Since its founding in 1925, WARF has bridged the worlds of academia and business to transform university research into real products that benefit society. As a private, nonprofit supporting organization to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, long a top-ranked public research university, WARF' s mission is to promote, encourage and aid scientific research at the university. It does so by patenting and licensing university inventions, and by playing an active role in UW-Madison spin-off companies for the benefit of the university, its inventors and humankind. Since making its first grant of $1,200 in 1928, WARF has contributed more than $1 billion dollars to the UW-Madison through annual "margin of excellence'' grants and other funding. WARF manages a $2.4 billion endowment grown since its inception to support continued research at the university and the cycle of investment, research and invention. Over the years, WARF's investments and support have helped the companies attract more than $875 million in funding from all sources to advance university technologies. As a result, WARF now holds equity in 39 UW-Madison startup companies.
The new Senior Research Analyst will have the exciting opportunity to work with the Associate Director of Investments on managing a $150 million portfolio in global bonds, within guidelines established by the WARF Trustees. The goal of this portfolio is to deliver both the hedged market return of World Government Bonds and excess return, through active investment strategies in a risk-controlled manner. This position will conduct research on developed and emerging countries and make recommendations on government bonds, investment grade and non-investment grade corporate bonds; participate in development of investment strategies and construction of the portfolio and general portfolio reports; and provide expertise on other projects within the Investment department.
The successful candidate must be committed to WARF's mission to support world-class research at the University of Wisconsin through managing the endowment WARF has grown since its inception. Candidates are required to hold a Bachelor's in finance or economics; MBA in Finance or Master's degree in international or macroeconomics and Chartered Financial Analyst designation is preferred. Ideal candidates will have experience in the fixed income asset class and a minimum of 2 years prior work experience involving global bond portfolio management. Strong candidates will have the ability to rapidly develop expertise in currencies and global fixed income; interest in conducting research in a global context; and gather, analyze and make recommendations utilizing Bloomberg, spreadsheets and database software. Experience with quantitative investment tools, and prior experience in an institutional investment environment are preferred. Candidates must demonstrate strong attention to accuracy and detail. Ability to effectively communicate, work independently, prioritize projects and maintain the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality is essential.
Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit a cover letter and resume via the online career portal within the career section at: http://www.warf.org/about/index.jsp?cid=54.
WARF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
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