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Associate Asset Manager

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited London, United Kingdom
Posted 2 months ago Permanent Competitive
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Jake Leigh
Associate Asset Manager Business Area: Private Markets Place of Work: London Contract Type: Permanent When you join USS, the size and scale of our pension scheme means you will have numerous opportunities to learn and develop your career. Given our size you'll have real autonomy and influence as you collaborate closely with a wide-ranging team of experts. Our office is a vibrant place to work, and we offer flexibility of office/homeworking due to our hybrid model.

About the role

In your role as Associate Asset Manager you will make a meaningful and valued contribution from the outset.

This role will provide a great opportunity to work in the Direct Equity asset management team and alongside PMG’s Direct Equity investment teams (Private Equity and Infrastructure) and the management teams of PMG’s directly-held portfolio companies.

The successful candidate will join a growing team of asset managers who are focused on maximising returns and preserving value.

This will include, as demand dictates, a range of ‘hands on’ asset management activities within select portfolio companies.

What you will be doing

As a trusted part of the Private Markets you will be responsible for:

  • Own Function (AM) Responsibilities
  • Assist with the PMG investment teams on pre-execution due diligence relevant to both the investment case for acquiring the asset as well as to ongoing asset management considerations
  • Contribute to the definition and execution of a 100-day plan value levers for newly-acquired portfolio companies across people, capital and sustainability themes
  • Assist with the elaboration of Asset Management Plans (AMPs) for PMG’s directly held assets contributing to define objectives that are key to value enhancement and/or value preservation
  • Through the asset management planning process, work with the senior members of the asset management team in helping to develop key strategic business and operational goals with appropriate KPIs (financial, operational and ESG-related including carbon net zero)
  • Monitor and assess asset performance versus those goals / KPIs as well as helping to identify and mitigate key risks
  • Contribute to key discussion items at the relevant asset management committees and support with the preparation of materials
  • Support the valuation process of directly held assets in collaboration with the internal and external USS valuation teams

About you

We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job if they don't tick every box, if you're excited about working for us and have most of the skills or experience we're looking for, then please apply, regardless of whether you meet all the requirements outlined in this profile.

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • Experienced in either an investment or asset management role working with privately-held companies within a Private Equity and/or Infrastructure setting
  • Likely to have worked in a similar role in one or more of the following: GP, Pension Fund, Asset / Fund Manager
  • Experience within a Financial Services’ consultancy / transaction services’ organisation would be considered
  • Experience in the corporate finance or M&A at a big utility also welcome
  • Familiarity with industry-standard valuation practices, modelling and knowledge of key financial terms

Why join us?

At USS, every individual contributes to building a secure financial future for our members and their families.

​We strive to create a work environment where everyone can thrive professionally while making a meaningful impact on the lives of others. We're also committed to helping you build your career by providing opportunities for development.

​We put a focus on recognising and supporting each individual's unique career path, driving this forward with the support of an engaged and proactive management team.

​Here at USS, we want you to thrive in and out of work with a friendly team, flexible culture and excellent range of benefits!

How we will reward you

  • Great starting salary
  • Generous annual leave package
  • Access to a high quality pension scheme provided through Universities Superannuation Scheme
  • Supportive people policies (including enhanced occupational sickness pay and family friendly pay)
  • Financial contributions towards your personal development to help you maintain your physical and mental wellbeing
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing services i.e., private healthcare, discounted gym membership
  • Learning and development opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and talent
  • Employee Volunteer Day’s to support the communities where you work and live
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Our culture and values

Our people are what makes us different. We work together to create a diverse and inclusive culture that embraces individuality, where people are welcomed and feel comfortable in the knowledge that they can be themselves. Our purpose firmly states the importance of members, putting them ‘front and centre’ of what we do. This is embedded through our values:

  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence

About us

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) was established in 1974 as the principal pension scheme for universities and higher education institutions in the UK. We work with around 330 employers to help build a secure financial future for more than 528,000 members and their families. We are one of the largest pension schemes in the UK, with total assets of around £75.5bn (at 31 March 2023). To find out more, please visit

The Private Markets Group (PMG) consists of a 70+ person team that oversees c. £25 billion in assets across a fast-growing and diverse portfolio of private equity, infrastructure, private credit and property investments on behalf of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). By operating as a single team, with individual areas of specialism and expertise, PMG is able to combine its resources through a “OnePMG" approach to investing which allows us to maximise origination, due diligence, transaction execution and asset management by tailoring the right mix of skills.

Capable of deploying capital across the full range of private market investing (direct, joint ventures, partnerships, co-investments and funds), and with in-house asset management and strategy teams complementing our investment function, PMG has developed a strong track record of innovation that is frequently recognised by our peers across equity, credit and property and, as one of the UK’s pre-eminent private markets’ investors, PMG often partners with many of the largest, most respected global financial institutions.

PMG’s portfolio includes ownership of some of the UK’s largest and most recognisable private companies including Heathrow Airport and Moto, and, through its holdings, is an established presence in the UK renewables sector. We also hold governance positions through our investments in a range of companies located across the EU, North America and Australia with exposure across different industries and sectors.

Being part of USS Investment Management (USSIM), the in-house manager for the UK’s largest pension scheme and serving the needs of USS and its members, PMG takes its role as a responsible investor seriously and is committed to adopting and promoting strong ESG credentials across its investments.

USSIM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to ensure our recruitment process is as flexible and inclusive as possible so we can attract diverse candidates and recruit the best talent. We want all candidates to perform at their best during the recruitment process, so if you need any reasonable adjustments or if there is anything we can do to help support you through your recruitment journey please let us know by contacting

Job ID  130658
Altrincham, United Kingdom
Investment Banking / M & A
Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is the UK’s largest pension scheme by assets, with £90.8bn under management (31 March 2022), dedicated to pro...
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