Global Index Research Group (New York / London) – Vice President / Executive Director:
Index Research and Product Strategy
Description of the role
The J.P. Morgan’s Global Index Research Group is expanding and is seeking to hire additional index strategists, researchers, sales professionals, product experts, and index analysts across various levels (from Analyst to Director). We are looking for candidates interested in being part of our exciting new growth phase in Fixed Income and Securitized Products. As the broader Index industry goes through substantial change we are working to make J.P. Morgan the number one provider of these products and a first call for clients. Individuals with prior experience in the Index space preferably with a track record in fixed income product marketing, research writing, and regularly delivering for clients under tight deadlines are encouraged to apply. You will be part of a new business growth initiative with opportunities to: cultivate expertise in fixed income asset class; sharpen client management skills and develop your own client base; publish research; and establish a brand as a leading index analyst in the market.
This is a front-office research role that requires the individual to demonstrate a combination of skills ranging from relationship management and communication, to analytical problem solving and teamwork. We are a dynamic, diverse team of professionals with a fantastic entrepreneurial culture. The role requires foresight to anticipate client needs, meticulous time management, developing new research ideas, and managing expectations around delivery and product coverage. This role involves a firm understanding of fixed income analytics, bond math and index construction, as well as liaising with various internal teams. Experience with portfolio construction or fixed income strategy type roles is a plus.
Global Index Research Group profile
J.P. Morgan’s Global Index Research is central hub for fixed income indices within the Corporate and Investment bank, and is part of the Global Research organization. The group is a leading provider of indices across fixed income with a market leading presence in Emerging Market (EM) and Developed Market (DM) Indices, accounting for over 95% of the market with over $625 billion in assets tracking the various EM index products. The Global Index Research analysts are viewed as thought leaders in the Indexing lifecycle (from idea generation to launch) and liaise with clients in all stages of their investment cycle.
Overall, the index group is responsible for creating, managing and marketing J.P. Morgan proprietary indices and commercialization of research data for beta-access products (ETFs, structured products etc.). The group is also involved in collaborative research efforts with other J.P. Morgan research groups in producing thematic publications and marketing efforts around the underlying asset class (Emerging Markets, Global treasury markets, Corporates etc.). Our clients are some of the world’s largest asset managers, insurance and pension firms as well as sovereign wealth funds. The team has presence globally in New York, London and Mumbai.
Responsibilities of the candidate:
Index Research and Product Strategy:
Developing, understanding, and marketing, feasibility studies and scenario analysis to test the viability of new products (such as Smart Beta) and tail risk scenarios.
This would involve developing and analysing index research and strategy.
The team manages thousands of indices that cover global markets primarily in the fixed income space. This role requires deep understanding of the product (rules, bonds, market structure, macroeconomics etc.) and oversight of the product to maintain product dependability and applicability.
The candidate would work with both internal and external clients to educate them on structural and tactical changes in the index products and the associated implications for the relevant markets resulting from these changes.
Core part of this role is ensuring all products are efficient and aligned with the technical framework. Core aspect of the role is relationship management by way of internal stakeholders and market participants informed of the Index-related market events and implications.
Minimum education and requirements: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Economics, Finance, Mathematics, or related field. Experience in Indexing space (benchmarks or strategy) is preferred. Quantitative or technology related work experience in financial services is a plus.
Must have a minimum of 7-years’ experience. Prior index experience a plus.
In depth understanding of fixed income concepts and bond math
Tracking and understanding impact of market activity – new issuance, price volatility
Strong communication skills (both written and verbal)
Idea generation and writing index research publications
Understanding of data science techniques, analytical skills and familiarity with building and maintaining financial models