Chief Operating Officer - Investment Division
- Maryland State Retirement and Pension System
- Baltimore, Maryland (US)
- $164,800 - $235,600 plus a competitive benefits package
- Mar 27, 2023
- Apr 26, 2023
- Job Function
- Accounting/Audit/Tax, Compliance/Regulatory, C-Suite Level Management, ESG/Socially Responsible Research, Operations
- Industry Sector
- Asset Management, Asset Owner
- Employment Type
- Full Time
The Maryland State Retirement Agency is the administrator of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. The System is a multi-employer, public employees’ benefit retirement system composed of twelve (12) separate retirement and pension systems with additional plan components.
The Agency is seeking a committed leader to serve as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in the Investment Division. The Chief Operating Officer reports directly to the Chief Investment Officer(CIO) and will be an active member of the senior management team as well as responsible for managing a team of twelve professionals in the areas of investment accounting, cash management, middle- and back-office functions associated with internal trading, corporate governance, ESG and DEI initiatives, proxy-voting, compliance and procurement.
This is a Management Service position that is key to enabling a mission-driven team of investment professionals. The Investment Division is a team of results-focused, creative problem solvers who work together with the Board of Trustees, consultants and asset managers to provide a secure base of assets to pay the current and future benefits for the underlying 400,000 members, retirees and beneficiaries.
Reporting to the CIO, the Chief Operating Officer guides the Investment Division’s workflow strategy and organization of all essential business processes and is responsible for operational effectiveness. The COO provides leadership, management and the understanding of processes and performance needed to achieve the agency’s short-term and long-term goals. Responsible for developing an annual Business Plan and attaining performance goals, the COO works in collaboration with the Chief Investment Officer, Deputy CIO, and Managing Directors and integrates key support functions like human resources and information technology.
The COO leads the improvement of the Investment Division’s operational strategies, is responsible for building high-performing team functions, and provides oversight and improvement of processes and support technologies.
Responsibilities of the Investment Division Chief Operating Officer include oversight of the preparation of financial statements for inclusion in the Systems Annual Comprehensive Financial Report based on GASB standards; the monthly closing of accounting books; the review and reconciliation of management fees; and the ongoing management of the custodial bank contract and relationship.
This position provides critical oversight of investment operations activity including trade settlement, position reconciliation, and cash flow processing. A strong attention to detail is needed.
The candidate should have prior experience with managing, mentoring, recruiting and evaluating a talented team of accountants and operations experts.
In addition, the candidate should expect to collaborate with other members of the senior management team to make recommendations to the Chief Investment Officer for the effective management of the Division.
- Lead a team of twelve professionals in the areas of investment accounting, cash management, middle- and back-office functions associated with internal trading, corporate governance, ESG and DEI initiatives, proxy-voting, compliance and procurement.
- Develop effective organizational processes, functions, and structures that maximize performance and align with division strategies and objectives.
- Measure and evaluate critical operational and functional processes; identify opportunities for improvement and best practice implementation, leading to streamlined workflow, operational efficiencies, and cost reductions.
- In collaboration with the Chief Investment Officer and Deputy Chief Investment Officer, prepare and submit an annual business plan, as well as a 5-Year strategic plan, and provide strategies to manage effectively to these plans.
- Drive team performance to achieve the business plans’ goals and initiatives.
- Perform in-depth quarterly reviews in conjunction with other senior leaders to promote success by developing action plans to correct unfavorable performance and remove operational and process barriers.
- Provide critical oversight of investment operations activity including trade settlement, position reconciliation, and cash flow processing.