Associate Director - Custom Index Development

S&P Global
New York, USA
May 07, 2021
May 27, 2021
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
The Location: New York, NY; Amsterdam, NL
Grade: 12 (relevant to internal only)

The Role: The Associate Director role with Custom Index Development manages a global team of development analysts and is a key collaborator with clients, product management, IT, and sales to develop methodologies and build the resultant indices in an efficient and manageable way.

The Team: Custom Index Development is a global team with presence in New York, Amsterdam, and Mumbai. The team is responsible for building bespoke indices from custom clients' methodologies. In the role, you will be responsible for managing a global team of development analysts and their workflow, as well as interfacing with clients, vendors, and internal stakeholders. The position reports to the Director and Global Head of Custom Index Development with SPDJI.

The Impact: Each custom index has direct revenue linked to it and thereby contributes to the overall revenue stream generated by SPDJI. The work of the associate director of custom index development holds a senior position within the group and is instrumental in directing workflow, setting deliverable timelines, and coordinating directly with clients.

What's in it for you:
  • This role provides an opportunity to understand and implement the latest index products conceptualized by our clients. As clients develop new methodologies, Custom typically gets the first exposure to new investment ideas and the associate director role is tasked with directing a team of analysts on how to operationally create new indices as well as the maintenance and documentation of best practices.
  • This role will offer the opportunity to connect with stakeholders from all aspects of SPDJI's business and a direct connection to a wide variety of client and product types.
  • You will be involved with design and implementation of a new platform to support non-standard SPDJI calculations
  • Calculating and replicating client custom indices. This includes performing analytical research on companies to determine the composition of the index, adjusting data in our calculation system, and adjusting the data to conform to the rules of the index.
  • Direct team of 4-5 index developers to quickly and efficiently launch indices and maintain a balanced workflow.
  • Sit on custom index committees governing the calculation of indices for which S&P acts as benchmark administrator.
  • Calculating index back history to ensure the index matches a client's expectation.
  • Creating indices on S&P's proprietary calculation engine.
  • Work with product management to help clients develop their methodologies to be in line with S&P practices.
  • Support product management, sales, marketing, and client services - The key revenue source associated with the indices is through licensing the indices for derivative products, particularly ETFs and futures. Attend client meetings where needed to help clients develop their own methodologies and strategies in an efficient and replicable way.
  • Work with the technology group to further enhance our system capabilities by identifying deficiencies in our workflow and quality control processes.
  • Participating in confidential client discussion to provide oversight to a wide range of indices.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects and deadlines. The projects typically will involve interpreting methodologies from clients of varying sophistication levels, assessing cost and working with product teams to come up with pricing, managing system changes from specification to testing to implementation, and making process improvements for the development team and entire custom operations team.
  • Must be able to clearly communicate to a variety of both internal and external clients.
  • Responsibility for establishing training programs for new employees in addition to helping experienced index developers take the next steps in their careers.
  • Managing and maintaining relationships with key members of other groups within S&P Index Services, across other S&P departments, particularly product management, index management and IT.
  • Evaluate complex methodologies, evaluate different implementation methods, and direct staff on QA procedures.
S&P Global states that the anticipated base salary range for this position is $100,800 to $230,200. Base salary ranges may vary by geographic location.
This role is eligible to receive S&P Global benefits. For more information on the benefits we provide to our employees, visit .

Basic Qualifications:
  • Understanding of global financial markets, particularly equity markets
  • Strength in quantitative analysis, including optimization
  • Must have experience reading index methodologies and other technical documentation
  • Bachelor's Degree required, focus in business, math, economics, or finance strongly preferred
  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent analytical and quantitative capabilities to solve original, non-routine problems in a timely and insightful manner
  • Superior computer skills in Excel, including VBA
  • Ability to learn S&P's proprietary index calculation engines
  • Ability to learn new data and calculation platforms in a limited time
  • Ability to evaluate data sources and business applications and provide input on data vendors
  • Requires excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to coordinate work done by multiple people and / or groups. Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.
  • Experience dealing with customers in a time-sensitive demanding environment where interpretation of data has both objective and subjective components requiring persuasion and influencing skills.
  • 5+ years of professional experience in index production or similar role.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Management of multiple reports, particularly in Mumbai, IN
  • Management of a team with diverse skillsets including data management, programming, and quantitative analysis
  • Experience with Factset, Refinitiv Eikon, Refinitiv Datascope Select, and CapIQ.
  • Advanced Degree in mathematics, economics, finance, business, or CFA membership
  • Experience analyzing index methodologies and a strong understanding of index mathematics
At S&P Dow Jones Indices, our role can be described in one word: essential. We're the largest global resource for index-based concepts, data and research, and home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial Average®. More assets are invested in products based upon our indices than any other index provider in the world; with over 1,000,000 indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices defines the way people measure and trade the markets. We provide essential intelligence that helps investors identify and capitalize on global opportunities.

S&P Dow Jones Indices is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit

S&P Global is an equal opportunity employer committed to making all employment decisions without regard to race/ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status (including domestic partnerships and civil unions), sexual orientation, military veteran status, unemployment status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Only electronic job submissions will be considered for employment.

If you need an accommodation during the application process due to a disability, please send an email to: and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

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Job ID: 260519
Posted On: 2021-04-06
Location: New York, New York, United States

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