• Financial Security Reference Associate

    Location : Location US-TN-Nashville
    Operations & Technology
    Position Type
  • Company Overview

    AB is a leading global investment management firm that offers high-quality research and diversified investment services to institutional clients, individuals and private clients in major markets around the world. AB employs more than 500 investment professionals with expertise in growth equities, value equities, fixed income securities, blend strategies, and alternative investments, and, through its subsidiaries and joint ventures, operates in more than 20 countries. AB’s research disciplines include fundamental research, quantitative research, economic research and currency forecasting capabilities. Through its integrated global platform, AB is well-positioned to tailor investment solutions for its clients. AB also offers independent research, portfolio strategy and brokerage-related services to institutional investors.


    Ops Group Description:
    Security Reference Management provides security data to internal clients of: Portfolio Managers, Traders, Client Reporting, Insurance Operations and Private Client for the management of client and fund investment activities. The security data is maintained on master databases which feed to trading, investment, risk and compliance applications used by internal users. The Department is responsible to ensure the security data is accurate, timely and complete to meet the needs of business activities.


    A Security Reference Management Analyst maintains all security data of various security types such as Fixed Income, Equity and Derivatives that is used in multiple internal downstream applications. Security data is retrieved from outside vendors such as Bloomberg; the Analyst is responsible to ensure the security data is accurately entered/represented in our internal database prior to sending the information downstream for our internal clients. This role will be focused on Fixed Income, will primarily support the trading desk and will be very closely tied to the daily trade activity in Primary Market Issues. This Analyst will work closely with the Fixed Income Trading teams and will attend meetings with the traders (at the discretion of the trader and management). The primary responsibility of the Analyst is to setup Fixed Income New Market Issues. The Analyst will have opportunities to engage in conversation regarding Fixed Income markets with external sell side traders as well as internal Fixed Income traders, Portfolio Managers and Analyst.

    AllianceBernstein is an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate based race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or citizenship status.


    • Setup and communication of New (Primary) Market Issues.
    • Research, input, and validate security indicative data on various internal databases and account systems.
    • Support various accounting systems such as Portfolio Management System, Camra, and Global Plus in areas such as verifying and reconciling accrual differences.
    • Working with internal departments including portfolio management, trading, reporting, performance, research, legal/compliance, etc. to resolve data discrepancies on a wide variety of asset types.
    • Support data needs for all types of Fixed Income instruments, as well as Asset Backed securities and possibly on occasion Derivatives and Equities.
    • Support various Quality Control reports and data cleanup projects that may include credit ratings, industry classifications, coupon rate information, issuer information, and cross reference information relating to CUSIP/ISIN/SEDOL numbers or other market identifiers.
    • Document process and procedures when needed.
    • Work with management and other operational areas within AllianceBernstein to ensure data integrity across multiple databases.
    • The candidate must be organized, detail oriented, have the ability to work well under pressure, and be able to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
    • Identify work and data flow efficiency gains and consider opportunities for improvement
    • This position may require overtime.

    This position offers the opportunity to learn of the activities supporting investment management and how teams work together to support our clients; solve business and data problems and make a contribution to Operations and clients. More specifically, this role will sit on the Fixed Income Trading floor and will have a primary focus on New Market Issues. The role will involve working with Fixed Income Traders to ensure proper setup for acquisition of assets into portfolios and to conform to firm standards as well as meet criteria to support Pre-Trade Compliance and other similar reporting.


    The candidate will be expected to manage their own career development but will receive management feedback, and learn from challenging and new assignments. They will also have the opportunity to engage in Professional Development and Financial courses which will further their growth professionally and knowledge of the Industry. This candidate will also be embedded in the Fixed Income Trading area and be involved in meetings and have very close ties to the Fixed Income Trading team.



    The ideal candidate should have a 4 year degree in Finance, Economics, Accounting or another relevant discipline and relevant job experience in Operations and has demonstrated delivering projects, working within a team including technology teams and meeting time sensitive deadlines. Must be a problem solver, and be able to work with a range of internal clients. The ideal candidate should also have some experience in Fixed Income Securities and middle office support activities.



    Our Operations Analyst typically have track records of outstanding professional performance and academic achievement, along with excellent analytical and problem solving skills, financial data skills, technical support skills, attention to detail and as well as strong communication skills. The candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative environment and to present results to both expert and non-expert audiences.


    Special Knowledge: The candidate should be able to present themselves positively, work well in a team and financial services setting, and be a change agent.


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