Quantitative Research Analyst in London at Willis Towers Watson

Date Posted: 11/8/2017

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Job Description

The Company

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.

The Business

Willis Towers Watson Investment works with large asset owners to create and implement long-term investment strategies. Our diverse client base includes institutional investors such as corporate pension plans, insurers, endowments and sovereign wealth funds. As a leading investment solutions firm, we have a steadfast commitment and responsibility to provide outstanding investment outcomes for the benefit of our clients.  To accomplish this, we look to hire and retain the best people, provide opportunities for them to continue to develop their skills and then empower them to make a difference. The Investment business employs over 800 associates worldwide, has more than 1,000 institutional clients, c$90 billion of assets under management, and $2 trillion of assets under advisory.

The Manager Research team assists in driving our clients’ decision making by sourcing the most appropriate ideas and ensuring we have the best solutions to implement them. We have one of the largest teams in the industry with over 100 researchers across the world’s major investment hubs following one global, integrated research process. Our expertise is built on a foundation of in-depth qualitative and quantitative analysis, combining a thorough understanding of each asset class with the ability to identify skilled investment managers.

The Role

We currently have a unique opening for a Quantitative Research Analyst in our Manager Research team. The main focus of the role is to support the Equity Research team with their quantitative and qualitative analysis of investment managers and investment strategies. You will create and review original data analysis, manage data collation processes, and oversee the production of regular reports and information management working closely with the broader analytics team. We expect this role to include, over time, the development of advanced data projects that will directly affect the manager research process and impact client portfolios. You will work closely with our global Manager Research team, liaising with colleagues across the main global financial hubs, and with our analytics and data team based in the Philippines.

Role objectives

  • Production and review of original research output, data collation and management

  • Oversight of data and analytics processes by our analytics and data team

  • Creation of and improvement of quantitative research tools

  • Ensure that production of quantitative and qualitative reports complies with quality standards (Professional Excellence and audit controls)

Job Requirements

The Requirements

  • You are proactive, comfortable working independently, able to show initiative when required and collaborate within a team environment

  • You are detail-orientated with a logical and analytical working method. You are able to clearly communicate your thought process and summarise key data findings

  • You are able to balance multiple priorities and deliver timely and accurate work, sometimes at short notice

  • You have foundational skills in programming languages such as R and an interest in developing these skills further

  • You have good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, and an interest in enhancing these skills

  • Minimum 2:1 Degree. Relevant Maths, or Economics degree preferred.

Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on any basis.  We support flexible working and this role will be considered on a flexible basis.