Associate Consultant

New York City, New York
Dependent on Experience
Sep 28, 2017
Oct 28, 2017
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

Company Description

RVK is a national firm with headquarters in Portland, OR and regional offices in New York, NY and Chicago, IL. We provide unbiased general investing consulting services to nearly 200 institutional clients. Our clients include corporations, public retirement systems, Taft-Hartley funds, non-profit organizations, non-pension operating funds, and high-net-worth individuals and families. The heart of RVK is our team-centered approach to client service, provided by our experienced team of consulting professionals. RVK's commitment to independence and no conflicts of interest is second to none.

Job Description

The Defined Contribution Specialist – Associate Consultant position is a dedicated resource and support for the Defined Contribution Solutions Group (“DCSG”) and RVK’s client consulting teams with respect to all Defined Contribution (“DC”) related topics. This position will report functionally to RVK’s DC practice leader. The location of the position is in RVK’s New York office.


  • Research various areas of DC as directed, and collaborate with RVK manager research on investment related DC product research and product evaluations for clients, such as target date funds, managed accounts, stable value, and retirement income products
  • Participate in developing RVK firm wide views on DC related topics as directed by the DC practice leader:
    • Develop and maintain a slate of deliverable templates as directed by the DC practice lead for all RVK client consulting teams
    • Develop DC related memos for specific clients as well as the overall firm
  • Remain current on compliance and regulatory issues and provide support to RVK client consulting teams
  • Execute and project manage, with internal resources and service teams, deliverables as directed with required levels of quality and accuracy
  • Review assigned DC clients’ quarterly performance deliverables
  • Support Business Development on DC related RFP vetting, responses and new business presentations
  • Assist with enhancements and maintenance of RVK’s DC plan fee database and various deliverable templates as directed
  • Participate in client facing conference calls, client meetings and new business opportunity meetings when requested


Required Attributes:

  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant industry experience in investment consulting, management consulting, internal corporate consulting, asset management, banking, private equity or working with a plan sponsor directing, implementing and coordinating investment strategy
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Economics or related discipline

Preferred Skills and Attributes:

Viable candidates will exhibit characteristics such as:

  • Genuine desire to work hard and progress in the investment consulting profession
  • Solid practical working knowledge of the DC investment industry, particularly plan structures and related topics
  • Practical working knowledge and familiarity of DC compliance and regulatory issues
  • Excellent ability to collaborate with internal RVK staff and work in a collegial team environment
  • Proven project management and organizational skills – ability to handle multiple priorities, and work well under pressure
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with careful attention to detail
  • Proven self-starter – ability to work and think independently
  • Adaptable to change while striving to improve processes and create efficiencies
  • Flexible and open to new ideas within an ever-changing, dynamic environment
  • Well-versed in quantitative analytical techniques – ability to build quantitative models and interpret results
  • Knowledge of software and business applications – proficiency with Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point)
  • Ability to work Monday – Friday with client deadlines that may require up to 50-60 hours/week, (including when necessary some evening and weekend time)
  • Able and willing to travel as needed across the U.S.
  • Knowledge of MPI Stylus, Morningstar, and Evestment Alliance is a plus
  • Master’s degree in Finance, Economics or Business Administration and/or CFA designation (or progress toward either) is a plus

Attractive Attributes:

  • Experience in DC product research: mutual funds, collective investment trusts, separate accounts, stable value, target date funds, managed accounts, recordkeeping, retirement income, etc.
  • Prior employment with, or direct experience evaluating, DC plan record-keepers
  • Three or more years of direct experience focused substantially on DC plans or operations

Interested candidates must submit their information through the company web site at Click on Contacts and then Career Opportunities.

Submit a cover letter detailing how your work and/or academic experience meet the job requirements. Only those candidates whose qualifications meet the job requirements will be contacted.

No phone calls or faxes. No staffing agencies please.

RVK offers compensation commensurate with experience and a competitive benefits package including medical, vision, and dental, a 401(k) Retirement Plan, pre-tax flexible spending, dependent care and transportation benefits, company-paid life insurance, tuition reimbursement (once eligible and with manager approval), and a generous Paid-Time-Off Program (PTO). Come join a company that rewards hard work and appreciates its employees!

All applications must be through the company website. No direct solicitations will be accepted. RVK supports workforce diversity and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.