Associate, Portfolio Analysis and Solutions

London, United Kingdom
30 Jul 2022
29 Aug 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

BlackRock is one of the world's preeminent asset management firms and a premier provider of global investment management, risk management and advisory services to institutional, intermediary and individual investors around the world. BlackRock offers a range of solutions - from rigorous fundamental and quantitative active management approaches aimed at maximizing outperformance to highly efficient indexing strategies designed to gain broad exposure to the world's capital markets. Our clients can access our investment solutions through a variety of product structures, including individual and institutional separate accounts, mutual funds and other pooled investment vehicles, and the industry-leading iShares® ETFs.

BlackRock EII Business Units Overview:

BlackRock's ETF and Index Investments (EII) business, is the leading index investment engine in the world. We help investors build better portfolios with the industry's leading suite of index investment tools. We enable them to replace individual securities, to take short-term market views, to invest cash rapidly, to execute more efficiently than swaps, futures or individual bonds, to take long-term core positions and to construct efficient portfolios. We are the best in the world at building and managing efficient index tools for our clients. We serve every kind of investor: pensions, insurers, sovereign wealth funds, central banks, asset managers, wealth advisors and individual investors.

Job Purpose/Background:

The BlackRock EMEA Portfolio Analysis and Solutions (BPAS) team is part of BlackRock's global Portfolio Consulting group which partner with clients across geographies to help them achieve their portfolio outcomes using BlackRock alpha-seeking, factor and indexed products (under the iShares brand).

As the Wealth industry in Europe shifts from product to portfolios, BlackRock is heavily investing in the EMEA region to ensure we can fulfil our client needs while remaining in sync with their evolution - whatever the business model and approach they choose to implement.

BPAS is our answer for clients choosing to retain control of their asset allocation and implementation choices (i.e. not willing to out-source), whilst needing a partner in selecting products to achieve a given portfolio outcome. As such, BPAS interacts in the region with large portfolio builders across all segments: from CIO of Pension Funds and Insurance companies - to head of discretionary propositions, head of advisory books, managers of unit linked products and fund of fund managers.

Leveraging BlackRock's unique Aladdin® risk platform and the BlackRock Investment Institute's macro insights, the team help investors de-code the risks, factor and specific features of pre-existing portfolios and evolve them towards the desired outcome. Furthermore, the team helps clients design new investment propositions and solutions.

The junior portfolio strategist will work closely with the lead Senior Consultants to continue to grow the BPAS vision and proposition with the country iShares and Wealth (iS&W) Sales teams. This includes evolving the commercial strategy for the team; and driving our investment platform evolution to enhance capabilities and increase scale.

BlackRock Portfolio Analysis and Solutions helps clients in creating custom investment solutions. This is achieved by addressing each of our clients' unique requirements and through:

• Working with the Consulting and Sales teams to evaluate, evolve or construct portfolios tailored to regional client requirements;

• Portfolio analyses across building block replication, portfolio construction & optimization, efficiency & performance, and ex ante risk contribution & stress testing;

• client meetings and consultative selling;

• Ability to understand and implement macroeconomic and asset-class themes within portfolio investing to drive investment into portfolio solutions for client segments across EMEA.

• Ability to conduct market structure, market behavior and portfolio implementation research;

• Ability to gather data and assimilate investment strategy and model portfolio solutions data within the context of working with clients to build investment portfolios

• Closely partner with multiple teams across the organization (trading research, capital markets research, etc.) in the execution of joint research work.


• Experience in portfolio management or investment research area of a financial firm.

• Analytical skills, as evidenced by formal training in econometrics or statistics, and extensive experience in utilizing those skills in an applied research environment.

• Strong understanding of financial markets, including drivers of return, risk control and portfolio construction techniques.

• Effective communication skills, both written and verbal.

• Strong understanding of the use of computer technology in financial and economic research

• Strong understanding of data available in the investment management industry and experience in managing and accessing such data to support research efforts.

• Ability to work efficiently and multi-task effectively in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment. This will include research project work solution generation and implementation.

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.

Our hybrid work pilot

BlackRock's current hybrid work pilot is designed to help you experience the best of both worlds: the opportunity to connect with colleagues in person and the flexibility to work remotely, with greater time to focus on what's important to you. In line with local health guidance and regulations, employees are generally expected to work 3 days in the office and 2 days from home (on average) each week. For some business groups, more time may be required in the office, while greater flexibility may be in place for others. Our "One BlackRock" culture means you'll be supported to collaborate with your new colleagues while bringing your full self to work - wherever you are.

The health, safety and well-being of our people will always be our top priorities; we will continue to monitor local conditions and health advisories in making decisions about our work environments.

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 Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to age, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics at law.

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