The First INFORMS Conference on Financial Engineering and FinTech:

19-21 August 2024, Hong Kong.

The conference aims to feature the latest developments in financial engineering and FinTech. We expect that the meeting will enhance interaction and cooperation among researchers worldwide working in this field and provide an ideal platform for local students and researchers to access cutting-edge research.

Link: https://events.polyu.edu.hk/icfe/home

Winner of Student Paper Competition 2021:

Title:   The Adoption of Blockchain-Based Decentralized Exchanges      Author: Ruizhe Jia  

Honorable Mention: 

Title:  While Stability Lasts: A Stochastic Model of Stablecoins                Author:  Ariah Klages-Mundt
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Thanks to the Judges Panel: 

John Birge     john.birge@chicagobooth.edu, Hobart W. Williams Distinguished Service Professor or Operations Management, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Chanaka  Edirisinghe  edirin@rpi.edu, Acting Dean, Kay and Jackson Tai '72 Chaired Professor in Quantitative Finance, Lally School of Management,  Rensselaer

Mark S Squillante     mss@us.ibm.com,   Distinguished Research Staff Member and the Manager of Foundations of Probability, Dynamics and Control within Mathematical Sciences, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Bruno Biais     biaisb@hec.fr     Professor  HEC Paris



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  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Senior Associate, Risk Assurance & Compliance Analytics (Multiple Positions), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Philadelphia, PA. Assist clients in developing analytics and technology solutions that help them detect, monitor, and predict risk. Assist clients with model development and tuning, system assessment, dashboard development, analytics strategy, and continuous monitoring. Identify opportunities for clients to effectively mitigate risk and improve business performance. Evaluate business process, compliance, and risk issues.   40 hrs/week, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.   MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS :   Must have a Bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent in Business Administration, Information Management, Engineering Management, or a related field, plus 2 years of related work experience.   Must have at least one year of experience with each of the following:   -         Leveraging data manipulation and analysis technologies utilizing at least one of the following: Alteryx, Hadoop, MongoDB, Cloud Services, Microsoft SQL Server, or Oracle; -         Conducting process automation and insight generation through Robotics Process Automation, machine learning, optical character recognition, or process mining; -         Leveraging at least one or more of the following data visualization tools: Spotfire, Qlikview, Tableau, Python, R, Java or C#; and -         Providing Subject Matter Specialist support for code review and testing to help clients gain assurance on home grown accounting systems.   80% telecommuting permitted. Must be able to commute to the designated local office.   Domestic and/or international travel up to 60% required.   Please apply by sending your resume to US_PwC_Career_Recruitment@pwc.com, specifying Job Code PA3942 in the subject line.
  • Grand Forks, North Dakota, Job Title: Senior Vice President            Department: CTW                                              Reports to: NPR President/COO                                            Job Status: Full Time                                             Schedule: Varies. Irregular hours. Travel is required throughout U.S.A. up to 50+ %   Summary:   As the Senior Vice President (SVP), you will be responsible for leading safe day to day operations, and strategic growth of Complete Track Works, a track construction and maintenance company that is part of the Northern Plains group of companies.  This includes providing executive level leadership for the senior management group which includes strategic planning, setting annual targets for production and growth, directing and coordinating the annual budgeting process, and ensuring compliance with industry regulations. This individual will foster innovation, and ensure the implementation of NPR principles of Safety, Service and Growth, developing people, managing costs, and optimizing assets. As part of the Executive Leadership Team, this individual will have the overall responsibility for achieving business objectives, meeting customer commitments, and delivering maintenance and construction projects on time and within budget. In addition, this executive will focus and work with key executive leaders on improving margins, sustainability, competitiveness, organizational structures, systems, and work processes.   Essential Duties and Responsibilities but are not limited to:   Strategic Leadership:   Develop and implement the strategic vision for Complete Track Works that are aligned with overall organizational goals in safety, service and growth, personnel development, finance targets, and internal and external communications.   Achieve CTW growth objectives as jointly established in collaboration with the NPRC Chairman and Board, President and Chief Operating Officer, and the NPR Executive committee.   Collaborate with the executive team to integrate CTW into the broader NPRC business strategy to anticipate the needs of customers and employees.    Team Leadership:   Provide strong executive leadership to both management and personnel of the CTW group, fostering a culture of flawless safety, constant collaboration, universal accountability, clear vision, employee development with teamwork initiatives to build a successful enterprise.   Develop and continually monitor and refine organizational structure to support competitiveness, business growth objectives and continuous improvement in quality and customer satisfaction.   Recruit, mentor, and develop high-performing individuals within CTW.   Build and sustain an excellent working relationship with employees, customers and public entities based on mutual respect and strong business ethics.   