Technical Valuation Analyst - 9 Months FTC

M&G plc.
London, United Kingdom
14 Jul 2021
02 Aug 2021
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
At M&G our vision is: to become the best loved and most successful savings and investment business and we're looking for people who are excited about joining us on our journey. We're digitally transforming and investing heavily in technology and innovation to develop new and improved customer propositions that really raise the bar for our customers. To help us achieve our vision we're looking for exceptional people who live our values and behaviours and who can inspire others; embrace change; deliver results and keep it simple.

We know that an inclusive environment makes us more accessible and ensures we attract, engage, promote and retain exceptional people. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity/nationality, disability, or military service and welcome those who have taken career breaks. We will consider flexible working arrangements or home working arrangements for any of our roles.

What you can expect from us:
We are committed to creating an environment where you can be exceptional at all you do. To help us deliver this, we promise to:
  • Challenge Your Limits by creating a stimulating working environment and providing opportunities for you to be involved in meaningful and challenging work
  • Support Your Aspirations with a commitment to learning and development that helps you achieve and build your experience with people who want you to succeed
  • Value Your Input whereby leaders and managers will involve you in key decisions, listen to your thoughts and recognise the important contribution you make
  • Balance Your Life through a work life partnership that focuses on making this an inclusive, diverse and friendly place to work and offers the flexibility and support that enables everyone to be at their best

How do we support our employees:
All M&G plc employees will be supported in the workplace through our M&G Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). If you need counselling, confidential financial or legal advice. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers access to qualified professionals who can provide specialist information, advice and support on many issues. It offers a broad range of services, including help with family issues, maintaining work/life balance and mental health support.

The Data Management Team is responsible for delivering and overseeing business-critical data for stakeholders across a number of key applications.
This role represents an exciting opportunity to be part of the Technical Valuations team, focused on delivering accurate and timely pricing of hard-to-value assets with oversight responsibility for external vendor pricing feeds into the M&G investment platform, Aladdin. The successful candidate will be a strong team player with a proactive attitude and the ability to deliver to a high standard from the outset. Key Responsibilities:
  • Working alongside existing Pricing Team to manage transition of quoted asset pricing to external Securities Service provider with understanding of pricing activities that are to be retained in the team.
  • Assisting with established processes in the Technical Valuations area, with a particular focus on hard-to-value assets such as private debt and equity, hedge funds, private equity funds, and illiquid public assets.
  • Familiarisation of the M&G valuation policies and understanding of the Valuation Governance environment.
  • Liaising with key stakeholders including various investment desks in the Front Office, Credit Analysts, Risk and Compliance, Third Party Administrators, Valuation Committees, and Client and Regulatory Reporting functions.
  • Assisting with valuation-related client and audit queries where required
  • Challenging current processes, driving change, proactively realising opportunities for improvements across the Technical Valuations team.
Key Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
  • Experience in a pricing role at an asset manager.
  • Strong understanding of valuations for instruments across various asset classes (Fixed Income, Equities, ETD & OTC Derivatives, Leveraged Loans, Private Debt & Equity).
  • Proactive self-starter, with the ability to identify problems and follow them through to resolution.
  • Take pride in working to a high standard in a dynamic environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to record and communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Understanding of the investment industry with good fund product knowledge.
  • Appreciation and experience of the requirements of an operational control environment.
  • Knowledge of financial and reference data (i.e. securities, position, transactions, funds, benchmarks).
  • Excellent attention to detail, and ability to work efficiently to set deadlines.
  • Ability to generate and maintain positive relationships within the team and across the business.
  • Good working knowledge of Bloomberg, Refinitiv, Aladdin.
  • Knowledge of valuation accounting standards, including experience liaising with auditors.
  • Advanced Excel skills, with ability to use VBA.
  • Knowledge of SQL.
  • Experience of data visualisation tools such as Power BI.
  • IMC or CFA Level 1

Recruiter: Frazer Wilson
We live by four behaviours at M&G and we ask all our employees to:
  • Inspire Others - Support and encourage each other, creating an environment where everyone can contribute and succeed
  • Embrace Change - Be open to change, willing to be challenged and able to adapt quickly and imaginatively to new ideas
  • Deliver Results - Focus on outcomes, set high standards and deliver with energy and determination
  • Keep it Simple - Cut through complexity and bureaucracy, be clear and decisive and never overcomplicate things

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