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Data Strategy and Operations Associate

Aquatic Capital Management
Data Strategy and Operations Associate
Chicago, US
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Job Description

At Aquatic, we are actively recruiting for a Data Strategy and Operations in our Chicago or New York offices.

In this role, you will be a part of our Business Operations team, and work to advance the firm’s global data initiatives, including:

  • Partnering with Research and Development to identify, prioritize, and develop thematic research opportunities
  • Designing data sourcing strategies, globally, across all asset classes
  • Building and managing 3rd party relationships across data vendors and brokers
  • Evaluating and implementing tools to manage the firm’s data initiatives (e.g., CRM software, data asset catalog)
  • Identifying and implementing process improvements across data discovery, evaluation, and procurement processes

This role works directly with all areas of the firm, including Research & Development, Technology, Finance, Legal, Compliance, and Aquatic Leadership.

Key skills:

  • An outstanding ability to analyze problems, apply quantitative analytical approaches, communicate effectively and confidently (both oral and written), work well in cross-functional teams
  • Excellent project management skills with a track record of organizing and delivering cross-functional projects with explicit timelines
  • Familiarity with tools related to knowledge management, workflow tracking, and project management tools
  • Comfortable and proficient with data analysis in Excel; knowledge of a programming language (e.g., Python, C++) and proficiency in MATLAB, R, and/or Tableau (or any other data visualization packages) helpful
  • Advanced PowerPoint skills strongly preferred

Candidate Qualities:

  • 4-6 years of experience, ideally in a top-tier management consulting firm with a focus on financial services / business strategy or a top-tier quant hedge fund in a similar role
  • Graduate degree (e.g., MBA), or similar experience
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with a strong bias for action
  • Driven by accountability and internal urgency
  • Comfortable providing and receiving actionable feedback in a collaborative team setting
  • Motivated by an ambitious environment and driven colleagues
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to present a polished, professional, and diplomatic image to all stakeholders


Aquatic is a quantitative trading and investment company recently launched by Jon Graham. Prior to founding Aquatic, Jon was a Partner and Senior Managing Director at Citadel, where he worked for more than 13 years. At Citadel, Jon held numerous senior positions over the years, including head of Statistical Arbitrage and Equity High Frequency, culminating in leading the highly successful Global Quantitative Strategies business.

Uncluttered by legacy platforms and processes, Aquatic develops systematic investment strategies, enabled by a leading-edge research and development platform. The vision is simple: to build a world class, quantitative trading company with a collaborative team of highly capable researchers and engineers.

This role represents a unique opportunity to join a distinguished and hugely successful quantitative investment manager at the foundational level of building a world class operation from scratch. The firm’s culture will be shaped by collaboration, meritocracy, ambition, and calm determination.

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