Fiducient Advisors opened its doors on May 1, 1995, striving to provide unparalleled and customized investment consulting services. Our clients include retirement plan sponsors, nonprofit organizations, private clients, and financial institutions. We abide by a fiduciary obligation to put our clients' interests first. This begins by providing advice that addresses each client’s unique concerns, obligations, and goals.
We operate with over 180 professionals nationwide, supporting our distinct purpose of helping clients prosper. We strive for professional satisfaction by upholding our firm guideposts by ensuring we check egos at the door, take accountability, and are thoughtfully driven.
Fiducient Advisors seeks a proficient, thoughtful, motivated, and independent research analyst to join our team. This role contributes value by evaluating the operational risk of investment managers prior to firm approval and monitoring recommended managers for changes in operational risk. The Research Analyst is a member of the broader Research department, providing their subject matter expertise to the investment manager underwriting and monitoring process.
Functions & Responsibilities:
Establish and maintain good working relationships with the investor relations and operational leaders of investment managers and key service providers
Request, track, and review documentation related to investment manager operational risk
Perform onsite and remote due diligence interviews with investment managers and key service providers
Write detailed due diligence reports of investment managers that includes analysis and opinion of operational risk, and present findings to the Research Forum
Conduct regular monitoring and on-going due diligence of recommended investment managers
Maintain research database for documents collected, meetings conducted, and analysis performed
Create original research white papers on operational risk topics
Improve the due diligence process through development and implementation of new policies and procedures
Advise clients, consultants, and research professionals on matters pertaining to operational risk related to specific investment managers or the industry broadly
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Bachelor’s degree with a preferred concentration in Accounting or Finance
2 to 5 years of experience with hedge funds, private equity, or mutual funds either: auditing financial statements at a “big 4” firm or conducting operational due diligence at an investment consultant or fund of funds
Certified Public Account (CPA) license preferred
Knowledge of internal controls over trading operations, accounting, compliance, and information technology
Proficiency in Microsoft Suite required, above average Excel proficiency preferred
Familiarity with fund financial statements and legal documents
Experience working with industry service providers and their roles in investment manager operations
Strong written and oral communication skills
Thoughtfully driven, accountable, and able to check your ego
· 10% travel (domestic and international) for due diligence meetings, trainings, and business events (in pre/post-COVID environment)
This role works in a professional office environment located in downtown Chicago, IL (tentatively remote, due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones and photocopiers
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Sitting, particularly for sustained periods of time
Regularly required to speak and hear
Frequently required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms
Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
Fiducient Advisors provides equal employment opportunities to all associates and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Founded in 1995, Fiducient Advisors provides strategic, client centric investment consulting solutions intended to help our clients prosper. Retirement plan sponsors, nonprofit organizations, financial institutions and private clients appreciate that Investment Consulting is our business. And providing aligned, tailored advice is how we do things.