Associate/Vice President, Quantitative Researcher - Factors & Sustainable Investing

London, United Kingdom
14 Aug 2022
01 Sep 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

BlackRock Systematic: Factors, Sustainability & Solutions (FS2)

BlackRock is a leader in systematic investing, managing over $200 billion in assets across systematic strategies globally. The Factors, Sustainability and Solutions group (FS2) brings together the research and investment expertise of BlackRock Systematic Investments to deliver a comprehensive product range and coherent message across factor-based and sustainable strategies. The team's competitive advantages lie in the depth and breadth of our product offerings, our unique expertise leveraging the best of BlackRock's active and passive investment platform, and innovative approach to research and product development. The responsibilities of the team span research, investment strategy, product innovation, thought leadership, and business development.

We are seeking a Quantitative Researcher to complement the FS2 team. This individual will join a team of quantitative researchers and portfolio managers that manage systematic factor-based investment strategies, sustainable strategies as well as customized solutions mandates. This person will focus on developing quantitative factor/signal research across the factor spectrum at BlackRock. We are considering candidates at all levels of experience.

We have:
  • A team of world class researchers, portfolio managers, data scientists and strategists
  • Through BlackRock, access to some of the best investors and thought leaders, as well as leading experts in statistics, machine learning and optimization
  • A track record of innovation - from early quant pioneering in the 1980s to the cutting edge of data-driven investing today

You have a desire to:
  • Develop innovative investment ideas using quantitative analysis to capture long-run rewarded factors. This may include a review of existing data, testing of the usability of new datasets, back-testing of these strategies and interpretation/implementation of output results to improve our research process
  • Construct and maintain quantitative investment strategies including portfolio rebalancing oversight
  • Deliver high quality signal research with a focus on long-only equities and the usage of novel datasets such as ESG
  • Collaborate with research colleagues on investment ideas, with portfolio managers on efficient execution of ideas and with investment strategists on innovative investment products
  • Collaborate with wider BlackRock platforms to deliver innovative systematic solutions

You may also have:
  • A Bachelors, Masters or PhD in a quantitative discipline: e.g., economics, finance, statistics, applied mathematics, computer science
    • Proficiency in at least one programming language such as Python, Matlab or similar. SQL and Unix experience a plus but not necessary
    • Detailed knowledge of statistical techniques, portfolio optimisation, financial economics and risk models
    • Attention to detail, curious and self-motivated. Highly organized and ability to work towards tight deadlines
    • Good communication skills: ability to communicate complex ideas clearly to colleagues and clients and ability to present at quantitative conferences
    • Collaborative team player, willing to engage with other colleagues, share ideas and give/receive constructive feedback

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

Our hybrid work pilot

BlackRock's current hybrid work pilot is designed to help you experience the best of both worlds: the opportunity to connect with colleagues in person and the flexibility to work remotely, with greater time to focus on what's important to you. In line with local health guidance and regulations, employees are generally expected to work 3 days in the office and 2 days from home (on average) each week. For some business groups, more time may be required in the office, while greater flexibility may be in place for others. Our "One BlackRock" culture means you'll be supported to collaborate with your new colleagues while bringing your full self to work - wherever you are.

The health, safety and well-being of our people will always be our top priorities; we will continue to monitor local conditions and health advisories in making decisions about our work environments.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children's educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment - the one we make in our employees. It's why we're dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

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BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to age, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics at law.

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