Market Analyst (Swaps Specialist)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 16, 2020
Closes
Sep 18, 2020
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located within the Market Intelligence Branch, Division of Market Oversight (DMO), at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). This Branch is responsible for analyzing and communicating current and emerging market dynamics, developments, and trends to CFTC leadership and CFTC policy development teams, other federal agencies, foreign regulators, Congress, the White House, and the public.

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Responsibilities

At the full performance level, you will serve as an expert analyst accessing, analyzing, identifying, developing reports and studies based on internal data to help uncover emerging market dynamics and trends related to over-the-counter swaps markets. You will use data research/science methods and techniques such as SAS/SQL/EXCEL/PYTHON (or other similar) to program, query, organize and pull together analysis and/or reports based on branch requirements. In addition you will;
  • Access swaps, over-the-counter ("OTC") options or other types of transactions data reported by the Swaps Data Repositories (SDRs), Exchanges or an Electronic Communication Network (ECN) and undertake analysis such as building transaction information by a group or single counterpart, evaluating the order book data to analyze liquidity across multiple sellers or buyers at a particular time or other forms of data analysis work.
  • Identifies the specific analyses needed for various reports and studies, and then completes the work either independently or as part of a team.
  • Gathers high levels of complex information and data from a variety of sources, both internal and external, and utilizes judgement, along with swaps product knowledge, programming skills, and data-analysis techniques to ensure that the work product is relevant to current industry demands and CFTC leadership strategic goals surrounding market intelligence.
  • Prepares responses to market intelligence inquires, presentations, and briefings for Branch and CFTC leadership to discuss current and emerging market conditions. Performs detailed analyses of data to uncover specific trends and answer specific questions raised by the CFTC leadership, and prepares reports for public dissemination, including tables, charts, and, where appropriate, accompanying commentary.
  • Uses swaps product knowledge, analytical techniques and programming skills to develop reports designed to provide guidance and insight related to the development of CFTC regulations and policies. May also identify needs for developing additional analytic tools to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Branch's work.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • One year probationary period is required
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation


Must submit all required documents by the closing date of vacancy announcement.

Qualifications

To Qualify for the CT-13 level:

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CT/GS-12 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience.

Specialized experience is defined as that through which one has gained comprehensive knowledge of one of the following areas including commodities derivatives, Futures and Exchange Traded Options, in Foreign Exchange Forwards, Cross Currency and Interest Rate and/or Credit Index Swaps and the underlying cash markets and the relationships between the two, sufficient to develop reports and studies to uncover market trends; experience using analytical techniques in order to examine large volumes of data; and experience using software applications for analyzing, reporting, and visualizing data contained in databases in conjunction with other data sources.

To Qualify for the CT-14 level:

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CT/GS-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience.

Specialized experience is defined as that through which one has gained an expert knowledge of one of the following areas including commodities derivatives, Futures and Exchange Traded Options, in Foreign Exchange Forwards, Cross Currency and Interest Rate and/or Credit Index Swaps and the underlying cash markets and the relationships between the two, sufficient to identify, develop, and evaluate reports and studies to uncover emerging market dynamics and trends; experience using analytical techniques in order to examine large volumes of data to identify outliers, trends, and relationships between different factors; and experience using software applications for analyzing, reporting, and visualizing data contained in databases in conjunction with other data sources.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

Additional information

Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Probation Period. Candidates selected under competitive examining procedures will subject to a one-year probationary period.

EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under CFTC Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Economics - Knowledge of economic policy, principles, and practices, market and non-market values, and the analysis and reporting of economic data.
  • Data Science - Knowledge of data science, programming skills, and analytical techniques in order to examine large volumes of data to identify outliers, trends, and relationships between different factors and build reports and proposals.
  • Analytics/Problem Solving - Ability to identify & analyze problems; find alternative solutions to complex problems; identify incongruent or incomplete information/data; and distinguish between relevant & irrelevant information to make logical judgments.
  • Oral and Written Communication - Ability to recognize or use correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience. Ability to express information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Skill in making clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • If you are requesting Veterans Preference, you must submit:
    • Copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);
    • Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (if applicable);
    • VA Letter (if applicable)

Veterans Preference. If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume.

In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-disconnected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e., Best Qualified).

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.ICTAP candidates MUST submit:
  • A copy of their agency reduction-in-force notice;
  • A copy of your most recent Performance Rating;
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current or last position held, the grade level, and the duty location; and
  • A copy of your notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area or documentation showing you were separated as a result of RIF or declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area.

  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the CFTC with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If CFTC has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Well Qualified or better category using established rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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