Senior Compliance Officer at Amherst

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Amherst is revolutionizing the way U.S. real estate is priced, managed and financed in order to unlock opportunities for all market participants. Driven by data, analytics, and technology, Amherst has a 20-year history of anticipating where the next risks and opportunities are likely to emerge and designing actionable strategies for investors to capitalize on opportunities across residential real estate, commercial real estate and public securities. Amherst, along with its affiliates and subsidiaries, has more than 900 employees, $5 billion under management and approximately $15 billion under advisement and oversight. www.amherst.com.

Amherst Capital is a real estate investment specialist. Our real estate expertise is grounded in deep intellectual capital, and one of the world’s most robust U.S. real estate data sets, developed over the past 20 years. We provide investors access to both market-leading data and analysis capabilities, and global distribution strength. We believe that this unique combination enables us to offer a level of investment expertise and technology that is unrivaled in the industry. 

At Amherst Capital, we have an innovative and collaborative culture and believe our meticulous approach to risk control, governance, and compliance help create long-term alignment of our interests with our investors. As the market continues to evolve, we believe that our industry-leading platform provides a clear advantage. Amherst Capital is poised to alter the real estate finance landscape with our distinctive intellectual capital and proprietary data and analytics designed to help clients meet their portfolio needs.

The Senior Compliance Officer will assist with the effective implementation and administration of Amherst Capital’s compliance program with an emphasis on initiatives relating to the firm’s mortgage-backed securities strategy. This position works closely with Amherst Capital’s Investment Operations and Portfolio Management areas. This position proactively works with subject matter experts to identify and escalate compliance risks and achieve strong compliance results. In addition, the Senior Compliance Officer will support the business in developing appropriate controls and procedures to mitigate business and product-specific risks and primarily responsible for developing and performing compliance monitoring/testing of the business’s controls.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist the CCO in the administration of and ongoing enhancements to all aspects of the firm’s compliance program, including management of the compliance calendar and oversight of recordkeeping

  • Conduct compliance risk assessments, testing, and monitoring in accordance with regulatory expectations and best practices

  • Monitor compliance with all regulatory requirements and investment guidelines of the firm’s separately managed accounts and mutual funds within the firm’s order management system (via Bloomberg AIM)

  • Participate in the coding of client investment guidelines and regulatory requirements in Bloomberg

  • Research / communicate guideline and trading issues to individuals across the company including Portfolio Management, Operations, and Client Services teams

  • Train employees (new and existing employees) regarding regulatory compliance requirements

  • Manage oversight of compliance policies and procedures

  • Prepare appropriate documentation and respond to compliance questions internally and externally

  • Review reports, risk indicators, and red flags to identify and propose and implement corrective action 

  • Maintain current knowledge of regulatory requirements and developments, monitor risk, identify and correct possible gaps and weaknesses

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 7+ years of experience in compliance at an investment management firm (preferably an SEC-registered investment adviser), including experience with real estate or hedge funds

  • Solid knowledge of Investment Advisors Act, Investment Company Act, and securities laws and regulation

  • Strong analytical mindset with an ability to synthesize data and quickly identify and resolve issues and with attention given to detail and accuracy

  • Technical and professional skills or knowledge of testing methodology, risk and controls analysis

  • Experience with coding investment guidelines in order management systems; Bloomberg AIM a plus

  • Experience with the review and approval of marketing/advertising materials a plus

  • Ability to lead and execute multiple projects (short and long term) and tasks independently, accurately, and on time

  • Experience with drafting, implementing, and testing policies and procedures

  • Excellent written and oral communication; able to deliver presentations in an articulate and convincing manner

  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, decision-making, and time management skills

  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Our full-time employee benefits include:

  • A competitive compensation package, annual bonus, 401k match
  • Flexible PTO including 7 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday, and 1 volunteer day
  • Employer-paid benefits (medical, dental, vision, health savings account)
  • Professional career development and reimbursement
  • Up to 16 weeks paid maternity leave; up to 4 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Backup childcare offered through Bright Horizons
  • Relaxed casual environment with virtual office events

Amherst is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or veteran status, and encourage all applicants to apply.

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Location

Austin at our HQ with beautiful views of Lake Austin in a modern office

An Insider's view of Amherst

What are some social events your company does?

Amherst is always participating in exciting events. From Dell Match Play to SXSW, Amherst engages in a variety of local events. We also host smaller events for employees such as summer BBQ's and happy hours. Nothing tops our holiday party, a true family celebration!

Austen

Director of Talent Programs

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm most excited about our Budget Revision Project! We were tasked with the challenge of moving a tedious process into a more user and mobile friendly system. This will allow the field teams to submit budget revisions from MSR Properties and have one system to manage the majority of their work. This excitement is why I love being a part of the team

Gage

Business Analyst

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

“At Amherst, I am able to work collaboratively with peers who have had years of experience similar to mine. The technology is current and evolving as the company grows. Therefore, my skills stay current and always improve.”

Stan

Senior Systems Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

My team is expected to create new IP (Intellectual Property) through innovation in software, hardware, workflow process and data. Our goal is to build franchise value/shareholder value, solve difficult problems through creative solutions, and improve over-all efficiency that in turn makes life easier for all of Amherst

Todd

Chief Technology Officer

What are some things you learned at the company?

Within my first year, I have acquired solid enterprise-level knowledge in developing .NET applications by using Angular 4+, ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Entity Framework, and advanced SQL. We’re transitioning into ‘React’ apps that I'm excited about as it will add to my tech skills. I like that we have autonomy regarding the tech decisions in development

Ruchi

Software Engineer

What are Amherst Perks + Benefits

Amherst Benefits Overview

Competitive salaries
Choice of Mac or Windows hardware
Flexible vacation days, paid holidays, and work from home options
Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, Life, EAP, and 401K with matching benefits
Stellar colleagues with proven track records

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Amherst has established the Amherst People Council focused on Engage, Grow and Give to promote employee engagement such as Affinity Groups, Career Growth and Mentorship and Philanthropy events.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Amherst provides unconscious bias training to all employees
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age or disabilities.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Acme Co. provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match 4% of contributions up to $5,000 of an employee's annual gross pay.
Performance Bonus
Amherst has a discretionary annual bonus program based on performance.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Amherst provides Backup child care assistance.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Amherst also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Amherst provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Amherst sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Amherst employees receive between 20 and 30 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 8 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Relocation Assistance
We offer relocation assistance depending on location and position.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Amherst provides a monthly stipend for remote employees.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Amherst offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Amherst hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Amherst. allows employes to set aside 50% of working hours for learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive compensation and bonus program. Flexible PTO. Health, vision, dental and long term disability coverage. Paid maternity/paternity leave. Attractive office space. Training certification assistance. Monthly birthday celebrations. Casual work environment with regular team-building outings.

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