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Director of Private Equity


Zurich Alternative Asset Management (ZAAM) within Zurich North America is currently recruiting for a Director of Private Equity and the successful candidate will be based out of our New York City office. 


He / she will report to the Managing Director and Head of Private Equity and work collaboratively alongside his / her colleagues in ZAAM, Zurich colleagues in other business units, and key stakeholders.


At the direction of the Head of Private Equity, highlights of the key accountabilities are as follows:




  • Lead or co-lead deal origination, research, and analyzing of direct co-investment and secondary opportunities and / or managers (i.e., fund commitments) that conform to investment mandates.
  • Leverage his / her own personal and professional network to conduct extensive diligence / referencing.
  • Develop relationships with the intermediaries, portfolio companies, managers, and other limited partners to improve market intelligence and deal flow.
  • Support ZAAM Legal in negotiation of business and legal considerations and exert influence to effect positive outcomes for Zurich.
  • Prepare institutional quality and comprehensive memoranda for ZAAM Investment Committee, key stakeholders, and Head of Private Equity.
  • Perform regular investment and risk monitoring on portfolio activities under assigned coverage and leverage technology and / or tools to gather PE data. 
  • Serve as Zurich’s designated representative for Limited Partner Advisory Committees.




  • Employ thesis-driven approach to identify areas for potential investment consideration for ZAAM PE.
  • Aggregate and synthesize PE data and trends to contribute towards ZAAM investment strategy.
  • Build and gather proprietary PE data to enhance ZAAM PE underwriting and monitoring.
  • Serve as ZAAM PE internal lead on assigned portfolio segments and market.


One Zurich


  • Elevate fellow ZAAM PE colleagues by sharing his / her own experience, knowledge, and expertise.
  • Join and / or lead cross-departmental projects that support a broader Zurich initiative.
  • Represent ZAAM PE in structured meetings with Zurich senior management, key stakeholders, ZAAM colleagues, or external parties.
  • Lead or support assigned PE projects, which can include helping with investment mandate set-ups, authoring documentation for review by senior Zurich executives, and outbound calling efforts.


Basic Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Law or Accounting OR a professional certification; CFA/ CPA if the undergraduate degree is not in one of the aforementioned areas AND
  • 8 or more years’ experience of Corporate Finance, Transaction Finance, Investment Management or Consulting
  • of which 4 or more years’ experience of Private Equity investing into limited partnership investing and/or directly into operating companies


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Graduate degree in Finance, Business, Economics, Law
  • Executive presence
  • Strong familiarity of understanding role as a fiduciary
  • Exceptional communication skills, both in speak and in writing
  • Experience with senior management and key stakeholders
  • Ability to speak different languages
  • Project management experience
  • Experience with risk analyses in private equity


As a condition of employment at Zurich, employees must adhere to any COVID-related health and safety protocols in place at that time (


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Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 150 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here to learn more.


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Location(s): AM - New York
Remote Working: Hybrid
Schedule: Full Time
Linkedin Recruiter Tag: LI-MG1 

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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