Portfolio Monitoring Compliance Analyst

Wales, Cardiff
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Excellent benefits
01 Jul 2019
24 Jul 2019
Ross Brown
Job Role
Internal Auditor
Contract Type
Level of qualification
Not qualified

This is a great opportunity to join a worldwide Investment Bank based in Central Cardiff

Client Details

My client manages fixed income, equity, multi-asset, liability-driven investment, property and alternative solutions on behalf of its clients. Located across the globe, our clients include institutional pension funds, financial institutions, local authorities and sovereign wealth funds. In order to meet the complex and evolving investment needs of our clients, we focus on remaining at the forefront of investment product innovation and maintaining our reputation as experts across all asset classes.


Role Requirements:

Working in a team of 6, my client is looking for Compliance Analysts to identify and code Pre- and Post-Trade compliance restrictions in line with centrally agreed Standards and Definitions. This will consist of the following activities:

  • Reviewing client contracts and contract amendments to identify all required restrictions
  • Working with Compliance teams and Regulatory experts to identify Regulatory restrictions
  • Working with Internal Management to identify additional Internal Management restrictions
  • For each identified set of restrictions, identifying the data sets required to support the coding
  • Working with the rest of the team to apply and enforce agreed Standards and Definitions
  • Liaising with Fund Managers, Product Managers, Client Relationship Managers and locally based team members to ensure correct interpretation and agreement to the proposed restrictions prior to coding
  • Coding the restrictions into the Charles River platform
  • Ensure rule is accurate and fit for purpose by carrying out positive and negative scenario testing

Key Accountabilities:

Analyst Profile

Background would include an understanding of the Investment Management industry, products and investment structures, with an understanding of the Legal documentation supporting investment portfolios and their Investment Guidelines along with experience in Guideline Compliance Coding. You will have an eye for detail in order to identify constraints embedded within contracts and have the market experience to understand the different asset classes and associated key analytics.

Detailed data knowledge is not required, but the holder of this role will need to identify the data sets required by applying logical analysis and problem solving skills.

You will be self-motivated and able to work as part of a larger team, both contributing to the model design and then being prepared to stick to the agreed model principles. You will be required to work with stakeholders remotely via telephone, email and video-conferencing.

Coding Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that all new rules coded into Charles River relating to Regulatory/ Client/Product restrictions are tested adequately both for accuracy of coding and interpretation
  • Ensuring that the interpretation of all Regulatory/Client/Product restrictions are captured in Portfolio Monitoring systems accurately and in a timely fashion
  • On-going maintenance and improvement of the Portfolio Monitoring processes with a focus on standardisation and automation


  • Question and challenge contradictory or ambiguous restrictions and amendments with Compliance/Product/Client Relationship Managers as required

Team Integration

  • Forming and maintaining effective working relationships with Portfolio Monitoring team members and other Risk analysts
  • Maintaining an open and effective dialogue with Fund Managers and Client Relationship Managers, in relation to restriction interpretation
  • Forming a view as to the appropriateness of the data being captured and the quality of the coding methodologies being employed
  • Exposure to all asset classes, developing a detailed understanding of workflow and investment process

Client Service

  • Capture the review and interpretation of Regulatory/Client/Product restrictions into Portfolio Monitoring systems
  • Sign-off processes and procedures followed
  • Ensure that meetings are scheduled and new fund implementations and amendments are completed in line with SLA's
  • Development of working relationship with key stakeholders


Skills Required

  • Educated to degree level
  • Charles River Advanced Coding or equivalent
  • Investment operations qualifications (IAO/IAQ) or Investment Management Certificate
  • Intermediate to advance Excel knowledge (VBA would be useful)

Personal Characteristics

  • Good interpersonal skills - including verbal and written communication skills
  • Determined, self-motivated and resourceful to achieve objectives
  • Ability to absorb, interpret and apply information effectively
  • Logical thinking
  • Problem solving ability

Job Offer

Salary c£30,000 - £40,000

Excellent holiday allowance


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