Private Equity Research Analyst

Employer
Willis Towers Watson
Location
London, United Kingdom
Salary
Negotiable
Posted
Sep 19, 2017
Closes
Oct 24, 2017
Job Function
Other
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Education
Bachelors

The Company

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas - the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.

The Business

Investment, Risk and Reinsurance

Our sophisticated approach to risk helps clients free up capital. We work in close concert with investors, reinsurers, and insurers to manage the equation between risk and return. Blending advanced analytics with deep institutional knowledge, we reveal new opportunities to maximize performance.

The Global Manager Research Team assists in driving our clients' decision making around the selection, monitoring and de-selection of investment managers and is a critical element of our Investment Line of Business. We have one of the largest global manager research teams in the industry with over 130 researchers spread across the major investment regions of the world and following one global, integrated research process. Our analysis is built on a foundation of in-depth research starting with a thorough understanding of the investment philosophy and process applied by the asset manager. Our goal in researching managers is to identify teams capable of executing a sustainable and effective process which exploits a competitive advantage for the benefit of our mutual clients.

The Role

We currently have an opening for an analyst in the private equity team based in London who will work on primary, secondaries, and co-investments. As part of our global private equity team, the successful candidate will analyse and execute private equity investments, drive the research agenda and processes, produce intellectual capital and market views, and support client work.

In this role you will gain exposure to the most highly respected private equity managers in the world, forming opinions on their skill and ability to consistently generate outperformance. You will liaise with other colleagues around the world while also partnering with other Willis Towers Watson businesses to service clients' complex needs.

Role objectives

  • Source, analyse, and execute private equity primary, secondaries, and co-investments

  • Run and maintain financial models and tools

  • Produce investment memorandums and contribute to investment committee discussions

  • Research market opportunities using a variety of financial databases and produce periodic reports that support the team's pipeline evaluation

  • Contribute to the development of the research function, improving methods and tools used

  • Support in development and presentation of research findings both internally and externally

The Requirements

  • 1-3 years of finance, accounting experience through consulting, accounting, fund management or investment research roles

  • Self-starter who can balance a varied workload and dynamic role

  • Advanced financial analysis and modelling skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Enquiring and analytically minded with a systemic and thorough work ethic

  • Undergraduate degree required; attained or working towards professional qualifications. CFA or ACA strongly preferred.

  • Proficiency in either European or Asian foreign languages preferred

  • Ability to travel is required

Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on any basis. We support flexible working and this role will be considered on a flexible basis.