Senior Portfolio Manager - Private Equity

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San Francisco, California
$165,750.00 - $211,588.00/year + benefits + bonus
Aug 24, 2021
Sep 23, 2021
Industry Sector
Employment Type
Full Time

The San Francisco Employees Retirement System seeks an experienced investment professional for the position of Senior Portfolio Manager ("SPM") for its private equity portfolio, which includes buyouts, venture capital, growth capital and special situations investments. Reporting to the Director of Private Equity, the SPM and the Private Equity team are responsible for the oversight and management of SFERS' large and growing private equity portfolio.  The SPM will have primary responsibility for SFERS' buyout partnerships and will have the opportunity to help construct and manage a global private equity portfolio through the sourcing, underwriting, execution and active management of global investment partnerships and co-investments.

Examples of primary duties may include:

  • Source and conduct due diligence on private equity funds and co-investments to help construct an investment portfolio in accordance with SFERS’ Private Equity strategy and risk-adjusted return objectives for the asset class.
  • Evaluate investment opportunities, including meeting with investment managers to assess their qualifications and track records, conducting reference checks, and identifying any significant issues to be addressed during the course of due diligence.
  • Prepare and present detailed investment recommendations (both written and oral) to the Managing Director, CIO and Retirement Board for review and approval.
  • Review, evaluate and negotiate key partnership terms and legal agreements.
  • Monitor existing Private Equity portfolio, including frequent, direct interaction with SFERS’ investment managers globally.
  • Conduct comprehensive review of the existing investment portfolio and provide recommendations for improvement/optimization.
  • Review and provide recommendations for SFERS’ Private Equity strategies, including the review of appropriate asset class goals and objectives, asset allocation, cash flow forecasting, and investment pacing.
  • Work closely with SFERS’ Private Equity consultant(s) to achieve asset class goals and manage portfolio in accordance with the Private Markets Investment Guidelines.
  • Work collaboratively within the Private Equity team structure, including assisting with the training and mentoring of junior team members.
  • Assist with administrative tasks as necessary. 

Minimum Qualifications


Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in finance, economics, business administration, accounting, statistics, or related field.


Six years of investment experience with an investment management firm, pension plan, university, endowment, foundation, corporation, family office, or consulting firm.


Possession of a graduate degree in Business Administration, Finance, Statistics, Investment Management, Economics or similar field, or possession of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, may be substituted for an undergraduate degree in a different field than described above.

Three (3) years of investment management experience at the Senior Portfolio Manager level or higher with an investment management firm, pension plan, university, endowment, foundation, corporation, family office, consulting firm or other investment institution with at least $1 billion in assets, or seven years of such responsibility with a firm of any size, may substituted for an undergraduate degree in a different field than described above.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Broad and extensive private markets investment experience in private equity.
  • Meaningful active relationships with private equity investment managers at the lower end of the market.
  • Extensive direct and co-investment experience in private equity investments.
  • Experience and skill in understanding and evaluating sophisticated investment strategies and concepts, as well as global private equity trends and developments.
  • Experience in reviewing, evaluating and negotiating complex partnership and contractual agreements.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, strong attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to build networks and positive working relationships with key internal and external contacts.
  • Excellent judgment, integrity and personal values.
  • Willingness to travel globally up to 20-25% of time.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Excel.
  • Possession of a Master’s degree in business administration, finance or economics and/or a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Please use the link below to view the full announcement and submit an online application. 

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