Analyst, Direct Investments

NZ Superannuation Fund
Auckland Central, Auckland (NZ)
Competitive Base + Discretionary Bonus + Benefits
Apr 24, 2019
Jun 05, 2019
Industry Sector
Asset Management
Employment Type
Full Time

NZ Super Fund - Analyst, Direct Investments

  • Join NZ Super Fund's global Direct Investments Team
  • Invest in unlisted projects and companies
  • Requires financial modelling and valuation experience

The NZ Superannuation Fund is New Zealand's sovereign wealth fund, established to partially pre-fund the future cost of New Zealand superannuation. The NZ Superannuation Fund has won global accolades for its financial performance, governance and transparency, as well being recognised as one of the most innovative sovereign wealth funds globally. The Fund is managed by a Crown Entity, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (Guardians).

The opportunity
The Direct Investments team invests in unlisted projects and companies based on a top down overlay of macro themes and alignment with the Guardians’ sources of competitive advantages that include a long investment horizon, known liquidity profile and sovereign wealth fund status.

The team’s current portfolio includes investments in timber, infrastructure, healthcare, real estate, energy and technology. The Fund has holdings in several New Zealand businesses including Datacom, Kaingaroa Forest, Fidelity Life and Kiwibank, as well as offshore interests in innovative companies such as, LanzaTech, Rubicon Global and View dynamic glass.

The team is responsible for the origination of new transactions, managing and governing investments, including follow on funding rounds to support growth and exits via IPO or trade sale.

As an Analyst in the Direct Investments team you will contribute to the appraisal of prospective investment opportunities and support the management of the Guardians’ portfolio of existing direct investments.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist with the management of the existing Direct Investments portfolio.
  • Assist in the origination, assessment and execution of new investment opportunities and initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with investment intermediaries, peers and co-investment partners.

Your background
You will bring approximately 2-4 years’ experience encompassing financial analysis, asset valuation, and financial modelling, preferably gained within corporate finance, investment banking, private equity, or corporate development. A deep interest in investment management is essential and it is anticipated that the ideal candidate will be appropriately qualified, with strong academic qualifications in economics, finance, law or related fields, or have commensurate experience.

In addition to strong analytical capability, this position requires critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, creative problem solving, and an abundance of drive and initiative. You will be comfortable operating in the detail whilst also able to apply a macro perspective to investment analysis.

This is a unique opportunity to build an ongoing value adding partnership with investees and gain exposure to significant private equity transactions. It is imperative that you enjoy developing external relationships, and interact credibly and comfortably with senior stakeholders whilst maintaining an ability to think critically.

Life at New Zealand Superannuation Fund
Underpinning NZSF’s culture is a focus on achieving successful outcomes over the long term. It’s an enjoyable place to work: genuinely driven by its core values, with a focus on maintaining an appropriate balance between the demands of career and life.

The team environment at NZSF is collegial and supportive. You will be encouraged to take autonomy within your role, stretch your capability and seek opportunities for your professional development and personal growth.

Register your interest
The exposure to significant transactions, input into investees’ operational performance, plus the chance to contribute to New Zealand’s future prosperity, makes this is a genuinely unique and exciting opportunity for those with a passion for investments and asset management.

Please forward your details in strict confidence by clicking ‘apply now’ below. Alternatively send your CV to For more information call Dave Rees, Partner at Convergence Partners Limited, on +64 9 300 6875.

Equal opportunities
The Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its hiring practices. Reasonable support will be provided to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. To build a strong and talented workforce, the Guardians is actively building an inclusive workplace and encourages expressions of interest from a diverse applicant pool, including applicants interested in discussing flexible work options. If you require any additional support to make an application, please contact Dave Rees on the details provided.

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