Credit Research Associate, Primary Fund at GCM Grosvenor | Powderkeg


We are seeking an Associate focused on primary fund research within our Credit Research Team. This person will join a group of ten other investment professionals focused on credit fund research and a broader Credit team of approximately eighteen investment professionals. The Research team works closely with other investment and operational professionals throughout GCM Grosvenor.


  • Assume significant responsibility for the sourcing, review, monitoring and evaluation of credit managers; and make recommendations related to these activities.
  • Coverage responsibilities will include both liquid (i.e., hedge fund) and illiquid (i.e., private debt) strategies, split across a broad range of sub strategies.
  • Serve as primary analyst on certain of the Firm’s existing investments with credit managers. Monitor existing relationships with managers and communicate any potential issues/changes and investment opportunities to the team .
  • Perform due diligence on potential new investments with managers across various credit strategies and make written recommendations to the broader Research team .
  • Communicate manager and strategy-related issues to the Investments group, Investment Committee, and investors.
  • Provide market, strategy, and manager insights to the broad Investment team.
  • Collect data and perform thorough qualitative and quantitative analysis of existing and potential investments.
  • Track, analyze and interpret trends in the strategies and the related capital markets.
  • Write research reports on credit strategies and the industry broadly.
  • Mentor and train junior investment professionals.
  • Actively collaborate and participate with the Business Development team and clients in account reviews, marketing and product development for credit product offerings.
  • Perform special projects related to the strategy or credit industry.


The individual should have experience in finance and specific knowledge of the credit manager universe. The ideal experience and critical competencies for the role include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Appropriate professional designation, such as a CFA, preferred but not required.
  • 3 – 5 years of experience with a track record of investment leadership and advancement in positions of increasing responsibility.
  • Significant experience in credit fund manager selection or monitoring of credit fund investments preferred.
  • The individual should have broad-based investment and capital markets knowledge.
  • Ability to state and justify a well- reasoned investment opinion – both verbal and written. Experience in presenting complex material in a clear and concise manner to senior investment leaders.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • High degree of integrity and the ability to recognize the requirements of confidentiality with a strong concern for quality of final product and the ability to balance that concern with deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a cross-functional team environment. Entrepreneurial approach to task management. Ability to take control and manage tasks independently to closure.
  • Strong analytical skills with proven success in a role that provides due diligence, research and interpretation of market environment, opportunities and investment strategies.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Collaborative individual who is a team player, self-starter and independent thinker.
  • Ability to travel.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated and energized by working amongst a group of thoughtful, smart and successful colleagues. He or she will enjoy being part of an organization focused on excellence and will be a naturally collaborative person who enjoys interacting with individuals at all levels. Additionally, he or she will be a strong team player with a proactive approach and the ability to exercise discretion and judgment.


We are not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. Welcome change. We are a culture of empowerment, accountability, high performance, and trust. Successful team members are self-motivated and energized by working alongside thoughtful and smart colleagues in a fast-paced environment. Individuals who thrive on this team enjoy being a part of an organization focused on excellence. We look for naturally collaborative individuals who enjoy interacting at all levels of the organization.


A diverse, engaged team is critical to our ability to successfully create and deliver value to our clients. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where diverse professionals can thrive professionally, and we are dedicated to training, retaining, and promoting minorities, women, LGBTQ employees, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Over 55% of GCM Grosvenor employees and 43% of executive management are women and/or ethnically diverse individuals. In addition, we seek to drive a more diverse, inclusive industry through our partnership with diverse professionals organizations and by consciously working with subcontractors and vendors that are certified as minority-, women-, or persons with disabilities-owned businesses.


GCM Grosvenor (Nasdaq: GCMG) is a global alternative asset management solutions provider with approximately $77 billion in assets under management across private equity, infrastructure, real estate, credit, and absolute return investment strategies.

The firm has specialized in alternatives for more than 50 years and has a diverse, engaged team of approximately 530 professionals serving a global client base. We are proud to offer our employees a comprehensive benefits package focused on health and wellness, retirement planning, and diversity and inclusion. The firm is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Sydney. For more information, visit:


Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Credit Research Associate, Primary Fund
  • Company
    GCM Grosvenor
  • Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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