Equity Fund Manager's Assistant - 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Columbia Threadneedle Investments
London, United Kingdom
21 Jan 2022
28 Jan 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description

Where you'll fit in & what our team goals are...

This role sits within BMO GAM EMEA's Investment Support team, which is part of the wider Operations and IT team.

Investment Support take on many different administrative and analytical tasks, ranging from fund analysis to operational oversight. The focus of this role is to provide support to the wider Investment team managing equity mandates.

As part of the Equity Fund Manager's Assistants team, your workload would be aligned to a specific investment strategy to ensure a high level of understanding of the product, and, from the FMs' perspective; accountability and a key point of contact.

This is an initial 12 month fixed term contract.


How you'll spend your time....

As part of the Equity FMA Team on this initial 12 month fixed term contract, you will provide assistance in the completion of daily, periodic and ad hoc tasks, broadly defined as:
  • Provision of daily cash, portfolio and other ad hoc reporting to assist fund managers in the investment decision making process. This will include using Factset and Bloomberg PORT to provide analysis and require an understanding of portfolio characteristics and attribution.
  • Corporate action decision support on behalf of Investment desk. Liaison with internal and external teams to facilitate.
  • Coordinate production of a fund manager meeting pack, including sourcing certain elements.
  • Provision of specific month end, quarterly and ad hoc data and analysis to support RFP and client reporting for the strategy.
  • Assist with production of periodic data across all equity strategies (shared responsibility).
  • Resolution of system data issues such as pricing amendments and stock queries.
  • On an exceptions basis, provide support and oversight on trade lifecycle issues, liaising with the investment team, centralised dealing desk and business application support team to ensure queries are raised, investigated and resolved in a timely manner.
  • Prompt and proactive resolution of queries from external middle and back offices, eg. Custodian, fund accountant for example cash breaks.
  • Oversight and maintenance of the relationship with outsourced Middle and Back Office services at State Street to ensure a high level of service is received, escalation to resolve if standards are not met.
  • Completion of paperwork, monitoring through to settlement all IPOs, Placements and sub-underwriting obligations to tight deadlines.
  • Manage and monitor internal and regulatory reporting to ensure accuracy and delivery within agreed time frames.
  • Monthly compliance checks including stale price investigation and NAV reconciliation discrepancies, upon request.
  • Responsible for ensuring a high level of service to the Investment Team is maintained by the team. Maintenance of internal procedure documents and team tasklists to ensure changes in processes are accurately captured. Ensure adequate cross-training so that, in the event of absence, cover is seamless.

Required Qualifications

To be successful in this role you will have....
  • Relevant work experience within an asset management company or investment bank
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Advanced Excel, VBA
  • ThinkFolio, Aladdin
  • Coding, including SQL & Python
  • Factset
  • Bloomberg / Bloomberg PORT

Preferred Qualifications

If you also had this, it would be great....
  • Industry qualification such as IMC or CFA

About Our Company

You'll find the promise we make to our clients is the same one we make to our employees: Your success is our priority.

Here, you'll find growth and career opportunities across all our businesses. We're intentionally built to help you succeed. Our reach is expansive with a global team of 2,000 people working together. Our expertise is diverse with more than 450 investment professionals sharing global perspectives across all major asset classes and markets. Our clients have access to a broad array of investment strategies and we have the capability to build tailored solutions matched to clients' specific requirements.

Columbia Threadneedle is a people business and we recognise that our success is due to our talented and dedicated people, who bring diversity of thought, complementary skills and capabilities. We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment that supports the diversity of our employees and reflects our broader communities and client-base. We encourage applications from returners to the industry.

We appreciate that work-life balance is an important factor for many when considering their next move so please discuss any flexible working requirements directly with your recruiter.

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