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Senior Associate - Manager Selection

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited
London, United Kingdom
Competitive plus Bonus/Benefits
Closing date
Nov 12, 2022

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Job Function
Investment Advisor/Consultant
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the research of existing and potential external asset managers to help meet the Scheme's long-term investment objectives.
  • Analyse and review existing mandates to ensure ongoing fitness for purpose and produce regular monitoring reports.
  • Work with internal asset class desks to ensure appropriate diversification of alpha sources and to maximise the benefits of the external manager programme.
  • Participate in early-stage research on new managers and strategy types that could play a role within the Scheme's investment strategy in future.
  • Establish and strengthen relationships with external managers.

Due diligence:
  • Support the mandate search process, producing initial long- and short-lists of potential managers, working with internal and external stakeholders as necessary.
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative due diligence (DD) on prospective managers.
  • Ensure that all DD reports and supporting materials are prepared and filed on a timely basis.
  • Contribute to improvements in the DD process over time.

  • Guide managers through the DD process, working closely with other members of the Investment Product Management team, operational due diligence, performance & risk, and responsible investment teams as necessary.
  • Work closely with the legal and operational teams on negotiating investment management agreements and side letters with managers.
  • Contribute to the manager on-boarding and mandate implementation process.

Technical Competencies, Skills and Experience
  • 5+ years experience in the investment industry with significant exposure to manager research and selection activity
  • Intellectual curiosity and a passion for investment
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills
  • Highly numerate and computer literate
  • Strong communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Ability to prioritise effectively and to manage multiple projects
  • Ability to deliver high quality work under time constraints
  • Attention to detail
  • Relevant qualifications (e.g. CFA / actuarial / IMC)

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