Friday, August 19, 2016

Investment Analyst, SBCERA - San Bernardino, CA

Investment Analyst, San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association (SBCERA) - San Bernardino, CA

INVESTMENT ANALYST
SALARY RANGE $70,497.55-$104,755.65 Annually
Plus an excellent benefits package

The San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association (SBCERA) is
recruiting for an Investment Analyst to provide back office support and assistance
to the Chief Investment Officer in the investment of the San Bernardino County
Employees’ Retirement Association’s portfolio; and to perform investment related
duties as required.

Background
The San Bernardino County Employees' Retirement Association (SBCERA) is a
California public pension plan that administers benefits and manages pension assets for
over 35,000 members and beneficiaries on behalf of 17 participating employers.
SBCERA is Special District governed by its own board, the Board of Retirement (Board),
which serves as primary fiduciary for SBCERA’s assets and administration.
For more information about SBCERA, please visit the website at www.SBCERA.org.

Responsibilities
The Investment Analyst shall work in the Investments Department under the immediate
direction of the Chief Investment Officer. The Investment Analyst has the responsibility
to coordinate back office activity as well as participate in analytical duties related to
SBCERA’s investment programs.
Responsibilities of the Investment Analyst include, but are not limited to the following:
• Monitor account holdings and coordinate back office activity with all bank and
custodian relationships, as well as internal fiscal resources.
• Review and coordinate investment funding and distributions, verification of cash
flows, fees and expenses.
• Prepare and maintain investment contracts, amendments, and related
investment documents for adequacy and accuracy; confirm document completion
including but not limited to legally required information, signatures, and all other
documentation.
• Maintain contract database/network and document status of agreements in
process.
• Coordinate and participate in contract discussions with internal and external
counsel as well as other related legal issues under the direction of the lead
investment professional as applicable.
• Meet with potential investment managers to evaluate products and firms.
• Participate in the review of investment policies, performance, asset allocation, or
other related investment topics as directed by the Chief Investment Officer.
• Assist with analyzing Requests for Proposals and work under the direction of the
lead investment professional as applicable.
• Review investment committee agendas, materials, and official minutes for
accuracy and completeness; attend monthly Investment Committee and Board
meetings.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.
Position is “at will” and serves at the pleasure of the Chief Executive Officer.

Qualifications
Experience: Three years of professional experience in a public agency or financial
institution involving investment analysis, economic analysis, custodial operations, trust
administration, actuarial analysis, investment reporting, or performance measurement.
AND
Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, accounting, science, engineering,
business/public administration (with an emphasis in investments, economics, finance,
accounting or real estate) or a closely related field.
Note: Qualifying degrees or coursework must be completed at a college or university
accredited by any accrediting association recognized by the United States Department
of Education. Degrees or coursework completed outside the U.S. must be accompanied
with an evaluation report from a reputable credential evaluation service showing
equivalency to degrees or coursework completed at a college or university accredited by
any accrediting association recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Selection Process
Applications must be made by submitting a completed SBCERA Application form and
the required Supplemental Questionnaire for this Investment Analyst job posting. The
information you provide will be used to verify and evaluate your job qualifications. Failure
to provide a completed SBCERA Application, a completed Supplemental Questionnaire,
and/or to provide information on them clearly demonstrating possession of the above job
qualifications, will result in elimination from the examination process.
The SBCERA Application and Supplemental Questionnaire are available at
www.SBCERA.org/Employment.

There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on a review of application
materials submitted and may include written examinations, writing exercises, online
testing, and/or oral examinations depending on the number of applications received.
Further information regarding test content/scheduling will be provided to eligible
candidates if an examination is to be administered. Those applicants who clearly
demonstrate exceptional qualifications in the competitive evaluation will be referred for a
hiring interview. The SBCERA Chief Executive Officer may specify the number of eligible
candidates to be qualified in the selection interview or any part thereof.

To apply, send completed application materials as specified above electronically to
HR@sbcera.org or mail to:
SBCERA
Attn: Human Resources
348 W. Hospitality Lane, 3rd Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0014
Application materials must be received by 4:00 p.m. PDT, Friday, September 30, 2016.

Disclosures
• This is an “at will” position.
• A valid California driver’s license must be maintained.

BENEFITS:
SBCERA offers a generous benefits package including:
• Participation in SBCERA pension plan
• Medical and Dental premium subsidies
• Vision insurance for employee
• 457(b) Plan: After one year of continuous service, employees are eligible for a
biweekly employer match equal to 1⁄2 times the employee’s contribution up to 1⁄2%
of the employee’s biweekly base salary
• Life Insurance: $50,000
• Vacation Leave: 80-160 hours/year
• Sick Leave: 3.39 hours/pay period
• Holiday Leave: 13 days + 1 Floating holiday/year
• Perfect Attendance: Annual Gym Membership Reimbursement up to $299 or 16
hours Perfect Attendance Leave

WORKING HOURS:  Typical working hours are Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm, with some evening and weekend work required.

