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This Operations group supports the equity, fixed income, liquidity and alternative businesses for Company Investment Management (MSIM), providing middle-office services including portfolio manager support, client services, portfolio transitions, market registration, product data and performance and attribution analysis. MSIM Operations also provides mutual fund support, derivative processing, and counterparty and credit event management.
Background on the Team
The AIP (Alternative Investment Partners) business is the Fund of Funds division of MSIM. AIP provides institutions, foundations, endowments and high net worth individuals with access to diversified portfolios of privately placed alternative investment products.
The position includes Portfolio services responsibilities namely maintaining books and records of the AIP portfolios, Pricing and valuations, fund administration, Client reporting and Documentation. This position would require the individual to work closely with the local India AIS teams as well as the West Conshohocken team in the US, also liaise, and interact with various third parties like fund houses, administrators, custodians and valuation agents for the performance, reconciliation and investment information, which is received through different sources and in different, formats ?emails/websites etc.
The process is manual. The team works in a very time sensitive environment with multiple deadlines and involves in-depth analysis of the returns, understanding of market changes in relation to the performance of funds and complexities of the funds. The team is also responsible for reconciliation oversight of the various third parties that provide reconciliation, pricing and valuation services for loan level information. This data is produced in a platform utilized by the Investment Team to monitor the portfolios with the ultimate goal of providing superior product to our external clients.
There is a robust maker?checker for every step in the process to ensure quality of the data updated.
Gathering information from various fund houses, banks, administrators and liaising with them.
Perform daily, weekly monthly and quarterly pricing with proper due diligence.
Indepth analysis, calculation of the returns and understanding of market changes in relation to the performance and valuations of the underlying hedge funds
Reconciling the cash balances daily and performing the required checks when monitoring the settlement of cash transactions.
Reporting to internal operations teams and communicating with custodian banks about cash transactions
Reconciling the Holdings with the administrators and investigating break causation, recommend proposed solutions and finalizing the reconciliations.
Monitoring various mailboxes for notifications of documents
Maintenance of agreements and investment documentation in the Document management system.
Partnering with Mumbai and West Conshohocken teams.
Maintenance of integrity and secrecy of the firm
Manage risk associated with the job profile
Involvement in projects related to the job function and liaising with IT on automation projects
Perform related duties as assigned
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Should have a keen eye for details and accuracy.
High degree of computer literacy, including working knowledge of Windows-based applications such as Word and Excel.
An ability to work under pressure and an ability to cope with increased workloads
Knowledge of hedge funds, pricing, loan level reconciliation is an added advantage.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills to analyze returns and apply the same appropriately.
An ability to ?think outside the box? and look for creative solutions
Self-starter with the ability to take a proactive approach to projects and tasks in implementing solutions.
Demonstrate ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment
Ability to identify and escalate risk issues to stakeholders
Organizational skills, including the ability to coordinate, prioritize, and manage multiple activities to meet the time sensitive daily deadlines.
Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision and flexibility to adapt to changing needs and requirements.
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