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Assistant Director, Alternative Investments

Assistant Director, Alternative Investments

Job Title: Assistant Director, Alternative Investments
Client: West Yorkshire Pension Fund
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Bradford
Salary: £75,906 to £87,582 per annum
REF: 1029853
Contact Name: Helen Anderson
Contact Email:
Job Published: 25 days ago
Job Expiry Date: 10 Apr 2021

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Job Description

Investing for the future
The West Yorkshire Pension Fund (WYPF) is a local government pension scheme, founded in 1974. The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is the administering authority for the fund. At the end of March 2020, WYPF had 294,447 members and 451 employers. Although we are based in West Yorkshire, the fund serves a range of different employers across the nation and we have big plans for our future growth.
Following a review of WYPF’s organisational and pay structure for investment and administrative staff, in 2020 we began to implement our new people structure. As a result, the brand new role of Assistant Director, Alternative Investments has been created to lead a stronger focus on alternative investments and lead growth and diversification across our Alternative Investment portfolio, which now exceeds £2billion.
Reporting to the Deputy Director Investments, as Assistant Director you will lead the effective management of our Alternative Investments portfolio, pursuing best practice and best value in delivering the highest quality of service. You must have a solid track record of investing in alternative investments, including property, and leading within internally managed pension funds to hit the ground running in this unique role.
With a relevant CCAB accountancy qualification and/or recognised stock market qualification, you’ll have a strong understanding of the national and international alternative investment markets, using your expertise to strengthen and further diversify our portfolio. You will have significant investment experience across a broad range of assets, including private equity, property and infrastructure, to name but a few.
A strong leader of people, you’ll help build capacity within our in-house Alternative Investments team to ensure the right resources are in place to support future growth for the portfolio, working closely alongside key stakeholders, including external partners, Elected Members, board members and committee members to ensure our strategic goals are met.
This is a unique opportunity to influence and lead a high-profile Alternative Investments portfolio. As one of only two local government pension funds in the country that directly manages its own investments, you will play a leading role in directing the fund to ensure we make stronger and wiser investment decisions for the future. If you think you have what it takes to help drive WYPF to even greater success, we want to hear from you.
If this sounds like you, visit to find out more. For a confidential discussion, please contact Helen Anderson (07534 602845) or Greg Hayes (07423 243415).

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 11th April 2021

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