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Senior Investment Specialist

London, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Job Role
Contract Type
Full Time
As a Senior Investment Specialist on the Enterprise Advice (EA) portfolio construction methodology research team you will initiate research projects that enhance Vanguard's impact in the advice industry. You will serve as an internal expert in developing recommendations and perspectives on complex investment issues that are used internally and externally with clients/prospects. You'll advocate for EA’s strategic vision with internal stakeholders to encourage adoption of new portfolio construction methodologies and enhancements to existing methodologies. This role will also provide guidance to investment analysts.

This role:

Performs complex quantitative and qualitative analysis and offers opinions and recommendations related to portfolio construction and investment advice. Devises perspectives that enhance Vanguard's role as an investment leader in the industry.
Analyzes academic research findings and translates them into actionable applications for advised portfolio construction.
Participates in the ongoing review and enhancement of Vanguard's investment methodology. Performs detailed methodology audits and makes recommendations on changes.
Prepares written material, presentations, and quantitative analyses as needed for clients, prospects, senior management and the media. Includes pros and cons surrounding different portfolio construction options and provides Vanguard' s opinion on subject matter based on analysis of investment research.
Serves as an advised investment strategy internal authority. Meets with senior leaders to determine requirements for research requests. Supports ad-hoc research projects, builds research inventory for internal use, and may schedule ongoing research and delivery of content for internal cross-divisional team usage.
Participates in group discussions designed to identify and debate investment issues and potential research projects. Develops recommendations on new research topics or advice methodology issues.
Provides guidance to investment analysts within the team on research, methodology, or overall context regarding analyses.

What it takes:

Eight years related work experience, including five years quantitative portfolio construction experience, or equivalent combination of experience and education in a related field. Supervisory experience preferred.
Undergraduate degree in finance, economics, or related field or equivalent combination of training and experience required. Graduate degree strongly preferred.
CFA and/or advanced degree in quantitative finance or related field strongly preferred.
Familiarity with advanced portfolio construction techniques, including utility theory and risk management (Barra or Axioma) strongly preferred.
Strong coding abilities with Python or similar languages preferred.

United States of America or United Kingdom
Special Factors
Sponsorship Vanguard is not offering visa sponsorship for this position.

About Vanguard
We are Vanguard. Together, we’re changing the way the world invests.

For us, investing doesn’t just end in value. It starts with values. Because when you invest with courage, when you invest with clarity, and when you invest with care, you can get so much more in return. We invest with purpose - and that’s how we’ve become a global market leader. Here, we grow by doing the right thing for the people we serve. And so can you.

We want to make success accessible to everyone. This is our opportunity. Let’s make it count.

Inclusion Statement
Vanguard’s continued commitment to diversity and inclusion is firmly rooted in our culture. Every decision we make to best serve our clients, crew (internally employees are referred to as crew), and communities is guided by one simple statement: “Do the right thing.”

We believe that a critical aspect of doing the right thing requires building diverse, inclusive, and highly effective teams of individuals who are as unique as the clients they serve. We empower our crew to contribute their distinct strengths to achieving Vanguard’s core purpose through our values.

When all crew members feel valued and included, our ability to collaborate and innovate is amplified, and we are united in delivering on Vanguard's core purpose.

Our core purpose: To take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success.

How We Work
Vanguard has implemented a hybrid working model for the majority of our crew members, designed to capture the benefits of enhanced flexibility while enabling in-person learning, collaboration, and connection. We believe our mission-driven and highly collaborative culture is a critical enabler to support long-term client outcomes and enrich the employee experience.

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