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Trading Application Support
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Salary: US$100000 - US$101000 per year
  • Description Trading Application Support Specialist A large technology driven trading firm headquartered in Chicago is looking to expand its team in their Montreal office. They are specifically looking for an
Gas Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Denmark
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description An Energy Trading House is looking to expand their Danish office by taking on an experienced individual with a background in Gas Trading. The Company, trades primarily in the European power markets
Equity Sales & Trading
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Equity Sales & Trading - Investment Bank - London A large Investment Bank is looking to increase their Equity Sales & Trading team in London. The right candidate must be able to maintain
High Frequency PM to head up US Equities at leading Hedge Fund
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: £250000 - £2500000 per year
  • Description Seeking a High Frequency Trader from a recognized High-Frequency Prop Trading firm, Investment Bank or Hedge Fund to spearhead a leading hedge funds expansion into US Equities.
Refined Oil Products Trader (Physical and Paper)
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Singapore
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description We are currently working with a leading energy trading house (with refineries), based in Singapore seeking Senior Oil Trader (Refined oil products trader) to join their trading team in Singapore
Wheat/Grains Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Geneva
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Wheat/Grains Trader.
Sales Trading Support
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Zürich
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description A Financial Services Company is currently giving the opportunity for a fresh graduate to gain experience in Trading and to join a dynamic and international team! Responsibilities: Identify price
Equity E-Trading Quant
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: US$150000 - US$300000 per year + Front Office Bonus
  • Description Equity E-Trading Quant l Global Investment Bank l NYC After an exceptional past quarters the Head of an Electronic Trading Desk at a top tier investment bank in NY has just given headcount approval
E-Trading Rates Researcher
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: US$100000 - US$250000 per year + Front Office Bonus
  • Description SUMMARY FOR E-RATES RESEARCHER A Tier 1 Investment Bank in NYC has just gotten approval from the Global Head of E-Rates to bring on board additional headcount to their Rates Algo Trading team

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