Quantitative Research & Trading

Quantitative Research & Trading

Selby Jennings: A Specialist Quant Recruitment Talent Partner for Quantitative Research & Trading

Selby Jennings is a leading quant recruitment specialist talent partner for banking and financial services. Our global Quants team provides permanent, contract, and multi-hire talent solutions from our offices across three continents.

For nearly 20 years, financial firms and professionals have benefited from our extensive experience and global network. From streamlining processes and upskilling workforces, to staying cutting edge by employing flexible working models, our quant recruiters advise enterprise leaders on when to strike and how. We also provide expert insight to Quants professionals on benchmarking benefits packages and salaries, and assist them through their career moves.

Winning ‘Best Executive Search – Quant’, by HFM in the European Quant Services Award 2021, as well as being named last year’s Best Executive Search Firm by HFM for the US, we are committed to helping our clients secure top Quants talent.

If you're interested in securing exceptional Quantitative talent, request a call back today. If you're a Quants professional on a mission for Quantitative Research jobs, the Selby Jennings global Quants team delivers exceptional recruitment to industry-leading firms, from global investment banks, boutique hedge funds, and management consultancies, to software providers, and everything in between. Submit your CV/resume today and one of our talent consultants will get back to you if a role fits your profile.

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We are a specialist Quantitative Research & Trading Recruiter. Among the many benefits of working with Selby Jennings’ global Quantitative Research & Trading team are:

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Our award-winning talent specialists offer bespoke, tailored guidance on the latest hiring trends and industry news to help you achieve your goals.

Selby Jennings is committed to cultivating enduring partnerships rooted in trust, honesty, and shared prosperity. Our quant headhunters prioritize offering customized solutions that align with your unique needs, presenting adaptable options to suit your Quantitative Research & Trading recruitment preferences. Be it promptly filling essential roles or developing strategic quant talent acquisition solutions, we are equipped with the knowledge and resources to achieve desired outcomes. Start your journey with us today by submitting your vacancy.

Embark on the journey to address your talent gaps by filling out the form today. Our team eagerly awaits the opportunity to discuss how we can collaborate to efficiently and effectively fulfill your Quantitative Research & Trading hiring requirements.

​Quantitative Research & Trading Jobs

In the intricate landscape of finance, Quantitative Research & Trading professionals are indispensable. As data analysis and financial forecasting become increasingly crucial, those possessing these skills are in high demand. Collaborating with Selby Jennings, a quant recruiter specialist in Quantitative Research & Trading, could propel your career forward significantly. Review our quantitative research & trading jobs or submit your CV/resume, and we'll contact you when a relevant opportunity comes up.

Technical Product Manager

Technical Product Manager - Top NYC Quant Trading Firm Location: Hybrid NYC Compensation: $150K - $225K+ Base (Discretionary Bonus also included) Summary A leading quant high frequency trading firm based in NYC is growing their new Technical Product Management team and are looking for a highly-technical candidate who will support their world-class development team in delivering their trading and research products across the firm. The firm was founded in the early 2000's and have since risen to the top-ranks of the industry with a historical reputation for their deep roots in computer science, engineering, and mathematics. This role will be sitting on newer team within the business which provides an excellent opportunity to help lay the foundations of a fast growing group that is becoming increasingly integral to daily business and trading operations. This role is crucial to supporting the firm's Algorithmic Development and Engineering teams in developing the tools they use to produce industry-leading research and trading products. Responsibilities: Deep dive into the Algo team's UX and workflows and suggest new tools or improvements to existing ones Gather and monitor requirements through surveys, conversations, feedback sessions, and automated reporting Work directly with Software Engineers across Algo, Trading Technology, and Research & Development to set technical strategy and development priorities Lead the firm's 2-year strategic plans for critical tooling and Algo-facing resources Requirements: Minimum 3-5 years of product management experience having worked in a highly technical environment. Strong software development expertise supporting existing product management experience Substantial Python & Linux experience is non-negotiable Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or other technical field required If you think you're a good fit, please do not hesitate to submit your application today!

US$150000 - US$225000 per year
Manhattan
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Quantitative Researcher

We are working with a high performing systematic Macro Hedge Fund who is looking to onboard an experienced Quantitative Researcher. This position will be exposed to multiple trading lines and markets as they specialize in global macros futures strategies trading intra-day to low frequency. This firm is highly praised for their sophisticated tech and top-tier execution efforts. Their current team consists of high pedigree quants formerly with Tier 1 hedge funds and multi-strategy asset managers. Responsibilities: Running back tests, sizing current portfolio, optimizing, and analyzing performance across several macro desks (FX, FI, EQI, etc.) Requirements: 3-5 Years of Experience within Quantitative Trading as a Quantitative Researcher, Quantitative Developer, Quantitative Analyst, or similar Strong quantitative and analytical skillset with prior experience working on data-handling, data cleaning, and statistical modeling Python experience required Compensation will commensurate with experience. The team here can move quickly for qualified applicants.

US$150000 - US$250000 per year + Bonus (On Target TC $300k+)
Manhattan
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Quant Researcher - Volatility

A Prop Trading firm in New York City is looking for an experienced Quantitative Researcher for a Global Equity desk to focus on Alpha and Optimization research on new and existing options volatility strategies. The ideal candidate would be responsible for researching volatility strategies and generating alpha on a collaborative pod. You will be a joining a team with an impressive background and superb performance, thus previous performance is crucial for your application to be considered. Responsibilities: Conduct volatility research ideas to generate Alpha. Improve and optimize the capabilities and structure of current volatility strategies. Identify research objectives in terms of improving the profitability of currently live strategies. Design and back test new strategies for high and medium frequency trades. Stay up to date with market volatility and contribute innovative ideas to the team. Requirements: 3+ years' experience in Quantitative Research (as a Quantitative Researcher or similar) for either a Hedge fund or Prop firm. Ability to research and generate new trading ideas. 2+ years' experience working on a volatility strategy desk or volatility research. Proficient in C++ and python in terms of designing and building trading strategies. Knowledge and expertise in statistical inference and predictive analysis. PhD or Master's degree in applied Math, Statistics, ML, Computer Science/Engineering, Physics or similar. Benefits: Competitive Compensation Great opportunities for organizational growth Hybrid working model

