Fiduciary Oversight Associate

USS

Fiduciary Oversight Associate

Business Area: Strategy Co-ordination

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
Input into the oversight of the investment management arrangements and assist with steering this through the required executive and trustee approval processes. 

Assist with co-ordination across USSIM to ensure the mandates are implemented efficiently 

To keep abreast of market developments and help to ensure that the scheme is market leading, working with a virtual team across the organisation to help the scheme to achieve its strategic investment objectives.

Key responsibilities
Governance
Assist with reviews of DB and DC investment arrangements to ensure they are meeting the objectives of the scheme
Work with the teams within USSIM to develop mandate guidelines that reflect the scheme investment objectives and requirements
Assist with work on the mandate oversight process and providing reports to the USSIM teams

Delivering Results 
Support with the development of the USS DB & DC investment product over time to become market leading
Understand and internally communicate best in class industry & market thinking on DB & DC investments
Understanding of regulatory change impacting DC & DB investments
Working with USSIM and USS teams to help develop the Scheme Implementation Plan 

Managing Resources 
Working with the Investment Strategy & Advice team to ensure that the DC section of the scheme benefits from the input of the team
Working with the Investment Strategy & Advice and Investment Product Management teams to ensure that the mandates are implemented in the best manner for the scheme  

Managing Relationships 
To work with a virtual team across investment operations, business change, compliance, front office, Responsible Investment, legal, and pensions strategy to help to create, monitor and maintain investment products across the scheme
Support communication with internal and external stakeholders to keep them abreast of investment product related matters

Managing Processes & Future Focus
Smooth, accurate and timely delivery of investment governance reporting to the Managers & Mandates Meeting
Working with the Investment Strategy & Advice team and Investment Strategy and Oversight Committee to understand developments and requirements across the USS business
Working with the USSIM investment teams and Investment Product Management team to identify where new mandates are needed to meet the scheme’s requirements

Your experience
Ability to deliver high quality work under constrained timelines
High level of structure and organisation and the ability to work across teams
Ability to communicate effectively in both written papers and oral presentations
Strong compliance culture and high personal ethical standards
Competent at prioritisation, process organisation, and management of multiple workstreams
Ability to influence
Enhance and further develop USS’ cultural objectives
Experience of multiple asset classes
Experience of investment governance
Understanding of the pensions landscape across both DB and DC
Self-starter in identifying new projects and opportunities;
Excellent presentation and communication skills
Strong written skills; with a focus on formalisation and documentation of investment processes
Attention to detail; particularly when reviewing documents
Strong stakeholder focus and ability to understand the relationships between the Business and Stakeholders 
Degree level education
 
USSIM is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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