BBSc Finance and Investment Management - Atlantic Seaboard

BCom or other Graduates
Cape Town CBD, Western Cape
R240’000 per annum

About the Position:

Consultant - Investment Service Centre: Cape Town or Johannesburg, South Africa

Leading Blue Chip Investment / Asset Management Company seeks high performing and 'fresh out of university' Graduates. This role is also open to candidates with less than 18 months working experience. This is an opportunity to join a team of elite professionals who have a passion for the Investment Industry and are 'long term' focused and not looking for short term gratification. Successful candidates form part of the Talent Pool and the greater company taps into this department when there are more skilled and senior roles opening. The average tenure in this department is 18 - 24 months.

Description:

To deliver an elevated level of service to all company clients. This includes direct clients, financial advisers and senior executives. Successful candidates receive extensive and superior training for the first three months (as a salaried employee with full benefits). The type of service staff provide ranges from tax, unit trusts, investments, annuities, pension funds, death claims, discussing current economy, global events that affect the world stock markets and so on. Some queries may be mundane and routine e.g. Clients wanting to switch investments, queries regarding instructions not processed. You will also have investors / potential investors call in order to discuss the latest global factors that affect the outcome of financial markets. Thus you must have a passion for the finance / economic industry, knowledge of economic trends or desire to learn. For example, you are required to keep up with the latest news and developments that affect global financial markets.
PLEASE NOTE: This role falls within a service centre environment (an exceptionally high level environment). You are the first point of contact when a client phones into the company and as such, you are the 'face of the company. When clients call in, the staff member taking the call has no idea what the question or query will be. Thus, you need to understand and all the company products and the various funds that clients may invest in. Please note: you are not allowed to give any financial advice - staff are not "Financial Planners or Brokers"! You may only offer information regarding the funds.
You will receive exposure and training in all aspects of the business, including Unit Trust, Fund of Funds, Life Funds, Regulation 28, Annuities (this is not covered by any University Course), Performance Calculation and Attribution etc. You will also be trained how to do presentations. This role prepares you for a career and growth in the Investment / Asset Management industry!

Qualifications:

You have a degree (not a diploma). If you hold an undergraduate degree it will be advantageous if you are studying towards an honours or other post grad qualification.

? Types of degrees: Honours or Masters (or studying towards a post grad qualification in Finance / Accounting / BCom Law / Financial Management / BCom Management / Risk Management / Economics / Portfolio Management and Investment Analysis / Economic Sciences or degree etc. (excellent results)
? Other degrees: LLB / Engineering / Geology / Psychology etc and wish to pursue a career in the Investment / Finance / Asset Management industries are welcome to apply. However, you will need to motivate why you want to move into the investment industry.
? If you are graduating at the end of 2018 and have excellent academic results you are welcome to apply.
? An excellent Matric pass mark with pure Mathematics (minimum 65% pass)
? Excellent verbal and written communication skills (Essential)
? Knowledge and interest in finance and investment management
? Multilingual (Advantageous)

Skills/Competencies and experience:

*Strong verbal and written communication skills (Business English)
*Numeric ability
*Analytical Thinking
*Client focused, friendly and empathetic manner - you must understand the importance of superior client service
*Accuracy and attention to detail
*Self Control
*Initiative
*High levels of Professionalism
? Adaptability
? Flexibility
? Resilience
? Ability to deal with complexity
? Ability to prioritise and function positively under pressure
? Team player - Ability to function as part of a team
? Ability to work independently
? Ability to relate to others
? Accept accountability and take responsibility for tasks done
? Emotional maturity
? Administration Skills
? Adaptability
? Stress tolerance
? Resilient
? Ability to deal with complexity.
? Computer literacy
? Ability to work in a fast paced environment
? Ability to work in a competitive environment (healthy competition)
? Long term focused
? Creative and "out of the box" thinker
? Values and ethics in line with company's values and ethics
? High energy levels
? Ability to multi-task
? Desire to continue further studies, self development and growth

Specific responsibilities include:

*To service investors, potential investors and financial advisers with transactions and queries for all products telephonically and via written correspondence through:
*Discussion and explanation of all funds and products offered by company.
*Assisting clients with process information and quotes.
*Assisting clients with the tracking and follow up of transactions in progress.
*Responding to queries regarding investment performance.
*Clarifying and explaining company's investment approach and philosophy
*To ensure accurate record keeping through service related administrative tasks.
*To provide assistance to the Service Support team and walk-in-centre team as and when required.
*To assist with database updates and information maintenance.
*To support a positive and responsive climate for client enquiry resolution.
*To play a key role in the stewardship of positive client relationships and the retention of clients.
*To build and establish relationships at all levels with internal departments to enhance organisational effectiveness and efficiency.
*To actively participate in the organisation's continuous improvement by identifying and proposing solutions to process and service related failures
*Participate in ad hoc projects

What the company offers:

*Growth - each staff member has a career development plan
*Dynamic environment
*Dynamic workforce
*Inspiring leadership
*An environment to live your values
*"Allowed to be who you are" as long as you authentically believe in the company's values
* Competitive salary
*Lucrative Bonus structure: Based on performance. There might also be an opportunity to be part of the employee share-scheme.
*Performance increases: These increases are integrated into the structure of the consultant model and once again based on performance.
* Further education funding - Company places great emphasis on learning and development of their employees.
* Internal Training, Workshops & Seminars - Company has an extensive range of internal training and development workshops and courses that you are encouraged to enroll in. There are also quite a few insightful seminars that take place throughout the year which are presented by industry Leaders.
* Lunch - Lunch is served every day, 'on-the-house' with over 7 different lunch options that are served on a daily basis ranging from hot meals to salads to wraps. All meals are Halaal.
*Health & Wellness - Company focuses quite a bit on health and wellness. They host health workshops throughout the year and bi-annual Corporate Athlete assessments.
* Performance Bonus: Paid annually in December bases on company profits and individual performance
*Parking: Subsidised Parking
*Other: Fully equipped 'state of the art' gym on premises for staff to use, free of charge, so no gym fees out of your pocket.

Relocation costs:

Company covers your relocation costs for both temporary relocation and permanent relocation (as per set budget which is twice the monthly gross salary).
Successful candidates based in Johannesburg will be required to relocate to Cape Town for approximately 4 - 6 months to undergo training before relocating back to Johannesburg. Candidates living in other areas can opt to work in either Cape Town or Johannesburg. However, relocating to Cape Town for training is essential.

Desired Skills:

Desired Work Experience:
? Up to 18 months work experience (this excludes “student life” work experience
? Fresh graduate without work experience

Desired Education Level:

? Undergraduate Degree (not a diploma) and desire to continue further studies – good average pass mark
? Honours Degree - good average passmark
? CFA or desire to study towards a CFA qualification
? Pure Mathematics for Matric – minimum pass 65%

About The Employer:

Blue Chip Investment Company who "Invest in their staff".

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