Associate, Performance & Attribution

Culver City, California
Base Salary + Bonus and Benefits
Aug 13, 2019
Oct 12, 2019
Industry Sector
Asset Management
Employment Type
Full Time


This Los Angeles based position is within the Performance & Attribution team of Ares Management LLC.
The Performance & Attribution team fosters a collaborative environment, interacting with different departments within the firm. The associate will be responsible for data validation and generating a plethora of ad-hoc, daily, monthly, and quarterly performance & attribution reports for the portfolio management and investor relations teams within the Tradable Credit and Direct Lending business units. 


  • Performance Measurement: Calculate security, sector, and total-level performance results for use in internal, client, and shareholder reporting, and performance composites.
  • Performance Evaluation and Analysis: Calculate and interpret single period and multi-period contribution and attribution results, and performance-based risk and appraisal metrics for portfolio management and investor relations teams.
  • Investor Relations Support: Fulfill ad hoc client and marketing requests, and answer DDQ and RFP questions.
  • Data Integrity and Analysis: Ensure that data properly flows from the accounting system to the performance system, troubleshoot issues, and evaluate how to process new transaction types.
  • Compliance: Adhere to procedures designed to ensure compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) and SEC regulations.
  • Strategic Projects: Assist with planning and executing strategic projects such as onboarding assets from acquisitions, performance system development, and integrating non-supported business units.
  • Process Optimization: Help develop innovative solutions to increase efficiency and enhance reporting and analytical capabilities of the team.



  • Education/Certification: Bachelor's degree in a business-related or quantitative field preferred (e.g. economics, statistics, mathematics, finance, accounting, etc.).
  • Candidate with CFA charter and/or CIPM designation is desirable.
  • Commitment to pursue CIPM designation is required for candidates without CFA charter or CIPM designation.

Experience Required: 
1 - 3 years of performance-related experience is required. Portfolio accounting-related experience is a plus.

General Requirements: 

  • Understand performance concepts, including contribution, attribution, multi-period contribution and attribution smoothing techniques, performance-based risk and appraisal metrics, basic portfolio accounting, and application of the GIPS standards.
  • Strong fixed-income product knowledge, including leveraged loans, high yield bonds, derivatives, and other fixed income instruments.
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills.
  • Ownership of work with a high focus on service.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Process oriented with the ability to identify inefficiencies and suggest workable solutions to streamline tasks.
  • Multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines with limited direction.
  • Strong attention to detail with high level of accuracy and process ownership.
  • Excellent MS Excel skills that include the ability to create and manipulate pivot tables and write complex formulas.
  • Experience using Eagle PACE, Advent Geneva, and Bloomberg is desirable.
  • Basic understanding of Python, SQL, Tableau, and database structuring a plus.


Reports to: Vice President, Performance & Attribution