Project Management:  Provide Executive oversight for those senior managers who are accountable for the planning and execution of the business, and specifically for material contracted track construction and maintenance projects, ensuring they are completed on time and within budget.   Implement project management best practices to optimize efficiency and resource/asset utilization.   Budgeting and Cost Control:  Provide executive leadership in respect to the development and management budgets for CTW activities.   Encourage the implementation of cost control measures and identify opportunities for cost savings without compromising safety or quality.   Regulatory Compliance:  Ensure compliance with industry regulations, safety standards, and environmental guidelines.   Stay abreast of industry trends and regulatory changes, adjusting strategies as needed.   Technology and Innovation:   Identify and implement innovative technologies and best practices to enhance track construction and maintenance processes.   Drive a culture of innovation and continuous improvement within the department.   Stakeholder Engagement:  Collaborate with internal stakeholders, leaders to achieve cross-functional goals.   Develop and maintain relationships with external partners, suppliers, and regulatory authorities.   Review and/or approve contracts, legal matters and other information of a highly sensitive or confidential nature.    Design and monitor key performance metrics and processes to improve efficiency and meet corporate goals.    Maintains a dedication to safety, quality, productivity, and progress always by acting as a role model, enforcing safe work practices & procedures, and educating project team on company & customer policies.   Identify and correct service issues to ensure service reliability and provide continuous improvement to meet customer demands.   Knowledge to lead team with compliance of Federal Contracting Bids/Guidelines   Perform Various Duties as request by the President and Chief Operating Officer      Competencies:   To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:   Ability to effectively solve problems and conflicts, make objective decisions.   Extensive experience performance & management in track construction, track maintenance, production gang work, track inspection, and track consultation.   Demonstrated ability to work in a face paced environment autonomously and manage a wide variety of projects simultaneously. Experience working and managing complex projects & multiple operations effectively.   Working knowledge of railroad construction contracts, estimates and accounting for all aspects of CTW activities. Must understand the railway broadly, and the dynamics of the transportation service marketplace.    Ability to analyze and interpret technical materials and processes accurately and effectively.   Knowledge of engineering drawings and specifications   Ability to work with construction contractors, vendors, and consultants   Excellent listening and communication skills, with ability to demonstrate analytical skills   Understand the needs of customers and present tailored solutions – ranging from offering construction alternatives and offering maintenance and inspection proposals to clients that will meet any industry engineering or safety standard.     Must effectively lead and supervise employees and demonstrate a commitment to team & safety.    Possess solid business skills to determine profitable products and to negotiate agreements with customers. demo   Effective communication and collaboration within all departments, including senior management is required. Able to pull together a strong team without direct authority over parts of the team.   Networking, Persuasion, Prospecting, Public Speaking, Research, Writing, Closing Skills, Motivation, Prospecting Skills, Sales Planning, Identification of Customer Needs and Challenges, Territory Management, Market Knowledge, and Professionalism.    Inspiring Trust – Maintains high standards of personal integrity; behaves in accord with expressed beliefs and commitments; establishes open, candid, and trusting relationships; treats others fairly and consistently; collaborates as a team player    Physical Demands:    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the physical demands listed below:   Continuous: Work outside on or near railroad tracks, (most of day spent on feet standing). Grasping hand & track tools, materials & equipment. Vision & hearing while on duty & balancing.    Frequent: Must be able to perform manual labor consisting of lifting & carrying 10-50 lbs, bending, and working at ground level in all types of weather.  Crouching, reaching above & below shoulder level, stooping and walking. Throwing a switch. Perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs, moving the whole body, such as standing, climbing, bending, lifting, balancing, and handling of materials, equipment, and tools. Exposed to loud noises. Exposed to live track/trains/ high voltage/ moving equipment.   Occasional: Must be able to lift and carry 50 to 100 lbs, climbing on & off equipment or machines, driving, kneeling, squatting, ascend & descend ladders, sitting, ascend & descend stairs, twisting. Pushing & pulling.   Rare: crawling & jogging, sitting.   Environmental:    Continuous: Must be able to work outdoors in all extreme weather conditions. 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There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.    
