Quantitative Analyst

Dallas, Texas (US)
Salary will be commensurate with experience and background. Full benefits.
Apr 11, 2018
May 11, 2018
Industry Sector
Asset Owner
Employment Type
Full Time

Southern Methodist University


Quantitative Analyst

Office of the Treasurer

SMU is a leading research and teaching university located in Dallas, Texas. The Treasurer’s Office helps support the University’s mission of being a top research university through the efficient and effective management of endowed assets.  The Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the Treasurer’s Office, and is supported by a dedicated team of investment professionals. The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for implementing policies established by the University Board of Trustees and its Investment Committee.

SMU’s endowment portfolio, with assets over $1.6 billion, is invested across a diversified set of asset classes including traditional asset classes (US & international equities, fixed income) and alternative asset classes (hedge funds, private equity, real assets).

The Quantitative Analyst will report to the Chief Investment Officer and provide quantitative support to colleagues across investment, risk management, and operations functions of the Treasurer’s Office and will contribute to the development and maintenance of analytical tools, databases, and applications that support the efficient management of the SMU portfolio.

The ideal candidate will have excellent computer skills, including familiarity with database concepts and programing languages. Some familiarity with institutional and market aspects of finance, as well as quantitative methods used in finance is highly desirable.

This individual will be asked to compile, organize, manage and analyze investment-related data that provide input for the decision-making of the Treasurer’s Office staff, and to present such data through intuitive, robust reports and/or systems. The individual will participate in development and implementation of quantitative financial models and undertake a variety of ad hoc analytical projects as needed to support risk and investment management.

A special emphasis will be placed on management of robust databases and on the automation of many routine tasks and reports. The individual will employ proprietary analytics that serve as an important input for investment decision making.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Economics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics or another STEM field and 1-2 years of work experience.

  • Strong knowledge of computer technology that is relevant to financial databases and modeling.
  • The successful candidate will have a strong interest in financial modeling and quantitative skills and reasoning.
  • This person must be self-motivated and capable of working independently.
  • The individual must have a positive attitude and work well on teams.
  • The person must have good communication skills, be willing to engage team members and seek advice and input when necessary.
  • An ability to foresee and proactively handle errors, such as those that arise in various external and internal data sources is highly desirable.


  • Experience using necessary skills in a financial setting, including quantitative modeling and techniques, would be highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of industry-leading software for performance and risk measurement.
  • Knowledge of Solovis and proficiency with Microsoft Excel/Access is a plus. Programming skill is preferred.
  • A CFA designation or completion of one or more levels of CFA program is desirable.

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, (214) 768-3601, accessequity@smu.edu.