Sunday, June 17, 2012

Model Based/Index Credit Specialist and Trader

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BlackRock is one of the world's preeminent asset management firms and a premier provider of global investment management, risk management and advisory services to institutional, intermediary and individual investors around the world. BlackRock offers a range of solutions - from rigorous fundamental and quantitative active management approaches aimed at maximizing outperformance to highly efficient indexing strategies designed to gain broad exposure to the world's capital markets. Our clients can access our investment solutions through a variety of product structures, including individual and institutional separate accounts, mutual funds and other pooled investment vehicles, and the industry-leading iShares® ETFs. BlackRock's Fixed Income team manages more than $1 trillion in global fixed income assets across index, active long-only, alternative, and liability driven strategies. The platform offers fixed income investors one of the industry's broadest arrays of investment choices across model-based and fundamental investment styles. 

The North America Fixed Income Trading Team is seeking a Credit Trader for its investment activities in San Francisco. The candidate will be charged with trading both cash and derivatives and report directly to the San Francisco Head of Trading. He or she will work directly with credit PMs and analysts to develop and implement investment views for specific sectors in High Yield and Investment Grade debt securities. The person will assist in growing the Fixed Income ETF platform (iShares®) through best execution and idea generation. Successful management of the sectors will involve trading one of the largest credit books in the world and influencing the investment direction of the Model Based, Index and iShares® Fixed Income platforms. 

Responsibilities 

Efficient execution of trading strategies for active long only, ETF, hedge fund and index trading strategies 
Actively contribute to development of platform infrastructure and analytics to improve trading efficiency and operational risk reduction (e.g. electronic platforms, straight thru processing, basket trading) 
Be aware of general market thinking as well as develop independent views that are anticipatory of the general market 
Lead discussions and communicate market technicals and sector specific views to portfolio managers within model based fixed income and the global investment platform of BlackRock 
Generate alpha and relative value ideas that are scalable and relevant each portfolio team 
Culture carrier of the North American Trading team 

Qualifications 

Minimum of 5 years of fixed income trading experience 
MBA or CFA preferred 
Direct experience trading credit and exposure to an knowledge of a broad range of fixed income asset classes and products, equally competent in cash bonds/cds and high yield/high grade credit 
Ability to structure and evaluate relative value trades across the capital structure 
Track record of interfacing with the Street and selecting best execution counterparties 
Must be adaptable and comfortable working in an entrepreneurial environment 
Able to cooperate within a broad absolute return framework versus a narrow benchmark orientation 
Strong intellectual capacity and analytical mindset 
Highly motivated; self starter 

BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer-M/F/D/V.Job: Investment Management (Trading, Research, Portfolio Management)Organization: PMG-GT-FI


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