Trade Support Specialist

Brevan Howard Asset Management

Brevan Howard Asset Management

Customer Service
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2023


The focus of the Trader Assistant within the Operations team is on ensuring the complete, accurate and timely capture of trades and lifecycle events. The core services, processes and controls are provided to clients to ensure accurate risk and P&L capture. The Trade Support team forms part of the Operations Function supporting trading activities across a diverse client base and product range.

The core services provided by the Trader Assistants are as follows:

Trade Capture

  • Monitoring electronic trade flows

  • Ensuring accurate trade capture of voice executed transactions

  • Compliance with regulations and internal policies with respect to trade execution and capture

  • Publishing P&L and working with clients to resolve queries

Life Cycle Event Management

  • Facilitation of option expiry processes and other contractual obligations

  • Corporate event and credit event processing

  • Compression and novation processing

Static Data Management

  • All elements of instrument data set up and maintenance

  • Onboarding of clients, traders and funds

  • Support for static to aid the STP of trade capture

Reconciliation of Client Positions

  • Ensure positions and trade details recorded in internal systems match external parties (clearers, custodians, prime brokers, counterparties)

  • Facilitate the timely resolution of position and trade breaks

Process Improvement and Projects

  • New business initiatives: Including set up of new traders and products

  • Process Improvements including technology enhancements

  • Enhancing knowledge through training and maintenance of team procedures and policies

  • Completing event reviews and implementation of risk mitigation improvements

The role entails working closely with execution traders and portfolio managers across a number of clients. An ability to prioritise based on risk profile is critical, as is a clear and concise communication approach with clients.

The role also requires close working relationships with a number of internal partners including the COO team, Fund Control, Investor Relations, Fund Risk and Quants. Occasionally coverage across the wider operations function may be required



  • Undergraduate degree in a numerate discipline

  • A sound understanding of financial markets and different financial products, specifically ETD and OTC Derivative instruments.

    • Execution, mechanics and analytics

    • Front to back processes

    • Market infrastructure

  • An excellent knowledge of operational risk and risk mitigation utilising technology, process and controls.

  • Minimum 3 years’ trade assistant\operations experience.


  • Advanced excel and knowledge of VBA, SQL or other programming languages.

  • Good problem solving capabilities, evidence of process improvement.

  • Cross asset class experience: FI, FX, Credit, Rates, Equities


  • Self-motivated and proactive

  • Ability to perform well under pressure

  • Risk based prioritization

  • Enthusiastic, flexible and adaptable

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team


  • Advanced excel and knowledge of VBA, SQL or other programming languages.


  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail

  • Good communication skills

  • Enthusiastic and flexible

  • Excellent written and spoken business English

  • High personal initiative and personal responsibility

  • Ability to work effectively in a team/Front office environment

  • Ability to manage work priorities and delegate appropriately

  • Highly proactive and

  • Hardworking and able to work independently

  • Friendly, polite and personable – enjoys working with others