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Research Associate – Portfolio Strategy & Quantitative Analysis – Montreal, QC


This is a Contract position in Montreal, QC posted September 8, 2023.

Requisition ID: 181584

Join a purpose driven winning team, committed to results, in an inclusive and high-performing culture.

Research Associate – Portfolio Strategy & Quantitative Analysis

About the Team:
At Scotiabank, research is a key driver of our Global Equity platform. We specialize in the Canadian market, and we also supply international research covering the United States and Latin America. Our top-ranked Portfolio & Quantitative Strategy team uses macroeconomic trends, equity market fundamentals, and quantitative models to determine optimal asset-mix, global-equity, and sector-allocation strategies. In addition to its daily, weekly, and quarterly publications, the team manages equity model portfolios and quantitative models providing top-decile portfolio lists. We strive to bring new products to market and provide clients with valuable research ideas and insights in a global context.

Position Highlights:
Equity Research Associates enjoy a stimulating and demanding work environment. As part of Canada’s most international Bank, Scotiabank’s Research Associates have an opportunity to develop their talents in a top-ranked Equity Research franchise. Research Associates work closely with a seasoned Research Analyst to develop financial and quantitative models on top of publishing research publications that allow our clients to make informed investment decisions. More specifically, this position will take ownership of recurring publications, marketing decks, client/internal requests in addition to conducting macroeconomic analysis to forecast market movements.

With a limited hierarchy and a team approach, Research Associates have ample opportunity to develop relationships with institutional clients and the equity sales and trading desk, capital markets expertise, and exceptional financial analysis and data modelling skills. Evening and weekend work may be required at times. This position will be based in Montreal and requires working in the office. Remote working can be available on an exception basis.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • A university degree in finance, economics, mathematics, financial engineering, engineering, or a relevant discipline
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Proficiency in programming languages and databases, such as Python, C#, MATLAB, and SQL, would be a strong asset, but is not required on day 1
  • Work experience in a finance, research, financial engineering, or other capital market roles would be an asset (internships, co-op work terms, or other extracurricular experiences may be considered)
  • Bilingual in English & French with strong English written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent data modeling skills, quantitative analysis, and experience working with large datasets
  • Enrolment in/completion of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program would be an asset
  • Knowledge of financial data, capital markets and accounting concepts
  • Experience using Bloomberg and FactSet
  • Ability to perform under pressure, problem solve, and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task and manage several on-going projects at the same time
  • Self-motivated, hardworking, inquisitive, enthusiastic and detail-oriented

Major Accountabilities:

  • Conduct economic and portfolio strategy research to recommend the optimal asset-mix, global-equity and sector-allocation strategies
  • Develop, maintain, and improve quantitative models and databases
  • Work closely with the Associate Director & Director within the team to make predictions and recommendations
  • Assist in writing daily, weekly & quarterly publications
  • Generate tables and graphs
  • Prepare marketing presentations for the analyst’s meetings with internal and external clients
  • Liaise with sector-specific fundamental analysts and associates
  • Communicate and handle enquiries from institutional investors on the analyst’s behalf
  • Liaise with sales, trading and other areas of the firm within regulatory guidelines and under the analyst’s supervision

Note: Pursuant to a language needs assessment conducted by Scotiabank, the successful candidate will be required to be able to communicate in English in addition to French because they will be required to work closely with other groups from head office who operate primarily in English, or they will report to a manager from head office who is an English speaker, and/or they will serve and English-speaking clientele.

Location(s): Canada : Quebec : Montreal

Scotiabank is a leading bank in the Americas. Guided by our purpose: ”for every future”, we help our customers, their families and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets.

At Scotiabank, we value the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the Bank, and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know. If you require technical assistance, please click here. Candidates must apply directly online to be considered for this role. We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at Scotiabank; however, only those candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.