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I want to work in front office

by | Jun 25, 2019 | News

When meeting with fund service candidates a common question that comes up is “how do I move into investment management?”

Ireland is best known as a fund services hub so opportunities to join a front office firm are limited but on the back of Brexit the asset management sector is enjoying an exciting period of growth.  Buy-Side firms such as Goldman Sachs, Vanguard and Hermes have selected Dublin as their European Hub.  The new entrants will have an exciting impact on the market as they will be hiring high calibre funds professionals to join their oversight, distribution and regulatory teams.

What are front office firms looking for?


  • Our clients require candidates who have full end to end operations experience and have the credentials to assist with fund launches and perform oversight duties.
  • Communication skills are very important as front office operations teams are smaller and less structured than third party fund service providers.
  • Fund Accounting, Depositary and Middle Office candidates with 1 – 5 years’ experience are in high demand. Investor Service and Custody candidates are best suited to client service and onboarding positions.
  • Private Equity, Debt, Real Estate and Hedge fund product experience is currently the most sought after.
  • Strong excel skills and an understanding of UCITS and AIFMD is highly desirable.

Personality and Attitude:

  • Education before played a major part in the differentiation of candidates but for front office, it is very much a cultural fit as well as academics and industry experience. Enthusiasm, the ability to pick things up quickly and having an approachable personality are key requirements.


  • To work for an investment manager the minimum educational background required is a Level 8 Batchelors degree. Degree in Finance/Business/Maths is highly desirable.
  • If you wish to work in a front office environment, I would recommend exploring a professional qualification such as ACA’s, CFA’s, ACCA’s or CAIA.
  • The Institute of bankers also run part-time courses such as the professional certificate in Investment Fund Services.


If you are interested in gaining further information, please call Charlotte Hegarty 01-5390614 or drop a mail to arrange for a confidential discussion.

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