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Associate Portfolio Manager PCS

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At Northwestern Mutual, we help our clients realize the promise of financial security and deliver comprehensive planning, insurance and investments through a trusted advisor and engaging technology.

Investment Products and Services helps our clients grow their wealth. In other words, IPS completes the promise we’ve made to our clients. By bringing investments and insurance together into one comprehensive plan, we help our clients strive toward their complete financial picture.

Our team demonstrates a keen understanding of the WMC investment philosophy and process with the ability to effectively communicate the Private Client Services (PCS) capability to Wealth Management Advisors (WMAs) and their staff, as well as to clients and prospective clients.

This role works closely with PCS Portfolio Managers to assist in handling PCS accounts in accordance with WMC investment philosophy. This position assists PCS Portfolio Managers in managing their books of business, but also manages their own distinct book between $300 million to $500 million.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Through platform systems and/or proprietary tools, updates portfolio management cash and asset allocation drift models daily, to assist the Portfolio Management team in efficiently delivering WMC's discretionary investment capability for Wealth Management Advisors and their clients.
  • Assists in growing the business by crafting and analyzing investment proposals for prospective PCS clients, based on information gathered by advisors and/or their staff.
  • Conducts proposal review calls with advisors, along with participating in prospective client calls to illustrate Private Client Services capabilities with the goal of building long term relationships to both advisors and clients.
  • Provides guidance to the field and answer questions on the trust and discretionary investment capabilities, approved investment strategies, program recommendations and proposal procedures for clients of the Wealth Management Company, both in general and case-specific terms.
  • Retains and strengthens relationships with current PCS clients by leading portfolio review calls with WMA's and their clients. Educating on the markets, WMC investment and allocation perspectives, and attributes and performance of clients' portfolios.
  • Monitors client investment policy allocation and cash balances, carries out trades according to client investment objectives, and assist in monitoring trading activity and order allocation.
  • Facilitates PCS global allocation trades across the entire book of business of over $4.8 billion.
  • Prepares client portfolio review materials in advance of client meetings from portfolio software and perform initial and annual compliance reviews on client accounts in order to align with regulatory guidelines.
  • Participates in and may lead operational improvement, or system enhancement initiatives and may act as liaison with marketing, client service, compliance, trading, institutional account administration, operations, and performance departments.
  • Other responsibilities and independent projects may be assigned as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Bachelor's degree, progress towards CFA, CFP, CAIA or MBA desirable (or other related designation).
  • 3-5 years of experience in the investment/fiduciary management industry.
  • Background in understanding, interpreting and articulating investments, financial markets, asset allocation and broad economy metrics.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Technical expertise in standard applications including but not limited to Bloomberg, Excel, and Word.
  • Proven track record to identify and resolve critical issues through effective problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships while providing quality customer service and support.
  • Ability to develop written and verbal communication skills in order to deliver informative, well-organized documentation and presentations and ability to optimally communicate in difficult and sensitive situations.
  • Non-Registered Fingerprinted FINRA


  • 401K
  • Company sponsored retirement plan
  • Educational assistance
  • Performance based incentive pay
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Parental leave
  • Caregiver time off
  • ….and more



This position has been classified as an Associated Person under NMIS guidelines and requires fingerprinting and completion of required form.

Required Certifications:

Non-Registered Fingerprinted - FINRA

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