Securities, Equities, Synthetic Products Group Strats, Associate/VP, London

Our core value is building strong relationships with our institutional clients, which include corporations, financial service providers, and fund managers. We help them buy and sell financial products on exchanges around the world, raise funding, and manage risk. This is a dynamic, entrepreneurial team with a passion for the markets, with individuals who thrive in fast-paced, changing environments and are energized by a bustling trading floor.

At Goldman Sachs, our culture is one of teamwork, innovation and meritocracy. We often say our people are our greatest asset and we take pride in supporting each colleague both professionally and personally. From collaborative work spaces and ergonomic services to wellbeing and resilience offerings, we offer our people the flexibility and support they need to reach their goals in and outside the office.


Goldman Sachs' Strats business unit is a world leader in developing quantitative and technological techniques to solve complex business problems. Working within the firm's trading, sales, banking and investment management divisions, strats use their mathematical and scientific training to create financial products, advise clients on transactions, measure risk, and identify market opportunities. Roles within Securities Strats Securities Strats play important roles in several areas. Some Strats sit on trading desks, creating cutting-edge derivative pricing models and developing empirical models to provide insight into market behaviour. Others develop automated trading algorithms for the firm and its clients, taking an active part in the increasing shift from voice to electronic trading. A third group works directly with the firm's sales force and clients, analysing exposures, structuring transactions, and applying quantitative concepts to meet client needs. Between these teams, Core Strats design and develop complex parallel computing architectures, electronic trading tools, and advanced algorithms. Job Summary & Responsibilities The Synthetic Products Group desk writes swaps on Equities to our Prime Brokerage clients and other market counterparties. The strat team is responsible for tools to price and risk manage these positions, including the management of stock inventory and capital. The role involves:

  • Developing models to evaluate the cost of inventory and financing
  • Building and maintaining trading and risk management platforms
  • Optimising internal positions for use in financing strategies
  • Building tools for traders, sales and strats to visualise all of the above

Successful members of our team hold Masters and Doctoral degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, and many other fields. Although the work performed by Strats is financial in nature, applicants need not have specific financial knowledge or experience to apply. As a business unit, we are interested in bright individuals who have advanced mathematical and computational backgrounds and a willingness to learn about finance. We are interested in applicants who possess skills in several of the following areas:
  • Mathematics: Understanding of partial differential equations, time series analysis, statistics and numerical techniques.
  • Technology: Experience of object oriented design, implementation of optimisation algorithms and working in different programming languages.
  • Finance: Understanding of market dynamics and conventions, and of different products' behaviors and specifications. An understanding of financing markets or the Prime Brokerage business would be beneficial. Goldman Sachs is an equal opportunity employer.


The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

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