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Research Analyst

Schroders Investment Management
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
Dec 3, 2022

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Who we're looking for

A London based analyst covering Pan Asian small and mid cap equities. While the analyst doesn't require generalist experience they must demonstrate the skillset and adaptability to effectively elevate to generalist responsibilities.

About Schroders

We're a global investment manager. We help institutions, intermediaries and individuals around the world invest money to meet their goals, fulfil their ambitions, and prepare for the future.

We have around 5,000 people on six continents. And we've been around for over 200 years, but keep adapting as society and technology changes. What doesn't change is our commitment to helping our clients, and society, prosper.

The base

We moved into our new HQ in the City of London in 2018. We're close to our clients, in the heart of the UK's financial centre. We offer flexible working appropriate for a client solutions focussed role.

The team

The International & Global Small Cap team. The London team will be Alex Deane, Luke Biermann, Martin Stockner, Jean Roche, Sylwia Michalska. Alongside working with London this role will work closely with our Asia based colleagues. The team manages >$3bn of AuM in Smaller Company strategies. This role will also work with London based Asian investors including Robin Parbrook.

What you'll do

• The geographic focus of the role is Pan Asia. You will carry out fundamental analysis and research of businesses and industries to form investment theses which you will discuss and debate with fund managers and the broader small cap team.
• This is not a conventional analyst role. We will not give you a prescribed list of stocks to grade and cover. We need an individual who will entrepreneurially explore the Pan Asian SMID universe for investment opportunities. You will have a high degree of autonomy.
• Coverage will stretch across a broad range of companies and sectors. You will need to build a level of domain expertise within a generalist role. The analyst has the freedom to develop over-arching themes for attractive investments.
• The role will be extremely varied and fast paced - requiring a focus on developing clearly formed investment theses whilst having a very broad coverage remit.
• Rigorous financial analysis and modelling.
• Alongside working with the London based team you will work closely with our Asia based colleagues and over time will build and develop your own extensive relationships with colleagues based in Asia and in our London office.
• Written and verbal communication of investment research.
• Lead interactions with the management of public and private companies as well as industry experts.
• Embrace travel for research across the region

The knowledge, experience and qualifications you need

• Previous experience as an investor and/or research analyst is a significant advantage but not essential. We will consider candidates with prior experience with deep fundamental company analysis (consulting, M&A).
• Graduate.
• Excellent foundation in accounts, fundamental financial analysis, valuation methodologies and metrics and experience with IPO prospectus work/capital market activity.
• The ability to effectively communicate with company management and the broader investment community.
• Fluent with excel and financial platforms like Bloomberg.

The knowledge, experience and qualifications that will help

• Experience in analysing and evaluating industries and companies through first principle business strategy frameworks - ie. seasoned in detaching from a company's "story" to focus evaluation on the ultimate mechanics of the business or industry.
• A well developed level of macro-economic understanding, but fluency is not required (a hunger to understand it better is). For instance, an understanding of the broader financial markets and how to interpret signals from the different asset classes and sectors. Able to frame equities within the broader financial markets.
• At ease with synthesising large amounts of information on a company, efficiently distilling this down and identifying what is material.
• Good technological fluency, including Bloomberg, and Bloomberg within excel.
• Independently well read - this will likely form a fundamental part of their knowledge and experience.

What you'll be like

• Highly driven with a first class work ethic.
• Have an entrepreneurial fascination and a passion for business.
• Unwavering intellectual curiosity.
• Have an eye for detail and thoroughness, but still able pull-back and understand the broader context of the operating environment of the businesses we invest in.
• Possess the confidence to identify and articulate what is material and immaterial to an investment thesis.
• Enjoy the balancing act of maintaining passionate optimism and high conviction with a healthy dose of cynicism and humility.
• Someone who embraces mental flexibility.
• Able to demonstrate a constant willingness to improve decision making.
• An innate desire to look for threats, errors or risks in viewpoints or situations or business models.
• An independent thinker prepared to question orthodoxy, to evaluate it's appropriateness, as opposed to a behavioural need to be contrarian.
• Entrepreneurial and happy working with lots of autonomy.
• A strong ability to communicate research both verbally and in writing.
• An ability to effectively and respectfully debate investment viewpoints with the small cap team as well as the broader group of Schroders investors.
• Numerate enough to understand and interpret statistics but more interested in understanding business, industry and human behaviour; and visualising the future.
• Desire to find/develop technology to optimise workflow and information assimilation.
• Desire to be in a close, collaborative team but similarly comfortable driving collaborations with a wide range of teams and resource outside that perimeter.
• Nimble allocator of time, able to prioritise a workload that can be large and changeable, sometimes with short deadlines or abrupt changes in priorities.

We're looking for the best, whoever they are

Schroders is an equal opportunities employer. You're welcome here whatever your socio-economic background, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious belief, age or disability.

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