Job description

  • Location:
    London - 30 Gresham Street
  • Department:
    Research Team
  • Division:
    IWI Research
  • Employment Type:
    Full time
  • Salary:

Head of Research (5924)

We're one of the UK's leading investment management companies, with responsibility for over £40 billion of client assets. We've worked closely with clients and their trusted advisers for many years and gained a unique understanding of the specific needs of our clients.

Investec Wealth & Investment seeks to deliver exceptional levels of customer service and has been trusted to meet the needs of private investors for almost 200 years. But our eyes are focused on your future.

Right now we're a team of over 1400 dedicated professionals located across 14 sites in the UK. We're looking to strengthen our team and need you to come on board and make a difference.

Research shows that some candidates can be reluctant to apply to a role unless they meet all the criteria. We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit here and welcome you to do the same – if the role excites you, please don't let our person specification hold you back. Get in touch!

The role of the Investment and Research Office is to help shape the firm's high level investment strategy and asset allocation, oversee portfolio construction, and provide central coverage of a range of investment vehicles. The team currently comprises 24 people.

Head of Research

The Head of Research will be responsible for oversight of the Research process within the Investment Office, and will:

  • Ensure the consistency of the research process, working with Research Team heads to identify, design, and implement best practice, holding accountability for the process as a member of our Investment Committee
  • Conduct horizon scanning to identify regulatory, legal, competitive, and commercial opportunities and risks with regards to the research process
  • Oversee the overall due diligence process for each of our asset classes and monitor AUM and liquidity exposures
  • Manage our research links with Investec Bank and Investec Wealth South Africa, particularly in terms of leadership in ESG and Sustainability integration
  • Manage the Stewardship function, ensuring the delivery of requirements of the UN PRI and UK Stewardship Code frameworks
  • Ensure marketing materials are appropriate, commercial, and timely. Where appropriate, represent the investment message in public and to clients
  • Input into and manage the research elements of the Investment Office's budget, including signing off vendor and research agreements
  • Design and implement research support processes, team learning plans, and trainee analyst development paths
  • Play a significant role within the Leadership Team of the Investment & Research Office, helping deliver team performance and drive Diversity and collaboration initiatives

What are we looking for?

  • Demonstrable experience in investment research operations and / or Investment research strategy
  • An inclusive, professional, and positive approach to working with colleagues and clients
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, manage conflicting priorities, and take initiative where needed
  • Excellent communication skills, and demonstrated ability to build relationships across business functions and with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Ability to analyse and clearly document business processes, navigating ambiguity and complexity
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Highly organised, with excellent attention to detail
  • A collaborative approach to leadership, with strong team engagement skills and the ability to coach and develop others


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London - 30 Gresham Street
30 Gresham Street, London, England, GB, EC2V 7QN

Meet the recruiter

Louise Radcliffe


We commit to ensure that everyone is fairly assessed during our recruitment process.

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