LifeArc is an independent medical research charity. We drive medical innovation through our own research and our work with a range of partners from industry, charities, universities, research organisations and others involved in improving lives for patients. We have a 25-year legacy of collaborating with scientists on diagnostics and therapies, enhancing and protecting innovation and advancing promising research.
As a UK registered and self-funding charity, we focus on improving the lives of patients. We need to be sustainable, but we do not have shareholders, so we can reinvest any income we generate into furthering medical research.
You will work closely with the Chief Investment Officer, as part of a small finance team to oversee an outsourced £1.1bn portfolio to be invested globally across public and private equities, hedge funds, infrastructure, real estate and fixed interest strategies. In doing so, we aim to adhere to our environmental, social and governance strategy. Working alongside colleagues in the finance team as well as in direct contact with the appointed investment advisors, asset managers and global custodian the Investment Specialist will play a direct role in contributing to this success in supporting the CIO across all aspects relating to the portfolio. The financial contribution from the endowment portfolio is a critical component to the successful delivery of the LifeArc's charitable mission and objective.
You will co-ordinate all communications between appointed parties relating to the management of investments including fund managers, advisors, custodians and others necessary to meet the demands of the role. Specifically, maintain a strong working relationship with principal investment advisors, in relation to the preparation and presentation of quarterly papers to the Investment Committee. Attend meetings with investment managers in the absence of the Chief Investment Officer if required and maintain ongoing records on investment related matters. You will also monitor the global equity component of the portfolio quarterly, through Style Analytics software to maintain full understanding of the factor risks embedded within the public equity exposure.
The successful applicant will be a self-starter able to operate with autonomy and understanding. You will have several years' proven experience of working as an Investment Analyst within a multi-asset team as well as administrating multi-asset funds. You will have some experience of reviewing, selecting and managing third party Managers. Experience of implementing Investments through a third-party manager or fund of funds strategy is of preference. You will be familiar with the concept of sustainable investing and have the understanding to work towards developing an appropriate and relevant ESG strategy for the LifeArc portfolio, ensuring that the portfolio exposure to alternative investment strategies is fully compliant and up to date. Investment Management Certificate (IMC) is highly desirable.
Your salary will be determined by qualifications and experience. In addition, LifeArc offers a defined contribution pension scheme, private health insurance, a flexible benefits scheme, 31 days paid holiday per year.
LifeArc is committed to the principles and practices of equal opportunities and to encouraging the establishment of a diverse workforce. It is our policy to employ individuals on the basis of their suitability for the work to be performed and their potential for development, regardless of age, sex, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief. This includes creating a culture that fully reflects our commitment to equal opportunities for all.
To apply please email your CV and covering letter explaining why you want to work for LifeArc to: or by post to Recruitment, LifeArc, Accelerator Building, Open Innovation Campus, Stevenage, SG1 2FX (electronic applications preferred).
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