Investment Graduate

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  • 31 October 2020

About the Job

At M&G our vision is: to become the best loved and most successful savings and investment business and we’re looking for people who are excited about joining us on our journey. We’re digitally transforming and investing heavily in technology and innovation to develop new and improved customer propositions that really raise the bar for our customers. To help us achieve our vision we’re looking for exceptional people who live our values and behaviours and who can inspire others; embrace change; deliver results and keep it simple.


We know that an inclusive environment makes us more accessible and ensures we attract, engage, promote and retain exceptional people. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity/nationally, disability, or military service and welcome those who have taken career breaks. We will consider flexible working arrangements or home working arrangements for any of our roles.

What you can expect from us:
We are committed to creating an environment where you can be exceptional at all you do. To help us deliver this, we promise to:

Challenge Your Limits by creating a stimulating working environment and providing opportunities for you to be involved in meaningful and challenging work
Support Your Aspirations with a commitment to learning and development that helps you achieve and build your experience with people who want you to succeed
Value Your Input whereby leaders and managers will involve you in key decisions, listen to your thoughts and recognise the important contribution you make
Balance Your Life through a work life partnership that focuses on making this an inclusive, diverse and friendly place to work and offers the flexibility and support that enables everyone to be at their best 

How do we support our employees:

All M&G plc employees will be supported in the workplace through our LifeWorks employee assistance programme which is run by Canada Life. If you need counselling, confidential financial or legal advice. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers access to qualified professionals who can provide specialist information, advice and support on many issues. It offers a broad range of services, including help with family issues, maintaining work/life balance and mental health support.

We invest across a range of asset classes to best manage the long term savings of millions of people across the globe. No investment area is left untouched, with curious, creative and intelligent investment decisions being encouraged at all levels. The customer sits at the heart of M&G Plc’s business model and diversity of thought is an essential factor in ensuring investment success.


Creating an inclusive culture at M&G Plc is critical to our success. We believe that this means promoting respect, developing talent, protecting our people and valuing our differences. We are proud to employ people from a wide range of backgrounds, experience and skillsets.


 Our graduates will shape the future of our organisation, will you be one of them?


What is the Investment Graduate Scheme?


Our rotations take place over the course of 18-24 months, during which time you will be immersed within our investment teams to develop an understanding of our products and investment strategies. At the end of the scheme, you will embark on a permanent role in a team aligned to your strengths and interests.


Rotations will be in the following business areas:


Private & Alternative Assets: M&G is one of the largest managers of private assets in Europe with over £65bn of asset under management. The Private & Alternative Assets group consists of four teams, Private Fixed Income, Real Estate, Infracapital and Alternatives and totals over 500 employees. The teams source and manage private assets mostly on behalf of institutional clients and the Internal client with the assets split about 50:50 between third party and internal funds.


Equities: Our Equities business manages over £61bn (as of 30 June 2020) both in the UK and globally across a range of investment styles including income, value and growth. We have a conviction-led, long-term approach to investing and believe that we can deliver the best returns for our clients through active management.


Research & ESG: The Research team delivers M&G Plc’s proprietary analysis and views into the investment process. Fund managers use Research team output to inform portfolio construction and investment decision-making. Analysts use a range of raw materials to form their analysis and views: company financial statements, meetings with company management, news, economic and industry data, ESG data. Analysts express their views in terms of hard metrics such as credit ratings or equity valuations, and written output such as earning commentary or research papers. Analysts also engage directly with fund managers to collaborate in the process of investment idea generation.


The Stewardship & Sustainability (ESG) team develop and deliver ESG subject matter knowledge within M&G plc. These insights are used to inform both analysts and fund managers on big Sustainability themes. They also help to determine the priorities in our engagements with investee companies, and to shape long-term investment strategies in funds that are targeting a successful climate transition. The team collaborates closely with analysts and investment teams to inform portfolio construction, especially in M&G Plc’s growing range of ESG-aligned strategies.


Treasury and Investment Office: The M&G Plc Treasury and Investment Office (T&IO) is responsible for the portfolio management and oversight of the internal Life and Annuity Fund investments, including setting Strategic Asset Allocations and selecting Fund Managers. The team is also responsible for M&G Plc Group Treasury activities.


Cash & Currency: The Cash and Currency team design and manage treasury product mandates for the asset manager and the asset owner as well being the global execution hub for cash and FX markets.


Public Fixed Income: M&G Plc’s Public Fixed Income business manages approximately £140bn of assets for institutional and wholesale clients. The investment team benefits from the support of one of Europe’s largest in-house credit research teams.

The 45-strong team of experienced investment and client service professionals manage assets across a range of strategies spanning Fundamental Credit, Emerging Market Debt, High Yield and Macro/Strategic Credit.


What will you do?

You will learn from our industry leading investment professionals and will be encouraged to present your own views and ideas. Graduates at M&G make valuable contributions to the teams they work in and will be involved in a variety of tasks focused predominately on investment analysis.


You could be involved in:

·        Performing credit, company and market analysis

·        Analysing the creditworthiness of a company

·        Sourcing sector and stock specific ideas for funds


What training and development opportunities are provided?

You will receive comprehensive training starting with a three-week asset management introductory programme. All graduates complete the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and are then supported to study towards a further professional qualification, the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


Whilst transitioning through the Graduate Scheme you will continue your learning journey with the support of a Professional Development Manager and mentor along with a buddy from a previous cohort. You will receive regular feedback through rotation appraisals, allowing you to continue to develop and grow throughout the programme as well as have access to in-house training opportunities and a host of learning materials within our Workday learning portal.


Who are we looking for?


We are looking for innovators, creative thinkers and hands-on individuals from any subject matter background, with a desire to learn and who have a genuine interest in financial markets. Candidates who succeed with us are self-motivated, capable of building and maintaining relationships and work effectively as part of a team.


We champion our ideas and are, at the same time, comfortable to have these ideas challenged. Candidates must be able to formulate their own opinions by thinking both analytically and critically about problems.


If this sounds like you and you have achieved or have been predicted a minimum 2:1 at undergraduate degree level, then get in touch with us to start your M&G plc journey.


At M&G Plc Diversity and Inclusion is a strategic objective. We know that an inclusive environment makes us more accessible and ensures we attract, engage, promote and retain exceptional people. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender/gender identify, sexual orientation, ethnicity/nationally, disability, or military service and welcome those who have taken career breaks. We will consider flexible working arrangements for any of our roles.


Role Details

Start date: 3 September 2021
Salary: Highly competitive
Location: London
Application Deadline: 31st October 

We assess applications as we receive them so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


We live by four behaviours at M&G and we ask all our employees to:

Inspire Others – Support and encourage each other, creating an environment where everyone can contribute and succeed
Embrace Change – Be open to change, willing to be challenged and able to adapt quickly and imaginatively to new ideas
Deliver Results – Focus on outcomes, set high standards and deliver with energy and determination
Keep it Simple – Cut through complexity and bureaucracy, be clear and decisive and never overcomplicate things

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