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Algorithmic & Electronic Trading Risk Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: $140000 - $190000 per annum
  • Description My client is looking to add to their Algorithmic & Electronic Trading team. This is a high visibility role that will work directly with the   ...
Software Engineer | Trading Systems | Quant Hedge Fund
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Boston
  • Salary: $150000 - $180000 per annum
  • Description Software Engineer | Trading Systems | $150,000- $180,000 - $150,000 - $180,000 base + bonus + benefits! - Develop a proprietary trading system from scratch! - Working with a small team of
Gas Operations/Trading Manager - London, UK
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description A european gas and power trader is seeking a trading/operations manager to oversee the development of a physical gas business.  Responsibilities for Gas Operations/Trading Manager
Energy Derivative Prop Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Shenzhen
  • Salary: $150000 - $200000 per annum
  • Description   Energy Derivatives Prop Trader – Oil, Distillates, Jet, Gasoil, Fuel, Crude, Energy, Across the barrel, Derivatives Trading, Market Maker, Asian and Europe focus, Location;
Java Developer |E-Trading Company
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: West New York
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Java Developer |E-Trading Company E-Trading – Fixed Income & Derivatives New York,
Quantitative Researcher - Tier-1 Global Systematic Trading House
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description My client is a top prop trading firm in Sydney/Hong Kong/Singapore and is currently looking for a Quantitative Researcher. The desk is trading across multiple...
Big Data UI Developer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Chicago
  • Salary: £100000 - £200000 per annum
  • Description Big Data UI Developer -Trading Firm My client is a leading trading firm that is looking to add a Big Data UI Developer to its...
Oil Trading Analyst, Crude Oil (Physical), Commodities, Asia – Singapore
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Singapore
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Oil Trading Analyst, Crude Oil (Physical), Commodities, Asia – Singapore Responsibilities • Collect and summarize market information relevant to Crude Oil. • Analyze the
Big Data UI Developer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Chicago
  • Salary: £100000 - £200000 per annum
  • Description Big Data UI Developer -Trading Firm My client is a leading trading firm that is looking to add a Big Data UI Developer to its...

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