Working with the Equity research team members in London the role will involve both analytical input as well as contact with a wider range of internal and external contacts, at all levels. The team has a high profile in the UK, European and global clients and globally within Mercer. Whilst based in London, the role will require interaction with researchers and consultants around the globe and also across all the research boutiques.
Key duties will include the following:
• Full involvement in the research process, including preparing for manager meetings (desk based research and creating agendas), attendance at meetings and post meeting discussion and writing notes.
• Assistance with universe monitoring. Working with lead researchers to ensure that strategies have the right priority and are included in the appropriate universe. Helping to ensure that the value add numbers capture the highest rated strategies.
• Screening GIMD (Mercer’s Global Investments Manager Database) to ensure track records are accurate / appropriate.
• Assistance with priority setting.
• Specific project work. There are no specific manager research responsibilities associated with this role (i.e. the successful candidate will not be taking formal responsibility for a set list of managers). However, we would expect the role to include attendance at some manager research meetings (and/or external conferences), in a support capacity, to help develop the candidates’ technical knowledge and personal development.
• A minimum of 300 UCAS points, a minimum 2:1 honours degree expected or obtained ideally in a numerical or semi- numerical degree(equivalent qualifications are accepted).
• An interest in financial markets and asset management in particular is essential.
• Willingness to complete IMC or CFA exams.
• Self-motivated, with an eagerness to learn and to keep up to date with the investment industry, market conditions etc.
• Ability to work well as part of a team, with strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to work well under pressure, with the ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks.
• Strong computer skills, including use of standard programmes such as Excel, as well as an ability to quickly pick up and demonstrate a strong ability to use other software applications and carry out internet based research.
• Good writing skills and happy to work in an environment where written output is equally important as verbal communication.
• Takes ownership for work, always ensuring standards and deadlines are met and keeping others informed and up-to-date.
• Self-motivated and a willingness to learn.
• Ability to maintain a good work-life balance.