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Equity Trading Quantitative Researcher
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: US$300000 - US$500000 per year
  • Description If you are an industry expert in Equity Electronic Trading, Algorithmic Design, or Quantitative Research in Equity Trading Strategies (medium-high frequency), please get in touch with me
Senior Light Ends Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: City of London, London
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description An international, integrated energy company with activities from E&P to Trading - the business focuses primarily on Oil, Natural Gas and Refined Products. The integration of the trading activities
Senior Exotic Derivatives Trader - London
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £55000 - £105000 per annum
  • Description Key responsibilities of the Exotic Commodity Derivatives Trader role include: Use fundamental and technical analytics to develop and structure exotic trading strategies in line with client
Junior Oil Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Hamburg
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description An independent energy trading house based in Germany, is currently looking to expand its Oil and Refined Products desk.
Junior Oil Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description An independent energy trading house based in Germany, is currently looking to expand its Oil and Refined Products desk. This role would be suited to a junior trader within the Oil and Distillates
Fuel Oil Trader - London
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £60000 - £110000 per annum
  • Description Fuel Oil Derivatives Trader A growing energy focused trading house is hiring an experienced derivatives trader to join their existing team. The successful applicant will be trading with a focus on
C++ Trading Algo Developer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Hong Kong Island
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description The trading algo developer is responsible for developing the trading algo and related infra for the company. The trading algo developer role requires a high level of expertise in developing efficient
Quant Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: PnL
  • Description The Quantitative Researcher will be responsible for the following: Identify profitable trading opportunities ideally in the international equities, futures, or options spaceImplementation of trading
Crude Oil Trading Operator
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: City of London, London
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description An international, integrated energy company with activities from E&P to Trading - the business focuses primarily on Oil, Natural Gas and Refined Products. The integration of the trading activities

Salary, Job Description and Skill Requirements

Trading specialists assess financial data and define suitable standards for securities on monetary markets. As experts in their field, trading specialists are also expected to analyze financial trends with the help of statistical applications and modeling in order to understand price levels, as well as threats that will likely effect an organization. 
To grow the price of their stock portfolios, traders work as part of a larger team with relevant team members including portfolio managers, researchers and operations personnel. Effective monitoring of investment opportunities often requires a trading specialist to build a supporting team which may include research analysts, portfolio managers, and assistant traders.

Employment Outlook and Salary

The average yearly salary of a trading specialist is around $87,124, with salaries ranging between $68,500 and $105,000. As with other financial positions, the expected salary can differ widely based upon a variety of factors such as experience level, skill set and formal education, with a related degree also playing a crucial role in commanding a higher salary.
At more senior levels, both UK and US based trading managers can expect to earn higher than those in lower positions with the average yearly salary coming in at around $96,247 for the latter. 

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the demand for trading specialists is set to increase by 4% by 2022.

Job Description

Trading specialists are responsible for purchasing and selling shares, bonds, and assets for stakeholders, with the goal of capitalizing on assets and reducing financial threats. Additional responsibilities include: analyzing data, providing professional advice, supporting business processes, data management, customer reporting and portfolio management. Working with finance and customer support teams, trading specialists must have the ability to perform in a group environment, alongside strong attention to detail, excellent computer skills and a professional approach. A solid knowledge of market structures and trends is essential.

Traders usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • Flow traders - purchase and sell monetary items to a bank’s customers
  • Propriety traders - trade on behalf of the bank
  • Sales traders - collect information from customer and act as mediators between the customers and either flow or propriety traders

Job responsibilities vary among different types of traders, with flow and propriety traders typically carrying out the following tasks:

  • Gathering relevant information
  • Liaising with multiple parties, such as sales staff and agents
  • Investigating, assessing and exploring current market trends
  • Submitting daily trading reports to key stakeholders
  • Updating sales staff regarding market rates
  • Conducting trades

Sales traders focus on client interactions in order to secure new clients and develop strong relationships. Typical employers of traders include commercial houses, investment banks, exchanges, and reserves departments of key companies.

Key Skills & Qualifications

Candidates with degrees in accountancy, commerce, economics, finance, math, politics or the sciences have a strategic advantage on those with other degrees. Barriers are high, with employers typically requiring at least a 2:1 degree mark and a challenging selection procedure. Recruitment is typically handled through assessment days which might include comprehensive interviews and psychometric tests. 

Knowledge of a second language is beneficial.

Other required skills include:

  • Strong numerical competency skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team
  • Physical and psychological strength
  • Independent thinking
  • Business acumen
  • Ability to work under pressure