EMPLOYMENT PROCESS: Application Deadline: Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be received by SBCERA by the time and date indicated on this announcement.
Background Investigation: Prior to appointment, SBCERA requires applicants to be
fingerprinted and pass a background investigation.
Reference Check: Prior to appointment, education and employment history is subject to
verification. At the time of a selection interview, candidates may be required to provide a
resume, copies of certificates, licenses, diplomas and course transcripts.
Medical Examination: Job offers made are contingent upon passing a medical
examination, which will include a drug/alcohol screening. Failure to meet all medical
standards may result in withdrawal of appointment or termination, if employed prior to
completion of medical examination.
SBCERA is an EEO/ADA Compliant Employer.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Director of Investment Operations - Los Angeles

Director of Investment Operations - Los Angeles

Director of Investment Operations (982-7)
Los Angeles, CA
Compensation commensurate with experience
Los Angeles-based Asset Manager seeks Director of Investment Operations to oversee internal and outsourced investment operations for a $10B firm.  Role will focus on the overall investment production process and relationship management with vendors, including development, implementation, and documentation of policies and procedures that influence middle/back office functions.  Will also help evaluate, plan, develop, and implement firm-wide investment support platform.  The Director of Investment Operations will be expected to suggest improvements to job procedures, workflow and efficiencies and should provide associates with assistance, training, and instruction.  The right candidate will be responsible for working with the Chief Administrative Officer to organize and track large scale, complex projects involving multiple internal and external partners.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Manage and oversee relationship with outsourced providers and vendors to solicit optimal performance; monitor the performance and delivery of services (based on our contracts and service level agreements)
  • Oversee internal and outsourced valuation, settlement, and daily/monthly reconciliation o positions, cash, and trades with counterparties, agent banks, and custodians; review and assess production for quality results.  Identify outliers and coordinate with outsourcing provider to correct any anomalies
  • Provide assistance to end-users of accounting data through the resolution of routine and complex problems due to advanced understanding of inter-locking relationship of securities accounting data to other systems within firm
  • Manage production and delivery of monthly/quarterly reports and client statements
  • Act as subject matter expert for systems related to investment production support; attend due diligence meetings as required
  • Analyze technical/business problems of medium-to-high complexity
  • Act as central point of contact for firm’s internal team and outsource provider to help resolve outstanding operational issues
  • Help drive technology initiatives to support solving business problems
  • Recommend enhancements to procedures and workflow to provide efficiencies
  • Provide training and instruction of job procedures to associates
  • Responsible for assisting staff with resolving discrepancies and outstanding issues
  • Act as key point of contact for client areas seeking information and requesting ad hoc, as well as standard reports
  • Lead design of documentation, implementation, and enforcement of investment operations and data management policies and procedures
  • Contribute to the coordination, management, and execution of multiple investment support projects
  • Collect and document project requirements, specifications, business processes, and recommendations
  • Manage detailed open items and project lists, tracking all deliverables and timelines across multiple functional areas
  • Ensure that issues are identified, tracked, and reported on /resolved in a timely manner
  • Follow-up/report regularly to project sponsors and senior leaders, escalating issues as necessary
  • Perform, support, and monitor ad hoc and special requests
  • Provide backup coverage to support staff as needed
  • Provide periodic updates to management through reports and face-to-face meetings
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bachelor’s degree + 7 or more years of previous middle and/or back-office investment support experience
  • Strong understanding of, and hands-on experience with, middle/back-office investment operations, including: trading support and workflow, reconciliation procedures, settlements, corporate actions, pricing, proxy voting, client reporting, cost basis concepts; must be able to demonstrate understanding of concepts behind policies and procedures
  • Experience working with various security types, including equities (both international and domestic), fixed income, mutual funds, closed-end funds, ETF’s and other alternative funds
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships with multiple stakeholders and across organizational functions
  • Knowledge and experience with change management concepts; experience optimizing workflows and processes, including strategically re-shaping an environment
  • Experience managing third-party vendors, including contracting
  • Critical thinking ability with an eye for detail
  • Excellent research skills and problem solving capabilities
  • Self-motivated manager with ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Proficiency with MS Word, excel, and PowerPoint; Visio and Project are not required, but a plus
If interested, email your resume as an MS Word attachment to:
Joe Bradshaw, BCI - Financial Services Recruiting

