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Wealth Management - Operational Due Diligence Manager - VP

Req #: 180030391
Location: México, DIF, MX
Job Category: Asset Management
Potential Referral Amount: 0 US Dollar (USD)
J.P. Morgan Global Wealth Management provides investment management products and services to high net worth and ultra high net worth investors.  It offers the full spectrum of investment strategies - from equity, cash management, fixed income, currency and asset allocation to alternative asset classes such as private equity, real estate and hedge funds.
Managed Solutions and Strategy encompasses the discretionary investment offerings for clients, including multi-asset and single asset-class strategies as well as the manager selection platform.  The hallmark of our business is the trusted relationship that we build with each of our clients. The highest expression of that trust is our clients' willingness to give us discretion over managing their assets. Over the years, the depth and number of those trusted relationships have continued to expand resulting in $298 billion in managed assets across GWM as of June 30. 
We are seeking a mid to senior level operational due diligence professional, based in Mexico City.  The operational due diligence professional will be a member of the Operational Due Diligence team within Wealth Management Investment Solutions. The team is responsible for performing operational due diligence on 3rd party investment managers on-boarded by our various due diligence teams (hedge fund, private equity & traditional). This candidate’s primary responsibility will be to support the operational due diligence process for LatAm based investment managers (Mexico and Brazil). The candidate should have extensive previous experience performing due diligence on mutual funds, ETFs and Liquid Alts investment structures.
Potential responsibilities include:
  • Execute on an operational due diligence process tailored to ETF structures, traditional long only funds and liquid alts vehicles in Brazil and Mexico
  • Independently communicate with control functions including Risk and Business Quality Assurance to disposition their challenges and justify operational due diligence opinions
  • Independently present operational due diligence findings to the Global and Regional Investment Review Committees as well as the Global Investment Performance Governance Committee and provide credible responses to any challenges presented 
  • Autonomously assess the business structure, operational processes, valuation practices, compliance policies, technology infrastructure, and counterparty/collateral management at third party investment managers, providing succinct analysis of issues for concern as well as proposals for improvement and / or rationale for terminating or not onboarding
  • Apply extensive knowledge of global regulatory regimes in the formulation of a consistent framework for ODD across LatAm and suggest a rationale for any deviations from this framework
  • Assess suitability of service providers including fund administrators, third party platform funds providers, compliance consultants, and auditors based on prior knowledge of servicing requirements, costs and industry expertise of each of these entities
  • Assume leadership of selected LatAm ODD projects across the business 
  • Develop ODD “brand” across LatAm as evidenced by hosting Q and A sessions across the business as well as speaking at off-site meetings
  • Manage the third party fund approval process in coordination with the mutual fund due diligence teams
  • Engage in regular dialogue with investment due diligence teams to monitor performance
  • Maintain independent performance measurement and monitoring data for all third party funds; and
  • Maintain minutes and approval of for all governance meetings
    • Directly relevant operational due diligence work experience or due diligence related activities
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and presence to lead interviews with “C-suite” professionals
    • Extensive knowledge of financial markets and various security types (including derivatives)
    • Understanding of investment strategies, fund structures and regulatory regimes impacting on operational due diligence considerations
    • Ability to thrive in a satellite office environment on a global team
    • Control mentality – naturally skeptical, with an ability to anticipate unforeseen consequences
    • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree or equivalent and/or CFA charter holder; Portuguese speakers  strongly preferred
    • JD, MBA, CFA, CAIA, or FRM is a plus
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