Thursday, December 14, 2017

Finance & Investment Analyst, The San Diego Foundation - San Diego

Finance & Investment Analyst, The San Diego Foundation - San Diego

At The San Diego Foundation, we value our diverse and experienced staff that are committed to our mission of improving the quality of life within all of San Diego’s communities. We strive to be an employer of choice, offering a competitive compensation and benefit package, and a professional and vibrant work environment for those who have a passion for our mission that is carried out every day by providing leadership for effective philanthropy and promoting community solutions.
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Finance & Investment Analyst to join our financial team. The position will provide analyst-level resources within the Finance & Accounting (F&A) Department.
Essential duties and principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Finance & Accounting (under direction of CFO and Controller)

  • Provide budgetary, organizational, and operational services to the F&A Department.
  • Research, compile, and prepare financial and accounting data for internal studies and/or board materials.
  • Assist the annual budgeting processes, including the use of budget-related software applications.
  • Analyze monthly budget vs. actual reporting and estimate future organizational
  • Develop reports, spreadsheets, tables, and grids to summarize and present dashboard information (KPI-key performance indicators) or satisfy other business intelligence requests.
  • Provide accurate and timely reports and statistics necessary to benchmark F&A team goals.
  • Coordinate submission of website updates for F&A sections of TSDF web pages for posting.
  • Take lead on special projects, as assigned.
  • Assist in preparing materials and presentations in preparation for staff meetings; Leadership Team meetings; and Board of Governors and Executive, Finance, and Audit Committee meetings.
Investments (under direction of CIO)
  • Monitor each investment portfolio’s adherence to the Investment Policy Statement by conducting onsite meetings or conference calls.
  • Monitor the portfolio’s investment managers’ performance and positioning on a regular basis through meetings and conference calls.
  • Lead investment rebalancing for all TSDF’s investment portfolios.
  • Monitor the cash position(s) across all investment portfolios to ensure adequate investment funding (capital calls)
  • Assist in annual audit process by providing support to CIO and Controller.
  • Take the lead on special investment-oriented assignments.
  • Become the in-house expert in third party investment software.
  • Conduct manager due diligence on prospective investment managers.
  • Update manager account information and new account set-up.
  • Maintain, monitor and rebalance broker-managed accounts.
  • Assist in preparing materials and presentations in preparation for staff meetings; Leadership Team meetings; and Investment Committee meetings.
  • Minimum of three to five years professional business experience; previous investment experience necessary
  • Strong diplomatic and communication skills, with the ability to develop buy-in across a wide range of stakeholders; ability to develop effective working relationships with all colleagues, external constituencies, and decision makers
  • Work with and effectively manage information of a confidential nature requiring considerable discretion, judgment, tact, and diplomacy
  • Demonstrated track record in developing and utilizing organizational systems with attention to detail, accuracy, timeliness and record keeping
  • Experience with developing and maintaining budgets
  • Experience with financial modeling & forecasting
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Teamwork, self-motivation, a proactive approach to work, flexibility, and exceptional interpersonal skills are essential
  • High initiative and ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Proven ability to work independently and successfully organize, prioritize and implement multiple projects, and meet deliverables and timelines in a fast-paced work environment
  • Regularly takes initiative to recognize and anticipate problems, and clearly communicate possible solutions
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Meticulous writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize technology in process improvements
  • Computer skills: Expert proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint and database entry and management as well as exporting and report generation
  • Bachelor’s degree required; business administration, finance or accounting helpful
Qualified applicants please submit the following to
  • Cover letter and resume
  • Salary requirements
  • Indicate in subject line: Finance Investment Analyst

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED - PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT: Deputy Chief Investment Officer (DCIO), California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) - West Sacramento, CA
Our client, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), a $200 billion retirement system, is seeking a Deputy Chief Investment Officer (DCIO). Under the direction of the Chief Investment Officer, this position serves as chief executive over the Asset Class Investment Directors and has responsibility for management of the investment asset classes. The DCIO provides management for the internal and external investment portfolio, executes investment committee policies and the investment management plan, and advises the CIO on a variety of sophisticated investment portfolio management strategies. The DCIO acts on behalf of the CIO in his/her absence.
An advanced degree and CFA designation are strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have
outstanding investment acumen, strong leadership skills, and excellent experience managing a staff of
investment professionals.

