Independent Risk Analyst Independent Risk Analyst …

MFS Investment Management
in Boston, MA, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 07 Aug 20
MFS Investment Management
in Boston, MA, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 07 Aug 20
Independent Risk Analyst
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Job Description BASIC PURPOSE:

The purpose of the Independent Risk Analyst is to support the Independent Risk Management Officer with the function of the independent risk management. This work includes monitoring the funds and separate accounts with respect to their defined risk profiles by e.g. monitoring (i) market risk through quantitative constraints using metrics such as value-at-risk and tracking error, (ii) the extent of derivative use and (iii) the overall liquidity of the accounts.

The role will also actively support the analysis and reporting of market and liquidity risks and derivative use to various internal committees and Boards of Directors. The analyst will support the day to day functioning of the Independent Risk Management Department by taking primary responsibility for managing data flows, running and preparing standard regular reports and analysis whether for our ongoing oversight mission or for informing/reporting to Senior Management and Board of Directors.

  • Understand, monitor and report market risk exposures.
  • Produce daily VaR and back-testing of the VaR, derived risk indicators (correlation, stress scenarios, etc.). Manage and perform the daily review and analyze VaR for equity, fixed income and multi class mutual funds using vendor software.
  • Assist with analysis of market risks in the individual portfolios, prepare explanation of the VaR back testing results, daily limit monitoring and communicate results.
  • Enhance VaR and stress testing methodologies. Calculate VaR and perform what-if analysis on an adhoc basis.
  • Analyze the VaR reports, ensuring that they are being represented as expected and highlight any positions that are incorrectly modelled or causing unexpected contributions to the reported figures.
  • Monitor the PnL for the various portfolios and ensure that the link can be made to the risk profile and the reported PnL; escalate any gaps.
  • Participate in specifications, implementation and tests of systems.
  • Review derivative process and be familiar with option and swap pricing.
  • Validate vendor derivative pricing.
  • Collaborate with other risk teams covering Equities, Fixed Income and Multi-Asset Class products.Provide analysis/risk reporting to support various Committees, Boards, and Senior Management.Analyze and interpret risk factor exposures for underlying funds.


    • Bachelor's degree from tier accredited institution in Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Economics or related field preferred.
    • Comfortable with risk math (volatility, correlation, covariance matrix, probability distributions).
    • Experience with high-level programming language and knowledge of statistical modelling software (e.g., SAS, R, Matlab, Mathematica) is a plus.
    • Minimum of 2 years of related experience in a financial services firm, with a strong understanding of finance and asset classes.
    • Prior experience in risk management required. Expert in Excel, and building macros.
    • Comfortable working in fast paced environment. Strong work ethic and integrity.
    • Ability to transform complex investment and statistical concepts into executive - level material.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Well organized, high energy level/self-starter, must work well in team environment.
    • Practical understanding of financial markets and products.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • The ability to build strong relationships across teams.
    • As part of a broader team, integrate solution components developed by other team members.
    • Expected to Pursue PRM, FRM and or CFA designations.
    • Experience with market data providers such as Bloomberg or Factset or Point.


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