Senior Quantitative Research & Design Analyst

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 The role: Senior Quantitative Research & Design Analyst

The location: London

The grade: G10 (internal use only)

Role Purpose:

The role will support senior analysts within Research and Design to design new S&P Dow Jones Indices covering all capital markets – equities, fixed income, commodities and real estate. Experience in portfolio construction techniques and financial theories will be valuable in delivering innovative index solutions and analysis to clients.

A high level of numeracy, expertise in programming, and the ability to handle large data set will be critical to the role. Effective communication of the work and its conclusions is also essential.

The role would benefit from someone with an awareness of topical market trends and a desire to translate investment objectives into systematic and actionable index strategies. The role will encompass all elements of the index design lifecycle; including background research, client-engagement, data gathering, back-testing and finalizing index methodologies.

The role will also support our thought leadership program by contributing to presentations and research papers. Finally, the role also involves designing and constructing new platforms and processes to enable a more effective and efficient environment for the team.


  • Support in the research and design of new indices across all asset classes
  • Manage, clean and transform large and complex datasets
  • Build a comprehensive understanding of the process behind and availability of data from our providers
  • Back-test the performance of index concepts to assess fulfilment of investment objectives
  • Utilize programming skills in a proficient manner to:
    • ensure robust and efficient index design
    • build internal platforms and tools to improve capabilities and resolve repeatable processes
  • Write finalized index methodology documents for external use 
  • Prepare and update presentation slides for internal and external events
  • Support thought-leadership papers for brand promotion

Other Responsibilities:

  • Work within Global Research and Design and other departments to manage projects that will facilitate the design of new indices.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects and deadlines.  The projects involve; requirements gathering, data gathering, analytical thinking, index research and design, and documentation.
  • Must be able to clearly communicate to a number of internal stakeholders.

 Hiring Manager Quote:

This role provides a wonderful opportunity to learn the basics (“nuts and bolts”) of fund management and will provide a solid foundation to a career in this area of finance. The ideal candidate must be highly numerate, computer literate, thoughtful, curious, and will have remarkable enthusiasm and drive to learn. Moreover, the candidate must enjoy working collaboratively.

Furthermore, given how complex and dynamic the industry is becoming the candidate will gain exposure to alternative data sets, sophisticated portfolio construction techniques, and a broad and robust range of quantitative methods in finance.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of asset classes and financial theories that underpin portfolio & index construction.
  • Bachelor’s Degree. Advanced degree in computer science, math, engineering, economics, or finance strongly preferred.
  • Commitment to studying the CFA
  • Knowledge of Python and/or Matlab strongly preferred.
  • Superior computer skills in Microsoft Excel. Ability to program in VBA
  • Must be able to work independently and take the lead on multiple projects.
  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent analytical and quantitative capabilities to solve original, non-routine problems in a timely and insightful manner.
  • Comfortable working with large data sets.
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Senior Quantitative Research & Design Analyst