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COO / Director of Operations

Hermeneutic Investments Taipei, Taiwan
Posted 2 days ago Hybrid Job Permanent Competitive compensation
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Jennifer Chan
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We design software solutions for a discretionary, event-driven proprietary trading firm and hedge fund specialized in the digital asset space. 

The firm's edge comes from:

  • Deep research on market-moving events.
  • Speed in responding to events.
  • On-chain monitoring and analysis.

We've grown to a team of ~20 across Trading & Research, Tech, and Operations. We are hiring a Director of Operations / COO who has experience scaling a fast-growing fund like us (e.g. from ~20 people to ~100 people).

  1. You've been in an early stage hedge fund (~20 people) and are willing to get your hands dirty handling any function we haven't hired yet.
  2. You can create structure for the entire back-office (fund accounting, HR, legal, compliance, risk, etc.). This includes day-to-day operations as well as setting the long-term structure and vision for each of these operational functions.

While these will be your key responsibilities, we are a startup and you will definitely be called upon to fulfill other requirements.

This is an opportunity:

  • To take up the #1 operational role at one of the fastest growing hedge funds in the digital asset space.
  • To manage the backoffice across a variety of strategies (discretionary and systematic and strategic/activist).
  • To get in on the ground floor of a successful and rapidly growing team in an asset class poised for growth. There will be advancement opportunities as we continue to expand.

Key Requirements

Necessities

We need someone who has the ability to put the groundwork, structure, and strategy in place for each operational function (HR, legal, compliance, risk, etc.) instead of just operating in a structure, checking boxes, or reporting back to HQ.

  • You must have built a team from 0 to 1. You've built a team from scratch and scaled it to e.g. 15-45 people.
  • You must have already held a COO / Head of / Director of Operations role at a Hedge Fund. In this experience, you have experience creating structure for every subfunction rather than simply operating in a structure or simply creating structure for a single operational function.
  • Being able to double-hat as a CFO would be a huge plus. Have a CPA. Able to do financial control, cash management, financial forecasts.
  • You have 6-8+ years in a leadership role.

Nice-to-Haves

  • Understanding legal compliance, tax structuring in different markets is a plus.
  • Background in fundraising is a plus.
  • Experience building up a Systematic platform. Experience hiring and managing quants.
  • Experience building out in-house platform covering OMS/PMS/Risk systems.
  • Crypto experience.

Tablestakes

You need to be based in Taipei or able to travel to Taipei often (e.g. spend the initial few months in Taipei and after things are stable, travel once a month for 2 weeks).

Interview Process

  1. CV Screening - Against the criteria above.
  2. (Optional) Recruiter Call - If your CV needs additional screening.
  3. Co-Founder/Partner Interview - To understand your experience and assess skill and cultural fit.
  4. CIO Interview - Your direct manager, to assess skill and cultural fit.
  5. (Optional) On-site Interview in Taiwan to meet with other key stakeholders

Throughout the process, you'll be assessed for cultural fit through our company values:

  1. Drive - We believe the best team members are passionate about what they do, and that propels them to greater heights in their career. It drives them to be part of the best teams where they are exposed to the best ideas.
  2. Ownership - We aim to give ownership interest to as many people in the firm as possible, but in return, we expect everyone to act like owners. "Not my responsibility" is a repugnant phrase to us.
  3. Judgement - We look for team members who consistently look at the big picture and spend their time on the activities that most drive PnL. They are pragmatic with their time; they don't stick to their narrow domain if it doesn't move the needle.
  4. Openness - We want a culture where we proactively share information with one another and challenge each other with constructive debate to reach the truth.
  5. Competence - We value people with high intellectual horsepower. They have already become an expert in one or more domains and learn extremely quickly when in unfamiliar territory.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Lead the back-office for all our strategies (Discretionary, Systematic, Strategic).
  • Align with the stakeholders on the business vision, and putting that into a proper governance of resources.
  • Ensure the fund has sufficient support infrastructure to grow.
  • Develop and implement operational strategies aligned with the fund's overall objectives and investment strategies.
  • Implementing processes and procedures to improve operational efficiency and streamline workflows, optimizing resource allocation and reducing operational risks.
  • Oversee and mentor a diverse team including but not limited to fund operations, risk management, HR, and Finance. Fostering a collaborative and high-performance culture, while ensuring efficient allocation of resources and alignment with the fund's strategic goals.
  • Manage relationships with external service providers and vendors ensuring quality service delivery and cost-effectiveness.
  • Keep up to date with relevant regulatory requirements and industry best practices to maintain compliance and minimize legal risks.
  • Build up a finance team to oversee budgeting, financial reporting, and expense management.
  • Lead the development of performance metrics and reporting frameworks.
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