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Principal Portfolio Specialist - Aligned Investors in Des Moines, Iowa

Aligned Investors is a specialized US equity manager within Principal Global Investors. The dedicated team based in Des Moines, IA, has over $40B in assets under management in its Midcap and Blue-Chip strategies. Aligned’s process involves long-term ownership of high-quality companies that are led by owner-operators. This distinctive process has produced exceptional results through market cycles since 1999. Aligned Investors benefits from the focus of a boutique firm while leveraging the deep resources of Principal Global Investors.

Aligned Investors is seeking a Portfolio Specialist to join its growing team. The position’s responsibilities include representing and positioning Aligned’s fundamental investment capabilities with clients, intermediaries, and distribution partners. The position will support all aspects of business development and client communication for Aligned strategies.

This will include:

  • Coordination with sales, marketing, client service and product management teams to drive growth in the Aligned business.

  • Direct client interaction, both virtually and in person, in conjunction with the established distribution and relationship management teams.

  • Partnering with marketing to develop effective thought capital and other materials to represent the team’s capabilities and performance.

  • Oversight of the accuracy and quality of marketing materials, databases, requests for proposal, due diligence questionnaires, and portfolio reporting and analytics.

  • Interaction with portfolio managers and analysts to develop deep knowledge of the portfolio and its individual investments.

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in finance, business, economics, or marketing

  • Five or more years of experience in the investment management industry, with direct investment, product, or sales experience

  • CFA designation (or progress towards) strongly preferred

  • Broad investment management and financial market knowledge, ideally with expertise in equity products

  • Must be an excellent communicator and presenter, both orally and written, with vision to create and maintain a compelling story for the Aligned strategies

  • A desire to interact frequently with distribution teams, improving their product knowledge and supporting sales efforts

  • Proficient analytical and technical ability in Excel, PowerPoint and FactSet

  • Willingness to frequently travel; this role may require as much as 50% of time spent traveling for business

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes, but is not limited to students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.)

Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Global Investors positions, you’ll need to follow an Investment Code of Ethics related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.

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Principal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Requisition ID: 2021-29544

Enterprise Segment: PGI

Business Area: PGI Aligned

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt