Strategy & Stakeholder Relations Analyst

  • Competitive
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Investec Asset Management
  • 10 Nov 17 2017-11-10

The Strategy & Stakeholder Relations function works closely with the CEO to (a) develop Investec Asset Management’s (IAM) strategy and advance strategically important projects, and (b) foster and manage relationships with IAM’s key internal and external stakeholders.

Investec Asset Management is an independently managed global asset manager within the Investec Group, which is listed in both London and Johannesburg. We are founder-led and our employees are equity stakeholders in our business.

We provide investment products and services to institutions, advisory clients and individuals. Our clients include pension funds, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, insurers, foundations, financial advisers and individual investors.

We were established in South Africa in 1991, offering a small range of domestic investment strategies. We are now a truly global business managing approximately £95.6bn* for clients from all over the world.  We service these clients from our offices in London, Cape Town, Johannesburg, New York, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore and Sydney (and more).

At Investec Asset Management, we believe in a better future. First and foremost, we are working towards a better future for our clients. They have entrusted us with their investments and our responsibility is to look after their capital. Our purpose is to help people around the globe enjoy a dignified retirement and to preserve wealth for future generations.

Our culture supports innovation. We value honest debate and the sharing of ideas. Our people are encouraged to challenge the status quo.

*as at 30.06.2017

Role Description

The function comprises activities as follows:

i) Internal business analysis
• Analyse IAM’s financial and business performance, including:
- AUM and net flows analysis
- Revenue and cost analysis
- Profitability and KPI analysis
- Budget and forecast analysis
- Markets / business development (e.g. market shares, growth areas, etc.)

ii) Competitor analysis
• Competitor analysis, including:
- Analysis of (including comparing and contrasting) financial performance metrics
- Tracking competitor developments, including their strategic direction, M&A, key hires, investment performance and competitor positioning
• Industry analysis
- Participation in selected benchmarking surveys – analysis of outputs and insights
- Involvement in / good knowledge of prevalent themes in the industry

iii) Opportunity analysis
• Identification / analysis of strategic opportunities, including:
- Organic growth opportunities / new markets analysis (e.g. market entry)
- Opportunities for business partnerships / strategic alliances (e.g. with IFC)
- Acquisition / divestment opportunities (on an ad hoc basis)

iv) Project management / execution for key growth initiatives, working with wider business (Investment teams / Client Groups / Operations teams)

2. Stakeholder Relations
i) Communications with shareholders and key stakeholders, including:
• Investec group
- Regular reporting of financial / business developments, as required
- Annual / interim reporting obligations

• IAM staff shareholders
- Updates to IAM staff shareholders, including related financial analysis

• IAM board
- Quarterly CEO updates to board and related presentations
- Other internal MI

• Staff
- Staff updates – working with input from wider business

ii) Support CEO with communications to government and regulatory entities, as well as with clients and industry bodies, where required

iii) Communication of IAM’s strategy and performance externally - e.g. to current and prospective Investec shareholders / analysts

iv) Analysis of changes to shareholding structure - e.g. changes to IAM minority shareholding

v) Relationship building and management
– with internal stakeholders (e.g. ExCo members, Investment teams / Client Group / Operations heads and team members)
- with external stakeholders (service providers, consultants / advisers, JV partners, Investec group Investor Relations, industry bodies, etc.)

Person Specification
Technical Knowledge and Experience

- Strong analytical skills (financial and non-financial)
- Commercial mindset / strategic thinker
- Up-to-date knowledge of the asset management industry
- Prior experience in strategy consulting, corporate finance, corporate development, helpful

Systems Skills
- Excel
- PowerPoint
- Word

Personal Attributes 
- Strong communication skills, including being effective and comfortable interacting with senior management
- Good judgement
- Pleasant personable demeanour
- Confident
- Proactive
- Good team worker