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Willis Towers Watson

Investment Portfolio Management Analyst - Graduate Programme, Leeds

The Business  

Our sophisticated approach to risk helps clients free up capital. We work in close concert with investors, reinsurers, and insurers to manage the equation between risk and return.  Blending advanced analytics with deep institutional knowledge, we reveal new opportunities to maximize performance.

The Investment business aims to create sustainable competitive advantage for clients in their investment portfolios. This is delivered to clients by providing expert advice on their investments and decision-making processes, making investment decisions on their behalf through delegated investment services and providing investment tools.

Our clients are a diverse range of institutional investors, including large pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations and family offices. As a trusted partner to over 1,200 clients, we advise on over $2.6 trillion of global assets and have discretion over more than $130 billion of assets globally.

Clients require portfolios that are tailored to their goals, are cost effective and deliver strong returns with controlled risk.  As an innovative firm with multi-asset capability and a fiduciary mind-set, the team can change the way clients govern themselves and invest as well as influence the way the investment industry operates – our ethos is ‘Investing today for a more sustainable tomorrow.’

The Role

You will be part of a collaborative team, working alongside some of the industry’s top consultants.  You will work on a wide variety of projects working for sophisticated clients, including many household names.

The investment business offers a range of career paths to suit individual skills and interests.  Whether your career path focuses on deep research of global asset classes, managing risk through sophisticated modelling, improving investment outcomes though expert advice or implementing innovative investment solutions, you will be supported in achieving either a CFA or Actuarial qualification. 

You will work in:

Portfolio Management – As a Portfolio Management Analyst in the Delegated Investment Solutions team you will work as part of a collaborative team on a range of different clients and solutions, but all involving our firm having been delegated responsibility for investment decision making.  We manage over $150bn on this basis globally seeking to deliver lower risk and/or higher returns for our clients.  Each analyst in the team fulfils a key role in the day to day portfolio management process which ensures our intellectual capital is being reflected in portfolios.  You will have the opportunity in this role to work with a broad range of sophisticated clients and would build experience working directly with clients that use our solutions. We have a very broad investment remit, meaning you will gain experience investing across many asset classes and opportunities. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of markets, investment managers, broader industry matters and your consultancy skills through training and by working closely with a diverse range of clients and colleagues.

We support graduates to develop a broad range of technical and soft skills. This breadth of knowledge across the investment spectrum will allow you to identify which topics you find most interesting and explore them further.  There are also opportunities to contribute to extra-curricular projects.

As part of a forward thinking organisation you will work in an inclusive environment that recognises the importance of diversity of thought in achieving success.  Whilst working hard and having fun our ultimate mission is to create better outcomes for beneficiaries and ensure fairness for asset owners.

Learning and Development

We are committed to providing continuous professional development to all of our colleagues. For graduates specifically, we provide:

  • An induction process where you can learn what our business does, what resources are available, and who the other new graduates are
  • A series of investment-specific classroom trainings (both technical and soft-skills)
  • On-the-job experiences allowing you to see the immediate impact of your work
  • Opportunities to work on a diverse range of client projects with experience professionals
  • A formal mentorship programme in addition to your individual people manager
  • Rotation opportunities (between teams and/or regions)
  • An on-demand and comprehensive catalogue of online skills training
  • Quarterly analyst-specific business updates

 We will continue to provide additional support for you throughout your career at Willis Towers Watson.

Study support

Graduates also receive a highly competitive study support package for Actuarial or CFA exams. This package includes:

  • Study materials and tutorials
  • Exam sitting fees
  • Generous paid study leave
  • Membership fees
  • Mentorship

Salary increases for exam success (on top of potential increases awarded as part of annual review)

The Requirements

Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline

  •     For some roles we will look for a 2:1 Degree in a numerate discipline or A level Mathematics at grade ‘A’ or ‘B’

Start date for the UK Graduate Programme will be September 2021.


Application Deadline: Friday 30th April 2021

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