Product Analysis and Design Director

  • Competitive
  • London, England, Großbritannien
  • Festanstellung, Vollzeit
  • IHS Markit
  • 19 Nov 18

Product Analysis and Design Director

Department overview:
Indices sits within the Financial Markets division of IHS Markit. Markit Indices is a leading independent provider of financial indices across all major asset classes. We manage and calculate Markit CDX and Markit iTraxx the world's leading credit derivatives indices and the Markit iBoxx bond indices. Our indices are used by banks, asset managers and other financial institutions to create and manage financial products.
The Index Research & Design team develops new product ideas for Markit proprietary indices. It also works closely with clients to design and develop innovative new index solutions to meet investment objectives, including custom, benchmark, tradable and strategy indices.
Position summary
Markit is looking for an experienced index designer to join Index Research & Design in Hong Kong as Director to lead the index R&D activities in Asia. The focus of the role is to drive the development of new Markit and bespoke indices for clients in APAC and to support.
This is a client facing role that will encompass the full lifecycle of index development and suit an individual who is highly analytical, creative and possesses an attention to detail. The individual will be part of a team that creates intellectual capital for Markit and have ownership and responsibility of the index design process.
Duties & accountabilities

  • Leading the Asian Index R&D Team and contributing to global index R&D projects
  • Working with product management and business development to build business cases for new indices
  • Being able to deliver complex projects involving sales, product specialist and implementation teams.
  • Representing Indices as a product expert to clients and to understand client requirements
  • Development of new benchmark and tradable bond indices in conjunction with key index stakeholders.
  • Analysis of markets and data collection, researching and developing new index methodologies.
  • Extensive modeling of index methodologies in order to produce index constituent list and weights, and to back-test results.
  • Writing of index specification guides, fact sheets, operating manuals and business cases.
  • Index setup and calculation: develop calculation prototypes and test cases for new indices; perform test calculations and reconciliation of the results with clients.
  • Quality control: daily checks and testing of index calculation and output files around the release of new indices.
Business competencies
Education and experience
  • 7+ years' experience with indices, either through direct index research and design, product structuring or within the context of a portfolio management, fixed income research or investment analysis based role.
  • Proven capability to create indices or use indices within financial products or asset management
  • Comfortable with standard index and index management approaches as well as more sophisticated constrained indices, sampling techniques, indices of indices, etc.
  • In-depth knowledge of either bonds, bond analytics or equities and equity derivatives and Excel modeling.
  • A degree in a highly numerate discipline such as economics, financial mathematics or engineering.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving abilities and modeling.
  • IT skills (Python, SQL, VBA, Excel)
  • Knowledge of a local language (Chinese, Japanese or Korean) a plus
  • CFA or MBA in Finance are viewed as an advantage
Commercial awareness
  • A high degree of awareness of the financial/resource implications of index design decisions is required.
  • A good commercial sense around the P&L impact of new indices and index decisions.
  • A keen interest in the developments and trends within financial markets in areas such as fixed income, asset management and ETFs.
Management requirements
The individual needs to be detail oriented to build high quality, innovative products and possess the ability to understand business objectives and focus and prioritise multiple projects accordingly.

Personal competencies
Personal impact
  • Highly motivated and eager to take the initiative
  • Creative and being able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent attention to detail, both numerically and in written material
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong Mathematical skills
  • Strong work ethic
Communication
  • High standard of verbal and written communication with internal and external audiences
  • Strong presentation skills, both verbal and written
Teamwork
Must be able to work collaboratively with other index and product specialists.
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