Quantitative Research Associate

  • competitive
  • Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Finders SA
  • 15 Feb 18 2018-02-15

A rare and on-off opportunity for an extrovert quantitative research analyst to join leading asset manager in Geneva.


A leading, global financial services institution, offering a broad range of products and services to include one of the largest mutual funds families, segregated funds as well as Luxembourg funds. A committed and long-established Geneva office which offers dynamic, flexible, low-key high flyers a very pleasant working environment and structured career path. 


This function supports a busy team of global investment analysts and investment managers, based not only in Geneva but globally. It is a very interesting opportunity to work in the Quantitative Research and Analytics team, of this leading investment management company, out of their Geneva office. The team provides rigorous peer-reviewed quantitative investment research, portfolio analysis and, support for portfolio construction, asset allocation and volatility-managed processes. Quant research associates sit in our client's investment offices in Geneva, London and the US. This role will in essence be conducting and communicating quantitative research and analysis, partnering closely with the other quant research associates globally as well as with the portfolio management professionals.  Essentially a broad and complete role that is there to support the investment decision-making process.

The position will include: 

  • Conduct and communicate quantitative research and analysis on markets, asset classes, factors and portfolios
  • Ability to gather, maintain and analyze economic and financial data in support of asset allocation modeling and analysis, factor analytics research and screening
  • Respond to questions and requests for analysis and expertise from team associates and other investment professionals
  • Responsibility to apply risk models in support of the investment process of multi-asset investment strategies, interpret output, understand differences, identify causes, explore alternatives, respond to questions and requests for in-depth analysis, as necessary
  • Participate in collaborative process-oriented quantitative research projects within the overall quant research team
  • Develop appropriate reporting where appropriate, execute it on a regular basis with periodic updates and refinements with diligence, focus and a high degree of quality control
  • Learn about new models, techniques, and processes and identify potential applications 
  • Participate in the dissemination of these new ideas and applications


  • Excellent quantitative research skills as well as very strong technical ability. Around 2-4 years' relevant experience
  • An advanced degree (MFE, MSc, PhD) in a mathematically robust discipline, e.g. econometrics, mathematical finance, statistics or physics - from EPFL, St Gallen, ETH or equivalent calibre of university
  • Existing knowledge of quantitative financial models and demonstrated ability to learn within a quantitative research role is preferred
  • An extrovert personality, with excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to effectively interact with a diverse group of associates including the Investment Group and IT
  • A mature person who has gravitas, even if still young
  • Excellent systems, coding and computer skills, including a strong working knowledge of Excel, Matlab, Python or R; as well as Bloomberg or FactSet
  • Intellectual curiosity about financial markets, asset allocation and, investing and an understanding of quantitative financial concepts as they apply to portfolio construction, optimization, attribution and, derivatives is a plus
  • Must be able to meet daily deadlines and demonstrate excellent attention to detail and work well under tight time constraints with multiple priorities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a highly collaborative environment
  • Self-motivated, takes initiatives and demonstrates commitment to continuously improve 
  • Strong desire to be based in Geneva.  Those that wish to evolve and develop their career with global mobility a very realistic possibility
  • Swiss, EU or equivalent passport holders only, due to work permit regulations. Or those already in possession of a full/unrestricted Swiss work permit