Securities, Equities, Synthetic Products Group Strats, Associate/VP, London

Location(s) UK-London
Job ID
Schedule Type
Full Time
Quantitative Engineer
Business Unit
EQ Desk Strats
Employment Type


Our core value is building strong relationships with our institutional clients, which include corporations, financial service providers, and fund managers. We help them buy and sell financial products on exchanges around the world, raise funding, and manage risk. This is a dynamic, entrepreneurial team with a passion for the markets, with individuals who thrive in fast-paced, changing environments and are energized by a bustling trading floor.


Goldman Sachs’ Strats business unit is a world leader in developing quantitative and technological techniques to solve complex business problems. Working within the firm’s trading, sales, banking and investment management divisions, strats use their mathematical and scientific training to create financial products, advise clients on transactions, measure risk, and identify market opportunities. 

Securities Strats play important roles in several areas. Some Strats sit on trading desks, creating cutting-edge derivative pricing models and developing empirical models to provide insight into market behavior. Others develop automated trading algorithms for the firm and its clients, taking an active part in the increasing shift from voice to electronic trading. Sales Strats work directly with the firm’s sales force and clients, analyzing exposures, structuring transactions, and applying quantitative concepts to meet client needs. Between these teams, Core Strats design and develop complex parallel computing architectures, electronic trading tools, and advanced algorithms. 


Job Summary & Responsibilities

The Synthetic Products Group desk writes swaps on Equities to our Prime Brokerage clients and other market counterparties.  The strat team is responsible for tools to price and risk manage these positions, including the management of stock inventory and capital.  The role involves:

  • Developing models to evaluate the cost of inventory and financing
  • Building and maintaining trading and risk management platforms
  • Optimising internal positions for use in financing strategies
  • Building tools for traders, sales and strats to visualise all of the above

Basic Qualifications

Successful members of our team hold Masters and Doctoral degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, and many other fields. 

Although the work performed by Strats is financial in nature, applicants need not have specific financial knowledge or experience to apply. As a business unit, we are interested in bright individuals who have advanced mathematical and computational backgrounds and a willingness to learn about finance. 

We are interested in applicants who possess skills in several of the following areas: 

• Mathematics: Understanding of partial differential equations, time series analysis, statistics and numerical techniques. 
• Technology: Experience of object oriented design, implementation of optimisation algorithms and working in different programming languages. 
• Finance: Understanding of market dynamics and conventions, and of different products’ behaviors and specifications. An understanding of financing markets or the Prime Brokerage business would be beneficial.

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