CalSTRS’ Investment Branch was recently named as one of the best places to work in money
management by Pensions & Investments magazine for the second year in a row (and the third time overall). It is the first public pension fund ever to receive this distinction. CalSTRS also was honored as winner of the Innovation in Industry Award for public pension plans over $15B in 2011 by aiCIO magazine. The desired and likely base salary range is $272,000 - $320,000 with incentive compensation of up to 80% based on performance.

To view the position specifications please click here:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Operations Analyst - South Orange County

Operations Analyst - South Orange County
Investment Management firm based in South Orange County is seeking an intelligent, highly motivated and detail oriented operations analyst to join our team. The firm manages over $4 billion in assets; trading a portfolio of fixed income products.
Job Description:
  • Daily "soft close" of NAV for 5-10 portfolios, including:
    • maintenance of our internal portfolio accounting system
    • daily cash reconciliation of principal and interest payments
    • position reconciliation to custodian/Bloomberg
    • security master maintenance
    • trade entry/processing
    • processing projected interest and principal payments
    • entering monthly client activity
    • processing daily collateral movements
    • monitor daily P&L of portfolios
  • Liaison between portfolio management group and administrator/custodian.
  • Month end close of portfolios, NAV calculation and shareholder statement processes.
  • Working with auditor throughout the year and at year end to prepare/finalize GAAP financial statements, including presentation of assets on statements and drafting notes related to recent activity or new accounting pronouncements.
  • Working with administrator on bank loan closing, utilizing Clearpar or other comparable industry tools related to bank loans.
  • Work with the Investor Relations team with client onboarding.
  • Constant process improvement; working with IT to enhance/automate operational and compliance processes.
  • Ad-hoc projects.
Desired Skills and Experience
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or Business related field.
  • Prior fund accounting experience is a plus.
  • Superior skills in Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Any experience with Advent/Bloomberg is a plus.
  • Ability to work with a team in a fast pace environment
Prior experience with various investment products is preferable but not a requirement; for example fixed income, repurchase agreements, futures, forwards, currencies, mortgages, options, and swaps.
Please send resume to

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Financial Engineer, Originate - Orange County

Financial Engineer, Originate - Orange County

Company Overview: 
Originate brings together world-class product managers, software engineers, and designers to create groundbreaking digital products for our partners. As a Finance Engineer at Originate, you will provide deep domain expertise and hand’s-on data analysis with our FinTech partners to develop next generation financial products and software.  You will be providing the critical, central hub between project team members, our FinTech partners, and Originate executive management. 
  • Our success is built upon our amazing team. You will work with smart, creative, and humble people that are passionate about creating products that meet customer needs and solving problems through collaboration and innovative thinking. 
  • We employ the latest innovations in technology to solve challenging problems in a variety of industries. You will be tasked with learning new skillsets required for designing and building products in rapidly changing fields, such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Virtual Reality. 
  • We believe in partnership and the power of shared outcomes. Through our Profit Sharing Program, you can share in 50% of Originate’s global profit. 
  • We offer a flexible schedule and an open vacation policy.
We seek a Financial Engineer based in Irvine to assist our efforts in building out our Quantitative Solutions efforts for our growing OC office. 
Key mandates can be summarized as follows: 
1. Provide deep financial expertise and position Originate as a domain expert when working with high-profile and sophisticated financial partners. 
2. Generate thought leadership: Build models and generate intellectual capital. 
3. Deliver (and present) customized data analyses.
Position Requirements  
  • Advanced degree required in math, engineering, statistics or related field 
  • Minimum 3 years of direct experience in quantitative role in either a financial institution or an Insurance company 
  • Prior experience with high-profile financial institutions is a plus 
  • Global experience a plus 
  • Experience in Matlab, Python, R, SQL and related data science/analytics languages required 
  • Good general investment knowledge across asset classes 
  • Knowledge of Insurance ALM Modeling, and Risk Based Capital would be plus
Personal Characteristics: 
  • Strong production and results orientation and an overall “get it done” mentality 
  • Strong background working with global organizations and building relationships with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Excellent communication skills and business acumen 
  • Able to work effectively and professionally with colleagues of all levels and disciplines and often in distributed teams.
How to apply:
Send resume to and put "Financial Engineer" in the subject line

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Portfolio Manager - Newport Beach, CA

