Complex Asset Pricing Analyst

Standard Life Aberdeen

Job Description

Standard Life Aberdeen plc is one of the world’s largest investment companies, and we are built on a long standing culture of caring about the future and making a positive impact. Together we invest for a better future. We do it to make a difference to the lives of our clients and customers, our employees, society and our shareholders.


Our strategy is to build a vibrant and value-creating purpose-led organisation, with the current and future needs of our stake holders at the heart of all we do.


Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) manages a number of products that utilise complex instruments, including OTC derivatives, as part of the overall investment strategy. As ASI continues to invest heavily in the platform that supports this investment activity, a vacancy for a 12 month fixed term contract role has arisen within the Complex Asset Pricing Team, which is part of the Oversight & Control department.


The Complex Asset Pricing Team, within the wider Operations function, is a key component of the Aberdeen Standard Investments control infrastructure, providing support and oversight to the pricing of complex asset classes.


The team is responsible for the global asset pricing governance framework, including pricing policies and pricing committees. The team acts as subject matter experts for OTC derivatives, listed equities and public and private debt, including illiquid bonds and private placements. The team also provide independent oversight of OTC derivative valuations.

Role Purpose


You will be part of a team of nine specialists with expertise in OTC and exchange traded derivatives (covering credit, interest, inflation, equity and FX derivatives), asset and fund pricing, and the valuation of debt instruments and other ‘hard to price’ assets. Working combining a blend of both service delivery and project work, you will play a key role in the development and continuous improvement of our processes, controls and reporting deliverables.

Great communication and relationship building skills are required to manage relationships with front office, outsourced providers, counterparties, regulators, trustees and other internal departments. This is a technically demanding role which will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the complex asset pricing operations environment.

As well as the above you will also:

  • Maintain oversight of asset valuations provided by external suppliers, with a focus on risk based oversight and detailed checks over more complex assets using independent sources.
  • Complete daily, monthly and annual OTC derivatives valuation checks – IFRS, Solvency II and SORP compliant valuations and disclosures.
  • Assess the best market practice for complex asset valuation, identifying where changes in methodology may be required and managing the implementation of change to valuation models – informing and educating stakeholders of required changes.
  • Work with our Business Technology and Information Services teams to specify, test and implement both internal and external reporting requirements.
  • Develop a continuous improvement of procedures and controls to support OTC derivatives trading and administration.
  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with strategic clients, including delivering data and reporting in line with agreed service levels.
  • Develop and sustain productive working relationships with our suppliers, attend service review meetings and measure performance.



To be successful in appointment of this role we are looking for you to have:

  • Detailed knowledge of complex asset and OTC derivative valuation methodologies across a broad range of instrument types.
  • Good understanding of fund accounting and the investments operations environment – Middle and Back Office
  • Derivative operations experience and a detailed knowledge of OTC and exchange-traded derivatives instruments
  • Knowledge of ISDA agreements, term sheets and complex asset trade confirmations.
  • Understanding of the required control framework within investment operations.
  • Good understanding of investments, funds, and the regulatory environment and market developments affecting complex asset pricing.
  • Knowledge of issues around LIBOR Discontinuation would be advantageous.


  • Highly numerate
  • Investigatory skills
  • Data collection and interpretation skills
  • Process orientated
  • Business analysis skills
  • Ability to articulate and detail business system requirements to IT
  • Customer focussed
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills
  • Good understanding of Bloomberg and its linkage to Microsoft Excel
  • Experienced presenter and communicator



Degree level qualification in subject with significant analytical content – economics, accountancy, financial or mathematical related field.

Our Benefits


There's more to working life than coming home with a good salary. We have an environment where you can learn, get involved and be supported.

When you join us, your reward will be one of the best around, including 40 days annual leave, a 16% employer pension contribution, a discretionary, performance based bonus, private healthcare and a range of flexible benefits including gym discounts, season ticket loans and access to an employee discount site amongst many others. You can read more about our benefits here.


Our Values


Our strategic drivers are the foundations from which we deliver for all our stake holders: High Impact Intelligence, Enduring Relationships, Connections without borders and Future fit. You can find out more about our values here.


Our Inclusive Culture


We are committed to exploring the possibilities of working smarter. This means we’d like to hear from you, whatever way you like to work.

We have a long-term commitment to building inclusive workplaces; we value diversity in our workforce and welcome enquiries from everyone. If you need assistance or a reasonable adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist. You can find out more about our inclusive culture here.


We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.  We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance.  Standard Life Aberdeen supports a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.


If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.


Standard Life Aberdeen

Closing Date:
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
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