Investment Strategy Analyst


Investment Strategy Analyst

Business Area: ISA – Investment Strategy & Advice

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 purpose
Working with Higher Education employers to build a secure financial future for our members and their families.


The role
The Portfolio Strategy team provides research, analysis and recommendations on strategic asset allocation, including expected returns and portfolio construction. This role supports the team in developing, maintaining and improving key models used within the Portfolio Strategy team for portfolio construction and risk budgeting.
Key responsibilities
• Undertake asset allocation and portfolio construction analysis to model the implications of different inputs and assumptions including deterministic and stochastic scenarios
• Maintain and enhance existing portfolio construction and risk budgeting tools across a range of investment strategies
• Assists the Head of ISA and Co-Heads of Portfolio Strategy in explaining the analysis to the relevant boards and committees with papers and presentations
• Work with the Asset and Liability Solutions function within ISA to fully integrate the output from ALM models into portfolio construction
• Conduct research projects on strategic and cyclical aspects of asset classes and asset allocation investment strategies
• Responsible for the integration of portfolio construction and risk budgeting tools into the scheme portfolio management software
• Expand and enhance the technical infrastructure including robust data handling to scale asset allocation and portfolio construction process
• Operate a quality assurance process to ensure consistency and accuracy of portfolio construction models
Your experience
• Strong understanding of quantitative asset allocation and/or portfolio construction research
• Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, strong working knowledge of statistical language (MATLAB/ Python) and databases required
• Experience in a relevant investment role
• Ability to present complex analysis in non-technical terms
• Strong communication skills in both written papers and in presentations
• Knowledge of macroeconomics, investment theory and characteristics of broad asset classes
• Good IT and skills (e.g. Excel) and attention to detail
USSIM is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We recognise the diverse lifestyles and priorities of our employees and have reflected this in in the company’s Flexible Working Framework, which, wherever possible, supports employees to find a balance that works for them whilst ensuring we always put our members’ interests first.

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