Alma Mater: Villanova University
Hometown: Acton, MA
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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