What does a Senior Portfolio Manager do?

A portfolio manager works closely with clients to manage their investment accounts. Duties include consulting and advising clients to develop investment objectives aimed to increase investment performance, creating reports on investment activity and performance, communicate effectively with clients regarding investment accounts, market conditions and economic trends. Career advancements for portfolio managers include progression to an executive or directorial role.

Almost all companies require portfolio managers to have a bachelor's degree in business, finance or a related field with a master's degree preferred. Successful candidates for this position often possess a strong understanding of financial investment strategies and risk management techniques. As the job requires communication with clients and customers, exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills are required. A physical ability to sit in front of a computer screen for long hours every day is also required.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Portfolio Manager jobs?
  • Provide client consultation to develop investment objectives
  • Provide advice and guidance for investment opportunities to customers
  • Create reports on investment performance and activity
  • Communicate with clients about their accounts, market conditions and economic trends
  • Manage equity and bond portfolios with the aim of maximizing investment returns
  • Commensurate acceptable levels of risk based on client instructions
  • Handle financial products as required
  • Work together with investment research teams to identify investment opportunities
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Portfolio Manager jobs?
  • Master's degree in business, finance, investment or a related field preferred
  • Proven experience in investment and financial assets management as an analyst or assistant manager in a financial institution environment
  • Strong understanding of investment strategies and risk management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • High interest in and enthusiastic about economic and financial market trends
  • Exceptional customer service with a client focus
  • Flexible to travel to meet clients as required
  • Able to sit in front of the computer for long hours at a time
EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Senior Portfolio Manager make near United States?

$202,318 /yr
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Senior Portfolio Manager Career Path

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Read what Senior Portfolio Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Nimble (United Kingdom)Nimble (United Kingdom)
Head of Portfolio
Feb 10, 2023

“The career growth potential is huge and you are promoted upon merit and achievement which is amazing.”

Banc of CaliforniaBanc of California
Portfolio Manager
Jul 30, 2021

“Work/life balance can sometimes not exist depending on busy periods but is the same for all banks from my experience.”

OMNIA PartnersOMNIA Partners
Portfolio Manager, Marketing
May 26, 2022

“We are expanding rapidly so the opportunities for career growth are endless!! Everyone is so hardworking and really pushes you to challenge yourself.”

Portfolio Manager
Aug 5, 2022

“Its great for career development and a thoroughly enjoying place to work if you thrive on fast pace and new challenges.”

Portfolio Manager
Nov 10, 2022

“Slow career progression and not flexible”

Portfolio Representative II
Jul 19, 2023

“Great compensation and bonuses.”

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial GroupSumitomo Mitsui Financial Group
Vice President, Portfolio Management
Sep 7, 2023

“I was on the TMT portfolio management team and worked IB hours for below market Corp Bank pay.”

Portfolio Management Analyst
Aug 5, 2021

“I’ve been challenged quite a bit and I really see a lot of career progression.”

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The most similar professions to Senior Portfolio Manager are:
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  • Equity Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Investment Banking Associate

The most common qualifications to become a Senior Portfolio Manager include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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