Quantitative Developer, Multi-Asset

Location
Baltimore, Maryland (US)
Salary
Commensurate with experience
Posted
Apr 12, 2019
Closes
May 12, 2019
Job Function
Other
Industry Sector
Asset Management
Employment Type
Full Time
Education
Bachelors

PRIMARY PURPOSE

Quantitative Developers in the Multi-Asset Division collaborate with investment professionals at all stages of development, solving complex challenges in coding, algorithm design, and numerical computation.  They assist investment research and model development, prototype portfolio management applications, and support the transition of research and investment analysis to production processes.  

We seek an individual with relevant experience in both technology and financial services, someone who can operate independently as well as collaboratively with investment staff to:  develop custom analyses and applications in a proof-of-concept environment; refactor proof-of-concept code; prototype pre-production solutions; provide input into application supportability and ongoing quality control; serve as intermediary between investment professionals and core IT; and pivot between research-oriented prototyping and production-oriented collaboration with the IT team.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Collaborate with investment staff to create and maintain prototypes of research models and portfolio management applications, facilitating research-driven investment activity and enabling further research.  Create working interim solutions, starting with a minimum viable solution and iteratively refining until a satisfactory solution is achieved.
  • Deeply understand the goals and business context of ongoing research and investment strategies under development.
  • Identify and evaluate the most appropriate methods, tools, and datasets to address each issue.
  • Develop code libraries and solutions that leverage and appropriately augment existing structures to meet the needs of the research-driven investment and analysis processes (including analyses requested by or directed to clients and prospects), often in the absence of clearly documented specifications.
  • Guide analysts and other Multi Asset associates in current technology best practices and adivse or teach better programming techniques where needed and appropriate
  • Consult with core developers (IT) to identify which interim solutions (e.g., tools, applications, reports, data structures, etc.) have matured sufficiently to transition to a production environment, and produce specifications for such solutions, enabling IT to elevate strategically targeted prototypes to production.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g., Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics); strong academic credentials
  • Established track record (5+ years) developing software and applications, including experience in quantitative/modeling environments (e.g. Matlab, Splus, R, Python) and SQL databases
  • Practical understanding of Computer Science fundamentals and all layers of modern application design
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and work in new computing environments and languages
  • Ability to pivot between prototyping, refactoring, and production-ready development styles, ideally demonstrated by prior experience
  • Evidence of ability to independently deliver results and self direction, along with strong initiative
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; willingness to learn new approaches to problem-solving 
  • Familiarity with financial markets across asset classes, supported by coursework and experience
  • Demonstrated interest in understanding the broader business context within which a technology solution is needed (focus on the problem, not the code)
  • Experience working with large, complex data sets 
  • Ability to modulate oral and written communications to different levels of technical capability
  • Comfort with ambiguity in problem specification and still-emerging objectives; ability and willingness to adjust to mid-stream changes in objectives or process
  • High level of pragmatism; able to apply varying levels of rigor appropriately to different projects based on the nature of the project and surrounding circumstances
  • Ability to multi-task and to simultaneously push forward several projects 

PREFERRED:

  • Graduate degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g., Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics) 
  • Background in statistics or data science 
  • Possession of or commitment to obtaining CFA charter
  • Experience designing and working with web service architectures
  • Experience designing web frontends and/or modern web frameworks and visualization packages
  • Experience leading projects involving teams featuring a heterogenous mix of skill sets
  • Experience navigating and bridging gaps in context or understanding that arise between Investment and Technology components of an organization
  • Experience leading a small or medium-sized team consisting of other developers or equivalents

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