Associate, Transition Operations

San Francisco, USA
Sep 15, 2022
Oct 15, 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

We know you want to feel valued every single day and be recognized for your contribution. At BlackRock, we strive to empower our employees and actively engage your involvement in our success. With over USD $8 trillion of assets we have an extraordinary responsibility: our technology and services empower millions of investors to save for retirement, pay for college, buy a home and improve their financial well-being. Come join our team and experience what it feels like to be part of an organization that makes a difference.

Business Unit Overview:

The Transition Services function provides operational support for BlackRock's Transition Investment Management Team who manage revenue generating client portfolio restructure events in the US, EMEA & APAC regions. The team also provides a crucial role in supporting new client business wins across multiple investment strategies for the firm, including BlackRock product driven and strategic projects.

Your Role and Impact

The successful individual will work within an established team in San Francisco. The team is responsible for facilitating cash and free-of-payment security transfer activities, in-kind contributions and redemptions for Collective Trust Funds, stand alone accounts and Retail Funds. Coordinating these various activities will see the successful candidate work in a "project manager" style in order to ensure the transition event is completed within the scope and timeframes required. The function is positioned within the Business Operations - Global Investment Operations - Transaction Management function.

Your Responsibilities
  • Liaison with custodians and other fund management houses to ensure BlackRock has accurate information for client portfolios during the transition process to enable a smooth and timely event completion.
  • Update of BlackRock internal systems to reflect security and cash transfers.
  • Provision of instructions to Custodians, Fund Accountants and Transfer Agents to execute position movements, as required.
  • Provision of information, and assistance, to Transition Managers and other Portfolio Managers to enable them to manage client investments in a risk controlled and efficient manner.
  • Monitoring the settlement of free-of-payment trades and cash movements on client and Collective Trust Fund accounts.
  • Ensuring the accurate tracking of corporate actions, loan returns and other in-flight trades taking place during transition activities.
  • Liaison with Portfolio Compliance and Financial Crime teams to ensure that BlackRock is not in breach of regulatory, market, company or client guidelines.
  • Attendance at client, consultant, custodian, internal meetings, conference calls and, where necessary, the initiation and lead thereof.
  • Accurate recording and information retention for MIS, audit and regulatory purposes.
  • Management and upkeep of BlackRock transition counterparty and provider relationships.
  • Review and challenge of existing procedures to improve and rationalize where possible in response to a frequently changing environment and requirements.

  • Transition Management business and associated processes
  • Collective Trust Funds / Mutual Fund and related in-kind activities
  • Free-of-Payment (FoP) trades, FoP SWIFT messaging and the transaction lifecycle
  • Stamp Duty markets, Stamp Flags, Financial Transaction Taxes, in-kind fees and the collection thereof on FoP trades
  • Cash & stock reconciliation processes and their importance during transition events
  • Market transferability rules, Corporate Actions and their possible impact upon the transfer of assets

You Have:
  • Meaningful proven experience in the transitions or custody industry and/or BS/BA in Finance, Accounting, Economics or a related field
  • Excel - Intermediate level
  • Self starter who enjoys operating in a fast-paced, high-intensity environment, who is capable of working as part of a distributed team.
  • Creative individual, who possesses a passion for problem solving, is numerically proficient, has outstanding analytical skills and can think creatively
  • Possess a results-oriented drive and technical insight to identify control gaps and drive operational improvement initiatives.

  • An ability to work in collaboration with the distributed team
  • Strong interpersonal skills, both written and oral
  • Thorough attention to detail
  • The ability to multi-task, work to challenging deadlines and prioritize while staying focused on risk mitigation
  • Must have strong time management skills to meet critical deadlines in a fast- paced environment

Ongoing Development:
  • Extensive training opportunities within the BlackRock framework.
  • Exposure to a full array of asset types (equity, fixed income, derivatives, pooled funds, ETFs, cash) and BlackRock products providing product knowledge opportunities.
  • Extensive interaction with multiple internal and external partners including On-Boarding, Corporate Actions, Portfolio Compliance, Trade Operations, Cash & Stock Reconciliations, TRIM Restructure Portfolio Managers, various other Portfolio Manager groups, Strategic Product Group, Performance and Accounting Functions, Custodians, Transfer Agents and on some occasions Clients.
  • Proven internal mobility track record.

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

Our hybrid work pilot

BlackRock's current hybrid work pilot is designed to help you experience the best of both worlds: the opportunity to connect with colleagues in person and the flexibility to work remotely, with greater time to focus on what's important to you. In line with local health guidance and regulations, employees are generally expected to work 3 days in the office and 2 days from home (on average) each week. For some business groups, more time may be required in the office, while greater flexibility may be in place for others. Our "One BlackRock" culture means you'll be supported to collaborate with your new colleagues while bringing your full self to work - wherever you are.

The health, safety and well-being of our people will always be our top priorities; we will continue to monitor local conditions and health advisories in making decisions about our work environments.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children's educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment - the one we make in our employees. It's why we're dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

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