Investment2020 Aviva Investors Trainee Programme Job Description
We are a global asset manager with expertise in real estate, fixed income, equity, multi-asset and alternative investments. We are proud to be a different kind of asset manager; our intelligent solutions are based entirely around our clients’ objectives, not our own. With over 1400 employees operating in 17 locations worldwide with ambitious plans to expand, our investment footprint spans major markets, where we currently invest over £351bn on behalf of our customers. This gives us the size and scale to successfully seek out opportunities that will deliver specific investor outcomes.
What is asset management?
As an Asset Manager we pool together money from investors with a common investment goal. We then invest the money in different assets, aiming to grow the value of their money. For example, the money people pay into their pension scheme is pooled into a fund which we then invest to ensure that when each individual comes to retire, the value of the money they put in has grown enough for them to live on comfortably.
Why is it a rewarding career?
The fact that we are investing people’s futures is at the heart of everything we do. It is a great responsibility. With a career in Asset Management at Aviva Investors, you are helping to build financial security for people just like you, your family, and your friends; through working life and retirement, through the ups and downs of life, and always with a view to investing responsibly.
Letting our values lead us forward
Care More – We genuinely care about our colleagues. We know your career progression is massively important to you, so we encourage, promote and offer support whenever and wherever you need it.
Create Legacy – How can we make lasting change happen? Most importantly, how can we better serve our clients? A strong focus on the long term and on leaving a lasting legacy guides our thinking and behaviour. We recognise that we have a social and environmental responsibility to uphold within the communities that we invest and operate in.
Never Rest – Nobody gets anywhere by sitting still. Here, we have an in-built desire to disrupt convention, to ask tough questions, to challenge what we do to see how we can improve it. We embrace brilliant ideas and welcome ways in which we can improve what we do – both now and tomorrow.
Kill Complexity – It’s a complicated world. We’re dealing with a multi-layered business looking after thousands of customers, over £352bn in assets and all across an ever-shifting global market. So let’s not add to this complexity. Instead, let’s do everything we can to keep things clear and simple for us and our customers.
How we work
We’re an inclusive and connected business. Currently, we’re in Stonewall’s top 50 ranking of LGBT friendly workplaces, who have commended our ‘Aviva Pride’ network. We also have our own international Women’s Network. We partner with Investment20/20. We are championing the Diversity Project, with our CEO, Euan Munro sitting on the advisory board, as we aim to achieve diversity across all dimensions, including gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background, LGBT+, age and disability.
One of Aviva’s core values is Care More, and this is bought to life through the flexible ways we like to work. This may include working from home some of the time, or flexible work schedules to accommodate parent and carer responsibilities, further studies and hobbies. What’s important to us is that you are supported to do the best work of your life, and that you find it rewarding.
Social responsibility, embedded in everything we do
We have always believed that companies conducting their business in responsible and sustainable manner are more likely to succeed over time. That’s why we were one of the first global fund managers to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into our investment decision-making. We’ve also launched a three-year partnership with the Red Cross, through which we volunteer, donate funds, developing apps and sharing our expertise in risk management.
Aviva Investors, growing opportunities
We’ve got big plans for our future, and yours. Discover your potential with our trainee programme. We understand that a career is more than a job; it’s a progression of experiences. Through our early careers programmes, you will have the opportunity to explore and learn about a career in Asset Management. You will be aligned to one business area to allow you to contribute and add value from day one by collaborating with the teams to help deliver our clients outcomes.
Training and development
We all want to stay ahead. We all want to be the best. So at Aviva Investors we never stop questioning, reviewing and analysing what we can do to help us all work better, smarter, and add more value across the board. As part of our trainee programme you will be supported through a professional qualification, relevant to your business area. We’ve also built a selection of expert online Training Modules you can download whenever you need to upskill or improve your existing talents.
Because your career here matters to us all, we’ve designed our Talent Management programme to help open up dialogue between you and your manager. These regular, collaborative reviews help us both to clarify, understand and appreciate every aspect of your career progression and the steps you will need our support on to reach your goals in the way that works best for you.
Our trainee programme
Current trainee opportunities – 12 month contract
Our trainee programme is designed for school/college leavers and graduates and offers paid year-long placements in a variety of different roles. While you may not have an in-depth understanding of the investment management industry, our programme will introduce you to this very worthwhile and exciting industry and the variety of roles and opportunities it has to offer.
You will gain industry knowledge, experience and develop relationships enabling you to progress your career and provide you with skills to secure a permanent job, either with us or with another industry firm. Across the Investment20/20 programme 75% of trainees are offered a permanent position with their host firm. Learning and development opportunities will be offered by Aviva Investors and also through the centrally organised Investment20/20 programme. During your traineeship we will support you in achieving a professional qualification.
As a trainee you will join a team within our functions business, COO, and will gain experience across one or more of the following teams:
- Transformation/Project Management
- Technology & IT
All of our trainees are part of the wider Investment20/20 trainee community providing you with opportunities to network with other trainees across the industry and participate in socials and industry insight events.
We offer a competitive salary plus pension. Relocation support will also be provided on a case by case basis, as appropriate. You will receive 26 days annual leave. All roles are based in London.
Our people come from a wide range of backgrounds, allowing them to bring diversity of ideas and unique perspectives to our investment decision-making process. Therefore you don’t need a specific degree to apply to our programmes.
The qualities we do look for are:
- Curiosity, people who have an insatiable hunger to learn, discover and question the world around them
- Innovative, people who can think differently and create unique solutions to meet our clients’ needs
- Initiative, self starters who can solve problems
- Collaborate, people who can communicate well and share ideas with colleagues
- Analytical, able to gather, monitor and analyse data and figures
- Communication, clear communicators who can convey messages accurately, concisely and with integrity