Associate Principal, Quantitative Risk Management


The Associate Principal is responsible for one or more functions within Quantitative Risk Management (QRM) to develop and maintain model analytics and performance monitoring.  The Associate Principal will collaborate with other quantitative analysts, business users, data & technology staff, and model validation colleagues to implement new analytics and enhance existing tools.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each assigned essential duty satisfactorily:

  • Maintain and build data models to ensure information is available in our analytics warehouse for downstream uses, such as analysis and dashboard development
  • Perform model performance testing, including portfolio back-testing using historical data.
  • Support the launch of new products by enhancing monitoring capabilities.
  • Create documentation and testing to ensure data is accurate and easily understandable
  • Discover and share best practices for data and analytics engineering with members of the team
  • Invest in your continued learning on data and analytics engineering best practices and evaluate them for fit in improving maintainability and reliability of analytics infrastructure
  • Assist analysts in solving their analytics questions/challenges

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • N/A


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • [Required] Strong programing skills. Able to read and/or write Python code in a collaborative software development setting.
  • [Required] Experience with Tableau and Alteryx
  • [Required] Experience with a source code repository system (preferably Git)
  • [Required] Ability to write and optimize complex analytical (SELECT) SQL queries
  • [Required] Ability to collaborate with multiple partners (e.g., DBAs, Data Architecture, Security) to craft solutions that align business goals with internal security and development standards
  • [Required] Comfortable supporting business analysts on high-priority projects.
  • [Required] High attention to detail and ability to think structurally about a solution
  • [Required] Strong problem-solving skills: Be able to accurately identify a problem's source, severity, and impact to determine possible solutions and needed resources.
  • [Preferred] Exposure to data orchestration tools, such as Airflow
  • [Preferred] Understanding of applied statistics and hands-on experience applying these concepts
  • [Preferred] Strong quantitative skills, ability to demonstrate deep understanding in the following technical areas:
    • Financial mathematics (derivatives pricing models, stochastic calculus, statistics and probability theory, advanced linear algebra)
    • Econometrics, data analysis (e.g., time series analysis, GARCH, fat-tailed distributions, copula, etc.) and machine learning techniques
    • Numerical methods and optimization; Monte Carlo simulation and finite difference techniques
    • Risk management methods (value-at-risk, expected shortfall, stress testing, backtesting, scenario analysis)
    • Financial products knowledge: good understanding of markets and financial derivatives in equities, interest rate, and commodity products.
  • [Preferred] Model development and prototyping requires advanced development skills in Python and database manipulation.
  • [Preferred] Model implementation requires advanced Java programming ability and a demonstrated ability in developing and maintaining enterprise level software.
  • [Preferred] Ability to challenge model methodologies, model assumptions, and validation approach.
  • [Preferred] Proficiency in technical and scientific documentation (e.g., white papers, user guides, etc.).
  • [Preferred] Experience in Agile/SCRUM framework.

Technical Skills:

  • [Required] Experience with Tableau and Alteryx
  • [Required] Experience in a scripting language such as Python is required.
  • [Required] Experience in office technology such as PowerPoint, Confluence, Latex, Word, and Excel.
  • [Required] Experience with code repository, build and deployment tools (e.g., Git, GitHub, Jenkins).
  • [Required] Proficiency in database technology and query languages (such as SQL). Non-relational DB and other Big Data, cloud-based computing experience is a plus.
  • [Preferred] Proficiency in Java is required for model implementation (Java 8 or later).
  • [Preferred] Experience with numerical libraries and/or scientific computing is required.
  • [Preferred] Experience with automated quality assurance frameworks is required (e.g., Junit, TestNG, Selenium, etc.) for model testing.
  • [Preferred] Software design: effective application of design patterns, expertise in object-oriented design
  • [Preferred] Experience with high performance computing is a plus.

Education and/or Experience:

  • [Required] Master’s degree or equivalent in a quantitative field such as data analytics, computer science, mathematics, physics, finance/financial engineering. PhD preferred.
  • [Required] Five to ten years of experience in data analytics required
  • [Preferred] Experience in areas in finance and/or development experience in model implementation and testing.

Certificates or Licenses:

FRM, CFA, etc., are desirable, but not required.

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  • REQ-2286
  • Chicago - 125 S Franklin
  • Full Time Regular
  • Posted: Aug. 08, 2022

How to Apply

Step 1 - When you find a position you're interested in, click the 'Apply' button. Please complete the application and attach your resume.

Step 2 - You will receive an email notification to confirm that we've received your application.

Step 3 - If you are called in for an interview, a representative from OCC will contact you to set up a date, time, and location.

OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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