US$150000 - US$250000 per year + Discretionary Bonus or Profit Split
New York
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Quant Developer - Commodities

A leading Quantitative Trading Firm are looking are in need to talented quant developers with knowledge of the commodities markets to build out new infrastructure. You will be joining this firm at a foundational level and will learn how quant trading infrastructure is built from the ground up. You will be tasked with developing pipelines and testing datasets, working directly with Quant Researchers and a separate Data Engineering team. They are looking for someone who: High level of proficiency in Python would be ideal, however any OO experience and a strong commitment to learn Python will be considered Ideally some experience in financial services, preferably in another hedge fund Has an appreciation of ETL pipelines. Has experience working autonomously. Bonus skills and experience: You've worked in the buyside and contributed to trading infrastructure across any asset class You have knowledge of the commodities markets

US$200000 - US$225000 per year + Bonus
New York
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Head of Quantitative Research & Strategies

A high performing trading firm is looking to expand their team into US markets. They are a mid to high frequency shop that currently trades overseas ETFs, Options, Futures, Equities, Derivatives, and Crypto. They are looking for someone that could function as a standalone Portfolio Manager and assist on a US buildout including managing a future team. There is a strong emphasis on a Quantitative Research skillset. Responsibilities: Build and develop strategies across multiple asset classes. Utilize existing infrastructure to improve and optimize in house strategies. Operate strategies across emerging markets (APAC and South American markets) while also working to establish new trading opportunities in US markets. Build team in efforts for US expansion and function as a team lead. Requirements: 6+ years experience functioning as a Quantitative Trader. 2+ years experience functioning as a team lead or Portfolio Manager. Must have experience in building your own market making strategies. Experience in trading Options. Must be able to buildout strategies and provide business plan to deploy strategies while helping oversee offshore technical team to buildout new infrastructure as needed. Benefits: Completely remote, possibility for future office space as needed Competitive Compensation and Benefits Excellent opportunities for growth

US$150000 - US$300000 per year + Discretionary Bonus or Profit Split
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Quantitative Researcher (Options desk)

About Us: A leading prop trading firm known for its innovative investment strategies and commitment to delivering superior returns. They specialize in futures and options trading and are currently seeking a highly skilled and motivated Quantitative Researcher to join their dynamic team. Job Description: Utilize sophisticated statistical techniques for the creation of models employed in forecasting, selecting strategies, and constructing portfolios. Apply quantitative approaches within the realm of financial engineering to craft algorithmic solutions, perform complex data modeling, and create visualizations. Employ machine learning expertise to refine and adjust algorithms for optimal data processing. Key Responsibilities: Quantitative Research: Conduct in-depth quantitative research to identify trading opportunities in futures and options markets. Develop, test, and refine trading models and strategies. Data Analysis: Collect and analyze market data, historical prices, and relevant economic indicators to inform trading decisions. Model Development: The quantitative researcher will build and maintain sophisticated mathematical and statistical models to predict market movements and optimize trading strategies. Risk Management: Implement risk management techniques to control exposure and ensure portfolio stability. Collaboration: Collaborate with portfolio managers, traders, and other team members to refine trading strategies and enhance performance. Monitoring and Reporting: Continuously monitor the performance of trading strategies and provide regular reports to senior management. Research Innovation: Stay up-to-date with the latest developments in quantitative research and trading technology, and integrate new insights and tools into our strategies. Qualifications: Ph.D. in a quantitative discipline such as mathematics, statistics, finance, physics, or related field preferred. Strong expertise in quantitative research, statistical analysis, and mathematical modeling. Proven experience in futures and options trading strategies. Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, or C++. Knowledge of financial instruments, derivatives, and risk management. Excellent problem-solving skills and a detail-oriented mindset. Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team. Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Previous experience within equities or commodities working on options strategies. Benefits: Competitive salary and performance-based bonuses. Health, dental, and retirement benefits. Opportunities for professional development and training. A collaborative and intellectually stimulating work environment. Exposure to cutting-edge quantitative research and trading strategies.

US$150000 - US$250000 per year + Performance Based Bonus
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DevOps Engineer - Trading Platform

Responsibilities: Develop, manage, and scale the AWS infrastructure to ensure optimal performance and security for our production trading infrastructure. Collaborate with the development team to streamline software delivery, enabling continuous integration and deployment. Automate processes using Python, enhancing efficiency and reducing manual efforts. Requirements: Proven experience as a DevOps Engineer in a similar role. Strong knowledge of AWS cloud services. Proficiency in Python scripting and automation. Experience in managing Linux based infrastructure. Familiarity with databases (SQL & NoSQL), web servers (Apache, Nginx). Knowledge of implementing robust security measures. Why join? Be part of the exciting world of cryptocurrency trading within the stability of a well-established hedge fund. Work with a team of dedicated professionals in a supportive and collaborative environment. Competitive salary package and growth opportunities. If you're passionate about cryptocurrency, eager to solve complex problems, and have a deep understanding of DevOps methodologies, I'd love to hear from you!

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Macro Quantitative Engineer

I am currently working with a $40BN AUM Hedge Fund in New York that is currently looking to expand one of its systematic Macro trading teams by bringing on an experienced Quantitative Developer/Engineer under a new PM that has recently joined the business. They are looking for exceptionally strong developers to work on time-series analysis of large economic and financial data sets as to collaborate with the team on projects regarding execution, data visualization, and tool development. This individual will also assist with managing the macro databases for the team and look to further on-board and integrate new data sources for the team to utilize. Python and SQL fluency are a must, and any experience working in a systematic macro trading environment is a plus. This is a great opportunity to join a new Macro team within an established buyside firm with the opportunity to grow into a research seat as the team continues to build itself up! Key Responsibilities: Manage and maintain economic and financial macro databases and pipelines for the team within SQL Partner with other data teams to identify and onboard new datasets for the team to utilize Collaborate with the researchers and traders directly on projects involving time-series data analysis of large financial datasets, data visualization, trading execution, and developing tools within Python for the team to utilize Key Qualifications: 3+ years of experience within a Data Engineering or Quantitative Development seat working with time-series, economic, and financial databases Demonstrate expert knowledge of Python and SQL programming for tool development and data analysis. Any experience within Git, Jenkins, or Airflow is a plus Experience working within a systematic trading environment within the Macro space is a plus.

