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Business Unit   Real Estate

Job description   2023 Real Estate Operations Graduate Programme                                                                                                                

Title: Private Asset – Real Estate Operations Graduate

Department: Investment Management

Location: London

Duration: Full Time                                                                                                                               

Who we are:

We’ve been helping clients plan and invest for their futures for over 50 years. From more than 25 locations around the world, we provide investment services and retirement expertise to everyone from central banks to private individuals. We’re known for acting with integrity and thinking for the long-term. And across our organisation, we foster a welcoming, caring and inclusive culture where people feel respected, trusted and able to be themselves. 

The Team you’ll join:

 Fidelity International has always believed it is in the best interests of its investors to be real specialists in the field of asset management. As the company is independent and privately owned, it has a substantial capital base established over several decades, enabling it to invest in long term strategies and developments.

The real estate business was founded in 2006 and launched its first funds for institutional investors in 2008, since then it has attracted a range of blue-chip clients from the UK, continental Europe and Asia. The experienced team of fund managers, analysts and operations professionals are based in 6 locations across Europe (London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam and Luxembourg). The team has established strong performance track records and we are now building on this success by first growing our existing flagship funds, then further developing the business by launching new funds.  As a long term investor, our ultimate goal is to be one of the major real estate fund managers in Europe.

Real Estate Operations is part of Fidelity International’s wider Investment Management Operations group and is responsible for providing support to the Real Estate Investment managers, research team and other group functions.  The team is responsible for Financial Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Taxation, Fund Structuring and Asset Servicing for all aspects of the Real Estate Business. 

 What you’ll be doing:

We are looking for individuals who are interested in joining us on a rotational programme in our Real Estate Operations teams and seeking challenging and rewarding work. On the two-year programme, you will have the opportunity to go straight into the action working alongside a great team of colleagues who are keen to share their experience and support your learning.

The role will also be wide ranging assisting in all aspects of Property Fund Accounting Control and Oversight including transaction support. You will gain exposure to property accounting, service charge accounting and oversight of tax compliance. In your day to day you will learn about and support a number of critical accounting processes including Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Bank Reconciliations; this will include supporting the authorisation of payments on 3rd party banking provider platforms.

The role will also involve working closely with other FIL departments in Europe including fund accounting, compliance, finance, as well as external advisers and suppliers including, third party administrators, auditors, legal advisers, tax advisers and benchmark providers:

You will rotate through four areas of Real Estate Operations:

  • Fidelity International Real Estate Fund Control – AuM $632m
  • Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund Control – AuM $1,777m
  • ESG Focused Fund Control – AuM $750m
  • Yardi System Administration

We don’t expect you to come straight in and know everything about what we do. As a graduate, and whatever you’ve studied, we’ll help make sure you get the most out of being a full-time employee.

How you’ll be supported:

You’ll start the graduate programme with a comprehensive induction, during which we’ll introduce you to investment management and how it fits into the City, as well as to financial markets. After that, there are many more ways to develop your skills through the duration of the program.

Social and networking events will help you get to know our people and culture. All the while you’ll be learning on the job, working to clear goals and understanding your own potential.

You will also have the opportunity to complete the IOC or IMC (Investment Operations Certificate or Investment Management Certificate) qualification which will complement the on the job experience offered in this programme. 

What we’re looking for:

It’s who you are that matters here, rather than what you studied. We look for graduates who are curious, compassionate, eager to learn and ready to get stuck in. Numeracy and attention to detail are important too. And, as we’re an international organisation, we’ll need you to speak English.

We’ll also need you to:

  • be graduating in 2023 (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree)
  • have the right to work in the UK at point of application

Our clients come from all walks of life and so do we. We are proud of our inclusive culture and encourage applications from the widest mix of talent, whatever your age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, social background and more.




About Fidelity International

Fidelity International offers investment solutions and services and retirement expertise to more than 2.5 million customers globally. As a privately held, purpose-driven company with a 50-year heritage, we think generationally and invest for the long term. Operating in more than 25 countries and with $739.9 billion* in total assets, our clients range from central banks, sovereign wealth funds, large corporates, financial institutions, insurers and wealth managers, to private individuals.

Our Workplace & Personal Financial Health business provides individuals, advisers and employers with access to world-class investment choices, third-party solutions, administration services and pension guidance. Together with our Investment Solutions & Services business, we invest $567 billion on behalf of our clients. By combining our asset management expertise with our solutions for workplace and personal investing, we work together to build better financial futures.

*Data as of 31 March 2021