Saturday, February 16, 2008

Schroders Graduate Scheme

Simon Brazier joined Schroders Graduate Scheme in 1998 and now his AUM is over £500m. Here's what he says about Schroders.

Simon Brazier, Equities Fund Manager
1998 - Assistant, fund management desk
2000 - Managed own funds
2006 - Managed UK equity fund
2008 - Equities Fund Manager

The Schroders Graduate Scheme gave me the skills and knowledge to take on my first role as Assistant on the UK fund management desk. It very quickly meant working with Fund Managers – and I’ve basically been involved in UK equity fund management ever since.

In 2000, after two years on the desk, I started managing my own funds for the private bank, charities and pension funds – and I now run the Schroder UK Equity Fund, which is over £500m in value and very high profile. I took the fund on in the middle of 2006 and have generated strong performance against my benchmark since then. I’m now in a position of running large UK equity funds and so the medium term is about generating great performance for my clients.

Apart from my "day job" of managing UK equities, I’m also involved in graduate recruitment. I’m very proud of how we’ve been able to develop what I believe is one of the best graduate training programmes in the City. I’ve obviously benefited from the programme myself, with excellent initial training, followed by the chance to work with some of the best UK equity investors that there are in the market. Throughout my time here I’ve found the company is well resourced – and there’s also a healthy ‘people’ aspect to the business which means I can also enjoy the social side, such as captaining the Schroders hockey club. I really can say that if you’re fascinated by investment, want early responsibility and excellent training, then Schroders is the place for you.

Source: Schroders

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Do You Fancy Asset Management?

Asset management is an important arm of investment banking. Let’s look at one of the top players in the market – Schroders.

Schroders – World’s Leading Asset Management Company
As one of the largest publicly quoted asset management companies in the world, Schroders have around £137 billion of funds under management, as of 30 June 2007, hiring some 2,400 individuals in 26 countries. Headquartered in London, Schroders has over two hundred years of experience in the financial markets and is traded on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Some Reasons You Should Consider Schroders

Equal Opportunities Employer – Remember Johanna Kyrkland became their Head of UK Multi Asset at the age of 30?

Caring For Young Individuals - Schroders provide both financial support and study leave for graduates to gain professional qualifications such as IMC, CFA, CIMA and any other opportunities that are tailored to regional requirements. A dedicated Graduate Co-ordinator will give you any help, advice or guidance at every step of your training programme.

Wide Range of Graduate Programmes - Schroders offer various opportunities for graduates, namely investment, finance, IT and distribution. Schroders’ 10-week summer internship programme offer detailed introduction to fund management along with technical and soft skills training which will help prepare you for entry into industry Graduate schemes.

Industrial Placements - Schroders’ 12 month placements offer you a specific role with the opportunity to involve on one of the company’s highest profile projects and gaining the benefit from learning and working alongside a team of exceptional individuals. Applications open in March 2008 with the successful applicants starting with us in July 2008.

Summer Internships - Internship is an important step to gain hands on investment banking experience and to get your first full time job. At Schroders, half of their 18 interns who joined in Summer 2007 received permanent full time job offers.

We shall continue to look at a success story of how a graduate develop his fund management career at Schroders.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Successful Young Female Investment Banker - III

I am going to introduce one more successful young female investment banker today. At the age of 30, Johanna Kyrkland joined Schroders Investment Management as their Head of UK Multi Asset. Her name appeared on the list of FN Rising Star in 2006 and 2007. She is another good example of start early. After graduating from Oxford in 1997, she joined Deutsche Asset Management. In 10 years time, she held a senior role at Schroders, one of the largest publicly quoted asset management companies in the world.

Johanna Kyrkland - Bio from FN Rising Star 2007
Head of UK Multi Asset, Schroders Investment Management
Age: 31

Rising star last year, joined Schroders from Insight Investment in March. Co-manages the Schroders diversified growth fund, which as attracted £1bn in assets in the past year, while her multi-asset team oversees £12bn for UK clients. Started out at Deutsche Asset Management where she gained a reputation for shrewd asset allocation bets.

Source: Financial News

Do You Fancy Asset Management?
Asset management is an important segment of investment banking. Schroders have around £137 billion of funds under management. We shall look at its career opportunities tomorrow.

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Successful Young Female Investment Banker - II

Many believe that the world of investment banking is dominated by men. Quite true to some extent, at least 80% of the population in my company’s database is men. However there are young female investment bankers who are doing exceptionally well. Today, I want to introduce Julie Chakraverty, who became a global head in about ten years of her investment banking career at UBS, along with many other achievements.

Julie Chakraverty joined UBS's fixed income research division in 1995. There she created her CreditDelta product, an award-winning portfolio management tool which calculates risk and return structures, widely used by fund managers.

Julie Chakraverty - Bio
1972 – born
1992 – Cambridge graduated, first in economics
1992 – JPMorgan, Derivatives Marketer, after completing a graduate training program
1995 – UBS - Fixed Income Research
2006 – UBS – Fixed Income Division - Managing Director, Global Head of Analytics & Connectivity and Client Coverage (the youngest managing director at UBS)
2006 – UBS – Board Member (the youngest board member)2006 – Management Today - '35 Women Under 35'

2007 – Financial News Rising Star
2007 – Runner Up (Financial Services) - Inaugural Women in the City

Julie Chakraverty’s Advice to Career Women
Well aware the City is often accused of gender-bias, Ms Chakraverty said she viewed UBS as a meritocracy. "My success here proves it's business challenges, not gender challenges, that matter." She offers three pieces of advice to ambitious career women: be your own role model, decide what differentiates you and maximise it, and "keep evolving".
Source: Telegraph

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