Meet an Operations Analyst

Meet an Operations Analyst

Alma Mater: Villanova University

Hometown: Yardley, PA

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

I took a Financial Derivatives class in grad school that sparked my interest in the financial industry. It was certainly the most difficult course I took in school, but that was part of its intrigue. I enjoyed the challenge of using my math skills outside of a textbook.

How did you find out about SIG?

SIG was holding interviews on my college campus. They were the only recruiters not dressed in suits!

What do you like best about working here?

I constantly find myself in awe of the intellect that surrounds me here at SIG. It’s great working at a place where I know that I can learn something from every person I encounter, and I’ve done my best to do exactly that. Throughout the Operations Analyst Program, I’ve had the opportunity to work with over one hundred SIG employees, including traders, technologists, and other operations analysts, all of whom are extremely knowledgeable and willing to teach.

What is unique about your current role?

The OA Program is unique in that it is a mixture of daily tasks, project work, shadowing, and classroom sessions. As a result, I gained firm-wide exposure that I could not have otherwise gotten. The program allowed me to become familiar with the operations of a trading desk from various perspectives, and has made me very conscious of how the work I do might affect other areas of the company.

What projects and experiences have been most rewarding for you so far?

I came to SIG thinking I had proficient computer skills, but at a company with such a focus on technology, I soon realized I had a lot to learn! Thankfully, as part of our classroom sessions, we took classes in Excel, Access, VBA, and SQL that really helped polish my skills. I found it to be one of the most useful parts of the program because my technical skills have propelled me to be a much more productive member of the team.

What activities and organizations were you involved with in college?

I attended Villanova University where I was on the Dance Team. I was also involved with Special Olympics, Relay for Life, and Candidates’ Day. Outside of school, I worked as a dance teacher and math tutor.

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

At SIG, it was easy to make the transition from college student to full time employee. I enjoy having the familiar feeling of being a student as I am constantly studying and learning. At the same time, it’s nice to have lots of responsibility, even as a new hire. SIG has definitely been a great place to start my career.

Walk us through a typical day in your life.

After completing the OA program, I am now an Operations Analyst on our Equity and Index Options desk. My day consists of making sure that the traders’ positions are correct by reconciling trade breaks and checking that corporate actions are processed properly. I also generate daily PnL reports for various accounts, handle margin calls, and allocate exchange bills. In any down time, I work on creating projects to help my daily processes run more efficiently.