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Institutional Equity Services

Our Institutional Equities Services team, which serves many of the largest institutional investors in the United States, Canada and Europe, provides opportunities for experienced professionals and recent grads who can hone their skills with Baird’s support.

Timely investment ideas and consistently high-quality execution have earned Baird's Institutional Sales and Trading teams a premier reputation. This commitment to objective research, world-class service and focused market-making has enabled consistent growth of our platform for 15 years.

Nationally recognized as a great place to work, Baird actively seeks to attract and retain the best professionals in our industry to serve institutional clients in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. We have a number of positions appropriate to varying levels of experience.

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Entry level Principal Traders at Baird work closely with senior traders in a fast-paced environment that emphasizes teamwork. Associates are thoroughly trained regarding the function of U.S. equity markets. After an initial period, Principal Traders are expected to assume market-making responsibilities for trading stocks in a specific industry.

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Program Traders are responsible for actively trading domestic equity baskets utilizing industry leading EMB and algorithmic solutions. Working as part of a team, qualified individuals will be able to cultivate client relationships. Candidates should have a minimum five years of program trading experience on either the buy- or sell-side. A solid working knowledge of quantitatively based trading strategies is also essential.

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Entry-level Sales brokers work closely with senior Sales Brokers in a structured team environment, with a primary focus on research distribution to institutional money managers. In this position, associates are exposed to a broad array of research and investment banking products, which are marketed to the investment management, mutual fund, pension fund and hedge fund communities. Associates are encouraged to accept project and client responsibilities. Following an initial period, Sales Brokers are expected to assume primary responsibility for account coverage.

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Entry-level Sales Traders at Baird work closely with senior Sales Traders in a fast-paced environment that emphasizes teamwork. Associates are thoroughly trained regarding the function of U.S. equity markets. Those assigned to the sales-trading desk will also learn the function of U.S. equity markets, with greater emphasis on day-to-day, fundamental research-driven trading activity. Sales Traders are generally assigned to work with customers based in a specific geographic region and are expected to facilitate client order activity achieving superior execution results.

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IEC’s provide functional support for Equity Sales brokers. Duties include: providing exceptional customer service, maintaining accurate computer account records, entering portfolio holdings, coordinating broker travel and group meetings for clients, drafting letters and making calls for group meetings. Qualified individuals will also be willing and able to assume responsibility for other special projects as assigned.

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