Senior Portfolio Manager

Arizona Public Safety System
Phoenix, USA
$130k - $200k
12 Jan 2023
11 Feb 2023
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Summary:

Are you looking for a career where you can make a difference? Would you like to be part of a culture that promotes learning and collaboration while helping employees with what they need to succeed and thrive? If so, Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) is looking for talented people who will help us achieve our goal of honoring the contributions and sacrifices of Arizona's public safety employees by providing outstanding service to those who protect and govern our state. At PSPRS we understand that it begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you'll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience.

The mission of Public Safety Personnel Retirement System is to deliver unparalleled service in providing retirement benefits to Arizona's community of police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, judicial and elected officials. PSPRS serves approximately 60,000 active and retired public employees. We offer competitive pay and excellent benefits to those eager to serve our membership and mission. Interested applicants can visit to learn more about our agency.

Arizona's Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) is looking for a Senior Portfolio Manager to oversee the Contractual Income portfolio. The Senior Portfolio Manager, who reports directly to the Chief Investment Officer, is in charge of monitoring all aspects of the account, including working with external advisers and fund managers and representing the PSPRS Trust on appropriate Advisory Boards. The Senior Portfolio Manager is responsible for reviewing and selecting external funds, direct investments (including listed securities), and co-investments in collaboration with analysts and external consultants, as well as serving as the primary point of contact in legal talks. The Senior Portfolio Manager oversees the Trust's research operations within areas of responsibility and reports to the Board of Trustees on a regular basis. While a strong credit background is required, Arizona PSPRS Portfolio Managers are expected to have a multi-asset class mindset and to actively engage throughout the portfolio, either formally or informally to other asset classes. As a result, experience in, and willingness to work in, a wide range of asset types is necessary.

Job Duties:
  • Partners with the Trust's Specialty Consultant(s), in the review of investment opportunities, including fund commitments, direct investments, co-investments and other strategic and/or tactical positions and makes necessary recommendations to the CIO.
  • Compile, assemble and summarize various data, metrics, market information, industry analysis, economic analysis (macro-micro) concerning the Fund's investments and prospective investments and present such along with conclusions and recommendations, in an accurate, articulate and efficient fashion to Senior Staff and others as directed.
  • Review qualitative and quantitative data regarding portfolio performance, risk structure and operations.
  • Identify key technical and fundamental trends within asset classes, making appropriate recommendations to the CIO as needed.
  • Review all external relationships on a quarterly basis informing the CIO of material developments.
  • Assist the CIO in drafting investment policies specific to the Senior Portfolio Manager's area(s) of focus.
  • Prepare performance attribution reports.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

Best practices in investment manager due diligence and fund level research.
Common trading strategies in liquid markets.
Technical and fundamental value drivers within specific asset classes.

Skill in:

Using quantitative analysis to assess an investment manager's skill and value.
Evaluating liquid and illiquid investment opportunities, both directly and through fund managers.
Risk analysis.

Ability to:

Work across markets, evaluating investment opportunities.
Effectively communicate to differing department, division and agency levels.
Work effectively within both an independent and team environment.
Prepare and present in group/public settings.

Selective Preference(s):

Bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited college or university in finance, economics, business or related field.
CFA, CAIA, CFM or other investment industry recognized certifications.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employment is contingent on the selected applicant passing a background investigation to include credit and criminal history.


At PSPRS, we promote the importance of work/life balance by offering workplace flexibility, a learning environment and a team oriented culture. Among the many benefits of a career with PSPRS, are 10 paid holidays per year, accrual of sick and annual leave, affordable medical benefits, participation in the Arizona State Retirement Plan (after 6 months of employment), optional participation in a 457 deferred compensation program, and employer matching on employee deferrals in the 457 plan (limited to a matching of 6% of salary on a per pay period basis).

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Please note that enrollment eligibility becomes effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Andrew Goodwin at or 602-296-3738 for assistance.

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

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Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting Andrew Goodwin at Requests should be made as early as possible to arrange the accommodation.
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