Investment Operations Specialist

American Family Insurance Group   •  

Madison, WI

Industry: Accounting, Finance & Insurance


5 - 7 years

Posted 56 days ago


This position isresponsible fortrade settlement,securitymaster processing, daily position reconciliations, and cash management across an array of asset sectors and products. Provides operational, analytical, functional and projectsupport to American Familyportfolio managers. Responsibilities include cross-platformtrade execution and settlementsupport, data quality control, updatingdatabases, system maintenance, process improvements and documentation, collateral management and conducting limited research projects. Maintain on-going dialogue withportfolio managers and analysts regardinginvestment strategy and theinvestment decision-making process. Coordinates withinternal and externalinvestment managers, Performance andRisk Management, Compliance,trading counterparties,Treasury,Accounting, Information Services, Internal Controls,Auditors and AmFam`s custodians to complete work duties. Works effectively in a team environment to meet overall operational goals.


Specialized Knowledge and Skills Requirements

  • Demonstrated experience providing customer-driven solutions, support or service
  • Demonstrated experience in post trade processing and compliance process
  • Demonstrated experience interfacing effectively with all levels of management
  • Demonstrated financial services operations experience
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of various asset sectors and their data and settlement requirements (Treasuries, Corporates, Municipals, ABS, CMBS, Equities, TBAs, SWAPS, Futures and collateral)
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of securitymaster and reference data best practices
  • Working knowledge of Bloomberg Terminal, Omgeo Alert & Oasys

Additional Job Information:

The Investment Operations Specialist is responsible for trade set-up, capture, settlement, and maintenance, daily reconciliations of securities and cash, cash-management, and collateral management across an array of asset sectors, products, and platforms. Responsibilities also include ensuring data quality control, performing systems maintenance, recognizing and implementing process improvements, and leading the creation and review of process documentation.

A key component of the Investment Operations Specialist role is maintaining an on-going dialogue with portfolio managers and analysts regarding investment strategy and the investment decision-making process. The output of these conversation are actionable initiatives that improve the alignment of Operations’ support services with the Front Office’s support needs. Coordination with and involvement of relevant parties - internal and external investment managers, the Performance and Risk Management (“PAR”) team, Compliance, trading counter parties, AmFam Corporate Treasury, Accounting, Information Services, Internal Controls, Auditors, AmFam`s custodians, and fellow Operations team members – is necessary for the success of these efforts.

Preferred candidates with experience in……

  • Performing the operations functions – trade capture, settlement and maintenance for: Fixed Income, Equities, TBA’s, Derivatives- IRS, future and credit, Proficiency in derivatives margining process and concepts, Cash management and reconciliation
  • Bloomberg
  • Aladdin
  • 5-to-10 years of recent experience at an insurance investment, asset management, investment banking or similar industry-type firm.
  • B.A. or B.S. degree in finance, accounting or a related field
  • Advanced Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills – Pivot tables, macro creation, deck creation.
  • Project management experience'