Portfolio Manager - Newport Beach, CA

Fee-Only Wealth Management Firm                                                          
Position:  Portfolio Manager
Location:  Newport Beach, CA
Our nationally recognized multi-family office is uniquely positioned, with 100+ family clients and over $600 million under management, to provide customized financial planning and individualized investment management services.  The firm utilizes a true team approach with every client to provide comprehensive wealth and investment management services, and maintains a client to staff ratio of approximately 14 to 1.  In addition to advising on all client assets, the firm has a dedicated investment team managing client portfolios in-house, with a minimum requirement of $25 million in net worth for new clients.  The firm’s philosophy is to focus on asset allocation, indexing the core and selectively layering in actively managed funds. 
The firm seeks to add a CFA charterholder (or Level II or III Candidate) with at least five years of individual taxable and tax-deferred portfolio management experience.  The expectation is that this individual will evolve and grow with the firm with the potential to eventually become the Chief Investment Officer of the firm.  The ideal candidate will interface with current and prospective clients.
Summary of Qualifications
The ideal candidate should possess an extensive understanding of asset allocation, tax strategies, and experience with trading equity and fixed income instruments.  In addition, the candidate should have:
·        Excellent communication and analytical skills
·        Strong technical knowledge of return attribution
·        The ability to develop solutions for complex portfolios
We seek an exceptional, investment-focused individual with a curious mind, an enthusiasm for learning, excellent social skills, a genuine service orientation, who is a strong team player, comfortable working in a collaborative environment and interfacing with wealthy clients. 
Responsibilities in the first year include:
  • Executing mutual fund, stock and bond trades
  • Assisting in managing and enhancing current strategies with a role in any new strategy development
  • Identifying and performing due diligence on alternative investments
  • Performance attribution analysis
  • Writing economic and market analysis and summaries
  • Meeting with clients to review portfolio strategy and performance
  • Maintaining targeted allocation over time through periodic rebalancing
  • Initial salary based on experience and credentials.  
  • Significant long-term upside compensation potential.
  • Benefits include: disability and health insurance, and 401(k) and profit sharing plan.
  • Fantastic working environment and location.  
References and credit will be checked.
Please send cover letter, resume, and references to


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Trading Analyst - Irvine

Trading Analyst - Irvine
The Trading Analyst will be responsible for supporting the Portfolio Management and Client Services teams with tasks such as creating exhibits/pitchbooks, reviewing client and prospective client portfolios, and managing the firm's portfolio accounting system. The Trade Analyst will prepare daily and weekly reports for the Investment Committee to track various fundamental and technical indicators as well as learning and becoming involved in the investment decision process.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Analytical thinker
  • High level of proficiency in Excel
  • Understanding of economic concepts
  • Computer programming experience is a positive but not required (Python, Java, VBA, MATLAB, etc.)
  • Bachelor degree in related field preferred (Finance, Business or Economics)
  • Series 65 is preferred
SALARY   $50,000
To apply, please send your resume to:
Patrick Fresch
Willis Consulting Inc.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Miscellaneous Private Equity positions - L.A. area

Miscellaneous Private Equity positions - L.A. area
1)      Motion-Picture Industry Fund CEO/PE Fundraising
The firm is looking for a CEO/Fund Manager to lead the effort in growing and managing a Fund that specializes in investing in movie production and distribution both in Hollywood and Asia. The firm already has projects in the mix. The firm is looking for someone with strong PE capital fundraising skills (someone will need to show they are well connected with banks, security corporations and other Funds), fund management expertise (
the CEO will handle day to day fund management operations and be responsible for hiring and expanding the team), and exposure to the entertainment industry.
2)      Risk Control Director
In cooperation with the CEO the fund is hiring a Risk Control Director to apply risk controls across all projects for assets coming in/out of the Funds. The incoming Director will be involved helping the firm builds its own risk control systems with the most powerful, most secure, and the most effective features.
Down the road, the firm will need someone to run their:
3)      Hotel-Casino Industry Fund
The fund invests in project in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Macau, Australia and Singapore.
4)      Lending Fund Manager
The Lending manager will be involved with a commercial credit-loan department that meets the market demand that provides loans to new graduate entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized technology enterprises, movie, gaming and other related industries.
For info, or to apply, please email
Kristen Schriver

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED - PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT: Sr. Financial Analyst, FFG Valuation - Costa Mesa

Sr. Financial Analyst, FFG Valuation - Costa Mesa, CA

1. Manage and Perform valuations [80% of time], including the following analytical work:
  • Prepare financial model;
  • Review the client's industry and risks associated with the general industry;
  • Submit list of questions to client based on an analysis of the financial statements and comparison to industry metrics;
  • Perform comparable search of transactions of similar companies as well as a search for a peer group of similar publicly-traded companies;
  • Complete analysis of the client's value and prepare a written report;
  • Ad hoc analysis regarding valuations as needed.
2. Business Development [15% of time]. Network with potential referral sources in the local community including surrounding counties.

