Goldman Sachs: Career Opportunities for Quantitative Individuals

Friday, September 28, 2007 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Vincent 570
Mckay Hyde (Goldman, Sachs & Co. oHG)
Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and
investment management firm that provides a wide range of services
worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes
corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth
individuals. Goldman Sachs has long been a destination for newly minted
MBAs, but with the increasing complexity of financial products, the firm
has become a major recruiter of highly quantitative individuals, often
with little or no business training, who fill roles in derivative
pricing, risk management and portfolio optimization. For these
positions, the firm is particularly interested in individuals with a
background of study in mathematics, physics, engineering, computer
science or another highly quantitative discipline as well as excellent
problem solving abilities and strong programming skills.

In this talk, I will attempt to convey, from my experience, a sense what
it is like to work in the financial industry, the opportunities
available to quantitative individuals and the nature of some of the
mathematical problems that one encounters.