Director of Research, Investment Advice and Planning

| Chicago, IL, USA | Hybrid
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About the role:
As the Director of Research for Lifetime Financial Advice, you will help lead our research around lifetime investment & consumption models by applying your skills in econometrics, utility theory and mathematical optimization. You will be expected to continuously improve the advice and financial planning inventory of methodologies.
This position requires a Ph.D. in Economics or a closely related field with a keen interest in lifecycle finance, lifetime investment & consumption modeling, and financial economics that leads to investment advice. You will report to the Head of Advice and Financial Planning.
The position is based in Chicago.
Job responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and execution of our research agenda in the areas of lifetime investment & consumption modeling, utility theory, econometrics, and optimization.
  • Collaborate with a team of research professionals in conducting research and development in the topics of portfolio construction, retirement planning, wealth forecasting, cash flow, risk management, tax planning, and estate planning.
  • Work with our product and commercial teams to translate our research findings into actionable insights for investors and advisors.
  • Communicate research findings and recommendations to senior management, investors, and other stakeholders in a clear and concise manner.
  • Act as an expert spokesman through publications, media engagements, and conference presentations.


Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of experience
  • Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Economics or Econometrics.
  • Candidates should have some research publications on lifetime planning and advice.
  • Candidates should have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and be able to communicate complex financial information to a variety of stakeholders. They should be able to build relationships with other researchers and work collaboratively.


Nice to have:

  • Experience in acting as an expert spokesman for media and journals is a nice-to-have.
  • Some knowledge of Morningstar's existing advice and financial planning methodologies is highly desirable.
  • Professional certification such as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) would be preferred.
  • Experience with portfolio management and financial planning is a nice-to-have.

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If you receive and accept an offer from us, we require that personal and any related investments be disclosed confidentiality to our Compliance team (days vary by region). These investments will be reviewed to ensure they meet Code of Ethics requirements. If any conflicts of interest are identified, then you will be required to liquidate those holdings immediately. In addition, dependent on your department and location of work certain employee accounts must be held with an approved broker (for example all, U.S. employee accounts). If this applies and your account(s) are not with an approved broker, you will be required to move your holdings to an approved broker.
Morningstar's hybrid work environment gives you the opportunity to work remotely and collaborate in-person each week. While some positions are available as fully remote, we've found that we're at our best when we're purposely together on a regular basis, typically three days each week. A range of other benefits are also available to enhance flexibility as needs change. No matter where you are, you'll have tools and resources to engage meaningfully with your global colleagues.

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22 W. Washington , Chicago, IL 60602

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Morningstar Benefits Overview

At Morningstar, your contributions have meaning and can drive change. Across our 27 offices worldwide, we’ve invested in fostering a community where talented, driven people can grow. Our entrepreneurial spirit and uncompromising ethics guide everything we do. It’s all in the name of empowering investors. Morningstar is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees in the United States who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our benefits are designed to invest in your -- and your family's well-being, including investments in your health and financial future.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Morningstar encourages our colleagues to become involved in their communities, by providing paid time off for volunteer activities.
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Morningstar provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Work from home, Flexible start and end times.
Remote work program
The safety of our employees is very important to us. We have been operating remotely due to COVID-19.
Diversity
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Morningstar encourages unconscious bias training for all employees, especially managers and hiring personal. We believe that by raising awareness of bias we can decrease its effects.
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Morningstar offers two Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)— one for healthcare expenses and one for dependent care expenses. You may enroll in both $ determine the contribution amount.
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Our dental plan covers 100% of preventive services, 80% of basic services, and 50% of major services.
Vision insurance
With Morningstar's vision benefits you can get an annual eye exam with an in-network provider with just a $10 copay.
Health insurance
Morningstar continues to offer the choice of two medical plans—the Savings Plan and the Classic Plan. Both are administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBS).
Life insurance
Morningstar offers 4 tiers of life insurance that offer varying benefits. Basic Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Our insurance covers 80% on in-network mental health services. Our Employee Assistance Program provides no-cost, confidential, 24-hour counseling on a wide variety of issues.
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
Take advantage of a number of Morningstar tools to help you manage your 401(k) account and your finances, including Morningstar Retirement Manager, available to you at no cost.
401(K) matching
Morningstar provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed. We match $0.75 for every dollar contributed, up to a maximum of 7% of employee pay contributed to the plan each pay period.
Company equity
Morningstar’s global employee equity benefit, Shared Ownership, enables you to take a portion of your bonus payout and exchange it for RSUs, with Morningstar providing an additional 50% match.
Employee stock purchase plan
Colleagues who exceed their performance goals substantially may be eligible for Impact RSU Awards as an additional reward on top of their cash bonus/commission award.
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Morningstar's Matching GIfts program will match your charitable giving up to the local currency equivalent of $500 USD per calendar year.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Childcare benefits
Morningstar offers the option of in-home child and elder care, in addition to the existing day care center back-up care benefit.
Generous parental leave
Morningstar has a global minimum of 6 weeks paid time-off to bond with new family members. This benefit applies to all individuals equally, including birth mothers, fathers, adoptive parents.
Family medical leave
Eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave per year for certain specified reasons, and up to a total of 26 workweeks of leave to care for a family member.
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to 80% for eligible adoption expenses, up to $4,000 per adoption, in addition to a minimum of 6 weeks paid time off.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Morningstar sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Our employees receive 2 days per year of paid volunteer time.
Sabbatical
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Recreational clubs
Fitness stipend
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Compensation at Morningstar is more than a salary. It’s about making positive contributions to both life and work. We give our diverse workforce the choice and flexibility they need to maintain their health, retirement plans, time, and professional growth.

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