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Associate

USS

Associate

Business Area: Operations

Place of Work: London

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full Time

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has circa 396,000 members, and over £60 billion in assets, we’re one of the largest private pension schemes in the UK and in the top 50 worldwide. Established in 1974, we’re entrusted by over 350 higher education sector employers to manage and administer the pension scheme and its investments through our two companies, Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited and USS Investment Management Limited.
 
Our mission
To be the pension service of choice for the higher education sector for the long-term
 
The role
To support the Head of Operational as well as, where required, lead the assessment of operational due diligence assessments of external investment mandates in various asset classes including hedge funds, private equity, private credit, long-only and infrastructure investments as well as prospective and existing investment-related service providers. Assist in and/or lead the KYC/CDD (Know-your-client/Customer Due Diligence) on PMG transactions.
 
Key responsibilities
Delivering Results
Assist and occasionally lead comprehensive operational due diligence of prospective and existing externally-managed investments including making on-site visits, interviewing managers and performing background checks as required.
Assess third party providers of services to the investment industry where required.
Review/Prepare operational risk reports for inclusion in submissions to investment committees (PMIC and StratCo).
Develop and maintain a good understanding of operational risk including operational failures, standards, the operational implications of new developments in alternative investments and compliance issues.
Be involved in the continual improvement / development of the operational due diligence process. 
Assist with reporting on service provider performance / value-for-money to the Operations Committee.

Managing Resources
Coach more junior team members.

Managing Relationships
Lead the development as required of operational due diligence criteria for particular specialist opportunities.
Support the ongoing development of USSIM’s service provider oversight framework.

Managing Processes and Future Focus
Assist with team planning.

Your experience
Qualified accountant or lawyer
University graduate
Success in a similar role, preferably involving risk analysis 
Experience in asset management and/or trading operations with a clear understanding of associated issues
Experience within operational risk and/or audit as well as knowledge of investment structuring
Familiarity with the regulatory environment
Strong analytical skills
Excellent written & spoken communication skills
Empathic interviewing skills
Ability to work within a small team and when required, independently and to produce a well-supported opinion.
Ability to work to deadlines.
 
USSIM is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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