Principal Research Analyst - Market Regulation, SRMG - Rockville, MD

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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is seeking a well-qualified individual for our Principal Research Analyst opening in Rockville, MD. To be considered for this position, please submit your resume through our career site at www.finra.org/careers - no phone calls, please.

Job Summary:

Responsible for the design and validation of complex multi-market and multi-products analytical and/or advanced data abstraction models for the equity, options, and fixed income securities, as well as performing ad hoc market analysis in support of Market Regulation Department surveillance patterns programs. Specifically, the Senior Strategic Research Analyst will be responsible for designing statistical, market reconstruction, and/or data abstraction models for detecting market manipulation and market conduct rule violations across facilities operated under FINRA and SRO markets with which FINRA entered into RSAs. This role will be responsible for working with large volumes of data to identify patterns or markers of potentially volatile market activities, as well as detecting and understanding trends in the market place.

Position may be filled at various levels depending on experience and job skills of a successful candidate.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Design and validation of quantitative surveillance models for detecting market manipulation and market conduct rule violations leveraging large volumes of equity and options data.
  • Support of the market data abstraction layer which is designed to provided uniformed, pre-linked, and pre-analyzed view of the market data for Market Regulation Department's surveillance patterns and analytical tools.
  • Contribute to the evolution of the MRDs' surveillance program responsive to market trends and developments.
  • Provide efficient quantitative support for market studies, examinations, and ongoing investigations.
  • Assist in performing regulatory impact assessments of the industry's, FINRA's, and RSA clients' initiatives on the MRD's Cross-Market and SRO-specific equity, options, and examination programs.
  • Adapt MRD's surveillance and examination program to new rules and initiatives.
  • Support management and others to inform internal and external constituents on overall program vision, strategy, operations, processes, and implementation status.
  • Engage team members and management to identify issues and problems and to devise solutions. Includes working with other groups to develop risk scores, profiles, peer comparisons, financial performance, exposures against limits, and other risk analyses.
  • Support the comprehensive and successful execution of the team's programs in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Lead and participate in ad hoc special projects and national initiatives, as requested.


Other Responsibilities:

  • Ensure all assigned activities are completed according to prescribed policies and standards.
  • Coordinate and provide status reports of assigned tasks or projects.
  • Maintain current knowledge of applicable business activities.
  • Fulfill administrative reporting tasks.


Qualifications:

Education/Experience

  • Graduate degree in Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Statistic, with a minimum of four - six years of experience. Experience can be substituted for an advanced degree.
  • Advanced degree is highly desirable.
  • Must have strong financial and risk analytical skills and have some experience in operations and risk modeling fields, as well as comfort in analyzing large amounts of data in an efficient manner.


Work Conditions

  • Work is normally performed in an office environment.
  • Some travel is 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.

About FINRA

FINRA is an independent, non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business with the public in the United States. FINRA works to protect investors and maintain market integrity in a public-private partnership with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), while also benefiting from the SEC's oversight. In its role as investor guardian, FINRA is informed, but not influenced, by the industry that it regulates. FINRA's independent regulation plays a critical role in America's financial system-all at no cost to taxpayers.

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In today's fast-paced and complex global economy, FINRA is a trusted advocate for investors, dedicated to keeping the markets fair and proactively addressing emerging regulatory issues before they harm investors or the markets. FINRA operates from Washington, DC, and New York, NY, with other offices around the country.

Find out more about us and how we work-and view our current openings-at www.finra.org/careers .

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