US$300000 - US$400000 per year
New York
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Junior HFT

We have a current opportunity for a proprietary trading frim on a permanent basis. The position will be based in Shanghai, but have the opportunity to relocate to the U.S. office as well. For further information about this position please apply. Responsibilities develop and optimise machine learning model perform statistical analysis of full cycle trading work closely with PM on strategy conduction Qualifications gained masters or above degree from top universities in mathematical major previous intern or full time working experiences in quantitative finance

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Shanghai
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Quantitative Researcher - Macro

Title: Quantitative Researcher - Macro Salary: $200k base + discretionary bonus Qualifications: A minimum of a bachelor's degree in a quantitative field. !-3 years of relevant experience, preferably including exposure to quantitative development or research within the macro space. Strong quantitative, data-handling, and analytical skillset. Experience with handling and cleaning data and statistical analysis. Knowledge of quantitative investing principles, including back-testing and portfolio analysis, looking at performances, etc.

US$150001 - US$300000 per year
United States of America
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Quant Developer/Engineer (Futures and Equities)

Qualifications: Strong C++ and Python programming proficiency. 3+ years of experience supporting an equities or futures desk. Extremely strong computer science or engineering background. Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD in computer science or other quantitative discipline (I.e. computer. science, software engineering, operations research, physics, math, statistics, etc.) Exposure to both high-level and low-level programming languages. Responsibilities: Software development. Building and maintaining data pipelines. Implementation of large scale computation and serialization frameworks. Collaborate with other researchers, developers, and technologists.

US$300000 - US$450000 per year
New York
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Quant Developer

Top Tier Hedge fund in New York is hiring quantitative developers, coming from both buy and sell side, ranging across any seniority level. You will be working on a Commodity trading platform, building and enhancing trading infrastructure. Responsibilities: Delivering leading solutions to the highest design, testing and operational standards Writing and maintaining code Delving into and understanding day-to-day quantitative issues Understanding the performance characteristics, design and operational parameters of systems, improving where necessary Aiding with the integration of new analytics models with the broader stack Required skills: Strong Coding abilities across python/C++/C# Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or other related fields 3+ years hands on development experience working directly with PM's and traders is preferred Familiarity with commodities and trading

£200000 - £250000 per year + Bonus
New York
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Quantitative Research & Trading News & Insights

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Quantitative Analytics Salary Guide USA

Quantitative Analytics, Research & Trading professionals are always in demand in the financial services industry.With the further adoption of data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in finance and banking, the roles, responsibilities, and remuneration packages of Quantitative Analytics, Research & Trading experts are evolving as well.Navigate the fast-paced world of quantitative finance with confidence using our latest Quantitative Analytics Salary Guide. This guide offers in-depth information on compensation, broken down by job roles and experience levels.Whether you are an employer aiming to attract the brightest minds or a Quants professional looking to benchmark your compensation, this salary guide will provide you with an essential overview of the current salary landscape in financial services.

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Quants: The Hottest Markets Right Now

Financial markets around the world continue to grow in volatility due to the global economy's ever-increasing complexity and technology's constant evolution. As financial organizations compete for top Quants talent to keep up with these fast-paced developments and capitalize on the hottest market opportunities, we take a closer look at these thriving sectors and the trends shaping them:EquitiesThe Resilience Amidst UncertaintyEven with the economic unpredictability across the financial landscape, the equities market showcases unwavering resilience. Algorithm-driven hedge funds, particularly those of Quant variety, have been aggressively acquiring stocks, predominantly piling into US equities.As such, there's a competitive race amongst clients to secure top-tier Quantitative Researchers and Analysts. The objective? To ensure they remain ahead of the curve, leveraging deep insights to navigate the fast-paced nature of the equities market.CommoditiesAdapting to the UnpredictableThe Russia/Ukraine conflict has further increased the unpredictability of the commodities market, which has always been a hotbed of volatility. But where there's volatility, there's opportunity. This very unpredictability has opened doors for Quants to employ their skills, advocating for better market efficiencies. They also play a pivotal role in developing rigorous risk management strategies, ensuring more profitable trading trajectories for firms.CryptocurrencyThe Reshuffling of Top TalentsThe cryptocurrency sphere is witnessing some groundbreaking developments this year, from the rise of Bitcoin and crypto exchange-traded funds (ETFs) within traditional finance (TradFi) institutions, to the strategic moves of Tier 1 shops offshoring their crypto teams due to the US's regulatory atmosphere.Interestingly, this has opened up a unique opportunity and a reshuffling of top talent, as smaller prop firms, family offices, and crypto-centric funds snap up a significant portion of Portfolio Managers.Liquid MarketsThe High Demand for Intraday StrategiesLiquid markets are seeing a surge in demand from both prop trading funds and hedge funds for Portfolio Managers who excel in intraday/high-frequency strategies. As many hedge funds have invested time and resources over the past few years to craft trading platforms attuned to support rapid strategies, the demand for talent has soared. This shortage of talent, particularly for Portfolio Managers with established, effective strategies, has resulted in a bottleneck situation.In summary, as the world of finance continues to evolve, these markets have become pivotal arenas in the competition for skilled Quants professionals. To truly navigate the intricacies of these dynamic fields, having the right talent with a deep understanding of the current landscape is paramount.For firms actively seeking elite talent, request a call back from leading talent partner Selby Jennings and access a global network of top Quants talent. For professionals aiming to elevate their career trajectory, submit your CV/resume today and one of our talent consultants will get back to you if a role fits your profile.We also strongly recommend downloading our comprehensive report, "The Real Alpha: Unleashing Talent in Quantitative Finance Hiring." This resource delves deep into the intricacies of hiring in the Quantitative Finance space, offering valuable insights and guidance for both hiring managers and professionals.