3. Ad Hoc analysis for consulting assignments [5% of time].

  • Understanding of valuation methodologies: including fractional discounts applicable to closely-held and passive entities, financial securities, intangible assets, shareholder disputes, and sales of businesses.
  • Financial Statement Analysis: historical operating trends, normalizing adjustments, ratio analysis, cash flow forecasting
  • Industry research: Subject company comparison and fit within context of a broader industry
  • Experience in use of Capital IQ or similar software such as Bloomberg.

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Finance, Economics, Accounting or Math
  • Possess one of the following licenses: CFA, ASA, ABV, or CVA
  • 2+ years work experience in valuations or investment banking



Investment Assoc., Covington Cap Mgt – Los Angeles

Investment Associate, Covington Capital Management – Los Angeles, CA

Covington Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor managing over $2.5 billion for families, foundations, endowments and non-profits.

Job Description
The investment associate is responsible for a broad range of duties that will include client presentation materials, analysis, equity and fixed income research and market research.  The associate works closely with the portfolio managers as well as client service and marketing departments. 

Primary Responsibilities
·         Responsible for preparing portfolio reviews and presentations for clients, including portfolio information, economic reports, market analysis
·         Maintain and update performance composites on a monthly basis
·         Assist equity managers with general equity research, narrowing in on sectors, industries and specific companies
·         Maintain and update research databases for stocks
·         Assist fixed income portfolio managers with analysis and data maintenance
·         Participate in research meetings, bringing pertinent economic and market data to the attention of the portfolio managers
·         Develop detailed financial models and analysis for specific stocks
·         Assist with special projects as needed for clients, prospects or portfolio managers
·         Bachelor’s degree; emphasis in finance, economics or a related field
·         0-3 years of investment management experience
·         Interest in or current candidacy in the CFA program strongly preferred
·         Superior analytical skills and understanding of investment concepts
·         Proficiency in excel and powerpoint
·         Ability to meet time sensitive deadlines and prioritize projects from various managers
·         Strong commitment to ethics
·         Strong work ethic – must be highly motivated and able to solve problems independently
·         Strict attention to detail
·         Excellent writing and communication skills
·         Team player – ability to work collaboratively with many different personalities across all levels
·         Knowledge of applications such as Bloomberg, Morningstar, Tamarac, Zacks, is a plus.

To apply, or for inquiry, please contact
Phong Luu 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Senior Portfolio Manager - Los Angeles or Denver

Opportunity in the Los Angeles area
Client will assist with relocation
Similar position available in Denver
A top tier wealth management firm seeks a Senior Portfolio Manager to take on and grow an existing book of HNW relationships. NO portable book required.
*Work in a collaborative team environment to design and implement sophisticated investment and asset allocation strategies
*Surround clients with subject matter experts in all areas of holistic wealth management
*Counsel clients in a fee-based, fiduciary capacity with regards to best in class strategic and tactical investment advice and performance
*Front line advisory role with a solid base salary, profit and performance based bonuses, and excellent benefits
*Candidates must have a CFA and 10+ years' experience.
If interested in learning more, please apply by emailing your resume to and we will follow up with you.
ECG is a 30 year boutique search firm that specializes exclusively in the Wealth Management industry. We work nationally to place professionals with a traditional investment background into boutique RIA’s and national wealth planning firms.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Investment Officer, Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) - Santa Ana, CA

OCERS provides retirement, death, disability, and cost-of living benefits to employees of the County of Orange and certain County special districts and agencies. OCERS is governed by a nine-member Board of Retirement that is responsible for managing a $14.7 billion dollar fund.

The primary objective of the OCERS Investments Department is to maximize investment returns within prescribed levels of risk through a broadly diversified investment portfolio.  Under the general direction of the Chief Investment Officer (CIO), the incumbent will assist in the administration and review of investment programs of OCERS.

