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Careers

WCM exists to maximize value and create opportunity for all of its stakeholders. We do this by living out our core values of fun and gratitude. We absolutely love this business and skip to work in the morning, while also recognizing we're unbelievably lucky to be able to do so. Words we use to describe ourselves include irreverent, scrappy, humble, and caring. We think there are clear and knowable reasons for our industry's struggles, and we seek to exploit them by thinking differently and trying to be the best version of ourselves. Are you a creative thinker who wants to join our team? Here is how.

04 February 2021

Global Growth Business Analyst

We're looking to add to the Laguna-based investment team. Our process is collaborative and team-based, but people are given freedom to do their job as they see fit, with the understanding that we're all ultimately accountable for our performance. There are no investment superstars in the firm, and everyone's doors are always open. Analysts are expected to source new ideas, look for inflections (along the key vectors of our investment process) on our coverage lists, discover and drive investment process improvements, and help those around them make good decisions. The latter cannot be overstated. We're not looking for people that want to make a mark on WCM, rather we want people focused on making those around them better.   Requirements: Undergraduate degree from an Ivy league school – just kidding, that will be used against you. At least five years of work experience. As one of our friends always says, "WCM should never be anyone's first job." Strong writing and communication skills. You'll fail in our team-based environment if you can't communicate effectively, regardless of how good your ideas are. A strong investment background in technology, privates, and China will get our attention. Once the world gets back to normal, you'll be expected to travel globally, but who doesn't love doing that?   The ability to think different and not just be another "information gatherer." A demonstrated track record of improving as an investor and an ability to communicate that journey. Position Details: This is a full-time position and ideally the last company you'll work for.  The analyst will be paid a competitive base salary and be part of our annual discretionary bonus and normal equity grant plans. The analyst will be based in Laguna Beach, but if you really blow us away we might consider alternatives. How to Apply: Please send your resume and responses to the questions below to resume@wcminvest.com.  Questions: What is something important that you have changed your mind about? What is one thing that you believe strongly in, but most people disagree with? What are your three favorite books? Talk about a low moment in your career. If there was one thing you wanted us to know about you, what would it be?
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25 March 2021

China-Focused Business Analyst

While we have a global generalist approach, you will be spending 80%+ of your time supporting our investment research process in China. The remaining 20% may be more global in nature. The role includes generating differentiated insights, investment ideas, and maintaining coverage on Chinese (and some global) companies. Moreover, you will add value to the global generalist team by surfacing insights from China that can be read-across to our global coverage universe. At the same time, you should take insights from across the world and apply them to China as appropriate. Team work and collaboration will be required across the research team. You will also travel to China for on-the-ground diligence. Our process is collaborative and team-based, but people are given freedom to do their job as they see fit, with the understanding that we're all ultimately accountable for our performance. There are no investment superstars in the firm, and everyone's doors are always open. Analysts are expected to source new ideas, look for inflections (along the key vectors of our investment process) on our coverage lists, discover and drive investment process improvements, and help those around them make good decisions. The latter cannot be overstated. We're not looking for people that want to make a mark on WCM, rather we want people focused on making those around them better. Requirements: Fluent in Mandarin Chinese (obviously) At least three years investment experience. China specific experience preferred.  Undergraduate degree from an Ivy league school – just kidding, that will be used against you. Strong writing and communication skills. You'll fail in our team-based environment if you can't communicate effectively, regardless of how good your ideas are. Once the world gets back to normal, you'll be expected to travel, but who doesn't love doing that?  The ability to think different and not just be another "information gatherer." A demonstrated track record of improving as an investor and an ability to communicate that journey.   Position Details: This is a full-time position and ideally the last company you'll work for. The analyst will be paid a competitive base salary and be part of our annual discretionary bonus and normal equity grant plans. The analyst will be based in Laguna Beach at least for the first 18 months post hire. We may consider alternative arrangements longer term if warranted.   How to Apply: Please send your resume and responses to the questions below to resume@wcminvest.com.  Questions: What is something important that you have changed your mind about? What is one thing that you believe strongly in, but most people disagree with? What are your three favorite books? Talk about a low moment in your career. If there was one thing you wanted us to know about you, what would it be?
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23 April 2021

WCM Business Culture Analyst

Over the years, we've come to believe that culture is one of the most important—yet least understood—drivers of long-term value. It separates the great companies from the merely good ones. At the same time, it's extremely hard to pin down and even more difficult to quantify. Even after many years of analyzing cultures, reading countless books and academic papers, talking to experts and CEOs of great companies, and scrubbing various sets of data, culture remains extremely difficult to analyze. Fortunately, this also means it continues to be woefully misunderstood and underappreciated by most investors. Hence, we're eager to continue investing in our understanding of culture and exploiting what we believe is a massive inefficiency in the market.   The Role The culture analyst role is part of the investment team and will analyze companies purely through a cultural lens. The gathering of cultural data and information is considered within the context of a company's investment thesis and evaluated against the set of factors we've found to be most important. There are many opportunities to grow in this role by helping to improve our culture research over time, but we are only interested in candidates who are committed to specializing in culture – this is not a route to a business analyst position. We're looking for people that want to geek out on culture for years to come.  Requirements Since this is an unconventional position, we are not as concerned about conventional credentials. More than anything else, we'd like to understand your personal and professional journey and how that will make you an exceptional culture analyst (as well as an outstanding teammate). What we value most is a person's ability to think different, get better, and help others do the same.  There are several additional qualities we believe are important:  Prior work experience (~5 years or more is ideal). Strong writing and communication skills. Without effective communication, even the best ideas will fail in our team environment. An interest in and general understanding of business and investing. The ability to think different and not just be an "information gatherer." A demonstrated track record of improving as a professional and an ability to communicate that journey.   Position Details: This is a full-time position and ideally the last company you'll work for. We've worked hard to create a culture and environment that no one wants to leave. The analyst will be paid a competitive base salary and be part of our annual discretionary bonus and normal equity grant plans. Our preference is for the analyst to be based in Laguna Beach, but we may consider alternatives for exceptional candidates or life situations.   How to Apply: Please send your resume and responses to the questions below to culture@wcminvest.com.  Questions: Why do you think culture matters to a company? Based on your own experience, what factors are essential to an effective culture?  What do you think most people get wrong about culture? If you could ask a CEO one question about the culture of their company, what would it be? What aspects of your own journey are most relevant to this role?
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