In this section, you'll find all of our quantitative analytics jobs within the financial services sector.
In financial markets worldwide, the most successful trading strategies are developed by highly educated, mathematically skilled financial engineers nicknamed "quants." Quants write financial theories, computer models, valuation techniques and trading programs used by hedge funds and investment banks.
Quants employed in the financial sector usually have higher degrees and Ph.D.s in demanding subjects such as physics, economics or computer science, or any of several particular mathematical specialties like multivariate calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, probability theory and statistical inference.
For success in a quant job, you'll need to be familiar with common programming languages such as C++. You should also read and understand the work of economists Myron Scholes, Fischer Black and Robert C. Merton. Scholes and Black are synonymous with options pricing theory, having developed the famous Black-Scholes equation. The model they developed provided the fundamental conceptual framework for valuing options, and is now the de facto standard in international financial markets for valuing those instruments, alongside many different types of bonds and derivatives that contain embedded options.
Beyond qualifications, many employers expect candidates for quant jobs to pass a rigorous vetting process which includes verification of references and, in a more competitive role, published research.
A quant career might have a focus on designing and trading complex structured products such as derivatives. Hedge funds also hire a large number of quants.
To handle the bulk of daily trading volume, the use of computer-driven models or algorithms to both identify and rapidly execute profitable arbitrage opportunities has expanded in the past few years. In order to continue executing trades for funds that rely on those models, broker-dealers hire quants to refine the platforms and programs that communicate orders.
Risk-focused quants also work for specialized software vendors that handle the creation and production of risk management products.
Quantitative analytics is one sector of finance where a prospective employee with a Ph.D. isn't considered overqualified, although a master's degree in one of the subjects above is sometimes enough. Unlike with MBA candidates, the quality of your university isn't always a hiring consideration. When applying for a junior quant job, it's more important to show that you have the expertise needed to succeed in the job, demonstrated through a higher degree in mathematics, economics, physics, computer science or similar subjects, the ability to program complicated financial models and excellent communication skills. Many quants also aim to pass the Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF), designed by Dr. Paul Wilmott, as another demonstration of skill.
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|Commodity Derivatives Quantitative Analyst||ED & F Man Holdings Limited Competitive||Switzerland-Zurich||24 May 13|
This role is responsible for supporting the traders by developing pricing models, testing, validation and impl...
|Senior Quantitative Risk Analyst||UBS Competitive||Switzerland-Zurich||24 May 13|
econometrics, quantitative, investment risk
|MARKET ANALYST - PRIVATE FUND-GENEVA||Huxley Associates CHF110000 - CHF130000 per annum + benefi...||Switzerland-Romandy - Geneva||22 May 13|
Providing ad hoc market analysis based on large political and macro economic vision, with the ability to use a...
|Consultant - Wealth Management||Not Disclosed Competitive||Switzerland-Ticino - Lugano||22 May 13|
The successful candidate will join the Client Services team with the aim of contributing to the success of its...
|Manager (w+m) Financial Services Quantiative Risk/EMEIA Financial Services||Ernst & Young Switzerland Competitive||Switzerland-Zurich||22 May 13|
Als Manager in EMEIA Financial Services unterstützen Sie führende Banken, Finanzdienstleister und Versicherung...
|Senior Quantitative Modelling Analyst for Investment Management Firm in Zurich||Selby Jennings Excellent base salary and performance re...||Switzerland-Zurich||21 May 13|
|Leading Macro Fund Hiring Systematic Quant Researchers- Geneva-£100K+||eka Finance £100K+||Switzerland-Romandy - Geneva||17 May 13|
A leading Macro fund are continuing their expansion with the hire of a systematic quantitative researcher.
|Quant Analyst / Risk Manager , Zurich||Biermann Partners Competitive||Switzerland-Zurich||07 May 13|
Our client is an international value investment boutique with a strong track record of 15 years in European eq...
|Project Manager / Consultant – Quant / Risk Management, Permanent, Zürich, Switzerland||Swisslinx AG Competitive||Switzerland-Zurich||27 Feb 13|
Project Manager / Consultant – Quant / Power Markets, Permanent, Zürich, Switzerland. For our client, a leadi...