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Quantitative Engineer

Leading Global Insurance Specialist

London

Posted 2 Mths Ago

Under the leadership of the Chief Technology Officer, this London-based global insurance firm has launched a multi-year project to redevelop and modernize the full technology stack, encompassing pricing and other analytics, risk management, market data and trade capture and reporting.

This project is nearing the end of phase one, which over the past year and a half of fast-paced exploration, design and delivery, has successfully delivered to production several key components and established the core engineering required for the new platform.

As they move into phase two – which will involve multiple and varied projects running in parallel – there are opportunities for a select few new hires to join the project team.

This is a rare chance to work with and learn from a team of extremely highly regarded, experienced and friendly software engineers. Every employee here has the opportunity to make a real impact to the business. The engineering team are open to new technologies and creative ideas.

Responsibilities:

  • Be part of the team responsible for the major build-out of functionality on the new platform, using a combination of Rust and Python
  • Project including but not limited to:
    • Trade modelling and pricing
    • Market data processing
    • Risk reporting
    • Scenario analytics tools
    • Dev Ops / platform engineering
  • Participate in BAU support rota (shared across Strats and Technology), providing useful opportunities to interact with colleagues across diverse areas of the business

In general, my client is looking for smart, commercial, problem-solving-oriented, “get-things-done” candidates with a proven track record of delivering robust, high performance software and quantitative analyses and with either experience in financial markets or a keen interest to learn about them.

Skills & Experience

Required:

  • Advanced analytical skills (typically evidenced by a degree in maths, physics, computer science, engineering, etc.)
  • A deep passion for technology and software development
  • Excellence in applied programming skills – Python, Rust, C++ or other major languages (experience with the proprietary “securities language” Slang is not expected – but the role may involve some Slang development)
  • A team player with excellent communication skills

Desirable:

  • Demonstrable, applied expertise in creating and validating pricing and/or risk models for use in a financial services organisation.
  • Understanding of Fixed Income products and derivatives.
  • A broad understanding of model risk, bringing new approaches and processes.
  • Python programming experience
  • Rust programming experience
  • A track record of contributions to an open source project
  • Linux/Unix experience
  • Microsoft Windows experience
  • Cloud computing experience

Competencies

  • Technical Skills – Demonstrates strong technical skills required for the role, pays attention to detail, takes initiative to broaden his/her knowledge and demonstrates appropriate analytical skills
  • Drive and Motivation – Be a self-starter; successfully handles multiple tasks, takes initiative to improve his/her own performance, works intensely towards extremely challenging goals and persists in the face of obstacles or setbacks
  • Client and Business Focus – Effectively handles difficult requests, builds trusting, long-term relationships with clients and service providers, helps the client to identify/define needs and manages client/business expectations
  • Teamwork – Demonstrate evidence of being a strong team player, collaborates with others within and across teams, encourages other team members to participate and contribute and acknowledges others’ contributions
  • Communication Skills – Communicates what is relevant and important in a clear and concise manner and shares information/new ideas with others
  • Judgement and Problem solving – Thinks ahead, anticipates questions, plans for contingencies, finds alternative solutions and identifies clear objectives. Sees the big picture and effectively analyses complex issues
  • Creativity/Innovation – Looks for new ways to improve current processes and develop creative solutions that are grounded in reality and have practical value
  • Influencing Outcomes – Presents sound, persuasive rationale for ideas or opinions. Takes a position on issues and influences others’ opinions and presents persuasive recommendations