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Our mission is to empower your mission
A fit for purpose solution designed to meet your investment need.

By asset owners, for asset owners

As COO of the investment office of a leading university, Melanie Pickett had first-hand knowledge of the difficulties in managing complex data sets. Recognizing how many hours went into the data gathering and clean-up process, she knew there had to be a better way.

From this challenge came an idea: find a solution that would address not just the data issues, but one that offered insights backed by expertise. That brought Pickett to Northern Trust. What did the 130-year old custodian offer that a start-up technology firm did not?

  • Reputation for excellent client service and long-standing client relationships meant they would stand behind their commitment;
  • Trust and confidence of a leading-edge client base that was happy to be part of building a solution;
  • A culture that espouses the hallmarks of Service, Integrity and Expertise; and
  • Experience with the challenges affecting institutional investors, particularly purpose-driven organizations. Fintech firms may know software, but they don’t have the client service model or the operational expertise and breadth to service relationships on an ongoing basis.

Learn About Our Process

How we do it

Listening to Clients

To understand what asset allocators needed, we worked with more than 150 current and prospective clients to get to the heart of how to make their processes easier.

Refreshing Our Development

We engaged a human-centered design team to bring a fresh approach to development. By viewing the issues from the client's perspective, the solutions become more obvious.​

Pushing Innovation

Enabling complex investment decisions through a holistic service solution powered by our integrated leading-edge technology platform.


Powered by a team of industry leaders

Lead by a team of experienced industry veterans, the Front Office Solutions has over 80 years of experience. The team is a blend of financial experts and human-centered designers, researchers and operation specialists. The team is focused on providing our clients with an innovative platform and exceptional client service.


Scouting dynamic, creative individuals

Want to be a part of a creative and enthusiastic team? Contribute your skills and knowledge to this dynamic team of professionals.


News & Events

Northern Trust Grows Front Office Solutions Business in EMEA Market

Northern Trust Front Office Solutions builds momentum in EMEA amidst growing demand for more diversified portfolios.

The Proof Is in the Data When It Comes to DEI

Access to comprehensive data can help allocators monitor progress toward diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

Northern Trust Adds Mobile Access to Front Office Solutions Platform

Northern Trust Front Office Solutions Enhances Liquidity Management Solutions for Asset Owners

The new tool offers improved customization, efficiency and visualization for complex asset allocators.

Northern Trust Front Office Solutions Enhances Transparency into Investment Analysis Process

Advanced analytics tool provides investors with holistic views of liquid and alternative asset classes.

Northern Trust Launches Alternative Asset Servicing Digitization Initiative

Intelligent document capture is key step in digital transformation built on machine learning, artificial intelligence and cloud computing solutions

How Northern Trust created a new front-office solution for asset owners

Melanie Pickett, Head of Front Office Solutions describes how Northern Trust used client collaboration and data innovation to help asset owners better make investment decisions.

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Front Office Solutions

On a mission to empower asset owners

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