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Director - Investment Grade Credit Research

Date: Mar 23, 2019

Location: Milwaukee, WI, 53202

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Director Investment Grade Credit Research


WHO WE ARE: The Public Investments Department within Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company, LLC (NMIMC) manages the public markets investments of Northwestern Mutual, with more than $100 billion under management in Investment Grade Corporate, Structured Product, High Yield Corporate, Government, Municipal, Emerging Market and related Derivative assets.


BASIC FUNCTION: This position will be responsible for covering and driving performance within assigned Investment Grade (IG) corporate bond industries.



  • While specific industry experience is not a requirement, meaningful current or historical experience in Energy or Consumer (Food, Retail, Consumer Products) sectors would be preferred
  • Candidates must have a proven track record of deep industry expertise within the IG corporate asset class
  • Within assigned industries, the candidate must have the ability to provide well-articulated, forward-looking fundamental views and relative value assessments for covered companies
  • Candidates should have at least 8 years of experience in the credit markets



  • Provide timely evaluation of primary and secondary market offerings informed by fundamental and relative value views
  • Demonstrate the ability to formulate, communicate and influence investment recommendations to portfolio managers based on forward looking fundamental and cross industry relative value analysis
  • Prepare high quality, accurate and independent work product
  • Maintain strong, professional relationships with Wall Street contacts, rating agencies, buy-side accounts and issuer management teams
  • Regularly attend industry conferences, investor events and rating agency meetings
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to senior management on key issues, such as topical industry information, credit specific analysis, special project work, etc.
  • Use information technology to identify, develop and maintain tools that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the investment decision making process
  • Actively engage in Continuous Learning & Improvement (CL&I) initiatives
  • Exhibit a high level of integrity, trustworthiness, reliability and motivation
  • Promote a culture of mutual respect and courtesy



  • MBA or Master’s degree
  • CFA designation is preferred
  • 8+ years of asset management industry experience with ability to demonstrate track record of delivering research and investment ideas contributing to superior, risk adjusted results
  • Ability to develop and build relevant models and tools
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and critical reasoning skills
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail, ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Works well independently, while promoting and contributing to a strong team dynamic
  • High ethical and professional standards



  • Knowledge of Blackrock Aladdin is desirable
  • Proficiency with Bloomberg, Microsoft Power BI, Database systems and tools is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of machine learning and/or predictive analytics applications for use in credit research is

    highly desirable


    This position is subject to our Personal Trading Policy and the employee will be required to

    maintain any brokerage accounts with one of NMIMC’s approved brokers.






















Req ID: 24566
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Required
Employment Experience: 3-5 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 10/05/2018