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Type of Role: Investments

Experience Level: VP/Principal/Director

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Salary: $280K - $350K

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and affiliated companies, commonly shortened to Nationwide, is a group of large U.S. insurance and financial services companies based in Columbus, Ohio.

As a team member in the Finance and Internal Audit department at Nationwide, the opportunities are endless! You can grow and learn in diverse areas across many disciplines such as Advanced Analytics, Investments, Actuarial, Accounting, Risk Management, Critical Business Advisor and so much more. Let Nationwide help create your career journey!



This is a H Band (Senior Investment Professional) position.


This position is primarily responsible for asset management duties specific to emerging market corporate debt (investment grade and high yield) through external/third-party managers; which will include ongoing portfolio monitoring, analysis, reporting, universe landscaping, underwriting new managers, and knowledge of US and emerging market dynamics.


This position is based in our Columbus OH headquarters.



Job Description Summary

Nationwide’s vision is to be the most trusted, most caring and most customer-focused protection company. We exist to protect people, businesses and futures with extraordinary care. The Nationwide Investments team manages approximately $130 billion and strives to combine client focus, investment discipline and teamwork to deliver superior results.

The Senior Investment Professional role is responsible for supporting the management of Nationwide Investment’s hedge fund, emerging market debt, public equity and other third-party managed portfolios in collaboration with the Liquid Alternatives team members. This includes supporting the development of an investment pipeline, fulfilling reporting needs, creating analytical models, and supporting/leading special projects. As part of the Nationwide Alternatives Platform this individual will also have exposure and opportunity to work with members of Nationwide’s Private Equity team as well. Leads (directly or indirectly) building innovative solutions, projects, or initiatives using complex-problem solving techniques paired with domain expertise. Impacts department and sometimes functional management. As part of the Nationwide Alternatives Platform this individual will also have exposure and opportunity to work with members of Nationwide’s Private Equity team as well. This role may include people leader responsibilities.

As a potential people leader, you will also be responsible for the overall performance of the team, as well as management of individual associates. We value our associates by providing a collaborative environment, setting clear expectations, and providing the necessary feedback to develop and motivate associates to perform at a high level. Focus is on development of associate technical and behavioral skills, innovation and career development.


Job Description

Key Responsibilities:

  • Covers mid-large, moderately complex accounts using significant judgement on moderate to complex accounts. Accountable for multiple processes or programs and may have input on department budgets. Responsible for evaluation, assessing and management of multiple mid-large managers/funds
  • Evaluates and recommends investment opportunities.
  • Performs in-depth manager / fund reviews with base case and downside analysis.
  • Prepares materials and participates in the review legal documentation with internal and external legal counsel.
  • Performs the necessary research for early identification of emerging issues or risks with managers/funds within the portfolio.
  • Develops an investment pipeline handling incoming inquiries, and sourcing opportunities independently in the marketplace.
  • Manages relationships with current and prospective investment managers as well as with service providers.
  • Prepares materials for and participates in landscaping and pipeline meetings.
  • Utilizes financial and statistical models to drive underwriting, monitoring and portfolio management processes.
  • Suggests model enhancements and develops/supports the development of new models as necessary.
  • Performs as a senior individual contributor and may have managerial responsibilities.
  • May be a people leader within the Liquid Alternatives Deal Analyst function managing the Liquid Alternatives Deal Analyst team.

May Perform other duties as assigned.


Reporting Relationships:  Reports to Appropriate Group Head in Alternatives


Typical Skills and Experiences:


Education:  Bachelor’s Degree; MBA or CFA preferred


Experience:  Eight to twelve years of related investment experience


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills: 

  • Possess broad knowledge of multiple sectors of alternatives
  • Assertive with well-developed negotiating skills.
  • Handles pressure well and capable of managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Uses significant judgement on moderate to complex investments challenges
  • Results driven and intellectually inquisitive, with an ability to establish and organize work priorities
  • Positive, hardworking, pro-active, and professional. Highly collaborative and team oriented.
  • Critical and creative thinker willing to express opinions and views.
  • Organized, detailed, and process oriented
  • Accountable for completion of assigned deliverable with little day-to-day management
  • Experienced understanding of specialized discipline
  • Strong managerial abilities and leadership qualities
  • Ability to successfully coordinate and work across multiple groups
  • Experience with small department or large team manager, may also be a senior individual contributor
  • Drives model enhancements and develops/supports the development of new models as necessary.
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Integrates quantitative and qualitative information to draw accurate conclusions.
  • Proficient in Excel; experience with Python, R, Tableau, or similar is a plus
  • Experience with Bloomberg, Private I, CEPRES, eVestment Alliance, or other similar tools
  • Experience with Alternative Investments required


Other criteria, including leadership skills, competencies and experiences may take precedence.


Staffing exceptions to the above must be approved by the hiring manager’s leader and HR Business Partner.


Values:  Regularly and consistently demonstrates Nationwide Values.


Job Conditions: 


Overtime Eligibility: Not Eligible (Exempt)


Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Some travel may be required.


ADA:  The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job.  Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.


Credit Check:  Due to the fiduciary accountabilities within this job, a valid credit check and/or background check will be required as part of the selection process.





We have an array of benefits to fit your needs, including: medical/dental/vision, life insurance, short and long term disability coverage, paid time off with newly hired associates receiving a minimum of 18 days paid time off each full calendar year pro-rated quarterly based on hire date, nine paid holidays, 8 hours of Lifetime paid time off, 8 hours of Unity Day paid time off, 401(k) with company match, company-paid pension plan, business casual attire, and more. To learn more about the benefits we offer, click here.


Nationwide is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone feels challenged, appreciated, respected and engaged. Nationwide prohibits discrimination and harassment and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to any characteristic (or classification) protected by applicable law.