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Why Quant Professionals are a Great Long-Term Investment

​In the fast-paced world of finance, quantitative trading has emerged as a powerful force, reshaping traditional investment landscapes. As businesses seek innovative strategies to navigate complex markets, the role of quant professionals has taken center stage. In this blog, we will explore the evolution of quantitative trading, the profits it yields, the essential tools at quant traders' disposal, their key responsibilities, and how industry leader Selby Jennings plays a pivotal role in promoting quant development. How Has Quantitative Trading Evolved?Quantitative trading has evolved into a dynamic discipline that combines finance, mathematics, and technology. Once reliant on manual calculations, today's quantitative strategies leverage advanced algorithms and data-driven insights. These approaches, powered by machine learning and AI, have not only enhanced decision-making but have also allowed for real-time adaptation to market shifts.Quant Trader ProfitsThe bottom line is paramount, and quant traders deliver. Their systematic and data-backed methods enable them to identify patterns, execute trades swiftly, and capitalize on fleeting opportunities. By minimizing the influence of emotional biases and optimizing risk management, quant traders consistently generate robust returns. This aptitude for generating profits, grounded in quantitative methodologies, positions them as invaluable assets for businesses aiming for sustained growth and profitability.Quant Trader ToolsQuant traders wield a sophisticated array of tools. Cutting-edge software, statistical models, and high-frequency trading platforms empower them to dissect vast datasets, detect anomalies, and execute orders with unrivaled precision. This technological edge not only enhances operational efficiency but also provides a competitive advantage in capturing market inefficiencies and gaining an upper hand in trading dynamics.Quant Trader DutiesQuantitative professionals have comprehensive responsibilities. From developing intricate trading algorithms and conducting in-depth research to back-testing strategies and fine-tuning models, their role demands an incredibly broad skill set. By constantly refining and adapting their methods, quant traders navigate the intricate balance of risk and reward, ensuring optimal outcomes.Explore the battle for quant talent in crypto.How Selby Jennings Helps Quant DevelopmentAt Selby Jennings, quant development is a core focus. With a deep network of industry connections, we connect top-tier quant talent with leading firms. By bridging the gap between exceptional professionals and innovative organizations, we foster an environment where quant traders can thrive and continuously evolve.Find out five hiring strategies funds should use to lure quant talent.Why Choose Us?Selby Jennings is proud to be a leading specialist banking and financial services recruiter, offering tailored solutions for your quant trading needs. Our unparalleled access to a global talent pool, coupled with our commitment to staying ahead of industry developments, ensures that we are the partners you need for sustained success in Quantitative Research & Trading. Join us in reshaping the future of finance and reap the rewards of strategic long-term investment.Get in Touch NowAre you ready to elevate your investment strategy with the power of quantitative professionals? Get in touch today to embark on a journey toward improved profitability and long-term growth. Our team of experts are here to guide you through the process and help you seize the immense potential that quantitative trading offers.

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A New Generation of Female Quant Talent

​In the dynamic landscape of quantitative trading, a powerful wave of change is reshaping the industry. But this wave isn't driven by technology and algorithms; it's powered by the emergence of a new generation of female talent that is propelling progress, innovation, and equality in the traditionally male-dominated world of quant trading.This blog explores the indispensable contributions of female quants professionals, the importance of diversity in the industry, and strategies for attracting top female talent.Tech Requires Women's TalentIn an era where technology reigns supreme, the quant trading sector is undergoing a transformative shift. When women join a male-dominated team they bring a new range of perspectives and skills to the table, driving unparalleled innovation. The fusion of gender diversity with cutting-edge technology enhances problem-solving and decision-making, creating a robust environment for growth.Progress and InnovationThe increase of female professionals in quant trading firms has ignited a spark of progress and innovation. Research indicates that diverse teams generate more creative solutions and superior performance. Women's unique viewpoints and experiences offer fresh insights, paving the way for the development of new strategies and approaches that outpace conventional norms, unlock new possibilities and drive the industry forward.Embracing EqualityEquality is the cornerstone of a thriving quant trading landscape. Embracing diversity isn't just a moral obligation; it's a strategic move that directly impacts a firm's competitiveness and success. There are many ways in which quant trading firms can foster an inclusive culture, ensuring equal opportunities for female professionals to excel in their roles. From providing equal opportunities and fair compensation to ensuring that women have a voice at decision-making tables, embracing equality is a pivotal step toward shaping a better industry for everyone.How to Attract Top Female TalentDrawing the best female talent into the world of quant trading requires a proactive and holistic approach. Actionable strategies for firms to create a more inclusive environment include:Implementing targeted recruitment strategiesEstablishing mentorship and sponsorship programsCultivating an inclusive work atmosphere that supports work-life balance Offering equal professional development and training opportunitiesBy showcasing success stories and celebrating the achievements of female leaders in quant trading, firms can inspire and attract the next generation of top-tier talent.Why Choose Us?At Selby Jennings, we are committed to supporting women in quantitative trading and can help you recruit the right talent. Our proven track record of embracing diversity isn't just a statement; it's a testament to our belief in the transformative power of women's contributions. Join us in shaping the future of quant trading with an inclusive, innovative, and equitable approach that drives both financial success and positive social impact.Get in Touch NowReady to revolutionize your quant trading team? Seize the opportunity to be a part of this transformative journey. Contact us today to explore how our diverse and dynamic approach can elevate your firm's performance in the ever-evolving landscape of Quantitative Research & Trading.

