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Research Analyst



Koch Investment Management (KIM) manages Koch Industries' excess capital in both liquid and private markets. We invest in all asset classes via futures, swaps, options, other derivatives, cash instruments, hedge funds, and the full spectrum of private markets. KIM seeks to optimize the risk-adjusted return of the whole portfolio, and we take a portfolio approach to managing risk. We are seeking a Research Analyst to join the Koch Investment Management team in Scottsdale, AZ

A successful candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Strong programming skills (R and/or Python and SQL)
  • Strong quantitative/analytical/statistical skills
  • Scientific-method approach to problem-solving
  • Experience with financial markets (stocks, bonds, commodities, credit, etc.)
  • High motivation/intellectual curiosity
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Passion for understanding financial markets
  • Collaborative, team player
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

    What You Will Do In Your Role

    • Ensure that all systems supporting the research and trading process are up-to-date and accurate, including market data, position data, and risk reports.
    • Expand and increase robustness of current position and risk management system via building new custom functionality (R/Python/SQL)
    • Cross-train as backup and support for the daily management and maintenance of both the front and back end of our position and risk management system.
    • Working with portfolio managers to build and integrate pricing models into our portfolio and risk management systems.
    • Improve all sub-optimal processes. When you see something that could be improved, improve it.
    • Assist with Global Tactical Asset Allocation research, including new signal development, optimal position sizing, and building and maintaining daily models and reports.
    • Assist in evaluating external funds and strategies for inclusion into the portfolio.
    • Provide support to Compliance for government reporting.
    • Assuming responsibility for 100% compliance with the laws, regulations, company policy, and industry standards applicable to this role.

    The Experience You Will Bring


    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Development, Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, or Engineering.
    • Proficiency in programming R, Python, C/C++, or Java to build systems.
    • Proficiency in SQL and database design (i.e., ability to write database queries and knowledge of database design principles.).
    • Proficiency with version management systems like Git, SVN.
    • A passion and pride for elegant engineering solutions.
    • An entrepreneurial mentality, willingness, and ability to solve problems, not just point them out.
    • A growth mindset[1].
    • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, critical thinking capacity, academic or external research synthesis, and ability to translate into actionable insights.
    • A passion for financial markets and portfolio management.

      What Will Put You Ahead

      • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Software Development, Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, or Engineering.
      • A demonstrated curiosity for financial markets.
      • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, including MS Excel and PowerPoint
      • Ability to travel up to 10%

      Our goal is for each employee, and their families, to live fulfilling and healthy lives. We provide essential resources and support to build and maintain physical, financial, and emotional strength - focusing on overall wellbeing so you can focus on what matters most. Our benefits plan includes - medical, dental, vision, flexible spending and health savings accounts, life insurance, ADD, disability, retirement, paid vacation/time off, educational assistance, and may also include infertility assistance, paid parental leave and adoption assistance. Specific eligibility criteria is set by the applicable Summary Plan Description, policy or guideline and benefits may vary by geographic region. If you have questions on what benefits apply to you, please speak to your recruiter.

      At Koch companies, we are entrepreneurs. This means we openly challenge the status quo, find new ways to create value and get rewarded for our individual contributions. Any compensation range provided for a role is an estimate determined by available market data. The actual amount may be higher or lower than the range provided considering each candidate’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and geographic location. If you have questions, please speak to your recruiter about the flexibility and detail of our compensation philosophy.

      Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and protected veteran status.
      Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.
      This employer uses E-Verify. Please visit the following website for additional information: www.kochcareers.com/doc/Everify.pdf


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