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First Quadrant (FQ) is an innovative investment management firm that specializes in servicing institutional investors around the globe through alternative approaches to macro-oriented global investing. FQ's mission is to impact lives thru unique investment insight. We seek to improve the quality of retirement for firemen, policemen, teachers, autoworkers, and others, as well as aid in the advancement of the social goals of universities and foundations by growing their financial resources. Founded in 1988, First Quadrant is headquartered in Pasadena, CA

At First Quadrant, we love to celebrate our diverse group of hard working employees. We pride ourselves on our collegial, collaborative and, cerebral culture that is pervasive throughout every step of First Quadrant employee's journey. We offer a full slate of benefits including competitive compensation, medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D and disability coverages, Long Term Care, FSA, HSA, and a generous 401(K) plan, learning and development stipends, onsite fitness center, & even a convenient dry cleaning service! We value diversity and believe in forming complementary teams where everyone can be authentic. We encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds and different industries to apply. Come join us!

We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender/identity expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, pregnancy, genetic information or an other applicable legally protected characteristics.

First Quadrant
800 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 900
Pasadena, California 91101



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Job Position: First Quadrant is hiring a Client Service Associate passionate about maximizing impact for our Clients, and providing an exceptional experience for every customer.

Who will love this job:

  • A Client Advocate, you are a trusted, strategic, results-driven advisor to our Clients. You thrive when going above and beyond to ensure an exceptional experience for every customer
  • A Collaborator, you lead with generosity, are skilled at working cross-functionally, and enjoy working outside your lane to 'win as a team'.
  • A Communicator, you are articulate, presenting with maturity and credibility, you know how to tailor your message to your audience.
What you'll day day-to-day:
  • Develop client materials, including performance attribution, product education, & product positioning.
  • Manage special projects that enhance client relationships and retention.
  • Respond to Client due diligence requests in a comprehensive, succinct, and time-sensitive manner.
  • Create detailed customized client reporting, including development of cross selling materials.
  • Work closely with Research, Accounting, Risk Office, Relationship managers, Consultant Relations, Compliance and Trading to keep abreast of current processes, procedures, and firm initiatives.
  • Partner with Clients and Consultants to ensure the timely receipt and dissemination of client related information.
  • Prepare analytic materials, including charts and graphs for use in client related presentations.
  • Onboard separately managed and fund Clients.
What you'll bring:
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent, 3+ years in Client Services, and 5-7 years experience in investment management.
  • Strong analytic skills, writing ability, detail orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously, while effectively liasing with and responding to client, prospects and colleagues.
  • Project management mind-set, and the demonstrated ability to shepherd tasks and complex, projects to completion within tight deadlines.
  • Market awareness and intermediate to strong Investment knowledge required, familiarity with derivative instruments preferred.
  • Skilled at creating presentations and utilizing Microsoft Office, Satuit (CRM), accounting and reporting systems, in-house performance software, software and download connections with proxy vendors.


Job Position: First Quadrant is hiring a talented and dynamic Compliance Associate, who demonstrates strong initiative, ownership, teamwork, and problem solving skills. This role reports directly to our Chief Compliance Officer.

Who will love this job:

  • A Self-starter, you find process in ambiguity, and strive to be ahead of the curve, yet have the judgment and experience to know when to escalate.
  • Ethical, you operate with the highest standards of integrity and values.
  • A Planner, you are detailed oriented, and future oriented, planning ahead to meet time sensitive deadlines.
  • A Collaborator, you lead with generosity, are skilled at working cross-functionally, and enjoy working outside your lane to 'win as a team'.
What you'll day day-to-day:
  • Identify, interpret, monitor, and maintain client-directed and regulatory portfolio guidelines and restrictions utilizing Eze automated investment compliance monitoring module.
  • Manage, prepare, and issue client-mandated compliance reports and certifications.
  • Collaborate with First Quadrant’s internal departments to identify, and resolve compliance issues.
  • Actively participate in First Quadrant’s general compliance monitoring and testing efforts.
  • Project manage strategic initiatives and the implementation of new systems; as well as research regulatory changes and requirements.
What you'll bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and 3+ years related experience and/or training within the investment management industry.
  • 3-5 years of experience in performing portfolio guidelines compliance functions, including, but not limited to, rule coding and monitoring using an automated investment compliance monitoring system (preferably the compliance module of Eze OMS).
  • Experience in identifying, analyzing and interpreting investment guidelines, rules, and restrictions specified in client investment management agreements (IMAs), prospectuses, the Investment Company Act of 1940, and the Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (UCITS) rules.
  • Solid understanding of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, as well as their underlying rules. A working knowledge of CFTC and NFA rules is also preferred.
  • Excellent organization skills and strong attention to detail.