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How to Progress Your Career as a Quantitative Analyst

​Quantitative analysts play a crucial role for many businesses by analysing data and creating models to help make informed decisions. If you're intrigued by numbers, have a passion for problem-solving, and have a keen interest in the financial markets, a career as a quantitative analyst might be the career for you. Whether you're an aspiring quantitative analyst or looking to advance your existing career, this blog is designed to provide you with valuable insights into the best next steps.Quantitative Analyst ResponsibilitiesAs a quantitative analyst, your role involves analyzing vast amounts of data to identify patterns, trends and opportunities. You'll design and develop mathematical models to predict market movements, assess risks, and optimize trading strategies. Additionally, you'll collaborate with traders, portfolio managers, and other stakeholders to provide data-driven insights that inform business decisions. Your responsibilities may include:Data collection and analysisModel development and testingRisk assessment and managementDevelop trading strategiesCollaborating with cross-functional teamsSkills and Traits Required to Progress as a Quantitative AnalystBecoming a successful quantitative analyst demands a special blend of technical expertise, analytical skills, soft skills, and personal qualities. Here are some key skills and traits that can set you on the path to progression:Strong Quantitative Background: A solid foundation in mathematics, statistics, and programming is essentialProgramming Proficiency: Proficiency in languages like Python, R or MATLAB is crucial for data analysis and model developmentCritical Thinking: The ability to dissect complex problems and devise innovative solutions is paramountAttention to Detail: Precise analysis and meticulous attention to detail are vital to ensure accurate resultsFinancial Acumen: A deep understanding of financial markets and instruments is necessary to contextualize your analysisCommunication Skills: Effectively conveying complex findings to non-technical stakeholders is a key skillAdaptability: Financial markets evolve rapidly, so being adaptable to changing conditions is invaluableReasoning for Choosing a Career as a Quantitative AnalystThere are compelling reasons to consider a career in quantitative analysis:High EarningsOne of the most enticing reasons to pursue a career as a quantitative analyst is the potential for substantial financial rewards. Financial institutions highly value quantitative analysts due to their specialized skills and as a result, these professionals often command competitive salaries and attractive bonuses, reflecting the critical role they play in driving informed investment decisions and maximizing returns.Intellectual ChangeFor those who thrive on mental challenges or desire a career change, quantitative analysis offers a constant stream of intellectual stimulation. The field demands continuous learning, as financial markets evolve and new data sources become available. Creating complex mathematical models, designing innovative algorithms, and deciphering intricate patterns all contribute to an intellectually fulfilling career that keeps you engaged and motivated.Impact on Financial MarketsQuantitative analysts wield a sizable influence over financial markets. By providing insights grounded in data and analytics, you can impact investment strategies, asset allocation, and risk management decisions. Your work can contribute to the stability and growth of financial institutions and shape market trends. The satisfaction of knowing your analyses contribute to informed and impactful decisions is both rewarding and fulfilling.Why Choose Us?Selby Jennings is a leading banking and financial services talent partner helping financial professionals find the right role and next step in their careers. With a global presence, we can assist you throughout your career and job search as a quantitative analyst, from reviewing your CV/resume and recommending appropriate roles to interview techniques and providing expert insight to quants professionals on benchmarking benefits packages and salaries.By collaborating with us, a specialist in Quantitative Research & Trading, we can deliver exceptional job opportunities in industry-leading firms, from global investment banks, boutique hedge funds, and management consultancies, to software providers, and everything in between. We will work with you to propel your career forward. Get in Touch NowIf you're a quant professional on the hunt for Quantitative Research & Trading jobs, the Selby Jennings global quants team delivers exceptional recruitment to industry-leading firms. Submit your CV/resume today and one of our talent consultants will get back to you if a role fits your profile.

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Conveying Your Quantitative Strategies Effectively in an Interview

Quantitative strategies are at the core of many industries, especially within the financial, business, and technological sectors. Whether you're a quantitative analyst, a trader, or simply someone who leverages data-driven strategies, it's crucial to know how to communicate your approach during an interview. In this blog post, we'll explore methods to convey your quantitative strategies effectively, allowing you to shine in your next interview.1. Understand the ContextBefore diving into the details, ensure you know the exact role you're applying for and the level of technical proficiency expected. Tailor your explanations to fit the needs and interests of the interviewer.2. Clearly Define Your StrategiesQuantitative strategies can be complex. Here’s how you can break them down:Highlight the Goal: Begin by explaining what the strategy aims to achieve and why it's important.Use Simple Language: Avoid jargon or highly technical terms unless it's appropriate for the context.Break It Down: Describe your strategy step by step. A structured explanation can help non-technical interviewers follow along.3. Share Relevant ExamplesExamples can illustrate how your quantitative strategy works in a real-world context. Consider the following:Utilize Visual Aids: If possible, use charts or graphs to visualize your strategies.Discuss Past Successes: Share specific examples from your previous experience where your strategy led to successful outcomes.Demonstrate Flexibility: Highlight how your strategies can be adapted to different scenarios or problems.4. Engage in a DialogueAn interview is a two-way conversation. Engage your interviewer by:Asking Questions: Ask for their thoughts or if they need clarification on anything.Be Open to Feedback: Show that you’re open to other viewpoints or ways of approaching the problem.Practice Active Listening: Make sure you're responsive to the interviewer's questions and concerns.5. Showcase the Value of Your StrategiesBe sure to articulate the value your quantitative strategies can bring to the company:Link to Business Goals: Explain how your strategies align with the company’s objectives.Quantify the Impact: If possible, provide numbers or statistics to demonstrate the tangible benefits of your approach.6. Practice, Practice, PracticeBefore the interview:Rehearse with a Friend: Practice explaining your strategies to someone unfamiliar with the topic.Prepare for Tough Questions: Think about potential challenges to your strategies and how you would respond.Trading Job SuccessAt Selby Jennings, we understand the extraordinary potential of talented Quantitative Research & Trading professionals like you. By showcasing your skills, passion, and dedication, you're setting yourself apart in a competitive market. Selby Jennings offers an array of rewarding career opportunities with some of the world's most prestigious financial institutions. With our extensive network and expertise in the finance industry, we're committed to connecting top talent, like you, with leading organizations that value your unique contributions. Submit your resume and one of our consultants will give you a call when a role fits your profile.

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The Real Alpha: Unleashing Talent in Quantitative Finance Hiring

Demand for Quantitative Analytics, Research & Trading professionals is always increasing in the financial services industry. It can be a challenge for hiring managers without the right talent partner to attract and retain the best Quants, meaning having guidance on salary and industry trends is crucial in getting the right workforce in place for the years ahead.Similarly, professionals with the right skills and expertise in Quantitative Analytics, Research & Trading can find themselves in a position of too much choice, with a wide range of attractive opportunities all vying for them, meaning many professionals are curious about whether their salaries and bonuses match their peers.Discover talent challenges and opportunities across Quantitative Analytics, Research & Trading, which includes insights on: A comprehensive overview of the Quants space Strategies for successful hiring of QuantsSalary overviews for the US, Europe, and APACA bonus chapter on women in Quants Key takeaways for those hiring and professionals considering their next move Download ‘The Real Alpha’ now.

