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Buck Senior Investment Research Specialist in London, United Kingdom


Senior Investment Research Specialist

BUCK - A 102-year-old firm that is JUST GETTING STARTED.

Senior Investment Research Specialist (Fixed Income)

Investment Research Team – London

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The opportunity:

We have a new opportunity for a Senior Investment Research Specialist within the Investment Research Team based in our London office.

The Investment Research Team provides advice that impacts the investment choices of a range of UK pensions schemes and their sponsors, covering primarily defined benefits (DB) but also some defined contribution (DC) schemes.

This is an opportunity to join a specialist team that sits within a wider multi-disciplinary team that provides clients with leading investment and fiduciary solutions. We are looking for individuals with in-depth experience of the subject matter, strong communication skills, investment acumen and a client focus, alongside the core technical skills.

The Senior Investment Research Specialist will be responsible for formulating informed views on a range of investment strategies and making insightful rating proposals to the Buck Investment Committee.

An enquiring mind and attention to detail are required, as well as discipline, focus and consistency.

As the subject matter expert within your asset classes, you will bring specialist knowledge of the sector in formulating ratings and assisting our consultants in taking these ideas to our clients.

It is likely that you will have at least 4 to 6 years’ experience in researching Fixed Income with associated LDI or ESG exposure.

Our team stands-out from our competitors because we offer tailored and client specific solutions which allows our client to remain ‘in control’ of their investment strategy, while ensuring they always have access to new investment opportunities.

Key responsibilities:

  • Researching investment strategies within the agreed asset classes in a manner consistent with the Buck research process, and proposing these ratings to the Investment Committee;

  • As an Investment Committee member, assessing strategies brought for rating by your peers

  • Lead relationships with a number of external fund managers;

  • Maintaining and Refining Buck’s understanding of the asset classes and how investment into it can enable clients to achieve better outcomes;

  • Owning the production of Manager Selection reports for clients, engaging as required by the lead consultant during the selection process;

  • Take personal responsibility for the timeliness and quality of the work performed and for the ratings assigned at the Investment Committee.

  • It will be of added advantage that you also have an appreciation of ESG investing.

  • An ability to develop quantitative screens and performance models would be an added advantage.

What we look for:

  • Established record in Investment Research, quite possibly achieved within an Investment Consultancy or Asset Management;

  • A minimum of 4 to 6 years relevant Investment research experience;

  • Proven experience of one of the following areas; Fixed Income alongside Liability Driven Investment (LDI) or ESG Strategies.

  • AIMR or CFA qualified;

  • Detailed knowledge of Defined Benefits (DB) pension schemes, and ideally Fiduciary and Defined contribution (DC) schemes;

  • Strong understanding of Investment products – the investment managers, how and by whom the funds are managed, the merits of different investment processes, an ability to interpret outcomes;

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and comfortable advising Trustee Boards and fielding one’s research conclusions to peers and wider audience within Buck.

Why Buck:

As an established company with a start-up mentality we know that our employees are key to our success. We offer a comprehensive remuneration package while taking into consideration aspects such a flexible working and factors key to a good work life balance.

What we offer:

  • Highly competitive salary;

  • Minimum 25 days annual leave (excluding Bank holidays) with the option to purchase additional (10 days) or sell back (5 days);

  • Private Medical cover including partner / spouse and children;

  • Excellent Defined Contribution pension provisions;

  • Comprehensive Life Assurance coverage;

  • Company bonus scheme:

  • Interest free season ticket loan;

  • Gym subsidy

  • Additional flexible benefits Scheme to support you and your family in and out of work encompassing; Health & Wellbeing, Protection and Lifestyle covering; additional Life assurance, Travel insurance, Dental insurance, Medical Cash plan, Health screening, Critical Illness cover plus many more.

At Buck, we pride ourselves in our Diversity and Inclusion and are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable UK law.

We are exclusively focused on helping our clients and their people succeed together. By this, we mean we’re partnering with some of the world's most forward-thinking companies to re-envision and re-design the way that employees work and live. And we’re doing this by finding the right combination of consulting, outsourcing, and technology solutions to help our clients realise the best organisational performance for their businesses while driving positive health, wealth, and career outcomes for their people.




  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

  • Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them

  • Thought Provoking: Capable of making others think deeply on a subject

  • Functional Expert: Considered a thought leader on a subject



  • Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help

  • Growth Opportunities: Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility

  • Financial: Inspired to perform well by monetary reimbursement



  • Bachelors or better



  • 3 years: Manager Research

  • 5 years: Fixed Income

  • 5 years: Investment Research