Middle Office Illiquid Credit Analyst

Phoenix Group

Flexible working is a core part of our employee offering and it's advertised as standard on all our job adverts, including being open to part-time (e.g. 4 day week @ 80% salary)

Only considering candidates eligible to work in Telford + 3 more, UK ⚠️

Salary and Benefits: £40,000 - £60,000 (subject to experience) + asset management bonus, excellent pension scheme, private medical insurance, electric vehicle scheme, 38 days holiday incl. Bank Holidays (pro-rated), plus 12x salary life assurance, career breaks, income protection, 3x volunteering days and much more!

Job Type:  Permanent

Reporting To: Middle Office Illiquid Credit Team Leader

Location: This role will be based in either of our Phoenix offices - Telford / Wythall / London / Edinburgh office, with time spent between home and the office, and some travel between our Phoenix offices.

Please also read about Phoenix Flex here

We are pleased to announce an incredible opportunity to join us here at Phoenix Group as an Illiquid Credit Analyst to join our Middle Office team, part of the Asset Management function.

Who are we?

We want to be the best place that any of our 7,800 colleagues have ever worked.

We’re the UK’s largest long-term savings and retirement business. We offer a range of products across our market-leading brands, Standard Life, SunLife, Phoenix Life and ReAssure. Around 1 in 5 people in the UK has a pension with us. We’re a FTSE 100 organisation that is tackling key issues such as transitioning our portfolio to net zero by 2050, and we’re not done yet.

Context

Middle Office is a key support function for the Asset Management “AM” Front Office. It has wide ranging accountability ensuring operational control of investment activities, supporting the Group and AM governance framework, and delivery of investment reporting.

The current Liquid and Illiquid Middle Office teams are merging to create a multi-asset class Middle Office team. This offers new joiners the chance to learn front to back management of a wider asset set.

Phoenix Group is expanding into direct origination of funds starting with bonds, derivatives and private debt deals. In this new business, Middle Office will have an increased role pre-execution to support the business. As a result, Phoenix will need a number of new skills including knowledge of electronic trade affirmation platforms, Aladdin Enterprise, e-Front, trade support, the setup of new instruments, KYC and CDD on new clients. The Middle Office roles and responsibilities are constantly evolving therefore we need colleagues who embrace and thrive with change.

The role

Reporting directly to the Middle Office Illiquid Credit Manager/Team Leader, the role involves investment reporting and post trade lifecycle management across the Shareholder portfolio, With Profits and PUTM UCITs funds currently managed under external and internal mandates. We provide dedicated product support for the various Front Office functions, including Markets & Products, and the Illiquid Credit team on trade execution and post trade activities. Additionally, supporting Portfolio Implementation and Manager Oversight on a day-to-day basis, providing key operational input and guidance.

A key focus of this role will be to ensure accurate and timely capture and reporting of investments through internal systems requiring coordination of activities amongst internal functions and key outsourced service providers (see below). In particular, the role will require continued build out and support in overseeing services provided by BlackRock Solutions via the Aladdin suite of products.

The role will also span to focus on process improvement and operating model enhancements to achieve industry leading systems and controls across asset and fund classes. Concentration required in implementing and documenting processes enhancing the control framework within MO.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support Middle Office activities across multiple assets classes
  • Support trade capture into internal reporting systems (InVista and Blackrock Aladdin) and downstream feed to Third Party Administrators (TPA) and Risk systems
  • Review of post trade investment activities amongst internal functions
  • Review of post trade investment activities amongst external parties: External Portfolio Manager’s, HSBC Security Services (TPA), JPMorgan Chase (Shareholder Custodian), and BlackRock Solutions
  • Assistance in Preparation of PresentationMaterials, creating customised analysis and presentations covering both market and strategic developments for the range of audience in a time sensitive environment
  • Collaborate with IT and consultants to support the delivery of new automated processes across multiple platforms, involving spec writing, testing and production governance
  • Support the SME lead as required on tactical and strategic initiatives including the development, implementation and testing of platform and process enhancements
  • Provide data and MI expertise to enhance outward reporting
  • Deputise for other MO functions, as needed
  • Assist team manager to develop functional processes and controls in line with internal policies, good market practice, and regulatory guidelines

What are we looking for?

Personal Attributes & Skills

  • Diligent working style with attention to detail and delivering quality, high standard work
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with holistic financial thinking
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • Agility and vision to adapt processes in an ever-changing environment
  • Good communication skills, with the ability to collaborate across a wide range of stakeholders and maintaining effective relationships
  • Self-starter and independent worker with strong sense of ownership, capable of delivering, driving and shaping results and to meet deadlines under pressure

Experience / Knowledge

  • Ideally, educated to Degree level

We want to hire the whole version of you.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone feels accepted and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. If your experience looks different from what we’ve advertised and you believe that you can bring value to the role, we’d love to hear from you.

 If you require any adjustments to the recruitment process, please let us know so we can help you to be at your best.

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Working Week

Flexible working is a core part of our employee offering and it's advertised as standard on all our job adverts, including being open to part-time (e.g. 4 day week @ 80% salary)

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Our Vacation Policy

We offer 38 days annual leave including bank holidays, with the option to buy 5 additional days.

  • 38 days PTO
  • 52 unpaid Fridays
  • 90 days off per year

Remote Working Policy

We offer hybrid work with options to work from various UK offices.

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Generous parental leave
  • Dentalcare
  • Equipment allowance
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Mental Health Support

Our Team

We're a team of 8.2k across 19 departments:

  • business development
    123
  • finance
    105
  • consulting
    76
  • operations
    72
  • human resources
    58
  • engineering
    51
  • information technology
    50
  • accounting
    38
  • media and commmunication
    27
  • data science
    27
  • support
    22
  • +8 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Aladdin
  • InVista
  • e-Front
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Project management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Financial thinking

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