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BlackRock Investment Stewardship (BIS) - Operations Analyst/Associate

Company: BlackRock
Location: Wilmington
Posted on: February 21, 2021

Job Description:

Description About this role BlackRock helps investors build better financial futures. As a fiduciary to our clients, we provide the investment and technology solutions they need when planning for their most important goals. BlackRock Investment Stewardship (BIS) is a 45+ member global team operating in five offices across three regions - the Americas (New York, San Francisco); Europe, Middle East and Africa (London); and Asia-Pacific (Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sydney) - and undertakes engagement with and proxy voting at portfolio companies on behalf of clients globally. BIS is looking for a professional to provide day to day operational, business management and project support to the global BIS community and other stakeholders across the firm for any activities related to proxy voting, company engagements and client reporting. Day to day support entails understanding the proxy voting business process and associated platform and plumbing, mutual fund and ETF administration and custody operations, as well as understanding the Aladdin ecosystem around portfolio structure and positions. Business management activities range from vendor management, recertifications, audits and maintaining comprehensive documentation of core business processes and protocols. Projects can range from smaller, short term tasks to larger more complex assignments and will often require working closely with BIS analysts globally, communications team members, Public Policy colleagues as well as with key business partners across the firm. Responsibilities:

  • Work in team setting performing core duties related to proxy voting and company engagement operations support as well as business management activities and longer term projects
  • Maintain comprehensive documentation on key processes and procedures related to proxy voting and engagements
  • Liaise with primary vendors including maintaining enhancement lists, contract renewals and annual due diligence activities
  • Daily support of operational issues related to proxy voting on 3rd party vote execution platform, including liaising with custodians and fund administrators
  • Maintain and create internal management reporting of voting, engagement and client inquiry statistics, leveraging Tableau and Aladdin data models
  • Provide data and reporting support to support BIS communications function for both ad-hoc requests as well as cyclical reporting done on a quarterly and annual basis
  • Run reconciliations between Aladdin and 3rd party vote execution platform to ensure data integrity across multiple systems
  • Provide high quality client service to BIS analysts globally to address inquiries, perform controls, and resolve problems quickly particularly during proxy voting season
  • Learn and be able to teach colleagues about the intricacies and interconnectivities of the Aladdin-- end to end investment platform, including front-end tools that can be leveraged to access data as well as the vast underlying database structure that stores critical information such as portfolio holdings, security details, client attributes including proxy voting flags and portfolio exposures/AUM
  • Develop expertise in third party ISS ProxyExchange platform and how it interfaces with Aladdin and other external parties
  • Initiate and drive platform and process innovations to better support internal operational workflows, management reports and client requests, working closely with Business Operations functions including fund administration and client reporting and technology teams including BlackRock Solutions and the Aladdin Product Group to spec and build solutions Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's Degree is required, with preference to business disciplines such as Finance, Accounting, or Economics, or technical disciplines such as Computer Science, Information Systems, or Engineering
    • Minimum 2 years of experience in asset management or financial services firm
    • Knowledge of proxy voting operations, associated regulations and corporate governance a strong plus
    • Knowledge of commingled fund structures including mutual fund operations a strong plus
    • Excellent analytical skills with very strong attention to detail
    • Ability to effectively address issues in collaboration with others as appropriate; ability to proactively anticipate problems and opportunities and confidence to use initiative to pursue solutions
    • Extensive knowledge of Excel and strong knowledge of the entire MS Office suite
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills combined with agile critical thinking and a problem solving mindset, with the ability to collaborate with both technical and non-technical personnel
    • Ability to manage complex work within tight deadlines
    • A "Student of the Markets" mentality: Intellectually curious with a passion for learning about the global financial markets and the investment management business
    • Natural team player able to work in an innovative, entrepreneurial, and fast paced environment and leverage technology to solve complex problems
    • Understanding of Aladdin front end tools and underlying data model a strong plus
    • Working knowledge and experience with relational databases and Sybase SQL a strong plus
    • Knowledge of scripting and programming languages eg. R, Python, SAS, VBA, UNIX, or Python a strong plus
    • Demonstrable desire to expand technical expertise
    • Detail-oriented, organized, and able to lead multiple projects
    • An understanding of and interest in ESG data a plus Our benefits To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about. About BlackRock BlackRock's purpose is to help more and more people experience financial well-being. As a fiduciary to investors and a leading provider of financial technology, our clients turn to us for the solutions they need when planning for their most important goals. As of September 30, 2020, the firm managed approximately $7.81 trillion in assets on behalf of investors worldwide. For additional information on BlackRock, please visit - - LinkedIn: . BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law. BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.

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