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Type of Role: Investments

Experience Level: Analyst/Associate

Location: Sydney, Australia

Salary: $165K - $185K

AustralianSuper is the largest pension fund in Australia – in the top 20 largest pension funds globally and in the top 50 asset owners globally. With more than US$190 billion in current assets under management, and a world-class investment team, AustralianSuper has the appetite and capability to directly invest in large-scale opportunities.

Your New Role

This role sits within our Asset Allocation team. The Asset Allocation team is responsible for delivering on the investment return objective within constraints. They conduct macro and investment strategy research, set asset allocations and construct portfolios for the fund’s diversified investment options.

Within the Asset Allocation team, the Thematic and Long-Term Strategy team researches structural drivers of global markets and recommends portfolio positions to add value for members.

Reporting to the Director – Long Term Strategy, the role of the Senior Analyst – Long Term Strategy is designed to support portfolio positioning recommendations by conducting quantitative and qualitative research that links thematic drivers together and draws conclusions for markets.

Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Undertaking research and building investment processes to contribute insights to the asset allocation process for the Balanced option.
  • Researching long-run strategy issues impacting asset classes, including macro and fundamental return drivers, valuations, policy and themes. Analysing risks and opportunities.
  • Utilising economic, financial and market data to model and analyse key drivers of asset class returns.
  • Contributing to and managing research projects to improve the portfolio’s performance potential across:
    • Adjacent opportunities, such as the sourcing, research and implementation of new asset classes, and alternative investment benchmarks; and
    • Risk management to ensure the portfolio’s balance between risk and return is optimal.
  • Preparing reports (in collaboration with other members from the investment department) for senior management that document conclusions and, where necessary, provide recommendations to improve portfolio positioning from a tactical perspective.
  • Preparing papers tabled at the Investment Committee, the Board and external presentations that relate to portfolio construction, risk and asset allocation.
  • Actively contributing opinions and ideas to the Asset Allocation team’s various investment and team meetings.
  • Mentoring more junior staff, including graduates and interns, as required.

What You’ll Need

  • Previous experience in economics and/or financial markets research and analysis with a superannuation fund, institutional investment manager, investment bank or research house.
  • Tertiary qualifications in Economics, Finance, Mathematics, Actuarial Studies or a related field.
  • Strong understanding of economic principles, investment principles, investment instruments and financial markets.
  • Quantitative modelling, backtesting and data visualisation skills.
  • Strong financial modelling skills, particularly Excel. Experience with econometric modelling software an advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex information into concise investment conclusions and communicate them in a clear and authoritative manner.
  • A strong desire to build a career in investments.
  • Completed or undertaking postgraduate studies in an investment field, e.g. CFA or discipline relevant to asset allocation is strongly preferred.

Life at AustralianSuper

AustralianSuper is committed to colleague development, and we support our people with ongoing learning, coaching and training, as well as career opportunities across our expanding global organisation. We offer generous leave entitlements and promote a blended working environment in which all roles can flex, and we’re happy to discuss what this looks like for you.

We are committed to supporting our diverse workforce in a way that is inclusive and embraces diversity in all its forms. If you require any reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process or the role, please let our recruitment team know.

What’s Next

Apply now, if you share our values of Energy, Integrity, Generosity of Spirit and Excellent Outcomes and would like the opportunity to work in a challenging, growing and rapidly evolving team to deliver outstanding results.

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