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Hiring Quant Developers: The Importance of Finding the Right Talent

​Taking the time to find the right people for the job role you are advertising offers a raft of benefits for your business. Finding the right candidate will not only improve your company culture, performance, and profits, but it will also boost team morale, introduce new and exciting perspectives, improve productivity, and add a new dimension to your business landscape. Taking the time to make the right hires and carefully planning your recruitment strategy is one of your company’s best investments.This blog will highlight the importance of hiring the right quant developer for your business and how to access the right people for the job.Finding the Right PeopleTraditionally, your company's values and reputation would attract talent to your business, but to find and hire top industry developers and to keep ahead of your competitors, having an active presence within the developer community is key. As part of the process, you’ll need to post a clear, concise, and inspiring job description, take time out to screen resumes, identify who you want to interview, conduct interviews, test candidates' skills, and check job references, all before making a job offer. Testing Prospective Candidates Pre-employment tests are an excellent way of gathering important data and optimizing candidate insights. Testing prospective candidates in interviews or take-home tests will allow you to determine whether or not the prospective candidate has the necessary skills, knowledge and expertise to fulfill all job requirements.  Find out the battle for quant talent in crypto here.Ask Quant Developers In-depth Questions A job interview is a core part of the hiring process, allowing you to gain first-hand insight into whether the candidate will be a good fit for your business. The interview stage of the process will also help you to determine their proficiency in various hard and soft skills. Before an interview, it’s good practice to take the time to prepare a set of questions to ask candidates during the interview. The questions should aim to get the most out of the candidate and most importantly, determine whether they are right for the role. Common questions used include:Can you tell me about your quantitative experience?What motivated you to pursue a career in quantitative development?What is your favorite part of the job?What are the most important skills for a successful quantitative developer?What are your career aspirations?What is the most challenging part of the job?Do you have any experience with coding languages?Could you explain what delta hedging is?Give Candidates a Take-Home Project Take-home projects are independent coding exercises with optional automated test case scoring. You can then send the link to potential candidates for them to complete outside of the interview setting, in their own time. One of the main reasons why these are so popular is that they challenge candidates to solve everyday work-related problems, unique to the business landscape they are applying to work in. This allows the business to see first-hand how a candidate will perform using real-world examples. Making the Best Hires The cost of a bad hire can have a detrimental impact on all areas of your business landscape, therefore, it’s vital that you invest both time and resources into optimizing the hiring process. We’ve rounded up some of our top tips for making the best hires: Always utilize skills-based hiringEnsure that you always limit manager biasAlways be crystal clear about the role’s expectations and needsFocus on identifying the best-suited candidates Write an inclusive and fair job description Also, explore five hiring strategies funds should use to lure quant talent here.Why Choose Us? Selby Jennings is an established Financial Sciences and Services talent partner. We identify, source, and deliver business-critical talent to the most innovative companies across the US, Europe and APAC.Providing permanent, contract, multi-hire talent solutions from our offices all over the world, we support the world’s largest financial institutions to revolutionary fintech start-ups with all their hiring needs, across Investment Banking, Risk Management, Quantitative Trading, and Insurance, to Investment Management, Sales & Trading, Technology, and Wealth Management.Building the right team is rarely easy. It takes time, dedication, and expertise. Through nearly 20 years of experience as the talent partner of choice in financial sciences and services, we have developed relationships with the brightest and boldest minds in banking and financial institutions. Creating a vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, we deliver this talent to leading, innovative organizations around the world.Our award-winning talent specialists offer bespoke, tailored guidance on the latest hiring trends and industry news, helping businesses and professionals to gain the competitive edge needed to succeed in the ever-changing financial landscape.Get in Touch Now​If you're a candidate, please register your CV and get discovered for all relevant roles or, if you're a client looking for the best talent, you can register your vacancy or request a call back here.Request a call back​

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Recruiting C++ Quant Developers: The Importance of Finding the Right People

