Alma Mater: Drexel University
Hometown: Washington Township, NJ
SIG offers exposure that you cannot find at other companies. As a co-op, I had the ability to work with people in a variety of different roles. I would routinely collaborate with traders and technologists to complete my daily tasks and projects.
I would start the day by generating reports that detailed all of the activity from the previous day and how it impacted the risk for the traders I worked with. During market hours, I would work with the traders to keep their positions up-to-date by accounting for trades done on the exchange floors or over the phone with brokers. I would also generate reports on the performance of different types of trading activity. After the market closed, I would reconcile the trades from the day to check for errors or manual mistakes. Once I was finished, I would book all of the trades to our clearing firm so they would settle the following day.
I had the opportunity to take on a project to build an Excel-based system that would generate live PnL estimates for a few of the major trading desks. During this project, I was able to refine my VBA and SQL skills, as well as learn about the technology SIG uses to track risk in real time. The more I was able to develop my technical skills, the more opportunities I had to contribute to interesting projects. The most rewarding aspect of this project was seeing the information my system produced being used to track firm performance throughout the day.
I found the co-op education classes to be extremely valuable. SIG’s ‘History of the Markets’ class was especially interesting. Being surrounded by so much technology, I enjoyed learning about the way the markets functioned before technology was such a dominate force in finance. Other classes, like ‘A Day in the Life of a Trader,’ helped me to better understand what was important to the traders and how my role directly impacts their work.
My first role at SIG was as a co-op on the Energy and Commodities desk doing PnL and trade reconciliation. I was invited back for a second co-op to work on the Equity and Index Options desk in a PnL/trade support role. After two co-ops, I continued to work part-time automating various processes that were either time consuming or susceptible to manual errors. After I graduated, I went through the Operations Analyst Program and was finally placed on the Index Desk as an Operations Analyst.
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