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Graduate Associate (Graduate Analyst)

My client is a specialist financial research firm that deliver a unique decision-support service which enables financial institutions to develop, validate, and execute better business and technology strategies.

Since 2001 they have established their credibility within the market and have become a trusted adviser to CEOs, CIOs and their executive teams, offering research and benchmarking for the world's leading financial institutions, helping organisations grow, compete and operate more effectively.

They are a global firm which has its headquarters in London and regional offices in New York and Singapore.

I am now looking to recruit two graduates with a passion for the world of finance to join them as a graduate associate in their London office. Associates work on the delivery team doing a lot of work with the analysis of financial data for client projects. Clients work in the financial services industry and include corporate and investment banks, wealth & asset management firms, commercial banks and retail banks.

The role would involve working on large data sets, handling and examining data and using this to diagnose and solve client’s problems or provide insights to help improve client’s efficiency and business performance. One of their USPs is their in-house benchmarking software technology. In addition to their own software the main tool used to perform this analysis is Excel. There will also be a little work with other technologies like SQL, Python, R and Visual Basic depending on the project.

The business prides themselves on the strong relationships they forge with clients and as the role develops you will have an increasing level of direct client exposure, which in many cases will be very senior people with in client businesses.

You would be expected to play an active role in all aspects of the delivery lifecycle from the initial data collection, through to analysis, visualisation and communication of the findings. This makes the role unique and allows for a great deal of diversity on the job and will allow you to develop a well-rounded skill set.

The business put strong emphasis on personal ownership from day one and is looking for people who have an entrepreneurial and self-starting mind-set required to thrive in such an environment and help support their growth.  You will be working in teams of determined and hard workers, where sharing ideas and working collaboratively is encouraged. We don’t need to see working experience although it would be an advantage what’s more important is your aptitude for learning and increasing business knowledge quickly.

Essential requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree preferably in a quantitative or science subject, from a top university with a 2:1 or better
  • Genuine interest in the financial services industry
  • Exceptional analytical abilities demonstrable from either university work or employment. Including the interpretation of large data sets and deciphering the findings into clear messages and visuals
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • An entrepreneurial and creative mind-set
  • Collaborative team player with the ability to work independently
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Strong MS Excel

 Helpful but not essential requirements

  • Relevant work experience/internship in consultancy, market research or financial services
  • Experience using SQL, VBA , Python or R 

To apply for this role please send your CV and covering letter, including why you are interested in this role and consider yourself to be a good fit for it.

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