Director, Investment Strategy, EMEA ETF and Index Investments (EII)

Employer
BlackRock
Location
London, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive
Posted
May 07, 2021
Closes
May 22, 2021
Ref
10940874
Job Function
Operations
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Education
Bachelors
Description

About this role

About our Business

BlackRock's ETF and Index Investments (EII) business is the leading index investment engine in the world. We help investors build better portfolios with the industry's leading suite of index investment tools. We enable them to replace individual securities, to take short-term market views, to invest cash rapidly, to execute more efficiently than swaps, futures or individual bonds, to take long-term core positions and to construct efficient portfolios. We are the best in the world at building and managing efficient index tools for our clients. We serve every kind of investor: pensions, insurers, sovereign wealth funds, central banks, asset managers, wealth advisors and individual investors.

About our Team

iShares Investment Strategy forms part of the Investment and Product Strategy (IPS) team within the EMEA ETF and Index Investments (EII) business. Our team helps clients to navigate financial markets and align their strategic and tactical asset allocation views with product implementation ideas, through ad hoc and regular client meetings, virtual and physical events, content, and internal forums aimed at equipping Sales colleagues to discuss BlackRock's latest macro views with clients.

About this Role

Key components of the role will include:
  • Helping to evolve and commercialise the team's macro views.
  • Originating content ideas and partnering with other members of the Investment and Product Strategy team as well as stakeholders from across BlackRock to bring these ideas to fruition.
  • Engaging with clients in various forums - from 1-to-1 meetings through to speaking slots at flagship virtual and physical events - to discuss BlackRock's latest macro views, as well as clients' views and how these can be implemented through index products.
  • Actively participating in and presenting at internal forums and debates hosted by the Investment Strategy team, as well as those hosted by partner groups, including the BlackRock Investment Institute.
  • Ensuring continual awareness of third-party research, insights, and industry trends that can help to contextualise the Investment Strategy team's views.


The successful candidate will work closely with a wide range of teams across BlackRock including the broader Investment and Product Strategy team, the BlackRock Investment Institute, product strategy teams across BlackRock's alpha business, portfolio management and portfolio consulting teams, and client teams from across the firm.

The candidate needs to be proficient in their knowledge of markets and economics, able to articulate macro and investment insights in the context of client challenges, as well as market and business drivers, and represent BlackRock's broad thought leadership views. The candidate needs to also be commercially minded, with a focus on placing client challenges and needs first, and understanding how best to address them.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Investment Thought Leadership: establish reputation as investment and market specialist within iShares EMEA by contributing to the formulation of investment ideas and market narratives, based on own expert knowledge of latest market moves and economic trends, proprietary research, insights from other BlackRock thought leaders/ investment professionals, and third party sources.
  • Client Engagement: present BlackRock's latest macro and investment views and insights to external clients in a range of regular and ad hoc forums, from 1-to-1 updates through to flagship EMEA virtual and physical events.
  • Sales & Distribution Engagement: 1) actively engage with client-facing colleagues to understand client priorities/challenges, and to educate and equip Sales partners to represent the firm's investment views and insights to clients, in order to drive scale for the Investment Strategy function; 2) engage with Marketing partners through an awareness and understanding of the latest product priorities and marketing campaigns, identifying opportunities for Investment Strategy to contribute to existing campaigns and establish new outlets for the team's insights.
  • Stakeholder Networking: continually grow network of partners across BlackRock to enable more rigorous and comprehensive process for generating investment insights, as well as establishing additional outlets for Investment Strategy insights both internally and externally.
  • Analytics: interpret macro data inputs as well as industry flow trends to evolve investment views in the context of recent market sentiment and client challenges and generate new investment ideas.
  • Commercial Acumen: apply a commercial lens to macro and investment views in order to generate actionable insights that drive flows into focus products and product segments.


Key Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree or above (CFA/ CAIA or equivalent preferred).
  • Investment strategy, portfolio management, research or advisory experience, including minimum 8 years proven experience presenting to clients on market views/asset allocation.
  • Proficiency across equities and fixed income - background in indexing/ETF industry also a plus.
  • Proficiency with Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters or equivalent, and Microsoft Office.
  • Self-motivated problem-solver and business-builder with high intellectual curiosity; voracious consumer of markets content.
  • Collaborative team player with a demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships at all levels of an organization.
  • Prior experience with people management, able to set clear objectives for a team and ensure delivery within agreed timeframe.
  • Comfort with domestic and international travel across EMEA (when conditions permit) and with speaking at events in front of large audiences.
  • Fluency in multiple languages a plus.


Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children's educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment - the one we make in our employees. It's why we're dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

For additional information on BlackRock, please visit careers.blackrock.com | www.blackrock.com/corporate | Instagram: @blackrock | Twitter: @blackrock | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock

BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.

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