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Product Specialist



Job Description

The Product Specialist will work exclusively with the firm’s established direct co-investment team dually reporting to the Managing Directors of the direct co-investment team and the Head of Global Investor Relations. This individual will work closely with investment management and sales staff to optimally position the direct platform, particularly the team’s comingled co-investment fund, with existing limited partners (LPs), prospective LPs, and the consultant community. The Product Specialist is responsible for all aspects of investment product management including (but not limited to) educating and engaging with the global investor relations organization; conducting in-depth product presentations to clients, consultants, and prospects; performing in-depth competitive analysis; leading product development efforts; overseeing all aspects of creating and maintaining investment marketing materials; reviewing performance composites; and auditing consultant databases.

As an integral part of the Direct team, this individual must bring a diversified skill set to not only address clients’ needs around direct equity investing, but also to better equip the HarbourVest organization on its overall direct strategies and capabilities. The Product Specialist will need to articulate a thoughtful and compelling story that showcases depth of knowledge on direct co-investments and HarbourVest’s competitive advantages. Relationship management skills are a must as the Product Specialist will need to partner closely with fellow HarbourVest investment and capital raising professionals, as well as work externally with global LPs and consultants. Equally important are (i) investment and analytical acumen (ii) understanding of direct co-investments and (iii) product management/development capabilities as HarbourVest looks to evolve and improve its suite of direct offerings over time. While this individual will not be an investor relations or sales professional, sales and client service skills will be a plus.

Additional skills required include SQL DBA, SQL Server, Windows 2008 and 2012, and Server Software. Applicants should have strong academic and professional credentials, and be analytical, organized, and detailed oriented.


BS/BA or equivalent, MBA and/or CFA preferred


4-6 years

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