Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Data Scientist (financial engineer?) - San Francisco, CA

Data Scientist (financial engineer?) San Francisco, CA

There are only two kinds of truth in the world: philosophical truth and statistical truth. Philosophical truth draws on pure reason; statistical truth draws on data. Philosophical truth can be hard to apply to business, but statistical truth lies at the very heart of Thumbtack. Our collective reverence for the power of statistical analysis is, we believe, one of our key advantages as a business and one of the primary drivers of our success.

What is a “data scientist”, anyway? Well, it’s “data” and “scientist”:

Data: “Only the data are real”. Unfortunately, most data are extremely unwieldy. Drawing correct conclusions from data requires a sharp analytical mind, a deep understanding of the fundamentals of statistics, and a broad toolbox of statistical and machine learning techniques. It also requires the engineering skill to wrangle data from various sources and to implement computationally-challenging algorithms over large data sets.

Scientist: A scientist practices the scientific method: formulating hypothesis, testing them, and drawing inspiration for new hypothesis from the results. This requires the scientist to use both sides of her brain in tandem, creatively coming up with useful hypotheses and analytically testing, rejecting, revising and expanding them in a continual interplay. A great scientist doesn’t simply analyze data to answer a question. A great scientist finds the incredibly valuable questions no one has considered.

We’re looking for a brilliant individual to form the cornerstone of our data science team. Our process gives you full ownership over the projects you tackle: so dream big, then execute well.
You’ll be given the latitude to survey Thumbtack as a business, identify key opportunities, and use any and all available data to draw actionable conclusions that will guide the direction of the company.

- You’ll design, implement and launch experiments to test your hypotheses
- You’ll identify and implement metrics that align with company goals
- You’ll contribute to our Python codebase and perform analyses in R or another statistics tool of your choice
- You’ll advise coworkers on the (mis)use of statistics to understand data

Example projects
- Which markets in our ecosystem are most healthy? Which are least healthy and how can we improve them?
- Are service providers becoming more or less engaged with Thumbtack over time? What’s driving these changes?
- Which consumers are most delighted by their Thumbtack experience? What drives the differences and how can we best improve the experience for our users?
- Are some service providers consistently under- or over-charging for their services? How does that affect consumer behavior? Could we offer advice to help them improve their businesses?

About you
- You’re proficient with advanced statistical analysis and machine learning techniques in an environment/tool/language of your choice (we use R and Python/Pandas currently).
- You’re comfortable writing efficient code to handle large data sets (on a single machine).
- You have a deep understanding of probability and statistics and know how to avoid common statistical traps.
- You have the analytical chops to break down big, open-ended problems into manageable pieces, then attack the pieces from a variety of angles, all without losing sight of the bigger picture.
- You’re comfortable dealing with a large, complex code base (we use Python).
- You express yourself clearly and concisely in written and verbal discussion of complex problems.
- This job description resonates with you.

To apply: →

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Senior Technical Systems Analyst - St Paul/Minneapolis

Senior Technical Systems Analyst
Our client is one of the leading asset managers in the Twin Cities market. They are currently seeking a Sr. Technical Systems Analyst to join their growing office.  Team up with a Great Management Team, help a great company grow, be challenged at your job, while learning and growing in your career.

About the company:
  • Buy side asset manager
  • Institutional client base
  • Offering both equity, fixed income and cash management solutions
  • Highly individualized service
  • Multiple international locations
  • Well established firm with a  growth plan
  • This is a New Role due to growth
The Role:
·         This position supports the Charles River Investment Management System, Eagle Pace, Star and other trading and investment solutions
·         Manages and supports a suite of business mission-critical and complex applications
·         Partners with  infrastructure and business teams in order to resolve business systems issues by workflow solutions, batch cycle, trouble shooting, technical interface issues and  hardware issues
·         Systems administrator from the back end, working with business teams
·         Determines the best mix of development, interfacing applications, and third party vendor solutions to meet business requirements
·         Assists in translating high level business process maps into workable systems solutions
·         Implements high-level workflows
·         Evaluates and operates the day-to-day activity with 3rd party vendors and software

