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Associate I, Managed Investments Data & Analytics

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The IDAR Division of TRIAD is responsible for a variety of investment-oriented back office responsibilities, including investment performance and attribution, benchmarks, valuation oversight, matrix pricing of private securities and commercial mortgages, “top-of-the-house” investment reporting, and invested asset data governance. As such, members of IDAR are involved in or responsible for a variety of analysis, reporting, and critical business processes.

PRIMARY DUTIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Cross-train on various regular processes for which IDAR is the accountable business partner with an eye toward eventually assuming lead responsibility for one or more of them.  These would include top-of-the-house investment performance measurement and attribution; matrix pricing; valuation oversight; and benchmark administration.
  • Develop an increasing understanding of the top-of-the-house invested asset critical data elements and how they are used by investment and risk personnel.
  • Gather top-of-the-house data in support of required regulatory submissions or presentations to committees, rating agencies, or senior management.
  • Assist in documenting and updating/maintaining existing documentation for IDAR-led processes.
  • Work with Corporate Solutions to review and evaluate data and technology refinements in support of IDAR-led processes or top-of-the-house reporting.
  • Respond to inquiries from investment front-office personnel.
  • Serve as business support or the business lead on various technology-oriented initiatives aimed at improving the quality or accessibility of the Company’s “top-of-the-house” invested asset data.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Undergraduate degree in finance, investments, economics, quantitative analysis, or a related field.
  • Attention to detail, persistence, and a willingness/ability to dig into new, challenging, and complex processes.
  • Intellectual curiosity, willingness to learn, and willingness to challenge the status quo and find better ways of doing things.
  • Strong controls mindset and ability to refine and streamline processes.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in asset management, portfolio management, risk management, performance measurement, investment operations, or investment data and research.
  • Sound understanding of investments, especially as it relates to using investment data for decision-making.
  • Strong drive for results, strong work ethic and developing problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in data manipulation using Excel and business intelligence tools such as PowerBI.
  • Good communications skills and ability to prepare analyses, written summaries, and presentations.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Graduate degree (e.g., MBA or JD) and/or relevant certifications (e.g. CFA charter) preferred.
  • Familiarity with investment-oriented platforms or systems such as Bloomberg AIM, Aladdin, or FactSet.

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This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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