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Portfolio Manager (Seattle)

Russell Investments

Russell Investments

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Business Unit:

Investment Division

Salary Range:

$120,000 USD - $140,000 USD

Specific compensation will be based on candidate’s experience, skills, qualifications, commercial considerations, and other job-related factors permitted by law. At Russell Investments, salary is just one part of our compensation package. Our total rewards approach includes an annual performance bonus (subject to eligibility criteria) in addition to participation in our competitive benefits programs including healthcare, retirement, vacation, and wellbeing programs.

Job Description:

We are seeking an energetic, creative, and hardworking individual to join our Customized Portfolio Solutions portfolio management team. This team is responsible for the development and ongoing management of investment and implementation solutions using systematic & quantitatively driven strategies. These include Separately Managed Accounts, Tax Management, Factor Investing, ESG and Enhanced Portfolio Implementation. Investment solutions are managed for clients in commingled vehicles as well as bespoke separate accounts.

The candidate for this role will assist with team in supporting the firm’s growing Personalized Managed Accounts (PMA) business, including portfolio management responsibilities for separately managed accounts. This role requires the person to act as product expert in the ongoing management of client portfolios, evaluating the effectiveness of various strategies, performance evaluation, and working collaboratively with Portfolio Management and Research teams on investment strategy development.

We are looking for an innovative and analytical individual who will help to shape the technology and process development for this growing business. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in implementing AI and other cutting-edge technologies in investment initiatives. The ideal candidate will possess robust project management capabilities, adept relationship-building skills, and a high attention to detail.

It is expected that this role will be working from Russell’s Seattle headquarters.

The responsibilities of the individual in this position include:

Portfolio Management (60%)

  • Work closely with relevant teams within the Investment Division to manage portfolio outcomes consistent with client expectations
  • Ongoing management of separate account and other portfolios, including trade generation and instruction
  • Apply and interpret quantitatively driven portfolio optimizations
  • Use exception-based decision making in the portfolio management process
  • Track cash flows and other asset movements associated with client portfolios and requests
  • Implement model changes systematically across numerous portfolios
  • Generate performance analysis, evaluating both before and after-tax outcomes
  • Ensure portfolios’ adherence to guidelines and compliance rules
  • Work collaboratively with Research, Trading, Operations, and Technology colleagues to improve overall investment processes and platform

Client Service (10%)

  • Help communicate the investment process and portfolio outcomes to senior management, global business units, client service, and external clients
  • Assist with client ready performance analysis, reporting, and attribution reporting
  • Provide written portfolio commentary
  • Respond to client requests for analysis
  • Enhancing our value proposition by improving client-ready content/reporting

Product/Process Expert (30%)

  • Working closely with business units and product teams to provide value-added strategies and services to clients
  • Represent the portfolio management team in high level process, technology, operations and product related projects
  • Work collaboratively with Research, Development & Technology teams to design scalable investment process, which can be systematically applied across numerous portfolios
  • Lead projects to investigate and develop new ideas. This may include identifying innovative solutions, working with internal and external resources to evaluate these ideas, and drafting position papers and presentations to document findings
  • Provide effective mentorship and leadership across the organization

The successful candidate will have extensive demonstrable skills and experiences including the following:

  • 5+ years of professional investment management or similar experience
  • Investment decision making skills; financial analysis, strategic and theoretical skills
  • Experience with systematic portfolio management or related investment disciplines; Tax Management, Factor Investing, Equity Trading
  • Demonstrated experience applying technological solutions to scale investment process. Understanding of how programming & artificial intelligence can be used to improve investment strategies and processes.
  • Experience with programming languages and latest advancements in AI, ML, and financial technologies strongly preferred.
  • Strong mathematical and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to thrive is a collaborative work environment
  • Strong client service and communication skills especially as they pertain to communicating complex concepts both orally and in writing to individuals with various degrees of investment experience
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with Managed Accounts programs strongly preferred
  • Flexible and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, unstructured environment


  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, mathematics or another related field required. Master’s degree and/or CFA preferred

Equal Employment Opportunity

Russell Investments is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all associates and employment applicants regardless of race, religion, ancestry, creed, color, gender (including gender identity which refers to a person's actual or perceived sex, and includes self-image, appearance, behavior or expression, whether or not different from that traditionally associated with a person's biological sex), age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, military status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, past or present unemployment status , or any other characteristic protected by law.