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Singapore, SG

Junior Portfolio Manager Asia


About Swiss Re

Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime.

At Swiss Re we combine experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise to create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of our 15,000 employees across the world.

We offer a flexible working environment where curious and adaptable people thrive. Are you interested in joining us?


About the Role


Swiss Re Asset Management Rates & Trade Execution are looking for a Junior Portfolio Manager Asia, based in Singapore. The role is part of the unit's global presence and market activities, predominantly in interest rates products (government bonds and interest rates derivatives).  The key responsibility is portfolio management of CNY interest rates assets as well as trade execution across interest rates and other products. The role's primary regional focus is on China.


You will be:

  • part of global Rates and Trade Execution team
  • involved in unit's market activities in Asia with a clear focus on China
  • working closely with senior portfolio managers in London, Zurich and New York (if Covid-19 situation allows, you may be required to spend time with the trading desk in London before taking up the position in Singapore)
  • executing trades and providing market coverage across interest rates and other asset classes in Asian time zone.


In particular, your responsibilities include:

  • An overall responsibility for multiple CNY interest rates mandates allocated to the unit
  • Management of other Asian interest rates mandates as allocated by line manager
  • Daily monitoring of market and economic developments in China and other countries in the Asian region
  • Path towards active risk-taking in global rates within pre-defined limits
  • Regular contacts and trade execution with a wide range of external institutions
  • Maintenance of positions and monitoring risks in portfolios
  • Calculation and monitoring of P&L of trades and positions
  • Ensuring investments are consistent with mandate constraints and guidelines
  • Financial markets research, security analysis, relative value analysis, cross sector relative value analysis
  • Macro-economic analysis and formulating investment strategy
  • Contribution of ideas to the risk-taking activities of the team
  • Contribution of ideas to the overall Swiss Re investment portfolio in Asia
  • Active engagement and collaboration with other teams on relevant AM projects in Asia
  • Close collaboration with various internal stakeholders in Asia (e.g. Group Treasury)
  • Other regular ad hoc portfolio management duties, including preparation of various analysis and inputs for reports and presentations as required


About the Team


  • Swiss Re's global Rates and Trades Execution Team consist of several portfolio managers based across London, Zurich, New York and Asia.  The unit is Asset Management's gateway to financial markets and interacts in global financial markets daily
  • Direct reporting line is to Head Rates Asia & Australasia in Zurich
  • The role is part of regionally focused Asset Management Asia
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status


About You


  • Bachelor's degree with at least 1-3 years of professional experience gained in a financial institution or public organization (Central Bank, IMF)
  • Native speaker in Mandarin, fluent in English
  • Strong personal ties to China, deep understanding of the Chinese economy and society
  • Impeccable integrity and attention to detail
  • Excellent research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Advanced Excel skills and prior working knowledge of Bloomberg
  • Experience with programming, quantitative and statistical models is an advantage
  • Prior experience in fixed income trading and portfolio management is an advantage but is not essential, including experience with Blackrock Aladdin.
  • Strong team player, focused and able to deliver under pressure in the ambiguous environment of financial markets
  • Ambitious, curious, with high potential to learn and deliver on demanding goals
  • Well organized and able to work independently under minimum supervision
  • Thorough understanding of macroeconomics and politics with ability to apply concepts to financial markets,
  • High level of initiative, effort, and ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate complex financial concepts and effectively articulate investment arguments
  • Ability to adapt quickly to rapidly changing environment


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