Wealth Product Group - Active Equities & Liquid Alternative Strategist - Associate

Expiring today

London, United Kingdom
12 May 2022
26 May 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

Business Unit Overview:

iShares & Wealth EMEA is the distribution business providing cross-border solutions to intermediaries who serve the full spectrum of privately-owned Wealth, but also to Asset Managers and Asset Owners across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Our product proposition comprises a broad range of both actively managed and index pooled investment vehicles.

Job Purpose/Background:

BlackRock's EMEA iShares & Wealth (iSW) business is looking for an associate level strategist to support the cross-organisational efforts to position and prioritise our active equity and liquid alternative platforms.

The primary responsibility of the role will be to support the EMEA Wealth Product Group (WPG) asset class heads on driving the sales and retention plans for the defined active product focus areas across the iSW client business. The individual will work in partnership with the active equity and liquid alternative investment teams, ETF & Index Investments, Global Product Group, Investment & Product Marketing and other key stakeholders to develop a business plan and execute against that plan. The successful candidate will work on product development and product launches through to product positioning and sales prioritisation within EMEA iSW.

As member of the EMEA Wealth Product Group, the individual will possess knowledge of the EMEA cross border fund marketplace, investment management with a focus on active equity and liquid alternative strategies, as well as sustainable investing. Additionally, the candidate must have strong communication skills and the ability to form trusted relationships and work across the organisation to build consensus for tactical and strategic sales initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Contribute to defining the product distribution initiatives within EMEA iSW across active equity and liquid alternatives
  • Responsibility for supporting the alignment with investment team partners, marketing and segment leads within the region for priority products and associated client activity
  • The successful candidate will need to build strong relationships with key stakeholders in iSW and partner functions such as portfolio management, product strategy, and marketing
  • They will also be required to represent the iSW business in front of the sales and investment teams to articulate the product execution plan for iSW
  • As an Associate they will be expected to work on ad-hoc strategic project initiatives for members of WPG
  • Product Commercialisation and Innovation
  • Understand buying behaviour across countries and client segments to nuance the product plan by client type
  • Study and evaluate industry trends, competitive dynamics and highlight sales opportunities using data
  • Help define and position BlackRock's competitive advantage in the investment strategies landscape; understand industry dynamics, drivers of growth and how to effectively position/protect BlackRock's funds in this context
  • Partner with counterparts in EII to ensure that the active equity & liquid alternatives product plan is coordinated with index and leverages the full breadth of BlackRock's capabilities
  • Regular communication with regional stakeholders and sales relationship managers to understand sales and client feedback around the reception of product messaging and positioning
  • Platform management
  • Identify areas for potential range enhancement and areas of future client demand to generate new product ideas
  • Evaluate other new product concepts developed outside of iSW and determine relevance for iSW client base
  • Partner with Global Product Group to bring new products to launch, work on fund mergers and closures and evaluation of fund pricing
  • Investigate platform enhancements in areas such as product wrapper, share classes and pricing
  • Support WPG asset class leads on communication of fund changes and portfolio manager changes within iSW

  • BA/BS required
  • Financial services experience, preferably with a focus on mutual fund strategy, sales, index and alternatives
  • Strong understanding of marketing and PR methods for EMEA intermediary-sold mutual funds, industry trends, and different segments (Bank, Insurance, IFA)
  • Strong understanding of the asset management industry with a preference for a product specialist background
  • Strong capital market knowledge
  • Preference for multi-lingual candidate (German, French or Spanish as second language)
  • Ability to execute across teams and undertake project work with input and feedback from key stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of investment databases, including Morningstar and Bloomberg, knowledge of Aladdin would also be a plus
  • Understanding of performance attribution, market factors and drivers of returns across mutual funds and asset classes
  • Solid interpersonal skills and ability to quickly form meaningful working partnerships and demonstrate leadership
  • Superior writing and editorial skills
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to deliver pertinent facts in a concise fashion

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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