Investment Data Sourcing Manager - 18 Month FTC

M&G plc.
London, United Kingdom
02 Dec 2021
16 Dec 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 Role:

The Investment 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 Investment Data Sourcing team, focused on delivering accurate and timely security-level data to the business units throughout M&G, primarily through the core investment platform, Aladdin. The role provides a great opportunity to develop an understanding of the M&G business and the data environment which supports it.

The successful candidate will be a strong leader with a proactive attitude, the ability to deliver work to a high standard and provide a high-quality data service to customers, regulators and key stakeholders, using skills and experience built through significant practical experience or training.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Liaise and work collaboratively with Investment Data Management's key stakeholders including Fund Managers, Dealers, Credit Analysts, Performance, Risk, Compliance, Client Reporting, and Investment Operations.
  • Manage direct reports; conducting regular 1:1's to understand progress and issues, annual performance reviews and appraisals.
  • Daily creation and maintenance of private and complex asset types on the internal investment platform to support key stakeholders.
  • Source and verify data quality (Bloomberg Data Management Service/Data Platform) from appropriate sources to ensure it is accurate and supplied in a timely manner against the business data requirements, ensuring it is fully supported within all required systems.
  • Source and manage the oversight of data from third party providers, escalating to the appropriate business unit(s) where necessary.
  • Investigate data issues, working with data analysts and management to establish an appropriate resolution.
  • Manage the shared mailbox on behalf of the Investment Data Management Team, including support of third-party queries.
  • Support the implementation of controls and procedures throughout the Investment Data Sourcing Team.
  • Proactively realise opportunities for improvements to drive change across the Investment Data Management Team.
  • Provide subject matter expert support for strategic projects.
  • Responsible for oversight of client appointed third parties aligned to business and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee operational data support for regulatory data submissions.
  • Ensure that key risks regarding data are understood and controlled effectively in line with M&G Operational Risk Policy.
  • Responsible for production of the team's operational MI.

Key Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
  • Strong understanding of instruments across the suite of asset classes M&G in which invest (fixed income, securitised debt, public equity, ETD & OTC derivatives, leveraged loans, private debt, private equity)
  • Proactive self-starter, with the ability to identify problems and follow them through to resolution.
  • Pride in working to high standards in a dynamic environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to record and communicate clearly and effectively
  • Appreciation and experience of the requirements of an operational control environment.
  • Knowledge of data required to support an investment book of record (i.e. securities, issuers, position, transaction, fund, benchmark, counterparty)
  • 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.
  • Delivery and service focussed, capable of managing the demands of business-as-usual and change initiatives.
  • Strong management experience, and can manage all activities relating to performance and career development.
  • Excellent understanding of the IT infrastructure and data environment
  • Understand the investment industry, including knowledge of:
  • financial, reference, valuation and instrument data across various asset classes
  • best practices and processes; appreciating requirements of an operational control environment
  • clients, products and the regulations under which they operate

  • Good working knowledge of Bloomberg, Refinitiv, Aladdin.
  • Experience with Private Debt investments
  • 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.
  • Experience in asset pricing a bonus.

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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