I did an internship with HSBC to validate my Specialised Master in Market Finance, and I thought the experience I gained would be a good fit for HSBC’s Market Risk team. I could see that returning to HSBC would improve both my functional and technical skills, and working alongside traders, information technology specialists and market risk managers would give me a broad overview of investment banking.
My role in Equity Derivatives involves the production and analysis of information for market risk managers so they can have a global overview of the equity positions taken by traders. At the moment, we are receiving a lot of requests from managers, and this puts us under pressure to make sure we make the information accessible as quickly as possible.
Since moving into a permanent role, people have also trusted me to have more involvement in key projects. I was recently asked to reorganise and improve a tool to capture the risk of specific trading products which had been in use two years earlier. That was a real challenge. I had to understand what had been done before and how it worked, as well as the new terminology being suggested. I also had to adapt the proposals and present the new tool at a meeting.
HSBC has also helped me to progress culturally. One of my responsibilities is to recruit interns. Our two new interns are from Lebanon and Peru, and one of my colleagues is from China. I really feel part of a global team, although it is still a challenge that I have to write, speak and exchange ideas in English every day.