Vice President, Strategy and Portfolio Construction
Ivanhoé Cambridge
Montréal, Quebec, CA
4d ago

Ivanhoé Cambridge develops and invests in high-quality real estate properties, projects and companies that are shaping the urban fabric in dynamic cities around the world.

It does so responsibly, with a long-term view to generate optimal, risk-adjusted returns.

Ivanhoé Cambridge is committed to creating living spaces that foster the well-being of people and communities, while reducing its environmental footprint.

Vertically integrated in Canada, Ivanhoé Cambridge invests internationally alongside strategic partners and major real estate funds that are leaders in their markets.

Through subsidiaries and partnerships, the Company holds interests in more than 1,000 buildings, primarily in the residential, office, retail, industrial and logistics sectors.

Ivanhoé Cambridge held more than C$60 billion in assets as at December 31, 2017, and is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (cdpq.

com), one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers.

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Department : Strategy and Portfolio Construction

Position type : Salaried

Specific accountabilities

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Portfolio Construction and Risk Management, the incumbent oversees developing and presenting strategies for portfolio construction, optimization of risk-

adjusted returns and asset allocation that further the Company’s corporate goals.

As an advisor to management and the Company’s various business units, the incumbent is a source knowledge in his or her field and is highly skilled at communicating proposed ideas and strategies in an accessible way.

The incumbent takes a teamwork approach and works to advance the Company’s objectives.

He or she leads a team of engaged professionals in a way that promotes collaboration and produces results.

The incumbent’s responsibilities are as follows :

  • Design an investment strategy for the global portfolio as part of the strategic planning process;
  • Based on the strategic plan, develop an asset allocation strategy and a model portfolio to guide investment activities.
  • Ensure quarterly monitoring;
  • Direct qualitative and quantitative analyses to help in developing an asset allocation strategy for the global portfolio, by working to create a portfolio optimization tool to facilitate :

  • Defining the optimal portfolio profile in terms of risk-adjusted returns;
  • Making recommendations regarding the objective for the absolute portfolio return and value-added thresholds;
  • Work with the Risk Management team to ensure the required performance thresholds are met for individual transactions, based on investment characteristics and market conditions;
  • Plan and oversee the creation of the yearly calendar for designated activities;
  • Develop portfolio analysis methodology :

  • Incorporate the macroeconomic aspect and econometric models of the research team;
  • Create real estate and portfolio impact scenarios;
  • Break down the portfolio by return and risk factors;
  • Evaluate the risk / return ratio in financial terms and set out an approach with a factor-based risk budget, minimum-variance portfolio and an allocation approach by country / city / sector;
  • Ensure that the components of the current and projected portfolio make it possible to achieve performance targets while still complying with all investment and risk management policies;
  • Monitor changes in the portfolio based on strategic investment plans and common risks (concentration, partners, lease expiry dates, etc.);
  • Periodically assess the global portfolio and its positioning, and recommend capital allocation strategies based on the analysis of cycle changes and long-
  • term trends in order to improve overall performance;
  • Direct the financial modelling of the global portfolio, including forecasted returns and portfolio projections, in keeping with strategic investment planning, in collaboration with various business units and the Finance team;
  • Make sure that the team’s software tools (e.g.
  • Global Fund, MRMI, PAT, Datamart, etc.) are optimized;
  • Monitor industry peers through market trend analyses;
  • Maintain open communication with CDPQ depositors and minority shareholders by way of regular presentations and meetings.
  • Key requirements

  • Fifteen to twenty years of experience managing institutional investments;
  • Master’s degree in finance, CFA or degree in actuarial science;
  • Experience managing a high-performance team of professionals;
  • In-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of financial and quantitative analysis and real estate portfolio modelling;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills, the ability to speak clearly and concisely and a talent for expressing often complex mathematical concepts in plain language;
  • Capable of multitasking and working under pressure while handling tight deadlines and constantly shifting schedules;
  • Able to influence and motivate others and establish productive working relationships with people at all levels of the organization;
  • Team player with strong organizational and prioritization skills and a desire to contribute to a high-performance culture;
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word);
  • Fully fluent in written and spoken French and English.
  • If you are interested in this challenge, please submit your resume.

    You have everything to gain!

    When you join the Ivanhoé Cambridge team, you are eligible for employment benefits and a pension plan that are among the best in the industry.

    Our many health and wellness programs encourage you to balance your work and personal lives and fulfil your desire for social involvement, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    At Ivanhoé Cambridge, you will have many opportunities to develop your skills and thrive professionally, in Canada or elsewhere in the world.

    Our initiatives aimed at creating an exceptional working environment that inspires our employees to give the best of themselves elevated Ivanhoé Cambridge into the ranks of Canada’s 50 Best Employers , 100 Top Employers and 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures .

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