What we are looking for:
 ·         We are looking for technical aptitude….reading stored procedures, creating and run SQL queries, troubleshooting batch cycle issues and contributing to hardware issues
·         Technical aptitude should be a primary requirement for this role with a secondary requirement of business knowledge.  Experience with a trading system and/or investment accounting system would be useful.
·         If you have experience in Charles River or Eagle Investments Systems that is a plus, but not required
·         Charles River Web admin and systems admin, experience is a plus
·         This role is on the technology side, but we are looking for  good business aptitude
·         Good understanding of the investment management industry
·         A good technical background, but you do not need to write code   
·         Business Process Analysis Tools
·         Good Communication skills- will conduct meetings, give presentations, and provide consulting services to business partners on new initiatives (small to large of varying complexity)
·         3-5+ years relevant experience
·         Self-starter who is able to work independently as required yet function well within a team
·         Proactive individual who can see issues and projects through to the end
Why you should be interested?

  • Great corporate culture, leaders with vision
  • The company has mapped out a 5-year growth plan
  • This role is highly visible
  • Local and International growth opportunities
  • Excellent benefits
  • Access to top management
  • This role will broaden your knowledge base

If you would like to hear more about this opportunity please contact:
Scott Hedberg at 612.928.5721 or


Director of Research – Minneapolis, MN

Director of Research – Minneapolis, MN
Our client seeks a Director of Research to be based in Minneapolis, MN.
This is a new position that will help support the company’s investment products and new product development. This is a very senior role and the title will likely change to reflect that.

About the Company:
Our client is an established firm that has been in business for over 30 years. They are well known in the institutional investment management marketplace. By partnering with our client, institutional clients can expect to increase portfolio performance and enhance risk management capabilities.

The Role:
The Director of Research is responsible for leading all analysis and quantitative modeling to support the company’s investment products and new product development.

They will be mapping out how research should be done. This person will help develop a more organized process to take advantage of the investment professionals already on staff.

Our client is looking for research based on fundamental investment constructs that is rigorous and at the same time more practical (daily use).

They will perform modeling and back testing.

What we are looking for:
Master’s degree (a Ph.D.’s would be great but not necessary) in Finance, Economics, Statistics or Mathematics
Plus 5+ years of work experience in the Investment industry

Can you answer these questions for us?
1.       Do you have experience in portfolio construction, risk management, strategy evaluation and portfolio management?  Which securities or derivative instruments have you researched or traded?

2.        Can you tell me about your experience in Matlab, R, CPLEX, Factset, Bloomberg and/or statistical tools that allow for quantitative modeling and analysis?

3.       Do you have experience in portfolio construction, risk management, strategy evaluation and portfolio management?  Which securities or derivative instruments have you researched or traded?

4.       Have they written research reports for internal or external distribution?  Do you possess above average communication skills?

5.       Any experience in product development?

6.   Are you a self-starter that works well without detailed direction?

·         Ability to work with the CIO + PM’s to generate research and develop investment thesis and strategies
·         Ability to multi task
·         Strong communication skills, both written (research, white papers, etc.) and verbal

Why should you be interested?
This company is growing and has an excellent management team in place.  This opportunity will be very visible; you will be part of a great team. You will be challenged, you will learn and grow. The company has very little turnover with its employees. They are very competitive with compensation packages.

For more information call or email Scott Hedberg at 612.928.5721 or

Friday, November 15, 2013

National Sales Director - San Diego

Title:  National Sales Director (936-001-711)
Location:  San Diego
Compensation:  Six figure base salary with very generous trailers and strong upside

Great opportunity for entrepreneurial Sales Director to join an investment management firm (international value equity focus) seeking to grow their HNW and Institutional presence nationally.  This is an ideal situation for an independent professional with established corner office relationships who has tired of working for a larger firm that fails to recognize their contribution, doesn’t require supervision and is internally motivated—that type of individual will have the opportunity to build this business and have compensation tied to their efforts and success. Partnership is a possibility two to three years down the line.  Product mix includes separately managed accounts and sub-advisory business.

Report to the Managing Directors of the firm and take ownership of the overall sales strategy, both in terms of channels and regional focus, but also in terms of marketing using new social media outlets and disruptive approaches and technologies.
Quickly and efficiently communicate value proposition of investment products into key account/relationship managers, etc.