Graduation from an accredited university or college with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Accounting, Finance, Business or a closely related field, with evidence of professional training in capital markets, investment theory, securities analysis and portfolio analytic techniques
Three years of relevant experience in investment analysis and operations.
At least two years of additional experience operating data interfaces regularly used or similar to those used by OCERS, conducting due diligence meetings and preparing due diligence reports on institutional investment managers or investment advisors can be substituted for one year of the public pension fund experience requirement. Alternatively, a CFA charter with at least three years of prior senior-level qualifying experience with institutional asset management functions equivalent to the Investment Analyst position can be substituted for the public pension fund experience requirement.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Fixed Income Strategist, Wells Fargo - Orange County

Fixed Income Strategist (Job Opening ID# 5353172), Wells Fargo - Orange County
Job Description
You have a proven track record of success but you’re looking for more. More responsibility. More challenges. At Wells Fargo you’ll find that opportunity. You’ll join a team of people who are smart and share your values. You can enjoy a diverse career as you learn and grow your capabilities across our multiple lines of business. Our supportive environment can help you make a difference within the company and the communities we serve.
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, more than 12,500 ATMs, online (, and mobile devices. Wells Fargo has more than 275,000 team members in 36 countries across our approximately 90 businesses. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
Wealth and Investment Management (WIM) is one of the company’s four main divisions. WIM businesses build enduring client relationships through sound, thoughtful and objective advice. We help our clients by developing individualized plans for everything from retirement goals to business succession planning, to family legacy intentions. Services include comprehensive planning and advice, investment management, brokerage, private banking, estate planning strategies, trust, insurance and both individual and institutional retirement.
Wealth Management (WM): Wealth Management business is a leading provider of financial services to high-net worth clients through Wells Fargo Private Bank, and to the affluent segment through partnerships between Wealth Brokerage Services and the Community Bank. In Wealth Management, clients are provided with a complete range of solutions to help them manage, preserve and transfer their wealth.
The FIST (Fixed Income Strategy Team) Sr Fixed Income Mgr 4 will primarily be responsible for developing, recommending and implementing the execution of fixed income investment strategies for a large group of high net worth clients, trusts and institutions.  Duties include: providing on-going client service; assisting in new business development, client profiling and suitability analysis, i.e. diagnostic reviews; fixed income investment policy formulation, portfolio construction/implementation and risk management.  Expected to implement customized fixed income strategies per Verification of Investment Guidelines leveraging individual fixed income securities, pooled vehicles (incl. open and closed end Mutual Funds), and "alternative" investments to maximize returns commensurate with an acceptable level of risk for the client.  As a member of the Fixed Income Strategies Team, participates in the formulation and implementation of tax sensitive and/or taxable fixed income strategies, with broad investment authority and acting independently within established investment policy statement (IPS) guidelines or VIG (Verification of Investment Guidelines.  Contributes to strategy calls and decisions related to national fixed income asset allocation recommendations.  Communicates the Fixed Income Strategies Teams current strategy and delivers market updates to the broader Wealth Management (WM) community and to WM clients.  Participates in fixed income outreach to internal partners and the client base.  Provide on-going support to generalist Investment Strategists in their knowledge, awareness, and implementation of fixed income management.  May develop and/or contribute to written communications intended for the broader WM community or for distribution to clients.  In conjunction with internal WM partners, assists in generating new business through sales/marketing to prospective clients as well as seeks to garner additional assets of the existing client base.
This position will office in both San Diego and Irvine, CA WM hub locations. Will be expected to travel 40%-50% of the time between to the two offices. Will work in a matrixed environment.

Required Qualifications
 • 10+ years of investment management experience

Desired Qualifications
 • Business development experience
• Highly refined and professional verbal and written communications
• Professional presentation skills

Other Desired Qualifications
• 10+ years of fixed Income experience
• Ability to develop partnerships and collaborate with other business and functional areas
• Intermediate Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access) skills
• Knowledge and understanding of banking: private or wealth management operations
• Knowledge and understanding of Investment tools such as Bloomberg or Factset application
• Strong analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy
• An active Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation
• Leadership experience
• A Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Salary Information - To be determined

All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.
Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.
Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.
To apply:
Job Opening ID# 5353172