Investment Manager – South Yorkshire Pensions Authority – Barnsley

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority – Investment Manager

Salary: £49,587 – £55,944 per annum plus relocation support

Location: Barnsley / Hybrid Working

Contract: Full-time / Permanent

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 29 January 2023

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in learning more about South Yorkshire Pensions Authority and this very exciting role.

We are proud of the track record that South Yorkshire Pensions Authority has achieved over a long period. As we progress, we are seeking to build on this, whilst preserving the long-term stability of our pension fund. That is where you come in……

Despite our track record, we are not complacent; we are ambitious in looking for approaches to the management of our scheme members’ savings that yield return, always mindful of the privilege we hold in managing our pension assets.

We are looking forward to recruiting an Investment Manager that will further develop our thinking and realise our ambitions. This role reports to the Assistant Director – Investment Strategy and will be the number two role in our Investment Team, possibly providing a steppingstone to leading your own investment team in due course.

Fundamentally, we believe this is a fascinating opportunity, which will appeal to an enthusiastic and ambitious individual who can see the genuine potential of being able to play a pivotal role in our investment process at this very interesting time.

Whilst we must continue to maximise our pension fund’s assets and income, we must also be aware of the impact of those investments on people and the planet, continuing to develop our wider investment strategy and governance arrangements.

You will play a key role in the delivery of the Authority’s Responsible Investment objectives and will ensure that the Authority plays a full part in collaborative initiatives including, the Border to Coast Pensions Partnership and the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum.

We are very proud that in December 2022 we have won the LAPF Investment Awards LGPS Fund of the Year (Assets over £2.5 billion). It really is an exciting time to be joining us.

About the role

This is key post within South Yorkshire Pensions Authority, and as part of the Leadership Team you will be responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring the investment strategy and taking responsibility for a portfolio of your own.

The South Yorkshire Pension Fund manages assets currently valued at around £10bn, spread over a wide range of underlying assets but with around 70% of the Fund currently managed in pooled products provided by the Border to Coast Pensions Partnership.

The Fund has a long-standing commitment to responsible investment and is an active participant in the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) and other collaborative initiatives around the delivery of Net Zero and Impact Investing. A significant amount of work in these areas and in relation to oversight of various property related investments is currently carried out by the Assistant Director – Investment Strategy which is not sustainable in the longer term..

The requirements on LGPS funds in relation to reporting and investment governance are increasing and in recognition of this and to provide more resilience to the Team and draw some of the work done by the Director into the Team this new role of Investment Manager has been created.

The role will be responsible for the following portfolios:

UK Commercial Property (eventual Border to Coast pooled fund)

Global Property (eventual Border to Coast pooled fund)

Agricultural Property and potentially growing this into a wider natural capital allocation

Impact and Local Investment

Demonstrating passion and enthusiasm, you will have with a good understanding of current investment issues and how they can be addressed within investment strategies and the ability to identify and develop new investment opportunities.

Experience of working within the investment management industry is essential while experience of doing so within a large pension fund is desirable.

Your success in this role will draw on your considerable pension fund/ investment management experience across a broad range of asset classes, high-level investment analysis, and reporting skills.

We are looking for someone who can be seen as a leading voice in the Local Government Pension Scheme and the Border to Coast Pension Partnership and can draw upon knowledge and skill to lead discussions on investment strategy as well as managing the investment portfolio.

Finally, whilst an investment related qualification (such as CFA, the Investment Management Certificate, or the CFA ESG Investing Certificate) is desirable, it is not essential if you can lead with credibility and demonstrate a compelling background in the investment management industry / working within a large pension fund.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. Perhaps most importantly you will be welcomed by talented teams.

We positively encourage productive, flexible working and we provide you with the technology you need to work from our Barnsley office and at home (we also offer a home-working allowance to all staff who work part of the week at home).

If you are interested in joining our team and are inspired to help lead the next phase of our journey, we look forward to your application. We encourage you to explore your interest with our recruitment partners at The Resourcing Solution to learn a little more.

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