C-suite/corner-office level relationships within appropriate sales channels
Entrepreneurial mindset and capability to independently manage sales process
Demonstrated success in raising assets is an absolute requirement
High energy and drive, while still able to reflect firm’s calm/thoughtful investment process
Interest in leading edge sales/marketing techniques and technology
Prior experience with and focus on value equity investment strategies strongly preferred

If interested, email your resume as an MS Word attachment to:

Jordan Striggow
BCI - Financial Services Recruiting

Fund Accountant - San Francisco

Title:  Fund Accountant (933-001-111)
Location:  San Francisco, CA (Relocation Assistance Available)
Compensation: Competitive base salary plus bonus based on performance

$2.5 Billion Dollar Hedge Fund looking to fill positions at both the Junior Fund Accountant and Fund Accountant level; the more senior role offers a view to taking on more management company responsibilities, whereas the junior role focuses on fund audit. Combination of public accounting and fund accounting experience would make for an ideal candidate.

Update/ reconcile internal accounting system to the Fund Administrator/Prime Broker
Review cash/position reconciliations provided by Administrator and clear any discrepancies
Review/settle all OTC trades (CDS, OTC options and equity swaps) with counterparties
Review/reconcile/process collateral cash requirements
Assist in portfolio trade allocations
Reconcile month end positions/PL/all investor allocations
Complete month end NAV package for all Funds
Review all month-end investor statements
Responsible for all accounts payable/receivable functions
Assist in exposure/capital activity/ad hoc/ soft dollar/commission/monthly compliance reports
Assist with preparing audited financial statements/all Fund tax returns

Bachelor’s Degree with 3.5 GPA or better absolutely required
2-6 years with past experience at an investment firm or Big 4 accounting firm
CPA preferred
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Take ownership of designated tasks

If interested, email your resume as an MS Word attachment to:

Julia Brown
BCI - Financial Services Recruiting

Internal Wholesaler - Chicago

Title:  Internal Wholesaler (0570-010-111)
Location:  Chicago, IL
Compensation:  Commensurate with experience

Provide internal support for Senior Vice Presidents, focusing on follow up calls and providing sales/information support when they are traveling.
Cold call prospects to qualify for Relationship Manager contact and call existing clients for cross-sell opportunities
Handle inbound calls and email requests from institutional clients
Assist in creation and proofing of quarterly marketing materials
Assist in occasional in-person presentations for current and potential clients
Serve as backup for Marketing Data Coordinator

Bachelor’s degree
2+ years of industry experience
Series 6 and 63 licenses
Experience with Zephyr, FactSet, Bloomberg, Morningstar Data Direct, SalesLogix a plus

If interested in this opening, please email your resume as an MS Word attachment to:

Julia Brown
BCI - Financial Services Recruiting

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Portfolio Analyst - Santa Monica

Title: Portfolio Analyst (916-001-111)
Location: Santa Monica
Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Growing hedge fund seeks a junior-level Portfolio Analyst with 2-4 years of experience and strong SQL skills to step into a role focused on data mining/report building/analytics who will learn the company’s investment/reporting processes, then work in support of portfolio management/risk management/clients/prospective clients

Prepare a large number of ad hoc and monthly reports and participate in the research/design/creation of new reports as needed using SQL Server/Reporting Services/Excel/other tools
Produce the reporting content needed from other departments, including Compliance/Accounting/Marketing
Calculate performance contribution/attribution analysis, risk measures and other reports

Bachelor’s Degree required
Strong technical skills in SQL
2-4 years of experience working in an Asset Management setting, Investment Bank or related financial services company in a portfolio reporting/risk analysis capacity
Familiarity with credit instruments (Bonds/Loans/CDS)
Knowledge of relevant reporting outputs/metrics including portfolio accounting/performance reporting/risk metrics/portfolio characteristics
Familiarity with different reporting perspectives: region/country breakdown, industry breakdown, strategy breakdown, credit quality ratings
Experience analyzing financial data/metrics with sufficient familiarity to recognize potential issues
Experience managing/manipulating large amounts of data

To apply, send resume to
Nathan Stange, BCI -Financial Services Recruiting