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Software Developer

Company: AllianceBernstein
Location: Nashville
Posted on: September 15, 2020

Job Description:

IT Group Description

The Multi-Asset Technology group supports quantitative research, model development, and portfolio management processes for Multi-Asset Solutions (MAS) unit of AB. Specifically, we directly support the Dynamic Asset Allocation (DAA) group, the outcome-oriented product group, the custom alternative solutions group, the index and factor investment group, and other quantitative investment groups.

We are seeking a Nashville-based software developer to join the Multi-Asset Technology team to provide technology solutions for our buy-side Multi-Asset Solutions unit.

Describe the role:

This assignment will focus on building tools to support the implementation of an all-in-one portfolio management, order and execution management and middle/back office accounting platform.

The candidate will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn all aspects of this powerful vendor platform
  • Participate in re-engineering workflows for front, middle and back office staff with an eye to automation and operational risk reduction
  • Defining specifications for vendor enhancements
  • Build code to facilitate integration with the rest of AB's infrastructure via ETL data transformation techniques.
  • Build out a local python based API to enable portfolio managers, quantitative analysts and other developers to interact with the platform in a rapid and straightforward but robust way.
  • Work with other Multi Asset development teams to build out comprehensive data quality and monitoring
  • Learn about every aspect of the order lifecycle, and how a trading decision is implemented, communicated and valued.

    Describe the applications and business or enterprise functions the role supports:

    MAS actively manages over $100 billion for global institutions, high net worth individuals and retail mutual fund investors. The group's macro and quantitative research insights are used to develop innovative investment products and drive investment decisions. We assess both short and long-term outlooks for risk and return across all major markets, including Equities, Fixed Income, Currencies, Commodities, Credit, Real Assets, and Alternatives. We use quantitative and fundamental research techniques that are highly adaptive to the current market environment. We combine these views with the specific needs of clients to develop custom portfolio solutions.

    Over the past couple of years, MAS has grown rapidly and continues to add new sources of market data, new security instruments, and new quantitative tools to its investment and research process. There is tremendous need for support in data acquisition, quantitative analysis, and portfolio tools development.

    The key job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Designing and developing transformation and synchronization layer between vendor product and AB.
    • Liason between vendor contacts and internal users, which will include portfolio managers, trades and operations staff
    • Developing robust quality control processing, monitoring and workflow tools
    • Simplifying and automating of existing manual processes
    • Provide support for overnight batch jobs

      What makes this role unique or interesting?

      • The Multi-Asset Technology team is currently making a significant investment in building out a platform to improve our ability to invest in systematic strategies. This project is still in its early stages, and the candidate will be given significant opportunities to make contributions at the ground-level.
      • The candidate will have an opportunity to work alongside an established team of developers, portfolio managers, traders and an up-and-coming vendor to help define and implement the strategic vision of a straight-through single multi-asset platform capable of supporting systematic strategies

        What is the professional development value of this role?

        • The candidate will have an opportunity to utilize Python, (some) SQL, Git, Azure, Airflow in a CI/CD development environment.
        • The candidate will work closely with professional investment staff and get an opportunity to broaden their financial knowledge across asset classes, markets and instruments
        • The candidate will be able to work with and learn directly from the vendor
        • The candidate will gain intimate knowledge of portfolio implementation, order management, execution management, middle office connectivity, and back office accounting via this exciting platform

          Qualifications, Experience, and Education:

          • Degree in Computer Science/Engineering, Master's degree preferred
          • 3+ years' experience in application development
          • 2+ years' experience in Python (other object-oriented languages such as C++, C#, and Java can be considered)
          • 1+ years' experience programming SQL queries and stored procedures (Microsoft SQL Server, Postgres, Oracle, MySQL or Sybase)
          • Advanced Excel programming experience a strong plus


            • Strong analytical and quantitative skills
            • Candidate must be willing to take full ownership of projects, covering analysis, technical design and implementation, testing, and deployment tasks
            • Software engineering skills including object-oriented design, application of design patterns
            • Must demonstrate good communication skills and be comfortable working closely with senior investment professionals and business partners
            • A strong desire to document and share work done to aid in long term support
            • Candidate must be a self-starter, a dependable partner, and team player

              Special Knowledge (nice to have, but not required):

              • Experience with CI/CD tools such as: Git/GitHub, Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes
              • Experience with any OMS, EMS or GL/Accounting tools
              • Experience with market data vendors - Bloomberg, QADirect, Barclays POINT, etc
              • Experience with PnL and performance attribution reporting
              • Experience with machine learning or big data
              • Experience working in the finance industry, demonstrable curiosity in quantitative research and investment

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