Monday, August 8, 2016

Senior Financial Writer - Los Angeles, CA

Senior Financial Writer - Los Angeles, CA

Senior Financial Writer (982-6)
Los Angeles, CA
Compensation commensurate with experience

The Financial Writer will be responsible for creating a wide range of content that supports the firm’s three different distribution channels (institutional, high-net-worth, and retail) and the firm’s equity and fixed-income investment strategies. This includes creating investment communications, such as white papers, quarterly commentaries, market commentaries, articles, and other ad hoc requests, to support the firm’s brand building initiatives, investment strategies, wealth advisory business, and distribution activities. Contribution to content may also come in other forms, such as video or audio. The ideal candidate will not only have exceptionally strong writing and editing skills, but will also play a leading role in generating creative ideas, engaging content, and innovative ways to engage the firm’s audience.
The successful candidate must be a team player, yet self-motivated, possess proven investment writing experience, strong product knowledge, excellent communication skills, and have the ability to meet deadlines.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Research, organize, and write engaging thought leadership content, including white papers, commentaries, articles, client communications, and presentations
Create new product marketing content such as sales aids, brochures, market updates, portfolio manager interviews, and presentations
Use observations about investment strategies, wealth strategies, and timely issues to generate insightful content
Develop content specifically for product launches and marketing campaigns
Create web content and contribute to social media, video, and PR opportunities
Understand and analyze competitive analysis for the firm’s investment strategies and market data and develop strategic content from that data
Act as a writing and editing resource, ensuring high quality and the company is producing accurate materials
Work closely with Subject Matter Experts, such as investment professionals and wealth advisors, in order to develop new ideas and ensure alignment on content creation and messaging
Ensure consistency in the company’s voice, key messages, and editorial style across markets, channels, and media
Keep up-to-date with developments in financial markets with an ability to identify key opportunities to educate the firm’s clientele
Good understanding of the asset management regulatory environment
Assist the wider marketing team on projects/ad-hoc tasks as and when required

REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in English, Business, Communications, or Finance
Five plus years' experience in the financial-services industry, ideally covering both equity and fixed-income asset classes
Extensive knowledge of financial markets and investment/financial concepts, with an ability to understand and communicate product strategy and financial/wealth planning strategies
Strong product and industry knowledge and ability to translate that into thoughtful and engaging written commentary
Exceptional writing/communication skills to help create a wide range of marketing materials for various audiences
Ability to capture complex ideas and express them in a clear, concise, and engaging writing style
Knowledge of social media and possess the ability to craft appropriate and effective content for the various platforms
Ability to incorporate feedback and ideas from team members
Must be able to work in a team-based environment, within both Marketing as well as other parts of the organization
Strong skills with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Experience in using Bloomberg, FactSet, and eVestment a plus

If interested in this opening, please email your resume as an MS Word attachment to:
Tony Pietrzak
BCI - Financial Services Recruiting
tony@brokerageconsultants.com

Friday, August 5, 2016

Sr Inv Strategist, VP, Wealth Mgt, Comerica - Century City (Los Angeles), CA

Senior Investment Strategist, Vice President, Wealth Management, Comerica Bank - Century City (Los Angeles), CA

Senior Investment Strategist, Vice President, Wealth Management
Senior Investment Strategist is responsible for structuring the portfolios of high net worth clients utilizing an open architecture platform for both trust and investment agency accounts, and for maintaining meaningful client contact. The successful applicant will thrive in team-based fiduciary environment, working closely with the trust officer, wealth advisor, and private banker and other internal colleagues to reach comprehensive client solutions. The Investment Strategist has a direct involvement in business development is expected to work effectively alone or as part of a team to successfully achieve, and preferably exceed, new business goals. Active participation in client and events and community involvement is expected.
 
Position Competencies
Successful incumbents possess ethics and value, outstanding listening, communication and presentation skills and a strong knowledge of Wealth Management. Incumbents possess the ability to articulate effectively on financial and investment related subjects, knowledge of Modern Portfolio Theory, risk controlled asset allocation and cash flow analysis and understanding the global economy, global financial markets and investment implications of specific events and data. The role requires proficiency in standard software (Excel, Word and PowerPoint) and systems capability, along with strong organizational and problem solving skills, and a drive for results.
 
