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Portfolio Manager – Fixed Income

Empire Life Insurance

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted October 6, 2020.

The Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income actively manages fixed income portfolios across various institutional and / or retail mandates while adhering to the Company’s investment guidelines.  The incumbent is guided by defined goals and objectives and works under the general supervision of the Head of Fixed Income and Private Placements.


Impact Statement

  • Ensures investment activities support a positive return for the portfolios
  • Ensures regular client meetings to explain/detail investment strategy/performance


Responsibilities include

  • Manages an investment portfolio consisting of two or more of the following investment instruments – investment grade bonds, high yield bonds, mortgages, real estate, money market and currencies
  • Assists in developing an appropriate asset mix policy pursuant to mandate, portfolio objectives, and investment guidelines
  • Develops strategies for investment of assets and formulates composition of specified portfolio
  • Selects individual securities for the portfolio; determines the appropriate time to purchase or sell
  • Monitors portfolio investment performance
  • Assists in the evaluation of new investment products from qualitative and quantitative perspectives
  • Monitors national and international economic and market conditions
  • On an ad-hoc basis provides expert input on special projects or corporate initiatives
  • Meets with clients to review investment activities or to develop new business


Knowledge / Experience

  • 4 – 7 years of work experience in fixed income portfolio management including financial analysis, credit analysis, relative value analysis as well as selection and trading of fixed income securities.
  • Strong knowledge of bonds and money market instruments
  • Experience with hedging strategies and derivatives is desirable
  • General knowledge of mortgages, real estate, currencies and derivatives


Education / Professional Courses / Certification

  • Completion of a university degree with courses in finance, investments, economics, mathematics, statistics, ethics, quantitative methods
  • CFA charterholder is desirable



Key Skills

  • Ability to independently conduct research, investigate and analyze and formulate a conclusion
  • Attention to detail/accuracy
  • Well-developed Bloomberg skills
  • Well-developed mathematical skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Well-developed evaluation, decision-making, and problem resolution skills
  • Well-developed customer relations skills
  • Ability to build relationships


Key Competencies

  • Collaboration
  • Customer-Centricity
  • Driving for Results
  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Leadership


Working Conditions

  • Office environment
  • Prolonged periods of concentration and attention to detail



  • Head Office management and employees
  • Sell side analysts, traders, and sales representatives
  • Senior corporate executives of debt issuers
  • Business partners including National Accounts, National Planning firms, Mutual Fund Dealer Association member brokers, Independent Financial Advisors, and/or Managing General Agents
  • Industry associations and government agencies
  • Other financial institutions and investment management firms


In business for more than 90 years, with our head office in Kingston, Ontario, Empire Life continues to grow with offices across the country. Our success is based on a commitment to being approachable and responsive to the needs of our clients and distribution partners, on consistently solid investment performance and on faith in our employees as future leaders.

For regular full-time positions, Empire Life offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including a bonus plan and opportunities for career development.

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity and to build a career in an innovative and dynamic organization, submit your resume by clicking on Apply Now.

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