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BlackRock Investment Manager Researcher, Associate in London, United Kingdom

Investment Manager Researcher, Associate


Investment ProfessionalsEnglandLondon,Requisition #: R191008


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Investment Manager Researcher, Associate


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Job Description:

Business Unit Overview

Client Portfolio Solutions (CPS) is a BlackRock investment group focused on delivering whole-portfolio asset allocation and portfolio construction services and solutions to meet our clients’ growing demand for outcome-oriented investment solutions in the face of challenging markets, greater complexity and rising regulatory scrutiny.

CPS provides a single point-of-contact for custom portfolio construction, with individual Client Chief Investment Officers delivering multi-asset expertise, design and performance of custom portfolio solutions for our broad set of clients globally.

CPS brings together the best of BlackRock’s real-world investment expertise, premier asset allocation, manager selection and macro research, and industry-leading risk analysis capabilities to offer our clients a holistic, differentiated portfolio construction experience.

Our team is made up of experts in strategic asset allocation design and manager research who partner with investment professionals in Fixed Income, Active Equity, ETF and Index, Multi-Asset Strategies and Alternative asset classes to blend multiple sources of return to maximize long-term performance.

Our important and fascinating work is at the very center of a quickly evolving asset management industry and embodies BlackRock’s strategic commitment to meet our clients’ evolving needs and expectations. We envision a bold and exciting future and invite you to join our team.

Client Portfolio Solutions is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce regardless of race, national origin, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, marriage or civil partnership, or religion or belief. We are passionate about creating and promoting a diverse and inclusive environment where all employees are valued and respected. Consistent with our diverse client base, we recognize the benefit that diverse teams bring to the success of our business.

Key Responsibilities

Who we are

The Manager Research team is an integral part of Client Portfolio Solutions, identifying and monitoring best-of-breed investment strategies for use in client portfolios. The team approves investment strategies that are managed by third party investment management firms as well as strategies managed by BlackRock investment teams. Key team responsibilities include investment and operational due diligence and on-going monitoring of manager investments. The team has the ambition to be a market leader in manager research, selection and investment process using the power of data and technology to its unique advantage. The Manager Research team collaborates with teams across the firm to ensure outstanding client outcomes and to ensure consistency and best practice in multi-manager investing across BlackRock.

What you will be doing

  • Conduct research on alternative investment opportunities and strategies, covering investment due diligence, operational due diligence and ESG assessment depending on client needs

  • Proactive manager monitoring and portfolio surveillance to assess managers ability to meet objectives

  • Document the selection, monitoring and due diligence process in support of well-researched, high conviction recommendations to address specific client portfolio needs in the most effective way

  • Actively contribute to enhancement of the Manager Research capability, innovating the way we leverage data and technology in our research process

  • Engage with other alternative investment teams across BlackRock to leverage insights, expertise and knowledge of investment managers and markets, consolidate and apply the collective knowledge to benefit our clients

  • Working closely with Client CIOs, Portfolio Managers and other internal stakeholders to assist with optimal investment strategy and portfolio construction subject to client requirements

  • Be directly involved in the review of the fund’s audited financial statements, administrator and legal offering documents in collaboration with the BlackRock legal team

  • Support negotiation of terms, conditions and mandate specifications of separately managed accounts

We are looking for people who are:

Fiduciary: You consistently put clients first and maintain integrity in every aspect of performance

Curious: You like to learn new things and are happy to challenge the status quo

Intellectual: You want to outsmart the problem

Accountable: You feel personal ownership and passion for the work you do and an aspiration to be better

Finishers: You drive things to completion

Exacting: “Good enough” is simply not good enough

Open: You value and respect input from others

What you should have

  • 3-6 years of relevant investment experience reviewing and selecting investment strategies

  • Alternative investment experience is advantageous

  • Structured process driven approach to manager research with proactive manager surveillance

  • Communication skills and an ability to clearly articulate recommendations in English

  • Cross team and firm relationship building skills is important to fully employ the breadth of BlackRock

  • Energetic, inquisitive and the necessary initiative to work in an analytical, research-driven team

  • Strong organizational skills with keen attention to detail and ability to multi-task, demonstrating process rigor

  • Undergraduate degree required; CFA and/or MBA degree preferred

  • Knowledge of Preqin, VBA, eVestment, Morningstar and Bloomberg is an advantage

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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