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Junior Investment Operations Associate

Location: Arlington Fairfax

Requisition Number: 36012001



Cambridge Associates was founded in the early 1970s to assist nonprofit institutions with the investment of their endowment assets.  Today, we provide investment management, financial planning and proprietary capital markets research to over 1000 clients including nonprofit institutions, private clients (families) and pension plans.  The firm advises on assets in all asset categories, including equities, bonds, non-US investments, real estate, venture capital, hedge funds, leveraged buyout funds, oil and gas partnerships, and many other types of investments.  We monitor the performance of nearly all major institutional investment managers and provide an advanced monitoring service for our clients to evaluate alternative assets managers such as venture capital and private equity.

Cambridge Associates has a staff of more than 1,100 professionals, based in eight offices located in Arlington, Beijing, Boston, Dallas, London, Menlo Park, Singapore and Sydney. We select our employees with great attention to their potential to become valuable members of a collegial, intelligent and hard-working team.


Position Overview

The Manager Information Group (MIG) is tasked with centralizing all investment manager data collection processes across all C|A’s global offices.  MIG serves as a liaison between investment management firms and C|A’s internal advisory departments.  The group plays a vital back-office investment operations role to capture and input data efficiently and improve accessibility of information throughout the firm.  This includes fully servicing data needs for research, due diligence, consulting, and performance reporting, and supporting the firm through various ad-hoc research and request capabilities.  MIG works with Private Investment, Hedge Fund, and Long-Only investment managers to track over 8,500 firms across 26,000 funds and are responsible for capturing, inputting and reporting investment performance data for over 37,000 client portfolios. 

The business operations teams that comprise MIG are the Client Data Team, the Private Investments Data Team and the Manager Data Team. 

Client Data Team:   Responsible for capturing, inputting and quality checking client-specific long-only equity, fixed income and hedge fund investment data from investment managers.  The team operates proprietary document management and reporting systems in their daily operations to ultimately support the firm’s portfolio monitoring and evaluation services. 

Private Investments Data Team:  Responsible for capturing, inputting and quality checking fund and client-specific investment data from industry-leading private equity, venture capital and hard assets investment firms.  The team operates proprietary document management and reporting systems in their daily operations to support the firm’s portfolio monitoring, research and benchmark services.

Manager Data Team:   Responsible for collecting reports, inputting data points and ensuring the integrity of qualitative and quantitative data on thousands of long-only equity, fixed income and hedge fund investment products.  The team operates an industry-leading proprietary database to catalogue captured data from investment managers across the globe to support the firm’s investment and research services.

As the department continues to serve the ever-growing manager data needs of C|A, we are actively seeking highly motivated individuals to fill Junior Associate roles on each of these teams.  Positions on these teams are operations focused and include back-office responsibilities in support of C|A’s multiple services.  Positions across all MIG teams offer a great entry into the financial services industry and provide a wealth of opportunities to develop sound professional skills.  The teams offer a fast-paced and dynamic work environment where high productivity, efficiency and learning are encouraged and valued. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop new and existing relationships for an individually assigned list of investment management firms
  • Cultivate a deep understanding of investment firms, their reporting practices, and vehicle structure and terms
  • Proactively communicate with investment management firms to collect and extract investment data
  • Input data into proprietary database and maintain data integrity through extensive quality checking procedures
  • Develop an understanding of multiple C|A departments and facilitate communication between staff and other relevant parties
  • Consistently re-evaluate internal processes to detect inefficiencies and identify new MIG best practices
  • Other duties as assigned, as earned, and as the group evolves


  • Bachelor’s Degree; all majors welcome
  • 1 year of related internship or work experience preferred, but not required
  • Ability to operate in a highly productive, time-sensitive and customer service oriented environment
  • Proven track record of managing multiple tasks and prioritizing effectively while ensuring accuracy of work; keen eye for detail
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and organization skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Highly motivated, self-starting spirit with deeply rooted desire to work hard and make a positive impact
  • Strong computer skills – particularly with MS Outlook and Excel
  • All candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship


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