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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
Entry Level
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Financial Risk Analyst

Are you looking for a new challenge and opportunity to contribute to a thriving, global financial services firm? Are you ready to work hard in a collaborative culture while maintaining balance with your personal life? Consider the Financial Analyst position at a #4 ranked Fortune® magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Baird's Financial Risk Management team is charged with the identification, assessment, monitoring, mitigation, and reporting on key market, credit, liquidity and operational risks across the firm. The Risk Analyst will apply analytical and capital markets expertise in identifying, assessing, monitoring, managing, and escalating financial risks for Baird.

The Risk Analyst role is broad in scope and covers market, credit, and liquidity risks across the firm; role expansion could include opportunities to cover operational risks. . Additionally, the Risk Analyst will play a key role in helping to drive data analytics initiatives within Risk Management. The role will also involve partnering across departments on ad hoc projects with business units, Finance, Operations, Internal Audit, Compliance, and IT departments.

As a Financial Risk Analyst, you will;
  • Under the direction of the Financial Risk Manager, provide financial analysis and assist with special projects regarding risk management issues for any of Baird's five businesses including risks in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
  • Review current risk data to determine exceptions, trends or other changes in risk relative to the firm's risk appetite and escalate as deemed appropriate. These risks include, but are not limited to, credit, counterparty, concentration, market, and liquidity..
  • Assist in the development, production and maintenance of recurring Risk Management matrices and reports, including:
    • Daily inventory concentration and limit reviews; daily counterparty activity and limit reviews; daily liquidity assessment
    • Weekly interest rate sensitivity analysis
    • Monthly Financial Risk Management Committee report
    • Quarterly Audit Committee inventory analysis
    • Quarterly review of Bank Letters of Credit
  • Analyze and assess the financial strength of new and existing counterparties on a reoccurring basis to establish and update credit limits and other relationship parameters.
  • Perform financial analysis of Fixed Income products (corporate bonds, muni bonds, structured products), Equity products (cash equities, options), order management systems (e.g., Bloomberg, Fidessa, Liquid Point), and institutional or retail product delivery risks.
  • Monitor developments in the financial markets and assess related risks, and monitor developments for adverse information regarding Baird's counterparties.
  • Assemble information and prepare financial analysis in response to inquiries from regulators.
  • Increase knowledge base on business unit functions and operations.
  • Build strong internal relationships within Baird that can be leveraged to enhance service provided to

What makes this opportunity great;
  • Being part of a team that services, supports and empowers the firm to be ready to face the challenges of the unexpected.
  • Exposure to the entire firm working across all levels within, through the US and globally.
  • Challenging work that comes along with opportunities for learning and growth!
  • Opportunity to influence strategic decision making

What we look for:
  • Bachelor's degree in finance, economics, accounting or business. Graduate degree, CFA, FRM, or equivalent a plus.
  • Two years or more of experience in an analyst or related position. Experience in front, middle, and/or back office trading functions strongly preferred.
  • Strong interest in and understanding of debt and equity markets.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills with the ability to handle a large volume of assignments.
  • Strong accounting and financial modeling background required.
  • Strong communication skills including ability to communicate with senior management.
  • Solid understanding of corporate finance principles.
  • Understanding of the concept of business intelligence and how it relates to risk management and/or financial services.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word), Bloomberg, Microsoft SharePoint, SQL, and Beta. Experience working with business intelligence software a strong plus.
  • General knowledge of credit risk, market risk, liquidity risk, and/or operational risk.
  • Ability to work well and thrive in a team-oriented environment
  • Possess strong work ethic, motivated and a self-starter with a focus on details and meeting strict deadlines.

Who we are:

Baird is an employee owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than $157 billion in client assets and over 3,300 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients.

Baird has built an environment of trust, respect and teamwork, where associates are our greatest asset. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 4 on FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016, its thirteenth consecutive year on the list. To learn more about Baird's culture, click