Quantitative Research Associate – Sustainable Investing, Westport, Bridgewater Associates
Bridgewater Associates is a premier asset management firm, focused on delivering unique insight and partnership for the most sophisticated global institutional investors.
Our investment process is driven by a tireless pursuit to understand how the world’s markets and economies work — using cutting edge technology to validate and execute on timeless and universal investment principles.
Founded in 1975, we are a community of independent thinkers who share a commitment for excellence. By fostering a culture of openness, transparency, and inclusion, we strive to unlock the most complex questions in investment strategy, management, and corporate culture.
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About the Sustainable Investing Team
In today’s world, environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) issues are driving macroeconomies, financial markets, and the actions of governments, corporate, consumers, and investors. Increasingly, institutional investors are also seeking to have an impact on the world through their portfolios, by explicitly directing capital toward sustainable entities or outcomes. These are rapidly evolving fields with significant conceptual, analytical and data challenges.
At Bridgewater, we are addressing both of these sustainable investing topics like we would approach any other challenge — as researchers and engineers — applying our fundamental, systematic, and diversified approach to sustainable investing to build a deep understanding of the most important sustainability issues affecting investors, and by creating investment solutions that are designed both to offer excellent financial returns and to achieve impact objectives. Given that Bridgewater manages capital for some of the largest institutions in the world, we partner with them to develop investment solutions, capabilities, and tools to help them understand ESG risks and opportunities and direct sustainable capital.
About Your Role
We are looking for someone who is eager to tackle these challenges with us and wants to work on the problems, such as:
Finding signal in the noise of ESG Data — we work in a nascent data ecosystem with inconsistent and divergent views. We lean into this challenge and are constantly developing new models, that consider conceptual and analytical tradeoffs, and experimenting with emerging techniques and data analytics.
Building something brand new — the ESG data landscape is new giving us tons of room to work together on the next chapter of developing standards, data and frameworks to be used to understand the sustainability of investments and entities globally.
You will drive the following responsibilities:
Role is for a research associate who will work in a variety of areas in the sustainable investment space including: answering client questions, developing client materials, answering new research questions, building engineering and data models and concepts
Monitor and raise observations about new or changing developments in the sustainable investing world.
You will be a click for the role if you:
Have desire to become an expert in the sustainable investing space
Have desire to expand ownership of projects and research topics
Exploring new datasets that feed into our research and development agenda
Assisting in the creation of analytics that drive investment insights
Driving data engineering projects for consumption in our systematic investment processes
Building visualizations and diagnostics of our data universe to assist in monitoring ESG fundamentals and market action
Running and operating data processes that you have engineered
Are analytical, highly logical, and structured in your thinking
Are able to consistently step back and improve your way of operating and are open to receiving and giving quality feedback
Thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast paced, ambiguous, open ended team environment.
4-year degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
A minimum of 2 years experience in asset management/quant research
Programming experience and financial market experience
Intermediate knowledge of probability and statistics (e.g. time-series analysis, estimation, hypothesis testing, pattern recognition, machine learning)
Experience working with real world datasets to find evidence-based answers to financial or other quantitative research questions
Advanced training in Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, or another highly quantitative field
Background in financial or sustainable/ESG data, data science, programming, financial analysis
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For most of our roles, Bridgewater offers remote work flexibility, with most employees required to work on campus as their principal work location, a minimum of two days (and in some cases three days) per week with the option to work offsite on other days.
Why Choose Bridgewater?
It takes all types to make Bridgewater great. We seek a diverse group of innovative thinkers and push them to engage in rigorous and thoughtful inquiry. We develop people through an honest examination of their abilities and performance, enabling personal growth and professional development. We strive to provide you opportunities that will challenge you and unlock your potential.
In this role, you will grow with us by:
Taking ownership of increasingly complex systems and processes related to client portfolios.
Taking on oversight and mentorship responsibilities to grow talent as you gain experience.
Opportunities to grow your career across Client Service and Bridgewater depending on your strengths, weaknesses, and experience.
One of our core priorities at Bridgewater is to enable our employees to build a great life and career, and we believe our benefits are an important extension of that philosophy. As such, currently Bridgewater offers a competitive suite of benefits including:
Health insurance with 100% premium covered and access to additional concierge medical services
401(k) plan with generous employer match
Paid time off, including fully paid parental leave and a competitive PTO package
Workplace flexibility and access to back up childcare
Financial assistance for family building support, including adoption and egg freezing
Workplace wellness, including on-site gyms, free meals and healthy snacks , and meditation rooms
An engaged and active community that includes many company events, affinity networks, and extracurricular interest groups
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Bridgewater reserves the right to change its current benefits program at any time, in a manner that is consistent with applicable federal and state regulations
This job description is not a contract and confers no contractual rights, privileges, or benefits on any applicant or potential applicant. Bridgewater has the right to change any and all terms of this job description, including, but not limited to, job responsibilities, qualifications and benefits. Nothing in this job description constitutes an offer or guarantee of employment. Please note that we do provide immigration sponsorship for this position.
Bridgewater Associates, LP is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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