Index Research & Design (up to Associate Director)

IHS Markit
London, United Kingdom
25 Jul 2022
08 Aug 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Company & Team - "About Us"

IHS Markit provides global pricing and reference data, indices, and information services across multiple asset classes. Customers throughout the financial services industry leverage our Information products and services for independent valuations and to support research and analysis, risk management, regulatory reporting, and trading.

Markit Indices sits within the Information division of Markit, one of three divisions of the global parent. Markit Indices is a leading independent provider of financial indices across all major asset classes. Our span of products covers global equity and fixed income markets and include globally recognized benchmarks such as our branded index families including iBoxx and iTraxx, and our Markit PMITM economic indices. Indices also offers related services which provide Index and ETP constituent aggregation and analysis to manage risk, attribute performance and inform investment decisions. In Asia our indices include the award-winning Markit iBoxx ABF Pan-Asia, Markit iBoxx Singapore Dollar and Markit iTraxx index and the HSBC PMI indices. We are market leader for bond indices used in exchange traded funds.

Duties and Responsibilities - "Your Role"

IHS Markit is looking for an experienced professional (up to Associate Director) with quantitative/investment background. Location of the role is London or New York. The focus of the role is to support the development of new IHS Markit and bespoke indices for clients, focusing on leveraging assets available to IHS Markit and creating innovative products.

The role encompasses the full lifecycle of index product development, from market research, prototyping, client validation, product development, and coordination with other internal teams to ensure successful product launch. The individual will be part of a team that creates intellectual capital for IHS Markit and have ownership and responsibility of the index design process.

  • Support the development of new benchmark and tradable bond indices in conjunction with key index stakeholders
  • Undertake analysis of markets and data collection and conduct scenario analysis for the research and development of new index methodologies
  • Extensive modelling of index methodologies to produce index constituent list and weights, and to back-test results
  • Attend client meetings and conference calls with salespeople to present the current thoughts and ideas of Markit Indices and to understand and manage client requirements
  • Writing of index specification guides
  • Index setup and calculation: develop calculation prototypes and test cases for new indices; perform test calculations and reconciliation of the results with clients
  • Quality control: daily checks and testing of index calculation and output files around the release of new indices
Job Requirements - "About You"

Essential Skills
  • Ability to think through a problem and break it into steps
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Understanding of fixed income securities
  • Python, SQL, Excel
  • Ability to summarise complex algorithms without getting lost in the details
Education & Experience
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Intellectually curious, open minded and being able to solve complex problems logically
  • Possess a high level of attention to detail, focusing on the quality of projects
  • Needs to be articulate and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The candidate must be able to communicate effectively with both technical and businesspeople with varying expertise
  • Willing to collaborate with and support colleagues within the global Index Research and Design team and contribute regularly to group discussions
  • Understanding of other asset classes including equities, FX and derivatives is an advantage
  • A high degree of awareness of the financial/resource implications of index design decisions is required
  • A keen interest in the developments and trends within financial markets in areas such as fixed income, asset management and ETFs
  • Highly motivated and eager to take the initiative and assume full responsibility for the delivery of projects
  • Creative and being able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Job Benefits - "What we offer"
  • Cash incentive plan
  • Options to work remotely
  • Development and growth plan into higher level management
  • Training support towards further financial market qualifications
  • Opportunity to work with world experts in ETFs & indices
  • A strong client base and broad product line from the industry leader in the segment

Equal Opportunity Employer:

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