Position Responsibilities:
·     Maintain and promote organizational and ethical norms in internal and external business conduct.
·     Maintain a current understanding of Comerica's Investment Policy Committee's outlook, asset allocation guidelines.
·     Manage an existing book of business in accordance with each client's investment policy statement, consistent with Comerica's asset allocation and investment policy guidelines.
·     Maintain thorough understanding of Comerica's proprietary strategies and open architecture platform.
·     Maintain knowledge of domestic and international financial markets.
·     Maintain a working knowledge of the current financial regulatory environment, fiduciary standards and current and proposed tax laws.
·     Apply the Consultative Investment Management Process to client accounts, including the use of cash flow analysis, risk controlled asset allocation analysis, the generation of an investment policy statement, and proposal as well as incorporating only approved products and investment managers and conducting quality client reviews consistent with goals based investing.
·     Develop and execute a comprehensive transition plans for a new client's investments.
·     Communicate regularly with clients to remain updated on relevant personal and financial issues, utilizing this information to form investment management decisions.
·     Develop, maintain and grow client relationships.
·     Actively participate in community organizations to build referral networks and source new business opportunities.
·     Achieve sales production goals.
 
Relocation:  Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.
Travel:  Travel is not required of this position.
Qualifications
·          Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or Business from an accredited university
·          10 years investment experience
·          10 years Investment Management Strategies and Products experience
·          5 years portfolio management
·          3 years of experience with Microsoft Office Products, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
 
We know that our employees are critical to our overall success. We are dedicated to investing in their future to maintain long-term relationships for lasting commitments. One of the ways we do this is to offer a comprehensive package of compensation and benefits programs which are regularly reviewed to maintain them at competitive levels. Your salary will be commensurate with your work experience.
Upon offer, Comerica conducts a comprehensive background check, fingerprint check and a drug test.
NMLS certification requirement: where applicable, a favorable background check screening, credit check, fingerprint check, and NMLS certification is required in accordance with the SAFE Act.
 
At Comerica Bank, our Wealth Management teams are dedicated, skilled and uniquely prepared to help make the wealth aspirations of individuals, families and institutions a reality--quickly, efficiently and with the utmost attention to the needs of our high net worth clientele. Our success depends on the success of our customers. That's why our dedicated Wealth Management teams include experienced professionals covering a full range of disciplines including Wealth Planning, Private Banking, Brokerage, Insurance, Investment Management, Business Services, Trust Services, Fiduciary Services and Charitable Giving.
 
Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica's more than 9,000 colleagues focus on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.
 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Equity Research, Analyst, TCW - Los Angeles

Equity Research, Analyst, TCW - Los Angeles
Job ID  2016-1167

Overview:

Leveraging industry-specific knowledge and expertise, the Equity Research Analyst independently conducts fundamental research on companies and industries under coverage (Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology) by performing financial statement analysis, creation and maintenance of proprietary financial models, analysis of valuation metrics, and meetings with company management, suppliers and competitors to make buy and sell recommendations to Portfolio Managers.  The Equity Research Analyst is responsible for developing written stock recommendations as well as pitching stock ideas in meetings with Portfolio Managers.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, sustain and use extensive industry-specific knowledge base to perform fundamental research and modeling/valuation work, provide sector perspective and insights, and generate new ‘buy’ ideas.
  • Research and analyze scientific events, pipelines, and platforms and effectively articulate findings to Portfolio Managers
  • Analyze financial statements (10Ks, 10Qs) and industry periodicals. Monitor, filter, and present all relevant news flow (earnings reports, etc.) in ongoing maintenance effort for companies under coverage owned by TCW to Portfolio Managers to help them make investment decisions.
  • Communicate new ideas, results of research, latest findings, key sector/company developments, and synopsis of conferences and management meetings (both verbally and in writing) to Portfolio Managers and others in the Equities Group.
  • Stay up-to-date on latest industry developments and trends by regularly attending research conferences, performing channel checks, meeting with management teams (both in our offices and at corporate headquarters), and meeting with suppliers, customers and competitors to help formulate the investment thesis underlying each stock idea.
  • Participate, on occasion, in meetings with clients, prospects, and consultants.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ideal Candidate will have a scientific background combined with strong financial modeling and analytical skills
  • MBA and/or other relevant advanced degree in medical/clinical research.
  • 5+ years of related investment analysis experience.
  • 2-3+ years of biopharma coverage experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding of, and ability to conduct accounting and financial statement analysis. Advanced technique in quantitative modeling and valuation frameworks is required.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Bloomberg, and FactSet.
  • Superior analytical and quantitative skills and ability to lead conversations with company management teams, customers, suppliers, competitors, and other sources with knowledge of the industry.
  • Solid verbal and written communications skills as well as strong presentation skills are also required.
Desired Qualifications:

  • CFA Charterholder.
  • Buy-side investment analysis experience.

To apply:  https://careers-tcw.icims.com/jobs/1167/equity-research-analyst/job