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We have seen this role evolve over time to the structure it now inhabits. 

Working with numerous financial firms, we have placed talented Quantitative Analysts who have grown with the industry, bringing a wealth of experience and formal mathematical concepts.

The quantifiable management of risk underlines the decision making of many financial institutions. Placing candidates who have extensive skills in computer programming languages such as C, C++, Java, R, MATLAB, Mathematica and Python is something we specialize in.

Though the competition for roles is tough. Quantitative Analytics is a vibrant and stimulating discipline, with varied responsibilities; touching on aspects of statistics and predictive modeling.

We are well versed in spotting the essential skills and attributes the right candidate possesses. Beyond being highly numerate, we understand that it is our candidates' varied backgrounds that make them more rounded through practical experience.

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Quantitative Analysts, the Science Behind the Money

Quantitative Analysts, the Science Behind the Money

Did you know New York’s Wall Street, a bastion of financial institutions, investment banks, brokerage firms and more was once an actual wall built by the Dutch to repel an English invasion? Though images of skyscrapers or movie scenes from Wall Street and The Wolf of Wall Street may flash in your mind when you think of it, the world of traditional finance has changed.FinTech businesses– a merging of finance and technology – and Challenger banks are challenging the establishment – Tier 1 banking. In an industry in which traditional banking is facing a shakeup of epic proportions from Challenger banks, finance executives increasingly turn to quantitative analysts for help. Today’s analysts want to be more invested, to make a difference and take end-to-end ownership of Model Development/Credit Strategy projects.What is a Quantitative Analyst?Quantitative analysts help financial firms make decisions about risk, pricing, and invests. But, their ultimate goal is to maximize profits – whether that be by reducing risk or generating profits – using complex mathematical models to inform business decisions.Much like the word “tech” has infiltrated other industries – advertising, marketing, retail, insurance, and so on – and the need to offer both technical (hard) and business (soft) skills remains. These analysts must be able to apply scientific methods to approach data from all angles. They must also be able to translate and interpret the information into actionable insights for their firms.Get on the Fast TrackAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the financial analyst category (inclusive of quantitative analysts) is expected to  grow 16% from 2012 to 2022 making it the fastest occupation on average. Demand is high and rising which makes competition extreme for quantitative analyst roles. Below are a few ways, you can get a leg up on the competition.Check out Michael Halls-Moore, the founder of QuantStart.com, and his Self-Study Plan for Becoming a Quantitative Analyst.#Be able to think for yourself and question everything. Look for the not-so-obvious answers.Don’t get stuck in conventional models and explore new paths. Get creative.Leave your MBA at the door. Many firms are more interested in those with a scientific background – engineering, computer science, math, or physics (natural sciences).Focus programming language studies on Python, R, and C++.Attend an event at the Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA®) created to provide opportunities to learn from and connect with other finance professionals. This year they’re launching an Innovation Showcase at its annual Summer Social on June 13. This event will showcase leading-edge technology solutions and a chance to network with other colleagues in the industry. Tickets are sold out but heads up for next year. Show Me the MoneyIf you’re a master mathematician, statistician, financier, or economist, Wall Street institutions will always need Quantitative Analysts to measure risk, to analyze, and to generate profits. After all, at nearly 30% above the national average, Wall Street is where the money is.If you’re looking for a new challenge and want get your foot in the door at a FinTech start up looking to shake up the nonprime market, we have a role for you. We’re hiring for a Lead Data Scientist to take the reins to develop, deploy, and maintain a credit-based model from scratch to enable under-served and emerging markets around the world. Contact Edward Flynn, Recruitment Consultant +1 212 796 6070 edwardflynn@harnham.comCredit Risk not your thing? No worries, check out our current vacancies or contact our East Coast team to learn more.For the East Coast team please call 212-796-6070, or email newyorkinfo@harnham.com.

Privacy Is Big Business For Small And Mid-Size Businesses

Privacy is Big Business for Small and Mid-Size Businesses

If you’re a small to mid-size business and think cyber criminals only go after big business; think again. It’s just as important, if not more important for you to have privacy plans in place. This goes way beyond GDPR and state-to-state rules, this is about how you care for your customers personal information. The return on investment will set the tone for future years of your business. After all, according to a 2018 report by Verizon, 58% of cyber-attacks targeted small business. While it may seem counter-intuitive and larger businesses are bigger fish to go after, they can be difficult to get into. After all, they’ve got the resources to protect their customer’s Data and are hyper aware of what it can be to their business if they don’t. Smaller and mid-size businesses generally don’t have the resources of the larger businesses, and may not focus on cybersecurity like they should which leaves their business wide open for cybercriminals. Chinks in the Armor of Your Data Cybercriminals excel at finding “chinks in the armor” of your Data. They’ll use any advantage to break in from the usual hacking and malware to physical breaches. One improperly secured device can be just the entry they need into your entire system.  What can you do? Be focused in your approach to Data security. Many small businesses tend to put out fires, rather than have a focused strategy. And each approach to tighten security can lead to more opportunity for hacking.Communicate your strategy to every member of your team. Something as small as clicking on the wrong link can lead to a Data breach.Train your staff on measures they can take such as to not click on a link they’re not expecting, to check email addresses and ensure they’re approved or white-listed as okay to access. The more aware your staff are, the better able they’ll be able to help ensure the security of your business’ Data. While staff may be on the front lines, this also requires a commitment from senior executives as well. Understand that just because you’re not dealing in billions of dollars, you may actually be at greater risk. Why? Because unlike the larger companies, your business may not survive the fallout of a cyber-attack. How to Protect Your SMB You can protect your business by creating a Data Security Strategy and consider the following: Encrypt your data;Authenticate your users by either a 2-step verification process or having them enter some kind of code;Authorize access to trusted sources. Encrypting Data helps protect the private and sensitive information and makes it unreadable without the correct key. To ensure only those who are trusted sources have access is through authentication.  Authentication can include username/password, code, tokens, phone number, and image association such as click only the boxes with pictures of street lights or stop signs. This helps your business control who has access and gives you tighter rein over who sees sensitive information and what they can do with it.  By defining the rules and regulations of access to information, training your employees to be aware and what to do to ensure security, you can strike a balance of increased security and transparency to your customers. In other words, the efforts you go through to protect their Data will put you ahead of the competition as you make inroads toward a Data privacy strategy while others take action as things happen. One Final Thought Ensuring your business’ Data is protected and detecting times when it may have been breached is increasingly important to help minimize damage. One issue SMBs face is that it may take longer to detect if there isn’t a Data security plan in place. The more quickly you can detect an issue, the more quickly you can reduce its impact and the more quickly and effectively you can respond, the better.  Interestingly, smaller businesses tend to have a better overall picture of their assets than larger businesses. This can be a boon when you communicate your new cybersecurity strategy to your teams and offers a significant return on investment of your resources. If you’re interested in Big Data and Analytics, we may have a role for you. Take a look at our current vacancies or contact one of our recruitment consultants to learn more.  For our West Coast Team, call (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.  For our Mid-West and East Coast Teams, call (212) 796 - 6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.

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