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Head of Index Research Group - Northern Trust Asset Management

Northern Trust
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
Dec 29, 2023

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust, a Fortune 500 company, is a globally recognized, award-winning financial institution that has been in continuous operation since 1889.

Northern Trust is proud to provide innovative financial services and guidance to the world's most successful individuals, families, and institutions by remaining true to our enduring principles of service, expertise, and integrity. With more than 130 years of financial experience and over 22,000 partners, we serve the world's most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.

About Northern Trust Asset Management:

Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM) is a global Investment Manager with $1.1Trillion Assets Under Management, is a top 20 global asset manager, top 10 largest factor investor globally and the 12th largest ETF provider.

We believe investing ultimately serves a greater purpose and should be done intentionally and efficiently

by people who are passionate, astute and tenacious problem solvers

with the understanding that all investing involves risk and

is best accomplished by using an empirically based process.

At Northern Trust Asset Management, we understand that investing ultimately serves a greater purpose. That is why our philosophy is rooted in the fundamental belief that investors should get compensated for the risks they take - in all market environments and in any investment strategy.

At the heart of our philosophy is how we think about, view and analyze risk. As risk-aware investors, we take risk intentionally, to achieve investors' desired outcomes and minimize unintended consequences.

In EMEA, Northern Trust Asset Management serves professional investors offers a wide range of investment management capabilities, across active and passive, equities, fixed income and cash management. This includes quant active, sustainable investing, multi-asset, liquidity focused solutions as well as more traditional index management. Capabilities are available through both pooled funds and segregated accounts, with a focus on designing investment strategies to meet the specific needs of investors. NTAM manages the largest European ESG fund and 5/10 largest ESG index funds globally*.


The newly created Index Research Group is responsible for reviewing and analyzing index data for use by the portfolio management teams.

The Head of the Index Research Group will assist in setting up the team, creating processes and procedures for index oversight, and partner with the portfolio management teams to ensure index data is timely and accurate.

The key responsibilities of the role include:
  • Daily benchmark validation for all Equity and Fixed Income benchmarks
  • Monthly and Quarterly Pro-forma validation for all Equity and Fixed Income benchmarks
  • Daily publishing of index change projections for use by PMs
  • Validation of High Risk benchmarks at each index rebalance
  • Liaise with index providers on all data issues and questions
  • Lead reviews of index provider Index Consultations
  • Respond to ESG Index Queries
  • Custom Index and New Product Research, including custom index backtesting
  • Monitors developments and new industry trends in indexing
Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of index investing, index methodologies and data analysis, usually acquired by formal education and related work experience, is required. Analytical and personal computer skills are needed to prepare analysis and reports.

The successful candidate will benefit from having:
  • An MBA/Master's degree with concentrations in Finance, Economics, Statistics, Computer Science or equivalent required, or Bachelor's degree with in-depth relevant experience
  • Expertise in Index Methodologies
  • Experience with relational databases, Python, R, SAS, SQL, Tableau, or version control software preferred
  • Experience using Aladdin preferred
Working with Us:

As a Northern Trust partner, greater achievements await. You will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture in an organization where financial strength and stability is an asset that emboldens us to explore new ideas.

Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company committed to assisting the communities we serve! Join a workplace with a greater purpose.

We'd love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world's most admired and sustainable companies! Build your career with us and apply today. #MadeForGreater

Reasonable accommodation

Northern Trust is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our HR Service Center at .

We hope you're excited about the role and the opportunity to work with us. We value an inclusive workplace and understand flexibility means different things to different people.

Apply today and talk to us about your flexible working requirements and together we can achieve greater.

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