Meet an Operations Analyst

Meet an Operations Analyst

Alma Mater: Villanova University

Hometown: Acton, MA

Were you involved with anything in the past that sparked your interest in joining a company like SIG?

I took several classes in college on the mathematics behind financial derivatives and learned about option pricing models. I knew that after college I wanted to join a company where I could apply my math skills to financial markets. My Math of Financial Derivatives professor recommended that I look into SIG and I made a point to talk to the SIG recruiters at our campus career fair

What do you like most about SIG?

The best part about working at SIG is the emphasis on teamwork. You are encouraged to share your ideas and get feedback from your coworkers on your projects. SIG employees are intelligent and want to share their knowledge of the markets, the products, and the company with anyone who wants to learn.

What was a typical day like for you in the program?

Each rotation was structured differently, but they all had similar goals of teaching us about that specific group. A typical day would include a mix of daily tasks and project work, mainly in VBA and SQL, to help automate processes, all of which I learned at SIG. Part of the rotations included shadowing other group members to learn about their products, functions and day-to-day work.

What projects and experiences were the most rewarding for you?

The most rewarding projects were ones that I was able to see through from start to finish. Being able to take a problem or a process that was entirely manual, come up with a solution, and write all of the code in an efficient and logical manner gave me a great sense of accomplishment.

We talk a lot about teamwork and collaboration at SIG. How did you see this demonstrated in your role?

After completing the Operations Analyst Program, I was placed into the Financial Operations group. In this group, I am constantly collaborating with our technology teams to find the best ways to collect, analyze, and represent different data sets. We also work with various other operations desks throughout the firm on a daily basis to help us produce accurate reports.

What did you enjoy most about the program?

In a short amount of time, I was able to work with people in different offices around the world and I’ve been able to leverage those relationships in my current role. The rotations also allowed me to learn about operations at SIG as a whole and helped to develop my Excel and coding skills.

If you were speaking with someone who was considering starting their career at SIG, what advice would you give them?

Definitely go for it! SIG has been such a rewarding company to work for, where I am able to challenge myself every day and constantly learn new things. The Operations Analyst Program especially is a great transition from college to a career because of the emphasis it places on learning from classroom sessions and from other SIG employees.