectors by:
    • Prioritizing research with your sector team
    • Establishing transparency and embracing best practices by communicating priorities, projects, and other status updates with the sector team(s)
  • Other administrative or professional responsibilities, as needed
  • Exhibiting behaviors consistent with Sands Capital's mission, values, and culture

Skills and Qualifications:
  • B.S. or B.A. degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Engineering, or other relevant major. Strong academic performance.
  • A genuine and demonstrable passion for quantitative analysis and investment research
  • 0-2 years of experience analyzing companies and industries, including investment banking, sell-side research management consulting, and/or business development at a consumer-operating company
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional work ethic and an ability to complete assigned projects in a timely manner without direct supervision
  • Be able to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a team, while also being able to work independently with a high degree of efficiency and accuracy
  • Be highly self-motivated with an analytical mindset, strategic aptitude, and a positive, 'can-do' attitude
  • Interest in pursuing CFA credential / CFA candidates preferred

Values for Success at Sands Capital:
  • Focus: Identify and concentrate on "what matters"
  • Long-Term Perspective: Appreciate that time allows sound decisions to demonstrate their worth. Avoid short-term thinking
  • Independent Thinking: Have the courage to develop and articulate your own convictions. Debate others openly and honestly
  • Teamwork: Collaborate to gather facts, develop perspective, build conviction, and support timely decision-making
  • Positive "Can-Do" Attitude: Demonstrate a willingness to tackle any task
  • Graciousness: always Reflect kindness and courtesy
  • Balance: Enjoy your work while balancing professional activities with interests beyond the firm
  • Meritocracy: Know that talent and achievement will drive your success at Sands Capital

How to Apply:

To be considered, candidates must submit a resume that specifically outlines your qualifications for the position. If you wish to apply for this position, please do so via Sands Capital Management's Careers page at

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits.

Sands Capital is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and staff members. For our staff members, equal opportunity includes access to the benefits and privileges that the firm provides to staff members generally. We appreciate the value diversity brings to Sands Capital and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all staff members.

We evaluate and select qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Discrimination of this kind is also strictly prohibited by a variety of federal, state, and local laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

View the "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" poste r here and its supplement here.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to pregnant individuals, individuals with disabilities, and/or individuals needing accommodation for sincerely held religious beliefs. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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