Investment Officer - Options and Derivatives

Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (PRIM)
Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 02, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Industry Sector
Employment Type
Full Time

Investment Officer – Options and Derivatives 
Pension Reserves Investment Management Board
Boston, MA

General Description

The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (PRIM) is seeking an Investment Officer for our Portfolio Completion Strategies team.  Reporting to the Director of Portfolio Completion Strategies, the Investment Officer should possess a keen knowledge of equity index options and other derivatives, and a solid grasp of the return objectives and risk appetite of an institutional investor. The Investment Officer will help build and maintain front-office analytics to evaluate derivative strategies across a wide spectrum of asset classes and instruments. The position calls for a self-starter with a sincere curiosity about all aspects of multi-asset class investing.

Responsibilities and Duties  

The role’s responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Develop a reliable programming system for back-testing derivatives-based strategies and perform critical analysis of the results.
  • Monitor and analyze investment manager performance, risk, and strategy efficacy through the utilization of systematic tools.
  • Proactively source and evaluate portfolio hedging strategies and Relative Value alpha strategies.
  • Work closely with portfolio managers to brainstorm and test new ideas, with an aim to assist due diligence and customize investment mandates.
  • Collaborate with Risk and Operations teams to solidify reporting and improve implementation efficiency.
  • Stay abreast of derivatives market and related research (microstructure, regulation, investment strategies, risk measurement, etc.), and initiate discussions supported by thorough analysis and clear presentations.
  • Actively contribute to dialogues across business functions and across asset classes including Portfolio Completion Strategies, Public Markets, Private Equity, Real Estate, and Timberland.
  • Articulate complex concepts to staff, Investment Committee, and the Board.
  • Performs all other tasks as assigned.


  • Minimum of three years’ experience in modeling options and derivatives.
  • Advanced degree required in mathematics, finance, statistics, economics, business and/or computer programming.
  • CFA, CAIA, and/or FRM preferred.
  • Detailed knowledge of a variety of options and derivatives.
  • Proficiency in programming and statistical software packages is essential.
  • In-depth understanding of modern portfolio theories.
  • Experience working with multi-asset class portfolios preferred.
  • Factor investing related knowledge/experience preferred.
  • Solution-minded, meanwhile being comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Ability to comprehend, synthesize, evaluate, and clearly communicate complex financial concepts.  
  • Self-starter with a sincere curiosity about all aspects of multi-asset class investing.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to interact effectively with various stakeholders of the organization, both internal and external.

It is the policy of Pension Reserves Management Board to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, military status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or gender unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification.