Commercial management

A practical introduction to the many parts of the business that support investment teams and distribute their products .

What is the Commercial Management Internship Scheme?

Our success hinges on our investment excellence and ability to optimise and distribute this capability. The Commercial Management Internship Scheme will last 8-10 weeks and will give you a practical introduction to one of the many parts of the business that support investment teams and distribute their products worldwide.

What to expect

You’ll be involved in varied work where you can make a genuine contribution to the organisation. To give you a feel for the scheme, we’ve include below some descriptions of typical roles undertaken by interns:

Product Development: PD is responsible for both the management of existing funds and development of new ones. You’ll be supporting the team with projects to ensure the fund documentation reflects both the fund strategy and adheres to industry regulations.

You’ll also be involved in fund launches, taking product ideas from inception to implementation, which requires significant interaction with stakeholders around the business.

Strategy: There are various strategy teams across M&G, which analyse the current effectiveness of their business areas and assess how we can best position ourselves for success going forward.

In one of these teams, you’ll work on a variety of projects analysing both our current business model and its future strategic opportunities. This could involve reviewing a particular sales channel in light of recent regulatory change, or analysing a potential new geography for the company to enter.

Institutional Distribution: The Institutional Distribution team comprises the various functions that take our institutional products to market. As a graduate rotating through the team, you’ll work on projects to help grow our presence in the institutional space.

You’ll be conducting both asset-specific and broader market research to determine the direction of investor demand. This research will ultimately help to inform our sales and strategy teams in how and where to best pitch our products.

Investment Specialists: Investment Specialists are the touchpoint between an investment team and both the rest of the business and clients. As a graduate in this team, you’ll be supporting the specialists in managing the messaging of their team’s investment propositions and views.

You’ll create and edit materials for the specialists to use when giving presentations and responding to client queries on behalf of fund managers. You’ll also work on strategic projects relating to the development of the fund range, making sure it’s both fit-for-purpose and commercially appealing.

Front Office Operations: This includes all operational roles related to front office functions such as portfolio management and dealing. It can also include roles related to supplier and product management, and investment administration.

What we offer

You’ll take part in a training programme which includes insights sessions on asset management and our business units. These are designed to be suitable for those without industry knowledge, and will provide an understanding of the whole spectrum of our business areas.

Interns are also invited to networking and social events, and provided with a buddy from our graduate cohort who will act as an informal support contact.

We’re unable to provide sponsorship for internships and placements. However, if you're in full-time education in the UK under the Tier 4 (General) category, current regulations may permit you to take on temporary employment during holiday periods or as part of your studies.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for candidates who display a commercial mindset and show a genuine interest in understanding the drivers of business success. You should have a proactive approach to learning, with the ability to think strategically and critically.

Given the nature of this programme, we require individuals who have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

You must possess or have been predicted a 2:1 undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline and have 300 UCAS points or equivalent.

The scheme at a glance

  • Qualifications required: Predicted 2:1 degree/300 UCAS points
  • Application window: 3 August to 10 December 2017
  • Current status: Closed
  • Start date of scheme: Summer 2018
  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • Location: Governor's House, London EC4R 0HH

The work culture is fantastic and what is great about M&G in particular is that no matter if you are an intern or a manager, your input and opinions are valued in the same way. It really made me feel like a true employee and member of the team from the very beginning.

Mia Minic,  Commercial Management Graduate