Quantitative Analyst


 Quantitative Analyst

As a quantitative analyst at Smartodds, you’ll be part of an exciting environment, predicting outcomes of professional sports on behalf of our clients. We focus on football, American football, baseball, basketball, cricket, golf, ice hockey, and tennis but we are especially keen to hear from those with an interest in tennis and/or baseball. You’ll have plenty of autonomy to execute your models from idea to code to validation to (hopefully) deployment, integrating your well documented and tested code into our internal libraries to help in prediction for at least one of the above sports.

Education 

  • Essential: MSc in statistics or related area (e.g. Maths, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics)
  • Desirable: PhD or equivalent in statistics or related area, especially in machine learning

Skills and Experience 

Essential:

  • Extensive experience of probabilistic and statistical modelling
  • Strong programming skills in one high level language such as R or Python
  • Ability to communicate results to those with and without specialist knowledge

Desirable (but don’t worry if you don’t have these)

  • Knowledge of and interest in at least one of the following sports : Soccer, Ice Hockey, Basketball, American Football, Baseball, Tennis, Cricket
  • At least three years of work experience for those without PhDs
  • Good programming skills in C++ and/or Julia
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of Bayesian models, state space models, filtering and smoothing, computational statistics and approximate inference methods
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of machine and statistical learning, deep neural networks, feature engineering, reinforcement learning, dynamic optimisation and optimal control 
  • Experience with automated trading systems
  • Strong software development foundations

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT IN RETURN - OUR BENEFITS

From Day One

  • 30 days holiday (in addition to bank & public holidays)
  • In-house chef
  • In-house masseuse
  • Yoga classes
  • Team sporting events (details to follow)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Interest free travel season ticket loan
  • Offsite trips
  • Employee discounts on Microsoft 365 and Surface for personal use.
  • Discounted personal trainer sessions

After 3 Months

  • Pension (Royal London) - Employer Contribution starting at 5.5%, and employee starting at 2.5%;
  •  Income protection – 75% of salary (subject to terms & conditions);

After Probation

  • Life Assurance (4 x times earnings at time of death);
  • Private Medical Plan - including coverage of any excess payment;
  • Enhanced Company Sick Pay;

After 2 Years

  • Increase In Employer Pension to 6% (to a minimum employee contribution of 3%)
  • Enhanced Maternity Pay;
  • Retrospective Maternity Retention Payment (RMRP);
  • Enhanced Paternity Pay;

After 4 Years

·         Increase In Employer’s Pension to 7% (to a minimum employee contribution of 3.5%);

The day-to-day Role: 


As a quantitative analyst at Smartodds, you’ll be part of an exciting environment, predicting outcomes of professional sports on behalf of our clients. We focus on football, American football, baseball, basketball, cricket, golf, ice hockey, and tennis. 

You’ll have plenty of autonomy to execute your models from idea to code to validation to (hopefully) deployment, integrating your well documented and tested code into our internal libraries to help in prediction for at least one of the above sports. 

The atmosphere is a collaborative academic one with peer reviews, research talks, and the opportunity for further education. Unlike academia though, the market is there to give immediate feedback on how good your model is. This makes the job challenging but also very exciting. It is quite likely that you will work on models for in-game predictions or understanding how the actions of our clients affect the gambling markets, both of which are growing areas of the business.