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Head Grains Trader - Melbourne
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Head of Grains Trading - Melbourne, Australia. (Wheat, barley, soybeans, corn etc) Agricultural commodities, Physical, Cash, Derivatives. Location; Melbourne Australia:
Quantitative Trading Strategist-Equities
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Salary: US$150000 - US$350000 per year
  • Description Quantitative Researcher
Sales Trading, Swiss Market
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Zürich
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description A Swiss private bank based in Zurich is currently looking for a Sales Trading - Swiss Market, to join their fast growing division specialised in online trading services
Quantitative Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Salary: US$140000 - US$170000 per year
  • Description Quantitative Trader | Junior Trader | San Francisco A Quantitative hedge fund located in the San Francisco Bay Area is looking to expand its quantitative investment strategies team
Software Engineer | Quant Trading Firm
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Salary: US$150000 - US$250000 per year + + bonus
  • Description One of our most well-established clients in the Bay Area, is looking to build out their Engineering team. They apply some of the most sophisticated machine learning techniques to investment (trading)
Crude/Products Trader - Dubai, UAE
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Dubai
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Crude/Products Trader - Dubai, UAE A very established energy trading house are looking to add a Crude/Products trader to their trading team in Dubai as part of an aggressive expansion
Interest Rate Derivatives Trading - Investment Bank - Frankfurt
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
  • Salary: €70000 - €120000 per annum
  • Description Interest Rate Derivatives Trading - Investment Bank - Frankfurt Salary Bracket €70,000 - €120,000 We are currently working with a Global Investment Bank who is looking to add a Interest Rates
Quant Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: US$150000 - US$1000000 per year
  • Description We are working with an established prop trading firm (>$1B AUM) who are actively looking to add proven quantitative traders to their team.
Quant Trader | Equities
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: US$150000 - US$400000 per year
  • Description I'm working with a rapidly growing systematic trading firm in NYC that is looking to build out their HFT to medium frequency trading business given their exceptional performance

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