Chief Investment Officer

Why is there a skills assessment?
The employer wants to assess each candidate equally and fairly, and give you the opportunity to show your abilities.
How long is the assessment?
Normally between 25 - 45 mins depending on the skill being assessed.
Can I retake the assessment?
No, you can't re-take an assessment
Make sure you are ready and can focus 100% with no distractions.

Job Summary

A fund management company seeks the services of a Chief Investment Officer to manage its Investment Department. Currently, the fund has an investment portfolio comprising listed and unlisted securities, government bonds, and money market instruments. As the portfolio expands, it has become necessary to create a special desk/department to harness, nurture and grow these portfolios of investments in order to optimize returns in a risk – focused manner. The role holder shall have primary oversight and be responsible for managing the investment portfolio for the Fund.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description/Requirements

Responsibility and Functions

  • In charge of the Fund’s Investment Department.
  • Provide insight and direction towards maintaining a profitable and healthy investment portfolio for the Fund.
  • Develop and implement policies, standards and procedures for managing the full spectrum of investment assets for the Fund.
  • Develop and maintain professional and beneficial relationships with external stakeholders and counterparties with whom funds are placed.
  • Oversee and continuously assess the performance of the Fund’s subsidiaries; ensuring that approved KPIs are met.
  • Conduct investment risk profiling for new and existing investments; ensuring that identified gaps and remedial measures are reported to Executive Management and the Board.
  • Appraise and recommend new investment assets/vehicles for approval by the Chief Executive Officer and/or the Board.
  • Regularly monitor and review the performance of the Fund’s investment portfolio and report same to executive management and the board.
  • Provide leadership and build the capacity of supervisees via training and coaching.

Skills and Qualification

a. Academic Requirements:

  • A First Degree in Accounting / Economics / Banking & Finance or related subject.
  • Professional qualification (ACCA, ICA, CIMA, CFA etc.) will be advantageous.

b. Experience/ Professional Requirements:

  • Minimum of 8 years’ prior experience in a portfolio, lending and risk management role with at least 3-years at senior management level.
  • A good understanding of operations of financial services and mutual fund businesses will be desirable.
  • Knowledgeable in leading investment practices and laws that are relevant to the operations of pension / mutual fund businesses.

c. Technical Skills:

  • Expertise in Microsoft office tools like MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook is fundamental
  • Moderately savvy in the use of technology applications and/or Enterprise Resource Program
  • Strong technical knowledge in investment appraisal, risk profiling and reporting.
  • Sound knowledge of applicable process and control standards as well as regulatory requirements, policies and guidelines relating to mutual funds management

d. Specific skills:

  • Have excellent communication, negotiation, leadership, and collaboration skills
  • Highly analytical, task-oriented, and able to think-out of the box
  • Possess good interpersonal and team management skills
  • Possess solid skills in process review, project management, and report writing
  • Have advanced decision making and problem solving skills
  • Possess business acumen, knowledge, and professionalism
  • Planning and organizing

e. Must demonstrate an ability to:

  • Be a team player that motivates and educates other team members
  • Maintain a clean work-desk culture
  • Set and manage priorities
  • Comprehend complex, operational issues
  • Work with less or no supervision and meet deadlines

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