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Firmwide Risk – Model Risk Group – Quantitative Analyst – Model Validation – Value at Risk

Req #: 180006237
Location: London, ENG, UK
Job Category: Admin/Secretarial
Job Description:
 
Firmwide Risk, Quantitative Analyst – Model Validation – Value At Risk – Associate
 
JP Morgan Chase
 
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with operations worldwide. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small business, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at http://www.jpmorganchase.com/.
 
Our Firmwide Risk Function
 
Our Firmwide Risk function is focused on cultivating a stronger, unified culture that embraces a sense of personal accountability for developing the highest corporate standards in governance and controls across the firm. Business priorities are built around the need to strengthen and guard the firm from the many risks we face, financial rigor, risk discipline, fostering a transparent culture and doing the right thing in every situation. We are equally focused on nurturing talent, respecting the diverse experiences that our team of Risk professionals bring and embracing an inclusive environment.
 
The LOB Risk Team
 
The Model Risk Group (MRG) is responsible for conducting model validation to help identify, measure, and mitigate Model Risk. The objective is to ensure that models are used appropriately in the business context and that model users are aware of the models’ strengths and limitations and how these can impact their decisions.
 
The Role
  • Financial Institutions routinely use models for a broad range of activities including credit underwriting, valuing financial instruments, measuring and managing risk, assessing the adequacy of reserves and capital resources, and many other applications. Model Risk arises from the potential adverse consequences of making decisions based on incorrect or misused model outputs and reports, leading to financial loss, poor business decision making, or reputational damage.
  • Pricing and risk measurement models for financial derivatives products traded by the Investment Bank (IB) client businesses are one of the areas of focus for MRG. Sound usage of these models requires a deep understanding of the theoretical underpinnings, expertise of the underlying markets used to manage risk, and an understanding of model performance in different regimes.
  • This team carries out model validation activities and works closely with Risk, Finance and FO professionals to review model validation findings, on-going model risk measurement and risk mitigating strategies
 
Key Responsibilities
  • Carry out model validation activities, including model reviews and model risk measurement projects, for market risk capital models (such as Value-at-Risk, Specific Risk, Stress VBM, Comprehensive Risk Measure, Incremental Risk Capital) across a variety of asset classes:
o   Model reviews: evaluate the conceptual soundness of pricing engines and its suitability for capturing risk; the reasonableness of assumptions and reliability of inputs; the consistency of approaches used across products and asset classes; the completeness of the testing performed to support the methodology choices and the correctness of the implementation; the suitability and comprehensiveness of performance metrics and risk measures associated with the use of the model.
o   Risk measurement projects: identify alternative ways of measuring and aggregating risk, design and implement experiments to assess their effectiveness; compare the model results with empirical evidence and/or outputs from alternative methodologies;
  • Liaise with FO, Quants, Market Risk and Valuation Control Groups to understand usage of models in the business and syndicate the findings of model validation
Essential skills and experience
  • Relevant experience in quantitative research, model development or model validation of capital or derivative pricing models in a financial institution.
  • PhD or MS degree in a quantitative areas (Math Finance, Statistics, Applied Math, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering or similar).
  • Good command of statistics and some experience with econometric analysis of time series.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving abilities.
  • Deep understanding of financial mathematics and risk-neutral pricing.
  • Inquisitive nature, ability to ask right questions and escalate issues. Risk & Control mindset.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Team work oriented.
About J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank
 
J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank is a global leader across banking, markets and investor services. The world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions entrust us with their business in more than 100 countries. With $18 trillion of assets under custody and $393 billion in deposits, the Corporate & Investment Bank provides strategic advice, raises capital, manages risk and extends liquidity in markets around the world.  Further information about J.P. Morgan is available at www.jpmorgan.com.
 
JPMorgan Chase & Co. offers an exceptional benefits program and a highly competitive compensation package. JPMorgan Chase & Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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