​Quant careers contribute significantly to the financial services industry by providing substantial tech, programming, and mathematical knowledge, support, and solutions. As the digital world demands investment banks, asset management firms, hedge funds, and other financial services firms to keep up with modern tech, the demand for mathematical minds, quant teams, and developers is also on the rise. Quant developers are at the forefront of your company’s data, securities, profit, and risk. For this reason, financial services must understand the importance of identifying the right individuals to maximize opportunity and how crucial it is for businesses to retain top talent. This article will highlight the importance of hiring the right C++ quant developer for your business and how to access the right people for the job.Reaching the Right PeopleTraditionally, your company's values and reputation would attract talent to your business, but to find and hire top industry developers and to keep ahead of your competitors, having an active presence within the developer community is key. You can reach C++ quant developers in person and online. Whichever way you choose to recruit and approach potential hires, one thing is for certain: you must attract their attention.In-person recruitment strategies allow your business to make direct contacts and relationships within the developer circle. Hosting developer dinners, attending developer events, and giving talks at programming conferences are all effective ways of creating genuine relationships with developers, building a reputation for your business, and raising brand awareness. On the other hand, online recruitment is scalable and an ideal way to attract top developers within the industry. In addition to detailed job advertisements and a social media presence, allowing your technical teams to share their programming projects and problem solutions online will get the attention of developers working on similar tasks and experiencing similar issues. This builds developer awareness of your business and will attract a number of C++ quant developers to your company website. Using these in-person and online recruitment techniques allows you to find and reach out to the right people, but you are still left to secure their talent for your business. To ensure great developers want to work for your company, you must also consider market rates, workplace culture, and employee benefits, among other factors.By working with a specialist talent partner like Selby Jennings, you can utilize our team's industry knowledge and global network of highly-skilled professionals to keep you informed when suitable C++ quant developers are looking for new opportunities, and help you through the hiring process.Testing Prospective CandidatesIt is important to remember that not every great C++ quant developer will be suited to your business culture, company values, and technology needs. For this reason, when you design your hiring process plan, you must test prospective candidates to analyze their performance. Practical assessments that reflect the nature of the vacancy can help your company to determine whether a potential candidate has the required skillset and knowledge to fulfil the role. They also help the candidate decide whether they would enjoy the job and work for your business.Additionally, setting tasks for candidates during the recruitment process will determine their level of performance under pressure and whether they are suited to your business environment. Ask Developers In-depth Questions One way to understand a developer’s programming experience and knowledge is by asking in-depth questions that require a detailed response. Asking about previous projects, why they made certain decisions, what they enjoyed about the project, and what they disliked about it will provide a deeper insight into the candidate's expertise and personality. This is an effective recruitment technique that allows your business to find out the level of knowledge and experience that a candidate possesses to determine whether they are suitable for the open vacancy role.Instead of Coding Puzzles, Give Candidates a Take-Home ProjectTesting developers and finding the perfect fit for your business is a difficult task and it is never guaranteed. However, there are many ways you can help to assist the process. Coding puzzles are seen as a poor reflection of a C++ quant developer's ability on the job. Problem-solving equations and mental arithmetic are unlikely to be a significant part of the job and therefore, not what you want to focus on during the hiring process.To overcome this, consider providing candidates with take-home projects that remove the pressure of an interview situation and show more accurately how they would perform day-to-day.Take-home projects can include creating an application, developing software, or a task similar to what they would be working on if they were to be successful. Making the Best HiresNew C++ quant developer hires to your company must understand your current business challenges and how they can be improved. The best hires are innovative individuals with a growth mindset ready to push for change and development. When you hire the right candidate, developers play a powerful part in scaling and growing your business. This is when you reap the reward of taking the time to find the right people.  View our current C++ vacancies available here.Why Choose Us?At Selby Jennings, we provide expert support to financial organizations and businesses looking to acquire top industry talent. Our team has over 15 years of experience working with quant teams and connecting quant professionals with exciting careers. We know that building the right team isn’t easy, so that’s why we have access to exclusive talent pools, and knowledge about the latest hiring trends, industry news, and in-demand services to help your business solve hiring challenges. Selby Jennings is a trusted talent partner delivering leading, innovative talent to organizations around the world. Get in Touch Now For more information about how we can help you secure top C++ quant developers, get in touch today or request a call back below.Request a call back​​

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The Rise in Demand for Quant Professionals: Harnessing New Skills for the Future

In an era dominated by Big Data and AI, businesses and organizations are increasingly reliant on data-driven decision-making and predictive analytics. At the heart of this revolution are quant professionals; highly skilled individuals adept at quantitative analysis, applying mathematical models and sophisticated statistical modeling techniques to forecast trends, optimize processes, and strategize for the future.Understanding Quant ProfessionalsQuant professionals or 'quants' are a unique blend of mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists. Their primary playgrounds have traditionally been within the realms of finance, where they've designed trading strategies, valued derivatives, and excelled in risk management.However, the current landscape sees quants with an extended realm of influence that reaches far beyond Wall Street. Industries as diverse as healthcare, logistics, e-commerce, and climate science now harness quants' power, leveraging their capabilities in data analytics to optimize their operations and shape their future strategies.Driving Factors for the Rising DemandThe rising demand for quants can be attributed to a plethora of factors. Primarily, it's the pervasive adoption of data analytics, machine learning, and AI across sectors that drives this need. As businesses amass vast troves of data about their operations, customers, and markets, it becomes imperative to analyze this data and translate it into actionable insights, a task ideally suited to quants.Simultaneously, financial engineering's increasing complexity, coupled with the advent of high-frequency trading and blockchain and cryptocurrency innovations, has elevated the role of quants to the frontlines of financial strategy.Also explore how AI can boost diversity hiring here.Preparing for the Future: Essential Skills for QuantsTo keep up with the rapid pace of industry evolution, quants must continuously expand their skill set. This involves mastering cutting-edge mathematical and statistical techniques, but also becoming proficient in a range of relevant programming languages. Python, R, SQL, Julia, and Scala are vital tools in a quant's arsenal, while understanding blockchain and cryptocurrency fundamentals grows ever more critical.Additionally, quants need to be adept at managing and processing Big Data, necessitating proficiency in platforms like Hadoop and Spark. Skills in machine learning and AI are no longer optional, with these technologies transforming data analysis and prediction paradigms.Take a look at the future of quants here.The Path AheadThe future for quant professionals is ripe with opportunity, provided there is a commitment to lifelong learning. Higher education institutions are already responding to this burgeoning demand, developing specialized quant courses and degree programs. Concurrently, businesses are making substantial investments in training and soft skill development to progress and upskill their existing workforce and attract fresh talent.In essence, the rise of quant professionals underscores a pivotal trend—the increasing importance of data analytics, predictive analytics, and AI in shaping the future of businesses and industries. As we move deeper into the era of Big Data and AI, the need for skilled quant professionals will only grow.Navigating the Future: The Quantitative Edge and the Selby Jennings AdvantageAs we navigate the labyrinth of the future, the path forward will undoubtedly be guided by data-driven insights and quantitative analysis. The rapid evolution of technology and the consequent rise in demand for quant professionals highlight the need for businesses to stay ahead of the curve. The ability to analyze, predict, and strategize using data will not just be a competitive advantage but a necessary condition for survival and success in a world increasingly powered by Big Data and AI.Given this heightened competition for quant talent, businesses face two crucial challenges—finding the right talent and ensuring they are equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. This is where Selby Jennings comes in. As a leading executive search talent agency, Selby Jennings understands the unique demands of the quant space. We recognize the race for talent and know how to navigate the bidding wars.Selby Jennings can be your strategic partner in this journey, leveraging its industry knowledge, vast network, and expertise to help you identify and attract top quant talent. Our robust processes ensure that we understand your specific needs and match you with professionals who not only have the right skills but also align with your company's culture and values.Moreover, we stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in the quant space, ensuring we can advise you on the skills and competencies you need to look for in your quant professionals. Whether you're looking for expertise in machine learning, proficiency in Python, R, SQL, Julia, or Scala, or insights into blockchain and cryptocurrency, Selby Jennings can help you find professionals who can deliver. Looking for quant talent? Request a call back from our quants team here at Selby Jennings today or take a look at how to write Quantitative Analyst Job Description here.

