Head of Alternative Operations


Head of Alternative Operations

Business Area: Operations

Place of Work: London

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full Time

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has circa 396,000 members, and over £60 billion in assets, we’re one of the largest private pension schemes in the UK and in the top 50 worldwide. Established in 1974, we’re entrusted by over 350 higher education sector employers to manage and administer the pension scheme and its investments through our two companies, Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited and USS Investment Management Limited.
Our mission
To be the pension service of choice for the higher education sector for the long-term
The role
To provide strategic direction and provision of Operational support to the private markets team activities. Responsible for the efficient day to day running of the Operational support to ensure the investment business is fully supported in a controlled environment.
Key responsibilities
Review of Operational support design, propose and implement change
Migrate functions into team maintaining control
Assess team capability, cross skill where required to ensure depth of cover. Support career development of team members.
Build cross function communication, ensuring all parties have the information they require 
Be a valued member of the initiation stages of new investments influencing design to facilitate a smooth operating model
Assess 3rd party service providers and drive on going monitoring and formal performance reporting
Meet all HR deadlines for appraisal and objective setting for team members
Manage headcount, budget and external fees by regular review and reporting

 Stakeholder Management
Build a strong relationship with all levels of the PMG team
Work with the operations management team and wider Support team in identifying risks and the delivery of enhanced controls
Build relationship with 3rd party service providers
Your experience
First-hand knowledge of private market assets
Experienced people manager with a track record of developing and managing people through objective setting and appraisal processes 
Asset management/ Finance background
Strong interpersonally
Attention to detail
Can do attitude
Capability to build relationships with key stakeholders
High standard of written communication and reporting
USSIM is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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