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High Yield Research Analyst

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The Public Investments Department within Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company, LLC (NMIMC) manages the public markets investments of Northwestern Mutual, with more than $120 billion under management in Investment Grade Corporate, Structured Product, High Yield Corporate, Government, Municipal, Emerging Market and related Derivative assets. This position will be responsible for covering and driving performance within assigned High Yield (HY) Corporate Bond / Leveraged Loan industries. Job responsibilities may include:

  • Provide timely evaluation of primary and secondary market offerings informed by fundamental and relative value views
  • Demonstrate the ability to formulate, communicate and influence investment recommendations to senior analysts and/or portfolio managers based on forward looking fundamental and relative value analysis
  • Prepare high quality, accurate and independent work product
  • Maintain strong, professional relationships with Wall Street contacts, rating agencies, buy-side accounts, and issuer management teams
  • Attend industry conferences, investor events and rating agency meetings
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to senior management on key issues, such as topical industry information, credit specific analysis, special project work, etc.
  • Use information technology to identify, develop and maintain tools that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the investment decision making process
  • Engage in Continuous Learning & Improvement (CL&I) initiatives
  • Exhibit a high level of integrity, trustworthiness, reliability, and motivation
  • Promote a culture of mutual respect and courtesy

Bring Your Best! What this role needs. Minimum qualifications

  • Two years of investment experience with a focus on leveraged credit
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Finance, Economics, Accounting, or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Ability to develop and build relevant models and tools
  • Employer immigration sponsorship is not available for this role

Preferred skills and proficiencies

  • Investment experience with Leveraged Loans
  • MBA is preferred
  • Progress toward CFA designation
  • Proficiency with Bloomberg, Blackrock Aladdin and other Asset Management software/tools is desirable
  • Programming and data query skills using languages such as SQL, Python, SAS, R, Java, C++, and VBA is desirable
  • Proficiency using data visualization tools, such as PowerBI and Tableau is desirable
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving ability
  • High degree of self-motivation, passion, and a drive to learn
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities



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

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