Product Strategist, Systematic Fixed Income, VP

London, United Kingdom
11 Jul 2021
26 Jul 2021
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
About this role
Business Unit Overview:
The Systematic Fixed Income business applies cutting-edge quantitative strategies to generate alpha for clients from security selection, macro and relative value opportunities. The Systematic Fixed Income team offers an array of fixed income products designed to meet specific client risk and return profiles. Incorporating the expertise of our sector specialists, each client portfolio is tailored to reflect specific investment guidelines and objectives with respect to interest rate exposure, sector allocation and credit quality.

The Product Strategy team is responsible for the development of Fixed Income products for Institutional and Retail clients, and representing these products to internal and external clients including investment consultants, existing clients and prospects. The universe of products includes index, factor and active products. The team is centrally involved in the firm's thought leadership agenda. Critical to the success of the Product Strategy team is the maintenance of strong relationships with the Institutional Client Business (ICB) and Retail Sales groups, who are responsible for managing and developing BlackRock's client relationships.

Job Purpose/Background:
BlackRock's Systematic Fixed income team is looking for a VP level strategist to support efforts to develop and promote initiatives in the institutional and retail business.

The individual will work in partnership with sales, marketing and other key stakeholders to promote and support the products. This will include working on presentation slides, marketing materials, RFPs, reports and client queries as well as presenting to clients. Responsibilities also include supporting senior product strategists, fund managers, institutional and retail sales teams in promoting Systematic Fixed Income products. The successful candidate will possess knowledge of fixed income, the cross-border fund marketplace, investment management and global economics. They will also have a very good understanding of the needs of a very wide range of clients. Additionally, the candidate must have exceptional communication skills and the ability to form trusted relationships and work across the organisation.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Work alongside portfolio managers and product strategists to represent specific institutional and retail focused products to external and internal stakeholders.
  • Work with Systematic Fixed Income teams to create simple, cost effective systematic solutions to identifiable client needs or themes.
  • Deepen internal relationships with country sales teams to understand and identify potential gaps in product range, identify industry trends.
  • Present our funds and market views to existing and potential clients
  • Support sales and marketing activities including pitch book generation, RFPs, market commentaries. Complete a wide variety of ad hoc client requests and strive to deliver a superior level of client service.
  • Work on written investment review and outlook materials and collateral with a strong attention to detail.
  • Be responsive to client requests and queries, including supporting often very complicated and deep due diligence processes.
Knowledge/Experience Required:
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Post graduate qualifications favourable (CFA, MBA)
  • IMC preferred
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential; German is a plus
  • Preference for other languages to a business standard
  • Proven financial services experience
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint essential; Bloomberg and other market data systems useful
  • Solid interpersonal skills and ability to quickly form meaningful working partnerships
  • Strong understanding of the asset management industry and capital markets, particularly in fixed income
  • Strong knowledge of global economics and markets and an interest in current affairs and events
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills to clearly articulate fixed income concepts, ideas, and processes
  • Team player and a collaborative and cooperative approach to tasks
  • Disciplined organisation skills.
  • Ambitious work ethic and professional disposition
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.

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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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