Senior Investment Director - Private Investments Specialist

Cambridge Associates Asia Pte Ltd
Singapore, Singapore
Competitive + Bonus
Feb 11, 2021
Mar 13, 2021
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Firm Overview:

We are a leading global investment firm and aim to help endowments & foundations, pension plans, and high net worth private clients implement and manage custom investment portfolios that generate outperformance and enable them to maximize their impact on the world. Working alongside its early clients, Cambridge Associates pioneered the strategy of high-equity orientation and broad diversification including large allocations to alternative asset classes, which since its inception in the 1980s has been a primary driver of performance for institutional investors. Today, we deliver a range of portfolio management services, including outsourced CIO, non-discretionary portfolio management, investment staff extension, and asset class mandates. Cambridge Associates maintains offices in major financial centers across the globe, with headquarters in Boston, MA. We first established our local presence in Asia with the opening of our Singapore office in 2001 and today work closely with Endowment & Foundation, Pension and Private Clients across primarily located in Singapore, Hong Kong, & Mainland China and other parts of Asia.

Working with some of the world's most sophisticated institutional and private client investors, we bring a deep knowledge of portfolio management best practices to the clients we serve and, select our colleagues with great attention to their potential to become a valuable member of a collaborative, intelligent and hard-working team.

Position Overview:

The private investment asset classes include venture capital, private equity, fund-of-funds, real-assets and co-investments. Private Investments (PI) Investment Directors focus on three primary responsibilities: advising clients on their private investments; researching PI asset classes, products and investment managers in coordination with the research staff; and serving as a resource to the firm's other Investment Directors in establishing and monitoring clients' PI programs. The investment director functions as a bridge between our client-facing and research efforts on private investments. Each investment director is responsible for multiple clients, in addition to being a resource to investment directors with other clients, which requires them to handle several projects at once.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Develop, Implement, and Review Private Investments Programs: Investment Directors structure and implement diversified PI portfolios for clients. They are responsible for working with clients who are initiating a new PI program, as well as with clients who are reviewing or restarting an established program. To assist clients in achieving a diversified PI portfolio, investment directors review the range of PI asset classes and construct the portfolio based on the program's desired risk/reward objectives, evaluate potential and current managers, and develop an appropriate forward investing schedule. On an ongoing basis, they regularly review the portfolio strategy and managers and recommend appropriate changes. Implementing a diversified PI portfolio is a multi-year process, thus Investment Directors must constantly review new managers in the market and monitor existing managers on an ongoing basis. Specific activities also include supervising investment associates, preparing presentation materials, and making presentations to clients.
  • Participate in Private Investments Manager Research: Investment Directors also spend a portion of their time on manager research. This includes meeting with managers presenting in our offices, visiting managers in their offices (either with or without clients present), attending annual meetings, and attending managers' presentations to clients. In conjunction with the firm's Private Investments Research staff, investment directors contribute to due diligence reports and develop relationships with managers to help identify and access promising investment opportunities.
  • Function as an Internal Resource: Finally, Investment Directors serve as a resource to the broader staff on implementing and maintaining private investments programs for the firm's clients. They also leverage internally conducted research to speak with other investment directors and write knowledgeably about the private investments market and managers.
  • Represent Cambridge Associates externally through marketing presentations, conferences and other business development opportunities. Actively participate in PI-related business development activities including RFP pitches, prospect calls as well as sourcing new BD opportunities

  • MBA or CFA strongly preferred.
  • 7-10 years of appropriate knowledge and experience preferred, gained from work in a similar capacity at either a family office, large institutional investor (such as a pension fund or endowment), fund-of-funds, or at a private equity investment firm.
  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • An ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Willing to travel between Singapore, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and the US and other parts of Asia, as needed.
  • Fluency in English required, fluency in Mandarin preferred to liaise with Mandarin speaking clients and prospects.

All applications must include a resume AND a cover letter in a single PDF document for consideration.

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Cambridge Associates is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion are essential elements of our culture. We are committed to fostering an environment where individual perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences make the firm a great place to work and result in a more satisfying client experience.
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