Client Contracting – Associate

Client Contracting – Associate


About this Role:

The OnBoarding Contracting team plays a key role in on-boarding new clients within BlackRock and managing change for existing clients with respect to the contractual set up. The team focuses on the drafting, negotiation, co-ordination and execution of investment management agreements, investment guidelines or criteria, and related documentation for new clients and existing clients. Trading documentation (ISDAs and CSAs) and fund documentation (Fund IMAs and prospectuses) are out of scope for this team.

We are looking for someone who will support a client book in a dynamic and exciting environment, based upon a team of Account Managers and/or specific regional offices, whose clients you will support from a documentation perspective. Are you looking to gain in depth knowledge of your client’s mandates and deliver excellent client service? Then we encourage you to apply!

Key responsibilities

Developing key relationships with internal partners and client teams to foster a client focused process.

Accurate drafting, negotiation and co-ordination of contractual documentation for your portfolio of business.

Facilitation and co-ordination of all internal partners across different regions involved in the contracting process, ensuring their comments flow through to the contract and requisite approvals are obtained.

Partnering with the OnBoarding Implementation team to take on new clients and manage client change as efficiently as possible.

Ensuring that the appropriate contracting process is followed for all contract processing to mitigate risk to BlackRock.

Negotiating client documentation within specified parameters and raising to legal and operational risk when necessary.

Supporting the sales team with contractual documentation queries.

Participating in research initiatives or projects that are requested by the sales, product or legal teams.

Experience Required
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated asset management or financial services experience and in-depth experience of drafting contractual documentation within the asset management industry, possessing either:

a legal background or qualification with experience of drafting and negotiating investment management agreements for an institutional client base; or
no formal legal qualification but excellent knowledge and proven experience in negotiating investment management agreements and investment guidelines for institutional clients.

Relevant legal qualification (desirable not essential).
Experienced contract management and negotiation skills.
Excellent attention to detail, organisation and presentation skills.
Knowledge of the asset management industry (fund types, client base and strategies, operational set up and products) and applicable law and regulations.
Strongly proficient on standard software (e.g. Microsoft Office).


Ability to independently manage your own portfolio of business with some guidance and oversight.
Strong awareness of process efficiency and the need to mitigate risk through team processes.
Exemplary analytical, communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills with the ability to connect with both internal and external clients at all levels and regions.
Great teammate – both with regard to your direct team as well as those with whom you support.
Flexible and open to accepting new challenges; able to work effectively and efficiently on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, demanding and constantly evolving environment while maintaining the highest standard and attention to detail.
Proven ability to balance client needs with BlackRock policies and operational procedures; possess excellent regulatory and technical awareness in order to understand associated risks and provided innovative, risk-free and compliance friendly solutions.

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