Assoc Principal Research Analyst, Office of Chief Economist

The primary purpose of the analyst will be to identify, collect, organize and analyze data in pursuit of the mission of the Office of the Chief Economist while providing technical and administrative leadership in delivering solutions to regulators.

  • Provide technical support and analyses of, and monitor developments in, the financial markets, and specifically the intersection of regulation and policy with financial and securities markets;
  • Provide to FINRA staff data, information and reporting on a wide range of issues related to the financial products and services marketplace, including regulatory research, regulatory and policy developments;
  • Summarize for FINRA staff findings and research in written products of various types, including tables, charts, short summaries, as well as longer analytical policy memos and reports;
  • Lead and contribute to the development, production and preparation of economic analyses, written materials, including briefing or issue papers, and memoranda for senior management and members of the financial industry;
  • Develop expertise in data availability, extraction and manipulation in order to facilitate economic analysis in support of rulemaking and policy.
  • Responsible for collecting, encoding, testing, cleaning, and combining data from multiple systems and documenting complex procedures.
  • Devises/modifies procedures to solve complex problems considering computer equipment capacity and limitations, operating time and form of desired results.


Education/Experience Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, statistics, economics or equivalent with 3 years of related experience; Advanced degree preferred.Â
  • Must demonstrate competence in extracting financial and securities-related data from sources including databases (using tools such as SQL) and big data environments.
  • Experience combining data from multiple sources and in assessing data quality, consistency, and completeness.
  • Candidates must have the ability to apply academic research to real-world issues and present concise explanations of complex analyses using R, Python or similar open source tools.Â
  • Ideal candidate will possess a strong empirical background and excellent interpersonal skills.Â
  • We seek applicants who have training in econometrics, mathematical statistics, or both, as well as good computer skills. In addition, most positions require training in economics through the intermediate theory level.


Working Conditions:
  • Normal working conditions.Â
  • Extended hours may be required.

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume. A writing sample may be required as part of the submission.

The information provided above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work of the position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.

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In addition to a competitive salary, comprehensive health and welfare benefits, and incentive compensation, FINRA offers immediate participation and vesting in a 401(k) plan with company match. You will also be eligible for participation in an additional FINRA-funded retirement contribution, our tuition reimbursement program and many other benefits. If you would like to contribute to our important mission and work collegially in a professional organization that values intelligence, integrity and initiative, consider a career with FINRA.

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As standard practice, employees must also execute FINRA’s Employee Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreement without qualification or modification and comply with the company’s policy on nepotism.

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