Geopolitics Research Associate

Bridgewater Associates
  • Location
    Westport, Connecticut
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 11

Position description

Bridgewater Associates is a premier asset management firm, focused on delivering unique insight and partnership for the most sophisticated global institutional investors.

Our investment process is driven by a tireless pursuit to understand how the world's markets and economies work — using cutting edge technology to validate and execute on timeless and universal investment principles.

Founded in 1975, we are a community of independent thinkers who share a commitment for excellence. By fostering a culture of openness, transparency, and inclusion, we strive to unlock the most complex questions in investment strategy, management, and corporate culture.

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Our Culture

Bridgewater's unique success is the direct result of our unique way of being. We want an idea meritocracy in which meaningful work and meaningful relationships are pursued through radical truth and radical transparency. We require people to be extremely open, air disagreements, test each other's logic, and view discovering mistakes and weaknesses as a good thing that leads to improvement and innovation. It is by continually striving together for the highest levels of truth and excellence that we create meaningful work and meaningful relationships. Within this culture, Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority because it is essential to finding the best talent in the world, enabling our idea meritocracy, and creating an environment where all types of people can thrive. We have a full-time team as well as affinity networks that work on these issues - If you would like to learn more, please let your Bridgewater recruiter know.

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About the Research Department 

Our mission is to understand how the world works — building and compounding our understanding of the timeless cause-and-effect relationships that move global economies and markets. With curiosity, cutting-edge technology, and deep sets of data, we build frameworks and analytical models that explain everything from long-term debt cycles to currency devaluations; and we use that compounded understanding to create the investment strategies that drive Bridgewater.

About the Team

The primary responsibility of the Geopolitics Research team is to integrate a rigorous understanding of government actions, international relations, and other less economically motivated drivers into Bridgewater's investment thinking. The team generates differentiated insights into the causes and effects of global policy developments by combining fundamental research with Bridgewater's differentiated approach to developing timeless and universal insights. Our approach is highly systematic, allowing us to compound our understanding over time and translate into tradable rules for managing money for our client portfolios.

About the Role

We are looking for a Research Associate who can work closely with senior investors to understand, analyze, and synthesize geopolitical developments and their implications for economics and markets, with an affinity for compounding those insights into our investment systems.

You will drive the following responsibilities: 

  • Perceiving and monitoring a broad range of themes and risks that could have significant implications for global markets
  • Building out an understanding of key policy issues in a flexible and efficient manner, synthesizing across a range of inputs
  • Analyzing data relating to politics, policy issues, and their connection to economies and markets, in connection with qualitative research and rigorous frameworks for how these cause-effect linkages might work
  • Drafting research reports that communicate our team's insights to senior investors at Bridgewater and the external world (including through Bridgewater's Daily Observations)
  • Helping to compound Bridgewater's understanding of these issues over time by collaborating closely with other researchers on the team and contributing to our systematic investment process

You will be a click for the role if you:

  • A deep interest in international affairs and policy issues, and a curiosity about how these drivers operate and affect economies and markets
  • The ability to approach new questions in a structured, highly logical way, using data rigorously and creatively to analyze complex economic relationships
  • An affinity for compounding our insights over time (developing a first-class understanding of available data, building data models and algorithmic systems to solve complex investment problems, and creating dashboards that enable us to monitor evolving conditions over time). Technical aptitude/coding experience would be valuable.
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills
  • Prior work experience in government, or in a private sector/think-tank role oriented toward understanding governments and international affairs
  • A drive to constantly improve and achieve excellence together (underpinned by a high degree of ownership, willingness to give and receive direct feedback, and an ability to collaborate effectively)

Minimum Qualifications

  • 4-year degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Demonstrated success conducting research into questions at the intersection of politics and economics, leveraging data and synthesizing a range of qualitative inputs

Why Choose Bridgewater?

It takes all types to make Bridgewater great. We seek a diverse group of innovative thinkers and push them to engage in rigorous and thoughtful inquiry. We develop people through an honest examination of their abilities and performance, enabling personal growth and professional development. We strive to provide you opportunities that will challenge you and unlock your potential.

Compensation Band:

The wage range for this role is $125,000 - $230,000 inclusive of base salary and discretionary target bonus. The expected base salary for this role is between 80% - 90% of this wage range.

One of our core priorities at Bridgewater is to enable our employees to build a great life and career, and we believe our benefits are an important extension of that philosophy. As such, currently Bridgewater offers a competitive suite of benefits including:

  • Health insurance with 100% premium covered and access to additional concierge medical services
  • 401(k) plan with generous employer match
  • Paid time off, including fully paid parental leave and a competitive PTO package
  • Workplace flexibility and access to back up childcare
  • Financial assistance for family building support, including adoption and egg freezing
  • Workplace wellness, including on-site gyms, free meals and healthy snacks, and meditation rooms
  • An engaged and active community that includes many company events, affinity networks, and extracurricular interest groups

For a full list of Bridgewater benefits, click here.

Bridgewater reserves the right to change its current benefits program at any time, in a manner that is consistent with applicable federal and state regulations

This job description is not a contract and confers no contractual rights, privileges, or benefits on any applicant or potential applicant. Bridgewater has the right to change any and all terms of this job description, including, but not limited to, job responsibilities, qualifications and benefits. Nothing in this job description constitutes an offer or guarantee of employment. Please note that we do provide immigration sponsorship for this position.

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