Associate Trade and Operations Specialist supports the trade operations team within Morningstar Investment Management (MIM)’s broader investment operations group. The position is responsible for delivering the highest quality investment and operations support, ensuring efficient and robust investment portfolio trade implementation for the Morningstar Managed Portfolios (MMP) program and mutual fund operations. The person will play a supportive role in the evolution of the trade team and its processes, with a focus on optimizing trade workflows, escalating operational risks and effectively partnering with technology and global operations resources. The ideal candidate is flexible and adaptable during strategic operational developments willing to up their sleeves when needed. The role is based in Chicago in the heart of the Loop and reports to our Senior Manager of Trades and Operations.
+ Assist and support the full account trading life cycle of trading activity including but not limited to trade generation, routing, execution, and reconciliation on a daily basis for TAMP accounts.
+ Support the trading operations associated with running our portfolios through a variety of third-party distribution platforms.
+ Evaluate current processes with a focus toward continuous process improvement.
+ Work closely with the team, focused on providing best in class trading capabilities and solutions for funds.
+Maintain productive relationships with key stakeholders including custodians, third party vendors, other investment operations teams, and other functions within MIM to contribute to the efficient operation of our MMP program
+Escalate and resolve operations barriers. Ability to see the big picture and roll up sleeves to resolve issues. Liaise with custodians and third party vendors to improve and expand our capabilities. Escalate and resolve service issues.
+ Relevant experience in trade operations, trading and portfolio services or custodian is advantageous.
+ A strong interest in financial markets and Asset Management.
+Basic knowledge of variety of products including; managed portfolios, TAMP solutions, and mutual funds
+ Excellent attention to detail and accuracy; the person in this role must maintain a sharp focus during market hours and minimize distractions.
+ Strong organizational, time management, and client service skills. Integrity is a must in this role.
+ Proven ability to research and resolve complex operational issues and advise team on initiatives that improve overall efficiency.
+ A bachelor’s degree; a concentration in finance or a related area is a plus.
+ Advanced Excel training is advantageous.