Portfolio Analyst

M&G plc.
London, United Kingdom
12 Aug 2022
21 Aug 2022
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 and also offer work place accommodations to ensure you have what you need to effectively deliver in your role.

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:
We have an exciting opportunity at M&G for a Portfolio Analyst to join a team of five investment professionals in London as well as two operational support colleagues in Mumbai. The team are seeking to hire junior support within the Portfolio Management Team in London to support with the expansion in the number of funds. Reporting into the Assistant Fund Manager the role will support the Portfolio Management team in the day-to-day portfolio management of the fund, as well as initiatives across the Private Assets and wider M&G business.

The Team:
As part of this strategic development in Private Assets, the Specialty Finance team was formed in 2018. With a team based in London and Mumbai, Speciality Finance targets investments in mortgages and consumer finance backed assets, including auto loans, student loans and unsecured personal loans.

The team is responsible for managing c.£1.5bn of internal and external client commitments and has recently launched the second vintage of its flagship levered Speciality Finance Fund, as well as a new suite of unlevered funds focused on UK and European mortgage and consumer finance assets.

Key Responsibilities for this role:
  • Assist the Portfolio Management team with oversight of investor / credit facility drawdowns, investment funding and receipts, and foreign exchange hedging
  • Support the Assistant Fund Manager in monitoring of investment performance including review of monthly and quarterly investment Servicer and Investor payment reports, updating performance dashboards and providing ad-hoc updates to team.
  • Co-ordination of the funds monthly / quarterly valuation process, including preparation of Committee materials, and oversight of internal valuation process.
  • Review of third-party Fund Administrator NAV's, including oversight of fund invoice payments, and dealing with any ad-hoc Administrator and year-end audit queries.
  • Preparation of investor marketing documents including quarterly fund reports, fund profiles and ad-hoc client reporting.
  • Ensure portfolios adhere to relevant regulation and fund mandates and ongoing development of investment processes and controls.
Additional Responsibilities
  • Support internal projects within the Specialty Finance, Private Assets and wider M&G business
  • Support the deal team with new investment activity and changes.
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues and take personal accountability to maintain and enhance controls you are responsible for to support improvement of the overall control environment, customers outcomes and a reduction in M&G's operational risk.

Key Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
  • A good understanding of investment products and the asset management industry
  • Knowledge of key asset classes (Fixed Income, FX, Derivatives and Equity)
  • Bright, enthusiastic and proactive
  • Highly numerate, logical and analytical approach
  • Ability to work under pressure, with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Experience of managing complicated processes and focus on risk controls
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to build relationships effectively with personnel at all levels
Desirable Experience:
  • Structured finance knowledge (Mortgage / Asset Backed Securities)
  • Advanced excel skills, prior Power BI or coding experience
  • Experience of using Aladdin or other portfolio management systems
  • Basic accounting knowledge

Key Work Level Accountabilities: Experienced Colleague
  • Accountable for providing a quality service or product to customers and stakeholders, using skills/experience built through significant practical experience or training
  • For team leaders, accountable for ensuring the team the role supports are delivering a quality service or product
  • Works within established frameworks and procedures, with the freedom to interpret them to solve a range of problems
  • Delivers outputs that are clearly defined, using discretion over how to achieve them
  • Makes suggestions for improvements to the work of the team, based on previous experience and knowledge of similar situations

Work Level: Experienced Colleague
Recruiter Name: Suzie Threlfall
Closing Date: 19th August 2022

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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