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How to Write a Quantitative Analyst Job Description

A Quantitative Analyst is a professional who utilizes a range of quantitative methods to help companies to make sound financial decisions. Also known as Quants, Quantitative Qnalysts help businesses to manage risk, identify profitable investment opportunities, and develop pricing models in line with business needs. The most effective way of hiring and attracting top industry talent is by writing and advertising a Quantitative Qnalyst description. After all, an inspiring and detailed job description is an essential part of the hiring process that will help you to determine whether potential candidates are suitable for the role. Main responsibilities for a Quantitative AnalystAs an employer, you should always mention the main responsibilities that the successful candidate would be expected to fulfill in the role. Quantitative analysts’ main responsibilities center around carrying out extensive market research to find solutions to challenging and often complex financial issues, using descriptive and inferential statistics.Collaborating with financial analysts, a quantitative analyst is also responsible for making modeling decisions, designing quantitative models, performing coding, and carrying out testing. All of these and other key responsibilities should be mentioned within your job description so that potential candidates understand what is expected of them. Within this section of the job description, you should also include the contracted hours that the successful candidate will be required to work each day and week. If evening and weekend work is required as part of the role, this should also be stated. To also find out how to successfully onboard a new employee, take a look here.Skill and qualifications needed to be a Quantitative AnalystAlongside the main responsibilities, it’s important to mention the skills and qualifications that potential candidates should hold before applying for the role. This helps ensure that only strong candidates apply. To become a Quantitative Analyst, you will need to have a strong foundation in mathematics, statistics, and computer programming. Some specific hard skills you may need include:Advanced knowledge of mathematicsProficiency in statistical analysis and data modellingStrong programming skills, particularly in languages such as Python, R, or MATLAB.Familiarity with financial markets, products and instruments, as well as financial mathematics.Knowledge of financial risk management, portfolio heory and optimization, and pricing models.Experience in data management, including data cleaning, preprocessing, and analysis.Ability to work with databases and querying languages such as SQL.These hard skills will enable you to perform the quantitative analysis needed for investment banks, hedge funds, asset management firms, or other financial institutions. However, it is also important to develop soft skills such as critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving abilities, as well as staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry.To learn more about soft skills, check out our blog here.A career as a quantitative analyst also typically requires at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as statistics, computer science, mathematics, or finance, and this should be clearly stated. Depending on the level of expertise you require for the role, you can request candidates apply only if they obtain relevant degrees or work experience. How to write a Quantitative Analyst job description When writing a job description, it’s important that you always start by mentioning the job title and job summary - this information should attract, engage, and appeal to your desired candidate. A good job description should include the following information:Core responsibilities and daily duties of the positionWhat you as an employer expect from employeesA description of your company’s core values and culture Shout about why potential candidates should work for your companyA description of employee benefits Working hours Holiday entitlement Working environment.Ultimately, this is your opportunity to attract the very best candidates and fill your job role. Finally, you should also mention the salary range as this will also help you to stand out among other employers and attract best-fit applicants. How to hire the best candidateTo hire the best candidate for your quantitative analyst position, get in touch with Selby Jennings today by completing the form below. As a leading Talent Partner in Quantitative Research and Trading, we have access to industry-leading Quantitative Analyst talent and are experts in identifying the right candidates. To find the talent you need, submit your open vacancy to the Selby Jennings vacancy page or request a call back below to elevate your recruitment process. Request a call back

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How the AVP of Selby Jennings supports diversity in Quants

Konza Akhtar has seen many countries in her life. She was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hong Kong, then pursued her master’s degree in psychology in the UK. It was in London that she realized she loved working with people and joined Phaidon International as one of the first post-Covid hires. At Selby Jennings, Konza found a surprising use for her psychology degree in talent search. Two and a half years on the job, she is now moving into her first management role as Associate Vice President, specializing in placing Quants professionals in the research & trading, portfolio management and buyside/hedge fund space.What are you proudest of in your career?“I’m really proud of being a market specialist, and consulting senior quantitative portfolio managers in the hedge fund space. Sometimes, these professionals appear in the news, so being able to work with them and gain their trust and respect is what I am most proud of.” Why do you think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day, especially in the workplace?“I think it is very important to have a day like International Women’s Day that acknowledges what women have faced in the workplace, as some of the barriers we deal with are different compared to others. International Women’s Day starts conversations, and conversations are the first step in making changes. “I attended the International Women’s Day celebrations last year at Phaidon International and felt the day was exceptional. The panels that were held felt like a safe space to share struggles and it was great to see the organization acknowledge it as well and appreciate the day. There have been so many changes since then, such as the Future Female Leaders Program and the Women In Sales awards, as well as developments across brands. We know and feel Phaidon International cares and is addressing the challenges we face as women.”How do you encourage gender diversity internally in your brand? “I’ve noticed that I’m starting to raise awareness in meetings, educating others on struggles they may not have considered. Addressing it first is a big step. “I also support when we’re interviewing consultants to come work for Selby Jennings. If we’re hiring a female candidate, I think it’s important that they can see someone like them in the business already, demonstrating to them that we have fostered a workplace that is diverse and that anyone can succeed. “When we see others being successful, it shows that it is possible, so I hope I’m a proven point of success and an example to other women.”How do you encourage gender diversity in your sector?“At QuantMinds International 2022, I took part in a panel on diversity, and I was so impressed with the number of people that turned up from leading banks that were freely speaking about diversity and the struggle they find in sourcing diverse talent. Being able to contribute to that discussion was amazing. I provided context guidance, advice and afterwards I had attendees coming to me asking for solutions. I want to continue to be part of these conversations and help wherever possible to improve the situation.”What advice would you give your younger self?“I’d tell my younger self that it’s okay to not have everything all sorted out. You might not be married by a certain age, or have a house or kids. You’ll probably feel younger than you are and you might never really know how to adult, or it may feel like that! There are no rules and you don’t have to do anything you don’t want. I wish I was able to have been unapologetically myself, so don’t let comments get to you. If you have been called too direct or too punchy, don’t internalize it, just continue to be yourself.”For more interviews with the inspiring women at Phaidon International, please visit our hub here.

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