Job Purpose
MandateWire is an institutional investment newswire service providing coverage of new investment opportunities, contract wins and losses in the asset management industry. 
 

An integral part of the FT Specialist stable of titles, MandateWire has built an unrivalled reputation amongst investment managers in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa as a key provider of sales intelligence and analysis, tracking the investment strategies and asset allocations of institutional investors.


We provide actionable, real-time news, data and intelligence to a client base of more than 300 money management companies.


The role


The reporter role involves conducting in-depth interviews and research on North American institutional investors, and drafting intelligence reports on a daily basis for publication on our database and daily newswire.


In addition to producing daily news articles, the successful candidate will be required to submit roughly one piece of in-depth analysis each month, maintain an internal contacts database as needed, and contribute to our quarterly Deal Flow analysis.  
 

The successful candidate will have a strong desire to find exclusive information and turn it into accurate news copy at a fast pace with daily deadlines, and the appetite to gain experience working in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment within a larger company, with the benefits of potential growth combined with stability.
 

This role is ideally suited to a new or recent graduate looking for an early career step, or someone looking to break into journalism.
 

You will gain valuable interviewing and writing skills, extensive knowledge of institutional investment and learn how to process, organize and deliver data in the most effective way.  
 

You will also learn about the asset management industry in great detail and gain insight into the decision-making processes of executives handling billions of dollars.


Main Duties and Responsibilities


* Your primary responsibility will be gathering new, forward-looking information on the investment strategies of North American institutional investors. You will be required to regularly conduct in-depth interviews with key personnel and draft daily intelligence reports for publication on our database and newswire 


* Organizing and maintaining timely coverage of multiple institutional investors across the US region


* Producing a set number of mandate opportunity stories for inclusion in the daily email, and real time alert functions of the product


* Updating a directory of key institutional investor contacts within a set beat as needed


* The role will also involve producing broader editorial content for a monthly and quarterly analysis of industry trends. There are also opportunities to deliver broadcast analysis on camera


Essential skills


* An excellent and professional telephone manner. The role involves speaking with senior institutional investment decision makers and the ability to create a strong rapport with these contacts is essential. There is also an element of cold-calling to be aware of 


* Superb organizational skills to manage time effectively


* The ability to search, analyse and distil key information from large amounts of data, regulatory filings and documents obtained from public sources to quickly identify relevant material 


* Good computer skills, particularly Microsoft Word and Excel


* The ability to work in a team environment and assist team members where necessary and in turn, be willing to ask for assistance


Desirable skills


• Basic knowledge of financial terms. Most of what you need to know will be learned on the job, but some knowledge of technical terms and basics of how investments work would be an advantage


• Experience of sourcing and securing interviews with decision makers


• The ability to read balance sheets and spot critical information in a timely manner


• Calmness under pressure


• Eye for detail - both for writing accurate stories and sifting through large amounts of data in annual reports


• The ability to multi-task  


FT Specialist is committed to equality of opportunity. We are determined to create a diverse group at all levels of our company. We welcome and encourage all members of the community we serve to apply for openings with us.
 

What we offer


FT Specialist is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits as part of Nikkei, parent company of the Financial Times.

 

We also offer a supportive and collegial working environment and the opportunity to work with others who are passionate about their jobs.

 

Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career.


Examples of our benefits include: generous annual leave allowances, flexible working, medical cover, and enhanced maternity & paternity packages.


Further information

Candidates should be aware that new employees will be required to be vaccinated by their start date, meaning they have received all of the recommended doses for either a one dose or two dose COVID-19 vaccine, and provide proof of vaccination status (e.g. CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card), which will be kept confidential.
 

We are an equal opportunity employer, and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those who are unable to be vaccinated due to a sincerely-held religious belief or a medical disability where it does not pose an undue hardship on the Company.

At the FT, we know our most valuable resources are our people and we embrace our employees’ unique skills, experiences, and perspectives. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer that seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief.
 

We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. We aim to treat all employees in a fair and consistent manner, promote good working relationships to encourage high standards of conduct and performance within a work environment free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination.
 

Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help.

 

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