Vice President, Client Chief Investment Officer - UK Pensions

London, United Kingdom
Jan 18, 2023
Feb 11, 2023
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

Introduction to Multi-Asset Strategies & Solutions Group

The Multi-Asset Strategies & Solutions (MASS) team is the investment group at the heart of BlackRock's portfolio construction, asset allocation, and active management ecosystem. MASS draws on the full toolkit of the firm's index, factor, and alpha-seeking investment capabilities to deliver investment outcomes and cutting-edge alpha insights. MASS constructs active asset allocation strategies and whole portfolio solutions across a wide spectrum of commingled funds, separate accounts, model portfolios, and outsourcing solutions in the wealth and institutional channels.

Role Description & Responsibilities

MASS is looking for a motivated individual to join our EMEA Pensions CIO team, with a focus on UK Defined Benefit Pension Schemes. This team designs, implements, and leads on all aspects of portfolio construction and asset allocation to solve our pension client's investment challenges. The team covers Outsourced CIO solutions as well as bespoke investment mandates oriented around client outcomes for pension schemes.

  • Focus on primarily UK pension scheme clients, (covering both existing Outsourced CIO/fiduciary clients as well as helping drive our sales efforts)
  • Primary interface for an existing book of clients, including collaborating closely with other investment teams and the lead client representatives
  • Partnering with pension schemes in an advisory and portfolio construction capacity
  • Performing analyses on a broad range of topics, including asset allocation, portfolio construction, liability driven investing, risk management and implementation best practices
  • Engaging with pension scheme trustees / corporates to understand their unique circumstances, investment objectives and constraints and applying portfolio and risk analytics to support investment decisions and portfolio outcomes
  • Supporting business development efforts through RFP responses and creation of presentation material
  • Supporting ad hoc research and contribute to articles and white papers on relevant topics of interest

Skills & Qualifications
  • Experienced investment professional with experience in one or more of the following areas: Pension funds, asset allocation, LDI and derivatives
  • Prior experience in a client-facing role
  • Prior experience and knowledge of the UK pensions market
  • A genuine inclination for quantitative analysis and the ability to work through sophisticated problems and challenges to provide innovative insights
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to explain complex topics to non-technical individuals in writing as well as verbally
  • Curious self-starter passionate about execution with results-oriented work ethic and professional disposition
  • FIA, CFA and/or CAIA encouraged but not required
  • Proven record of academic achievement, work ethic, and leadership
  • Strong teammate who takes a collaborative and cooperative approach to tasks, but can work independently if necessary
  • Organized and detail-oriented, able to prioritize and multi-task quickly efficiently, adapting to new situations in a fast-paced environment
  • Being a strong fiduciary by ensuring the highest level of integrity and professionalism in every aspect of performance

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including: retirement investment and tools designed to help you in building a sound financial future; access to education reimbursement; comprehensive resources to support your physical health and emotional well-being; family support programs; and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

Our hybrid work model

BlackRock's current hybrid work model is designed to enable in-person connections and collaboration that is core to our culture, while supporting increased flexibility for all employees. In line with local health guidance and regulations, employees are required to work at least 3 days in the office each week, with the flexibility to work from home up to 2 days a week. Some business groups may require more time in the office due to their roles and responsibilities. The health, safety and well-being of our people will always be our top priorities; we will continue to monitor local conditions and health advisories in making decisions about our work environments.

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.

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