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  • San Francisco, California, City and County of San Francisco   CLEANPOWERSF COMPLIANCE & FINANCIAL PROJECTS SUPERVISOR (1825) (140535)   • 525 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA • Full-time • Job Code and Title: 1825-Principal Administrative Analyst II • Fill Type: Temporary Exempt     Application Opening: 2/9/2024 Application Filing Deadline: 2/29/2024 Annual Salary: $146,952- $178,724 Recruitment ID: RTF0140534-01155539   APPOINTMENT TYPE : Temporary Exempt: This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. The duration of the appointment shall not exceed 36 months.   WHO ARE WE? San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees operating across eight counties serving more than 2.7 million customers in the San Francisco Bay Area – 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.   Our Mission:  To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.   Our Vision:  We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.   We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at  https://www.sfpuc.org/ .   We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality.   To learn more about working at the SFPUC, visit our career site at  https://www.sfpuc.org/about-us/careers-sfpuc .    Job Description Project Name:  Compliance, Data Analytics and Budget Coordination    The Clean Power SF Compliance Manager will have overall responsibility for coordinating, preparing & filing highly complex regulatory compliance reports.  This involves synthesizing information and inputs from across the Power Enterprise, incorporating electric energy market and financial information with state and local climate policy. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing an internal system to manage multiple regulatory filings, manage analysts & deputy city attorney in the preparation of filings (which include narrative and quantitative analysis).   Essential Functions: •   Plan, develop and direct the production of highly complex regulatory compliance filings as required by state and federal agencies.     •   Coordinate multi-disciplinary teams within and external to the Power Enterprise of the SFPUC to effect submission of complex regulatory filings.     •   Oversee preparation of narratives and conduct quantitative analysis in manners and methods that are consistent with state energy and environmental regulation and law.     •   Plan, develop and direct the production of highly complex departmental fund budget(s); advise management in developing and managing CleanPowerSF's budget request, including monitoring, reporting and interpreting budget documents and spending; negotiate budget proposals within the department.       Qualifications Education:  Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and   Experience:  seven (7) years of full-time equivalent experience performing professional level analytical work. Qualifying professional-level analytical work includes analysis, development, administration, and reporting in major programs and functions of an organization in the areas of budgets, contracts, grants, policy, or other functional areas related to the duties of positions in the 182X Class series.   Substitution:   Possession of a graduate degree (master's degree or higher) from an accredited college or university with major coursework in specialized subject matter areas such as public or business administration, management, business law, contract law, public policy, urban studies, economics, statistical analysis, finance, accounting or other fields of study closely related to the essential functions of positions in the Class series may be substituted for one (1) year of required experience.   Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis (up to a maximum of 2 years). Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units equal one year.   Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.     Verification of Education and Experience: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Education verification information on verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at  https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements .    Note:  Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.   All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.   HOW TO APPLY Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit  https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/CityAndCountyOfSanFrancisco1/  and begin the application process.   Select the “Apply Now” button and follow instructions on the screen Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and updated. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu, @smartalerts.info, and @smartrecruiters.com).   Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.   Job Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the job analyst, Rocio Mendoza and rmendoza@sfwater.org.    The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.
  • Chicago, Illinois, Senior Associate, Delivering Deal Value (Multiple Positions), PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC, Chicago, IL. Assist clients to achieve maximum value on their deal transactions by solving transformational and complex challenges through operational aspects of a transaction, pre, and post-completion. Conduct pre-deal and confirmatory due diligence, execute large-scale enterprise-wide integrations and support complex divestitures and separations on a wide range of functional areas. Help clients solve their complex business issues from strategy to execution. Create finance function efficiency and maintain compliance and controls. Advise organizations on the implementation of data analytics, modeling, benchmarking, and visualization.   40 hrs/week, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.      MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS :   Must have a Bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or a related field, plus 3 years of related work experience.   In the alternative, the employer will accept a Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or a related field, plus 1 year of related work experience.   Must have at least one year of experience with each of the following:   -         Conducting state risk analysis and research for tax planning and compliance purposes; -         Conducting and preparing budgets and forecasts on a monthly or annual basis, utilizing Visual Basic Applications for analyzing large amounts of data; -         Conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses of complex data; and -         Assisting with managing budgeting for individual team members across different functional teams.   80% telecommuting permitted. Must be able to commute to the designated local office.   Travel requirement(s): Domestic and/or international travel up to 80% is required.   Please apply by sending your resume to US_PwC_Career_Recruitment@pwc.com , specifying Job Code IL3954 in the subject line.

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