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Quantitative Commodities Research

HW Anderson have had a strong foothold in the physical and financial commodities markets emerging in the midst of the 2014 polar vortex. Since inception, HW Anderson have been actively sourcing talent across products and geographies, increasingly operating in the quantitative research space as the landscape of commodities trading continues to evolve. As the need for top quantitative talent in the commodities markets continues to increase, HW Anderson are able to provide additional value to clients thanks to our retained search process. Through the combination of our expansive commodities market knowledge and our strong presence as quantitative commodity commodity research recruiters in the global markets, we are able to source top quant research talent across both fully systematic and quantamental investment strategies. We work with leading buy-side firms to recruit junior and senior talent to create and enhance their quantitative platforms across the commodities markets.

Commodities Quant Coverage

Functional Scope

We operate globally to identify top quantitative talent for hedge funds, merchant houses, and proprietary trading firms. We have an excellent track record as quantitative commodity research headhunters, recruiting quantitative researchers, developers, and traders across commodities, including energy, metals, emissions, and agriculture products. We specialize in sourcing candidates who can combine fundamental analytics with quantitative expertise and coding skills to enhance trading insights or quantitative commodity research individuals who have created and are able to create their own systematic trading strategies. We also work with our clients to identify quantitative developers with commodities expertise to drive the creation and maintenance of commodities trading infrastructure and quantitative commodities research tools to enhance their edge within the market.


  • Portfolio Managers and Speculative Traders: We work with hedge funds and commodities trading houses to identify individuals who utilize cutting-edge, quantitative commodities strategies to generate profitable PnL in both the physical and financial markets. We have existing relationships with senior-level talent and are continuously developing relationships with junior-level talent across products and geographies. We have also successfully completed several meaningful commodities quant team lift outs.
  • Quantitative Researchers: We work to identify quantitative commodity research professionals with experience in quantitative or quantamental strategy creation. Our fully-systematic clients utilize our expertise as commodities quantitative research recruiters to identify candidates with expertise in alpha generation – including signal research, backtesting, and implementation, to create and improve strategies. We also work with fundamentally-driven clients to identify quantitative commodity research talent to develop and maintain models and provide quantitative support to add value for our clients’ discretionary trading strategies. 
  • Quantitative Developers: We work with our clients to recruit developers with commodities experience to build out their quantitative infrastructure and trading platforms as they enter new commodities markets, improve existing platforms to increase their trading presence in active markets, and build tools to reduce inefficiencies in both trade execution and operations areas.

Global Strategic Relationships

Our Clients

We are the preferred quantitative commodities research recruiter to a range of clients globally. We have helped clients who have traditionally employed discretionary strategies attract talent to develop their systematic businesses and work with quantitatively-driven firms to hire top talent to diversify their existing strategies. We are most active across North America and Europe, with key quantitative commodity research placements in Houston, the NY metro area, Calgary, Chicago, London, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland.


Diverse Relationships

We have strong existing and developing relationships with leading buy-side institutions, providing our market mapping and executive search expertise to a wide variety of clients globally. However, our clients who look to hire quantitative commodity researchers across various markets and products broadly fall into these three main categories.


We work with leading, privately-held global merchant houses to identify leading front office trading and research talent as they grow their quantitative footprint in the physical and financial commodities markets.


Our hedge fund clients are continuing to diversify investment strategies by expanding into the commodities markets, across both purely systematic and fundamentally-driven strategies. As quantitative commodity research recruiters we work to provide quantitative talent to ensure the development of the most rigorous trading insights and strategies across both investment styles.


We work with quantitative and discretionary proprietary trading firms to identify quantitative commodity researchers and traders with algorithmic trading experience for their commodities businesses.


Engaging HW Anderson

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Our People

Within the hyper-competitive and tight-knit trading and investment community our growth as a firm since inception has been exponential and truly organic. Every specialist HW Anderson consultant has been trained in-house and from-scratch. This ensures our methodology is original and consistent and that our culture is unique. Thanks to this growth we are positioned as a leader in Trans-Atlantic front office search. With three established offices, in the USA, UK and EU, our talented team is uniquely positioned to deliver meaningful value for our clients into the future.

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