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Head of Investment Risk

  • London
  • 150000 - 200000

Job Title:
Head of Investment Risk

Overview: As the Head of Investment Risk, you will play a critical role in ensuring the financial health and stability of our organization’s investment portfolio. You will lead a team responsible for identifying, assessing, and managing various risks associated with our investment strategies, with a focus on maximizing returns while minimizing potential losses. Your expertise will be instrumental in guiding our investment decisions and safeguarding our assets against market volatility and other external factors.


  1. Risk Identification and Assessment:
    • Identify and analyse potential risks associated with investment opportunities across various asset classes, including equities, fixed income, derivatives, and real assets.
    • Assess the impact of macroeconomic trends, geopolitical events, regulatory changes, and other external factors on investment risks.
    • Utilize quantitative models, stress testing, scenario analysis, and other risk management tools to quantify and evaluate risks.
  1. Risk Monitoring and Reporting:
    • Develop and implement risk monitoring processes to track the performance and exposure of our investment portfolio in real-time.
    • Generate regular risk reports and presentations for senior management, board members, and other stakeholders, highlighting key risk metrics, trends, and mitigation strategies.
    • Establish risk limits and thresholds for different investment strategies and ensure compliance with internal policies and regulatory requirements.
  1. Portfolio Optimization:
    • Collaborate with portfolio managers, traders, and other stakeholders to optimize the risk-return profile of our investment portfolio.
    • Provide insights and recommendations to enhance portfolio diversification, asset allocation, and risk-adjusted returns.
    • Identify opportunities to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in managing investment risks through process improvements and technology enhancements.
  1. Risk Mitigation and Hedging:
    • Develop and implement hedging strategies to mitigate specific risks within the investment portfolio, such as market risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, and counterparty risk.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of hedging instruments, such as options, futures, swaps, and structured products, in reducing portfolio volatility and downside risk.
    • Monitor and adjust hedging positions in response to changing market conditions and risk dynamics.
  1. Team Leadership and Development:
    • Lead a team of risk management professionals, providing guidance, mentorship, and performance feedback to foster a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.
    • Promote cross-functional collaboration and knowledge sharing within the risk management team and across other departments.
    • Stay abreast of industry best practices, emerging trends, and regulatory developments in investment risk management, and ensure that our risk management processes remain robust and up-to-date.


  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, mathematics, or a related field; advanced degree (e.g., MBA, CFA, FRM) preferred.
  • Proven experience in investment risk management, preferably within asset management, investment banking, or a related financial services industry.
  • Strong understanding of financial markets, investment products, and risk management principles, with expertise in quantitative analysis, statistics, and modeling.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex concepts and influence decision-making at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated track record of strategic thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Familiarity with risk management tools and systems (e.g., Bloomberg, MSCI RiskMetrics, FactSet, Aladdin) and proficiency in programming languages (e.g., Python, R, SQL) is a plus.

Location: [London]

Benefits: Competitive salary, performance-based bonuses, comprehensive benefits package, opportunities for professional development and career advancement.

Application Process: Please submit your resume and cover letter detailing your relevant experience and qualifications for this position.

We seek individuals from a diverse talent pool and encourage applicants from underrepresented groups to apply to our vacancies. Our commitment to fair recruitment processes means that we welcome applicants from all backgrounds, regardless of their lived experience or personal characteristics. We also invite applicants who meet most of the listed requirements, even if not all, to apply. If you require any adjustments to the application process, please let us know.

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