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Head of Investment Risk Control (2nd Line)

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited
Closing date
16 Jun 2021

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Key responsibilities
  • Build, manage and develop the IRC team, coach and lead juniors, define the roadmap and respond to changes that impact the team
  • Understand the investment processes fully by engaging with investment desks
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with the wider PAIR team and front office stakeholders enabling effective challenge of material exposures
  • Perform regular investment desk reviews where risk allocation and portfolio construction are overseen and challenged
  • Challenge material investment proposals from the front office
  • Review investment guidelines
  • Contribute to oversight of allocation and scheme wide risks

Your experience
  • Higher degrees, an actuarial qualification and/or CFA charter-holder status would be a benefit but not essential.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of risk management within large complex and diverse portfolios, with proven experience of risk management of equity, fixed income and multi-asset strategies. Private market experience would be a benefit.
  • Track record of providing independent challenge from a second line perspective would be beneficial
  • Excellent understanding and application of investment risk analysis and attribution
  • Depth of experience in the financial services industry, spent largely in risk management with exposure to front office
  • Sound understanding of operational processes from front to back office, with strong practical IT knowledge
  • Demonstrable track record in financial risk modeling with the mindset and ability to come up with practical solutions
  • Experience of an investment risk system of risk systems such as Axioma, RiskMetrics RiskManager, Barra, Aladdin, UBS Delta or APT would be a benefit
  • Being able to review tools produced by team in Excel with VBA. Python or other programming language a bonus
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