Why did you choose a career with FD?
I graduated from University of Limerick in 2005 with a BSc in Mathematical Sciences & Computing. Upon graduation, I had the desire to travel. FD provided the perfect opportunity to combine the skills gained from my degree with an opportunity to explore other countries.
One of the things that really attracted me to FD was the faith that they put into graduates. From my first day on client site I was working on the trading floor of a major Swedish bank. It was a steep learning curve but at FD, if you are good enough you will be entrusted with responsibility at an early stage.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I really enjoy the responsibility given to us by the client. Our team provides a number of important services to the bank where we are on the front line working with Front Office, Back Office, Valuation, Risk and Accounting groups in the bank.
I am also always eager to learn. Working at FD, I feel that I am constantly learning and progressing. I also take great satisfaction in seeing many of our talented junior team members progress at a rapid pace.
What does your current working day look like?
For me, no two days are alike! We have just gone live with a major implementation of a system called Calypso which our client now uses for Interest Rate Swaps and FRAs. I manage the team of FD resources that assisted in the delivery of the implementation where we provide Business Analysis, Testing, Migration and Production Support services.
Currently, I am focused on assisting our production support team with handling all queries that we get from the end users since we went live, whether it be Front Office, Back Office, Accounting, Risk or Reporting. My day is currently spent working through the most critical issues with our production support team and liaising with Calypso, project BAs and the end users to find swift resolutions.
Soon, I will move on to the next phase of the project where we will be implementing further asset classes and functionality in Calypso.
As well as that, I am manager for all of our consultants in the Nordic region so will sometimes visit other clients in the region to check on our other teams and to explore if FD can offer further valuable services to our clients.