Why did you choose a career in Capital Markets Consulting with FD?

Having a business degree majoring in Marketing and a Masters in Electronic Business, the diversification that FD offered as a graduate quickly attracted my attention. What First Derivatives offered was an opportunity to fast track my career by gaining exposure to numerous financial sectors, clients and their challenges, while working in some of the largest global investment firms across the world.

How has your career as a consultant evolved?

My first role as a Financial Engineer on client site was based in NYC, working on the largest trading floor in the world! Playing to my technical strengths, I started as a front office desktop developer working for the Equity Derivatives desk in a Tier One Investment Bank. In an energetic environment and what was a steep learning curve my role naturally transitioned and with it came the challenge to take on the role of a Business Analyst.
A move to London offered an opportunity to fine tune my business analysis skills and complete my Prince2 Project Management qualification, endorsed by FD. Alongside my analytical and communication skills I have greatly improved my management skills, allowing me to take on roles of a more project management capacity. With this, the nature of my job gives me great exposure to senior management across both technology and the business.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

It’s very satisfying to see a project that I’ve carried out go live, and to see the impact it can have on an international finance company. The main appeal of working as a consultant for First Derivatives is that I have the opportunity to work on new and different projects all the time. I’m never stuck in a rut – there’s always another challenge around the corner and a new problem to set my mind to.
I am currently working in Group Product Development in the Prime Brokerage sector of a Tier One Investment bank. I get to work with diverse and intelligent teams of people who enjoy combining creative, innovative thinking with a very practical approach to problem solving.

What does your current working day look like?

There is no set structure to my day. It can all depend on the life cycle of a project and the type of project I am working on. Our clients are facing new challenges on a daily basis. This can either be from a regulatory perspective, risk control measures or technological systematic changes. In my current role with our client, I have worked on a number of projects which touch on each of these points.

From a regulatory practice I have worked on the AIFMD directive, which has created effective regulation and supervision of Alternative Investment Funds in the EU. On a more technical note, I have managed the design and implementation of an innovative platform that transforms the way Risk Managers view client information and risk sensitivities.

The life cycle of a project means that my day can vary between face to face meetings or calls with teams across the globe. Interactions can range from updating senior stakeholders to liaising with UI designers, developers and testers.