Investment Data Analytics Manager

Washington State Investment Board
Olympia, USA
$97,882 - $162,000
Aug 23, 2017
Sep 11, 2017
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

This position will be focused on leading and assisting in optimizing investment data processes, improving investment risk and performance analytics, leveraging cloud technologies, and broadly providing quality investment data for the Board, WSIB staff, partners, and beneficiaries. This position reports to the Director of Innovation and Technology and manages a team of performance analysts, investment data engineers, and investment data scientists. 


Work collaboratively across the organization to gather/interpret/report business needs and requirements relating to portfolio investment risk, performance, and investment data analysis and visualization needs.
Improve, optimize, and transform key investment data processes across the Agency and our partners, utilizing Lean methodologies and other best practices to enable continuous improvement.
Advance the use of modern, cloud-based data analytic technologies to improve access to data via mobile platforms and harness the power of scalable computing and modern algorithms and tools.
Define and catalog investment data classifications to promote data security, open data, and data awareness across the Agency, partners, and beneficiaries.  Play a key role in setting up analytics and production databases using industry best practices and new techniques.
Develop a reliable investment data supply chain with the highest standards of data quality control.
Develop and maintain high functioning relationships with investment team staff and support the data and analysis needs of the various asset classes in the portfolio.
Enhance the investment analytics knowledge and expertise of the organization.
Manage, inspire, and lead a team of data analysts.
Aid the agency in providing timely, consistent, and reliable investment master data to support effective decision making and reporting.
Mastermind and build a variety of investment data related visualizations to aid in analysis and decision making.
Develop visual aids and capabilities that enhance the Board and Committees discussions of the agency's portfolio investments.
Interrogate large quantities of data and identify trends that lead to predictive analytics that anticipate impacts across aggregate datasets.


The strongest candidate will possess:

Bachelor's degree in either computer science, mathematics, or closely related field, AND at least five years' experience in analytics research and project management.
A positive, forward looking approach that is solution focused and team oriented.
Inherent analytical and quantitative abilities combined with an intellectual curiosity.
Familiarity with analytical software such as Tableau, SS&C Anova, Style Research, Bloomberg, and BarraOne.
Strong leadership and management skills that emphasize a strength-based mindset and emotional intelligence.
Knowledge of investment fundamentals. Relevant investment certifications (e.g., CFA, RM) are preferred but not required.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills highlighting the ability to distill ideas and concepts succinctly.
Strong proficiency in data analysis and visualization, particularly with large complex datasets.
Ability to implement and manage systems for completing work and keeping a wide-variety of projects on track.
Adept at knowledge discovery and data inference and exploration, as well as predictive and prescriptive analytics approaches.
Strong SQL & Python skills and knowledge are preferred.
A passion, creativity, and curiosity about investments, securities, asset management, and macroeconomics.
Ability to decompose a given business question and frame it as a series of analytical tasks.
Ability to write almost in plain English how an algorithm or query works.
Demonstrates intellectual curiosity resulting in influence over what data queries are run, what data the agency should be interested in evaluating, and identifying what the agency might not know but would be interested to know or understand.
Demonstrates outside the box thinking and not limiting answers to only solve the problems or questions that have been posed.



In addition to a complete profile, please attach:

A cover letter specifying why this position is of interest to you, and how you meet the qualifications listed above.  This letter should be no more than two pages.
A current chronological resume.

Special Requirement:

A pre-employment background check that includes fingerprint criminal history and credit check are required.

Mary Hougan:  360-956-4716


About WSIB:

The Washington State Investment Board is a dedicated global investment management organization with assets under management in excess of $110 billion.  WSIB's globally diversified portfolios are comprised of more than 14,000 securities across 74 countries on 6 continents and in 49 currencies.  WSIB's central mandate is to maximize return at a prudent level of risk. 


Why work at WSIB?

WSIB is a respected institutional investor and thought leader in its industry.  A solid reputation and large scale offer the opportunity to invest in the world's leading investors on behalf of more than 500,000 public employee beneficiaries. 


We are located in Olympia, on the southernmost tip of Puget Sound.  Olympians enjoy a quality of life enhanced by natural beauty and a mild year-round climate that promotes outdoor activities such as skiing, sailing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and mountain climbing. Its close proximity to Seattle provides a variety of cultural and culinary experiences, while its residents enjoy a lower cost of living. Within a two-hour drive from Olympia are the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and Seattle.





WSIB Offers:

  • Opportunities for professional development, training, growth and advancement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • A comprehensive benefits package; including health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, vacation, sick, military and civil leave, 11 paid holidays per year
  • Membership in the Public Employees' Retirement System
  • Opportunities to participate in the Deferred Compensation and Dependent Care Assistance Programs.


Special Note:

A criminal history records check to include fingerprinting and credit check is required for all finalists.  Background investigations are part of the pre-employment selection process and are not a commitment to employment.








The Washington State Investment Board is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply.  Persons of disability needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, please contact Mary Hougan, Human Resources Consultant at (360) 956-4716 or via email to