2020 Operations Apprenticeship Programme - Horsham

  • Employer Schroders
  • Job type Degree Apprenticeships
  • Salary Competitive
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Horsham
  • Qualifications gained Professional Qualification
  • Date published 14/05/2020

Who we’re looking for

If you've just finished school or college, and gained A-levels or BTECs, and you're not sure that university is for you, then our Operations Apprenticeship Programme provides you with a chance to take the first step in your career and earn while you learn.

On this programme, you’ll be part of our busy Operations teams within the Infrastructure part of our business.

Because this is a new role, in a new team, in a new location, we need someone who’s flexible, creative and curious enough to take on a challenge, rather than tick off set tasks on a to-do list.

It means you’ll get the chance to work with different areas of the business, see the big picture, and see your role evolve as the business does.

About Schroders

We’re a global investment manager. We help institutions, intermediaries and individuals around the world invest money to meet their goals, fulfil their ambitions, and prepare for the future.

We have around 4,000 people on six continents. And we’ve been around for over 200 years, but keep adapting as society and technology changes. What doesn’t change is our commitment to helping our clients, and society, prosper.

The base

You’ll be based at our new Broadlands Business Campus near Horsham in West Sussex. That’s our new operations hub – home to our client servicing, product reporting and operational oversight for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

It’s a brand new site and a brand new team, putting digital first. So we’re looking for people who are excited about setting things up, shaking things up, and working across teams.  It’s a chance to shape how we work rather than slot into an established structure.

It’ll have same high standards and international reputation as our HQ in the City of London, without being in the city: a big, countryside campus (and no commute on the Tube) means life will feel a little different.

The team

We support our global business by providing high quality and efficient operational oversight, processing and reporting across all of our business channels. Operations covers a broad spectrum of responsibilities from ensuring confirmation and settlement of trade activity, daily oversight of the funds Net Asset Value (NAV) to ensuring that we meet all of our Client, Fund and regulatory reporting obligations. It’s a busy and dynamic area with many exciting opportunities to build and develop your career.

What you’ll do

As a Schroders apprentice, you will spend 20% of your time working towards achieving Level 3 - Investment Operations Technician qualification; the rest of your time will be spent working with your team and gaining the skills you need to build your expertise

The teams and a brief summary of the types of activities you will be performing are as follows;

Trade Operations – You will be responsible for ensuring that all trading activity across equity, fixed income, FX, Unit Trusts and money market asset classes is confirmed and settled on a timely basis. Investigate settlement issues and managed failed trades to ensure a timely resolution. You will work with our investment teams, brokers and custodians on a daily basis.

Asset Servicing – You will be responsible for the researching and validating any corporate action affecting our held security universe. Liaising with investment teams to ensure elections are made and safely and securely instructed back to our custodians. You will ensure that all stock and cash entitlements are processed accurately and timely into the Investment Book of Record (IBoR)

Cash Operations – You will be responsible for a range of cash processing tasks supporting timely updates of cash flows, fees/expenses and trade related FXs, as well as instructing cash movements at custody. You will also support externally managed cash and security movements such as Short Term Investment Funds and collateral movements. Additionally, monitoring of overdrafts, overdraft interest and responding to cash related queries from the Investment teams.

IBoR Reconciliations – You will be ensuring the integrity of custody and cash position data is maintained within our internal systems through our daily reconciliation processes. You will ensure the complete reconciliation, investigation and allocation of all breaks are completed within set SLA’s and deadlines. Additionally, you’ll be responsible for the oversight and management of clearance of all breaks within the function.

Fund Oversight – You will be overseeing the work of our third party administrators to ensure the accurate and timely delivery of our fund NAVs and completion of cash and stock reconciliations. You will also support the oversight of our FX services by reviewing daily reports and calculations, along with the provision of fund accounting data for other internal teams.

Transfer Agency Oversight – You will be helping to deliver a risk-based oversight model to monitor the day-to-day operations of the transfer agent.  In addition, you will contribute to the monitoring of cash flow notifications from global TAs, to ensure that the investment desks have accurate and timely fund subscription and redemption activity.

Reporting – Oversee and produce the day-to-day production of full, accurate and timely reports, making sure we hit internal and external deadlines. Maintain controls along the way with procedure documents for reporting processes, errors and best practice. Be part of integrating and establishing global, regional and country templates so we have accurate information and meet compliance requirements. Support the team become more efficient by spotting weaknesses in our process, suggesting and implementing solutions either individually or as part of wider projects.

The knowledge, experience and qualifications you need

  • You’ll have at least 96 UCAS points and be 18 years old by Monday 7 September to apply for the 2020 intake

The knowledge, experience and qualifications that will help

  • Any experience which demonstrates strong communication skills and working well within a team environment
  • Experience of prioritising workload, demonstrating a keen eye for detail and problem solving 

Ultimately, we can teach what you need to know about the job we just need you to bring your drive, passion and enthusiasm to make the most of the opportunity to start building your career.

What you’ll be like

  • You’ll be an ambitious and enthusiastic self-starter who is eager to learn more about our industry and our business
  • A team player with a pro-active approach to getting things done, you’ll love a challenge and are keen to work in an exciting, fast paced environment.
  • You’ll be flexible and eager to learn - how we work in this new hub will evolve, so you’ll need to adapt

We’re looking for the best, whoever they are

Schroders is an equal opportunities employer. You’re welcome here whatever your sex, marital status, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious belief or age.

Please note we recruit on a rolling basis so recommend you apply early.

Start date: Monday 7 September 2020

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