Associate Director, Research - Real Assets - London
6d ago

Associate Director, Research - Real Assets London

12 Month Fixed Term Contract

The Role

You will be expected to contribute to better investment decisions to support better investment outcomes by working collaboratively with fund management, transactions and asset management to ensure strategies are appropriately defined and implemented with discipline.

The Team

The Research Team aims to provide insight that enables the business to make better investment decisions. The team is integrally involved in the investment process and plays an important role in strategic allocation decisions.

We work closely with investment strategists and economist to build a clear understanding of the macro economic environment in order to establish a top-down view of market prospects.


  • Help develop deep understanding of markets.
  • Supporting new products, by helping to build the right tools and supporting messaging to clients.
  • Help to ensure our real asset credentials are genuinely differentiated in the eyes of our clients.
  • Undertake analysis to improve investment decisions.
  • Actively participate in work to improve the research process in collaboration with key stakeholders.
  • Developing and maintaining key research tools and models.
  • Contribute to model creation and development, bringing innovation to the process.
  • Using a growing understanding of relevant economic trends to develop informed opinions on the economic cycle.
  • Collaborating with colleagues and fund managers to develop and implement innovative strategies to manage risk while enhancing fund performance.
  • Requirements

  • Either a relevant degree (economics, finance, accounting or related discipline) or able to demonstrate a suitable depth of intellectual rigour and maturity.
  • IMC or equivalent; or recognized historical knowledge, experience and / or qualification.
  • Working towards CFA or CPA or equivalent qualification.
  • Good asset management industry experience, with evidence of delivering research and / or investment ideas that contribute to superior, risk-adjusted results.
  • Experience in applying techniques learnt in a financial market environment.
  • Quickly able to develop and build relevant modelling tools.
  • Authoritative within area of expertise along with a good level of generalist knowledge; for example :
  • 1. Good working knowledge of Econometrics / macro strategy, or

    2. Knowledge of issues and developments in asset class specialism and risk analytics, or

    3. Expanding knowledge of financial statement analysis and accounting expertise (including financial modelling, balance sheet analysis, distressed asset valuation, etc.).

  • Well -developed problem solving, decision making and communication skills.
  • Energetic and forward thinking with high ethical standards and a truly professional approach.
  • In this role you’ll be Certified’ under the Financial Conduct Authority / Prudential Regulation Authority’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).

    This means that we’ll need to complete some regulatory background checks on you before you take up your role and we’ll need to ask you some questions on an annual basis to make sure you remain fit and proper’ and competent to carry out your role.

    We’ll provide training on what holding a SMCR role means when you join us and annually thereafter.

    About us

    We are a global asset manager with broad and deep expertise across all major asset classes. As part of the Aviva Group the UK’s largest insurance company we are uniquely positioned to combine our insurance heritage with our investment capabilities to deliver the outcomes that matter most to today’s investor.

  • Today’s investors are asking more questions than ever. They expect more from their asset managers. They want joined-up thinking fit for an interconnected world;
  • integrated solutions with their needs firmly at the heart. We’re challenging ourselves to respond to these new expectations as well as the changes taking place in our industry and the world around us.

    Inclusion and diversity

    More than 1,500 people work across the globe, bringing it all together for today’s investor. True integrated advantage starts with our culture.

    When everyone feels part of a unified team, in an environment of fairness, inclusion and positivity, we all achieve more.

    Integrated advantage is created when everyone feels stronger together - with no barriers to their ability to contribute, collaborate and succeed.

    You will be assessed against the Aviva values : care more, kill complexity, never rest and create legacy.

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