Senior Quant Researcher

Remote / San Francisco

CircleUp is a technology company on a mission to help entrepreneurs thrive by giving them the capital and resources they need. We have built Helio, our machine learning and predictive analytics platform to discover the fastest-growing companies in the consumer products sector. Helio allows us to uncover data and insights that enable faster, smarter decisions for our capital offerings by investing in a “systematic” fashion. We’re now scaling these capabilities beyond our existing discretionary private venture fund. We are looking for a Quantitative Research expert to lead our mission to create a fully systematic investment solution for the private venture markets.

The Senior Quantitative Researcher will be responsible for identifying winning portfolio brands that CircleUp’s private equity business will invest in for a new fund raise. This person will lead the design, discovery, and delivery of portfolio companies that represent high growth and successful outcomes for CircleUp and it’s Limited Partners. To do this, the Quantitative Research leader will leverage our comprehensive knowledge graph of data and insights that harnesses the power of machine learning. This individual will also play a very visible part in driving confidence and conviction in Limited Partners who seek to invest in our fund through data science, backtesting analysis and strong communication skills. You will be working closely with data scientists, the GM of Equity, product managers, and investors. Prior experience with financial investment research is critical. This role will report to the Chief Product Officer.  

CircleUp was recently honored as one of Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Data Science and has been named a CB Insights FinTech 250, a Top 5 Most Disruptive Company in Finance by CNBC, and to the Forbes FinTech 50. Founded in 2012, CircleUp is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by Union Square Ventures, GV, Canaan Partners, QED Advisors, and others.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the R&D for quantitative analytics that inform portfolio selection of winning CPG brands
  • Be able to evaluate new and existing data pipelines to develop, design and deliver analysis that drives conviction in systematic investment portfolio decisions 
  • Build end to end algorithms for assessing early stage consumer companies for growth equity investments
  • Build causal and interpretable models
  • Build reproducible backtests for proposed models / algorithms
  • Work cross functionally with data science, engineering, product, and business development to help decide & prioritize building systematic data pipelines and insights
  • Develop innovation to find and use data that significantly delivers impact against our key business metrics
  • Represent CircleUp as subject matter expert leading systematic investment strategy in fundraising activities

Requirements:

  • Prior experience as a quantitative researcher at a quantitative investment firm/hedge fund is a big plus
  • PhD preferably in statistics, computer science, engineering, physical sciences, economics or related technical field
  • Extensive background in finance or investment research 
  • Excellent communication skills – Must be able to articulate their analysis and methodologies clearly and communicate insights in an easily accessible way to the team
  • Must be excited about working in a fast and changing environment where solutions have not been already defined
  • Passionate about disrupting an entire industry within the private investment markets
  • Ability to write code in at least one scripting language, preferably Python
  • Experience with machine learning
  • Experience putting models into production systems is a huge plus
  • Operates with unassailable integrity
  • Strong work ethic and courage to overcome meaningful obstacles

If you got to this point, we hope you’re feeling excited about the job description you just read! Even if you feel that you don't meet all of the requirements and qualifications, we still encourage you to apply. We’re eager to speak with those who share our passion to help entrepreneurs thrive - not just those who match every bullet point in our job descriptions. 

CircleUp is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), sex and gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender identity and gender expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), age, sexual orientation, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status and any other consideration protected by federal, state or local law. We encourage those who really want to make an impact to apply for our open positions.

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