Trading Operations Professional, Greenwich, Viking Global Investors
POSITION: Trading & Operations Professional
LOCATION: Greenwich, CT. Hybrid work environment with both remote and in-person work schedule.
The Trading Operations Professional will be responsible developing an operational infrastructure to support Viking’s credit efforts as well as daily work within the trading operations function, supporting the facilitation of trading from post execution through settlement. The position will report to the Trading Operations manager and work closely with a team of seven, as well as many other departments across the firm such as Trading, Treasury, Accounting and Technology.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Working with internal teams and external vendors to build out an operational process to support credit trading
Reconciliations of both cash and securities
Resolution of fails and breaks
Settlement of equities, bonds, Portfolio swaps, TRS, Credit Default swaps
Liaise with PM’s/analysts on corporate actions and proxy voting
Swap Collateral management
Management of settlement inquiries from brokers
The ideal candidate will have:
10+ years of relevant work experience – (this would include hedge fund operations, investment bank operations or prime brokerage experience)
Global equity and FI settlements
Strong credit process knowledge
Strong attention to detail and communication skills
Strong technology skills – can pick up new systems quickly
Action-orientation: ability to identify and resolve issues urgently and thoughtfully
Results orientation: ability to stay organized and prioritize workload to meet deadlines
Overview of Viking Global Investors LP (“Viking”)
Viking Global Investors LP (“Viking”) is a global investment firm founded in 1999. We employ a fundamentals-driven investment approach to managing more than $40 billion of capital across long/short, long-only, public/private hybrid and private-only strategies.1 Across our funds, our primary goal is to provide investors with best-in-class performance. We believe operational excellence is essential to our management of the capital with which we have been entrusted. We have approximately 240 employees, including 52 investment professionals, across five offices: Greenwich, New York, Hong Kong, London and San Francisco. We seek to attract people who exhibit our Firm’s core values of intellectual honesty, analytical rigor, continuous improvement, individual accountability and integrity. Viking is registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
As part of our fundamental approach to investment selection, Viking generally places particular emphasis on risk-weighted return potential. We leverage our core competencies, which include analyzing industry dynamics and business models, evaluating the strength of management teams and assigning company valuations, to select investments primarily in equity securities, but also in credit and other financial instruments. Viking generally performs a number of tasks that may include the following: detailed review of a company’s products and services; market analyses to estimate the size of the future market for such products and services; analyses of a company’s financial information; evaluations of a company’s management team; discussions with a company’s potential customers and competitors; consultations with industry experts; reviews of alternative data; quantitative analyses and reviews of other quantitative inputs; and reviews of the macroeconomic, regulatory and technological dynamics affecting a company’s prospects.
Responsibility for identifying and selecting investments is distributed across an investment team principally comprising portfolio managers, investment analysts and private investment professionals. Public market investment decisions are generally made by portfolio managers who have been assigned specific industry or geographic coverage areas and are subject to internally determined portfolio risk limits. Portfolio managers are supported by investment analysts who are tasked with researching investment ideas and generating investment theses. The Chief Investment Officer (the “CIO”) oversees the public investment effort and is responsible for striking an appropriate balance between concentrating the equity portfolios in the most attractive investment ideas and maintaining an appropriate level of exposure and diversification.
The private investment team is led by a portfolio manager (the “Head of Private Equity”) who is principally responsible for sourcing attractive private investments, overseeing the investment process, managing position holdings, and recruiting, mentoring and developing talent. The Head of Private Equity is supported by private investment professionals, including deal captains, who typically source private investments, lead deal negotiations and manage position holdings. Viking’s investment team works collaboratively, and private investments may be sourced, executed or managed by any member of the investment staff.
We believe our investment process can be applied consistently and, by training and mentoring our investment staff, we seek to develop a deep bench of investment talent. Our public and private investment professionals receive support from a team of research specialists who are embedded in the investment organization. This team comprises an ESG analyst, a policy analyst, and investigative and data analysts. We also believe that credit research adds a complementary perspective to our assessment of companies. The Firm has hired a Head of Credit to expand Viking’s credit investing capabilities and to find alternative ways to express investment ideas in public and private businesses.
The structure of Viking’s investment organization is designed to distribute broadly the responsibility for identifying and selecting investments to subject matter experts, while centralizing risk management with the Chief Executive Officer, who is responsible for monitoring and managing the aggregate risks of the Funds’ portfolios. This structure enables Viking to capitalize on the particular expertise of each senior investment professional while avoiding the pitfalls of a committee approach to risk management.
We endeavor to operate in a best-in-class manner and operations teams play a key role in identifying and mitigating risk. When operations run smoothly, the investment team can focus its attention on investing. We strive to continuously evaluate and improve upon our systems and processes, taking into account business needs, regulatory requirements and industry best practices.
In pursuing best-in-class performance and operations, Viking incorporates environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) practices into our fundamental investment framework and how we manage our firm. We believe that incorporating ESG practices into our firm culture and operations can reduce risk, strengthen our teams and ultimately lead to better investment and business outcomes. Viking recognizes that best practices related to ESG are evolving and we are committed to continuously improving our approach over time.
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