Director, Product Strategist - Global Fundamental Fixed Income

London, United Kingdom
24 Nov 2021
08 Dec 2021
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

About The Team

BlackRock's Fixed Income Team offer an array of fixed income products designed to meet specific client risk and return profiles. Within our active business, there are two core investment processes, systematic and fundamental. Our systematic active business which applies cutting-edge quantitative strategies to generate alpha for clients from security selection, macro and relative value opportunities. The fundamental business applies fundamental investment styles and strategies to generate alpha for clients across Sterling, Euro, Emerging Markets and Global portfolio groups. This role is for a Product Strategist for the Global Fundamental Fixed Income team.

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, model based active and fundamental active. 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 iShares & Wealth (iSW) Sales groups, who are responsible for managing and developing BlackRock's client relationships.

Job Purpose/Background

BlackRock's Global Fundamental Fixed Income Strategy Team is looking for a Director to support, develop and promote our commercial efforts across the franchise.

The global fixed income range of funds comprise a diverse range of strategies, fixed income assets and portfolio management teams including both unconstrained and benchmark orientated funds. The team's clients are located around the world. Having successfully built and grown a range of active mutual funds and bespoke mandates with considerable commercial success, the team has also started to develop a comprehensive ESG range to complement and complete our offering.

The individual will work in partnership with sales, marketing, portfolio managers, risk management and other key stakeholders to promote and support the products, with a clear mandate and focus on commercial activities, both sales and defence. The successful candidate will possess knowledge of fixed income, investment management and global economics. Additionally, the candidate must have exceptional commercial skills, the ability to create and deliver on sales targets, and pivot to defence where appropriate. Strong communication skills and the ability to form trusted relationships with colleagues across the firm will also be key.

Key Responsibilities
  • Help to lead external commercial efforts for a wide range of fixed income strategies, solve for client needs, build and deliver on strategic growth plans
  • Work alongside portfolio managers and product strategists to represent the Global Fundamental Fixed Income range of funds to external and internal stakeholders.
  • Deepen internal relationships with sales teams globally to understand and identify potential gaps in product range, identify industry trends.
  • Present our funds and market views to existing and potential clients, act as a senior spokesperson for the team
  • Build and improve narrative around ESG integration in investment process
  • Drive forward future product innovation
  • Be responsive to client requests and queries
  • Provide oversight for junior team members

Knowledge/Experience Required
  • Robust knowledge of fixed income asset classes and types of strategies (benchmark orientated, absolute return). Strong overall 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
  • Excellent commercial skills and track record. Client facing experience is essential
  • Team player with a collaborative and cooperative approach to tasks
  • Ability to quickly form meaningful working partnerships
  • Strong quantitative skills and eye for detail essential
  • ESG knowledge an advantage
  • Post graduate qualifications favourable (CFA or MBA etc)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, and other language skills an advantage
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills to clearly articulate fixed income concepts, ideas, and processes
  • Highly organised
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint essential; Bloomberg and other market data systems useful. Working knowledge of Aladdin, or other investment management tools, an advantage.

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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