Quantitative Investment Engineer



Full Time Contact: Recruitment Team Reference: R0066612

Job Description

Abrdn plc is one of the world’s largest investment companies, and we are built on a long standing culture of caring about the future and making a positive impact. Together we invest for a better future. We do it to make a difference to the lives of our clients and customers, our employees, society and our shareholders.

Our strategy is to build a vibrant and value-creating purpose-led organisation, with the current and future needs of our stake holders at the heart of all we do.

About the department:

Our Multi-Asset Solutions business manufactures and runs investment strategies, products and bespoke solutions by combining asset classes and risk premia to achieve a client’s desired outcome under constraints such as accumulating capital, preserving capital or generating income in a diversified way.

To achieve our objectives, we rely on different portfolio construction techniques, asset allocation, and internally or externally managed components with various degrees of complexity and of active management.

The Multi-Asset Modelling & Analytics Team provides portfolio modelling and risk analytics, develop tools and systems to contribute to portfolio management, including asset and liability modelling and to the development of outcome oriented solutions within Multi-Asset Solutions and beyond. The team will co-drive our quantamental research and management through the design and management of Alternative Risk Premia, risk mitigation and systematic macro strategies. It will collaborate closely with the Multi-Asset research and portfolio management teams.

About the role:

The candidate will be expected to contribute, through modelling and technology development, to the design of customised outcome-orientated solutions for internal and external clients. They will work in close partnership with the broader Multi-Asset Modelling & Analytics team to bring together modelling capabilities into technology solutions that can be leveraged widely to produce the best outcome and achieve efficiencies.

Key Outcomes / Responsibilities:

  • Contribute, through modelling and technology development, to the design of customised outcome-orientated solutions for internal and external clients

  • Day-to-day development of expert financial software as well as promoting its use within Multi-Asset investment processes as part of a culture of continuous improvement

  • Contribute to the full software development life cycle, analysing key user needs, translating these into design and development, and providing analysis in order to expand our modelling capabilities

  • Closely collaborate with other Multi-Asset Solutions teams to ensure the smooth two-way flow of information and views to contribute to portfolio management processes

  • Act as a change agent for data usage overall, encouraging and facilitating continuous improvement

  • Work as part of a small, Agile team with a product mind set in order to develop modern and innovative software applying best practices in code development, build systems and cloud deployment


  • Undergraduate degree in mathematics/science or subject with strong numeracy required. Further postgraduate or professional qualifications of a more technical nature beneficial.

  • Experience with a mathematical programming language (e.g. Matlab/R).

  • Experience with object oriented software development, ideally Python or C#.

  • Experience in designing and developing bespoke modelling capabilities, ideally this would be in a financial context.

  • Strong problem solving skills and a proven ability to research and innovate.

  • Interest in financial markets, instruments and technology is essential.

  • Experience in collaborating effectively across multiple teams, including balancing priorities when contributing to multiple investment processes

Our Benefits

There's more to working life than coming home with a good salary. We have an environment where you can learn, get involved and be supported.

When you join us, your reward will be one of the best around, including 40 days annual leave, a 16% employer pension contribution, a discretionary performance based bonus (where applicable), private healthcare and a range of flexible benefits including gym discounts, season ticket loans and access to an employee discount site amongst many others. You can read more about our benefits here.

How we create value

Our strategic drivers are the foundations from which we deliver for all our stake holders: High Impact Intelligence, Enduring Relationships, Connections without borders and Future fit. You can find out more about our values here.

Our Inclusive Culture

We are committed to exploring the possibilities of working smarter. This means we’d like to hear from you, whatever way you like to work.

We have a long-term commitment to building inclusive workplaces; we value diversity in our workforce and welcome enquiries from everyone. If you need assistance or a reasonable adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist. You can find out more about our inclusive culture here.

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.  We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance.  We support a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.

If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.

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