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The Details







remote type                                                       Hybrid

Locations                                                             London Dorset Square

time type                                                             Full time

job requisition id                                               JR235

The Opportunity

Based in our London (Marylebone) office, the competitively paid 12-month Investment Counsellor Group (ICG) graduate or industrial placement offers you the opportunity to learn about various parts of the Orbis business. You will contribute directly to the end-to-end creation of client content as well as supporting the servicing of our institutional clients. Specific dates will be tailored around your availability.

You will have a mentor who provides you with guidance and the professional support needed to make the most of your time at Orbis. Mentors will help you thrive and build connections across the business.

If you are interested in other opportunities available at Orbis, please visit our internship careers site.

Why Orbis?

  • Culture. We are committed to our Core Values. We encourage intellectual curiosity and individualism as well as collaboration across different areas of the business. We seek to hear our people’s voices – whether quiet or loud. Sharing ideas and challenging the status quo are commonplace.
  • Autonomy. While guidance and support are provided, team members own their work and projects.
  • Growth opportunities. We support our people in continuous learning and development.
  • Agile environment. We are committed to providing our people with a work environment that balances their personal needs, commitments, and interests with the needs of their team and the needs of our clients.
  • Philanthropy. Our people can contribute to society in a unique and personal way, through various philanthropy opportunities and programmes.

About The Investment Counsellor Group

The ICG is responsible for managing Orbis’ institutional client and consultant relationships. The ICG comprises regional teams who focus on their respective markets, and a Global team who service clients across all regions. The Global ICG team, primarily based in London and Vancouver, work closely with relevant stakeholders across the business and are responsible for delivering key communication materials on various investment and firm-related topics that can be consumed by clients globally.

The work of individual members of the Global ICG in London, a team of around 10 people, varies but can include: responding to institutional client queries on the firm, funds, and stocks; working alongside our investment team to produce presentation materials and analysis on current investment topics; and maintaining and developing client content notes. The team has a proactive approach, is resilient and flexible to meet changing priorities, and has an interest in investments. Like the work, the skills of the ICG varies, with team members’ degrees ranging from accounting to professional writing.

What will your responsibilities be?

You will be exposed to a wide range of the team’s efforts on behalf of our clients. Your core responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining and developing external materials on various investment and firm-related topics, and managing the update process for these materials. These include:
    • Slides used in client meetings and roadshow/conference presentations.
    • Standard information documents such as introductory guides to be sent to prospective investors.
    • Client content notes on specific topics such as fees or investment capacity.
  • Supporting client efforts for the UK, Europe, Southern Africa, and Japan markets by responding to queries and due diligence requests from institutional clients. These include:
    • Firm-related queries on Orbis’ organisational and ownership structure, key functions of operational teams, our approach to Diversity & Inclusion, etc.
    • Fund-related queries on our product offering, fee structures/mechanics, returns/performance attribution, portfolio exposure and risk measures, etc.
    • Investment-related queries on the Orbis Funds such as stocks, performance and the market environment, Environment, Social and Governance integration, as well as questions related to our investment philosophy and process.
  • Developing effective relationships with adjacent teams who play a critical role in servicing our client base and an understanding of their responsibilities to Orbis’ business.

About you

We are looking for final year students or those with an industrial placement year from any degree background who are on track for a 2:1 or above. While the placement year will be tailored to your skills and interest, you should have the following attributes:

  • Client-centric attitude
  • Interest in investments
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Independent thinker

In addition to the above, some combination of the following attributes are also desirable:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Strong PowerPoint and Excel skills or an interest in developing them
  • Analytical
  • Interest in learning R (a programming language)
  • Willingness to develop proficiency in a wide range of internal and external data tools

What does a career in the ICG look like?

If you excel during the placement, we will discuss the options available to join Orbis permanently (after graduation for industrial placement students). The ICG offers considerable scope for development and growth, with roles tailored to each team member’s interests, strengths and the firm’s needs. For example, responsibilities in the team include, but are not limited to:

  • Ownership of and improving ICG tools, processes or stakeholder relationships.
  • Developing deep and specialised knowledge on selected holdings in the Orbis portfolios.
  • Contributing to external investment commentaries and/or white papers.
  • Contributing to Orbis’ brand building efforts and activities.
  • Leading ICG- or firm-wide strategic initiatives, projects, and business analysis.
  • Building expertise in one or more of the Orbis Strategies, owning key communication materials related to those Strategies, and working closely with the investment team.
  • Managing institutional client relationships.
  • Presenting at conferences, roadshows or on webinars.

About Orbis

We are a global firm with offices across eight countries, over 400 employees and more than $30 billion in assets under management. But those numbers don’t define Orbis. It’s our values, how we do things day-by-day, and how we add value for our clients that define us.

Our investment philosophy is fundamental, long-term and contrarian. As contrarian investors, we aim to take a different perspective, and this filters into everything we do. To invest differently, you need to think differently. This is encouraged by having teams of people with different backgrounds, experiences and ways of thinking.