EMEA Client CIO - Pensions, Associate

London, United Kingdom
30 May 2021
13 Jun 2021
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. 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 UK and European 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
  • Minimum of 4 years' investment experience with a good understanding of financial markets, and ideally some experience in one or more of the following areas: Pension funds, asset allocation, LDI and derivatives
  • FIA, CFA and/or CAIA encouraged but not required
  • Proven record of academic achievement, work ethic, and leadership
  • 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
  • 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

This is role is within the scope of the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMCR).

Key Regulatory Obligations

The successful candidate will be subject to the Senior Manager and Individual Conduct Rules, and the Fitness and Propriety Rules of the FCA. As long as they remain a Senior Manager it is their responsibility to continue to meet the required standards of fitness and propriety for their role.

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

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.

For additional information on BlackRock, please visit careers.blackrock.com | www.blackrock.com/corporate | Instagram: @blackrock | Twitter: @blackrock | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock

BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law. BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.

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