Prior to joining Baringa I worked at a large US investment bank for a little over seven years in a number of operational roles based in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. I ended up running Trade Support / Middle Office teams for complex Equity Derivatives, but also got heavily involved in managing and contributing to internal projects. This inspired my choice to do ‘more of that’ in my career as I enjoyed the variety of challenges and interactions across the organisation that came with it.
My deep industry experience has really been helpful to me in my role at Baringa, it is still a real asset as we grow our business here in Germany. It is fascinating to see that I am able to apply my knowledge and skills to different industries, as they deal with regulatory and business pressures on their trading and organisational processes.
In addition to my work with clients, I really love the role I play in helping shape our company. It feels I can have a real impact, especially here in our Düsseldorf office where we are smaller but rapidly growing team. I also like that we are a very friendly company – make no mistake, we are a driven, competitive bunch – but there’s a lot of camaraderie and team spirit in the firm across all levels.
Life at Baringa can be a bit difficult to describe sometimes. We work on similar projects, topics and clients as our competition, go through comparable business challenges and are certainly every bit as hardworking and ambitious as they are. Yet it seems we’re a little different. We talk a lot about being a people centric business and I, for one, have really experienced this in Baringa. I choose the training I want to do to further my career. We partner with clients to provide the right solution with the right sized team rather than selling the proverbial ‘busload-of-consultants-one-powerpoint-fits-all’ approach. We promote when people are ready and don’t hold them back through artificial quotas or timelines. We grow this company ourselves and ensure that through all the changes that come with it, it remains the great place it is.
I like that we’re simply a business that cares, about our people, our clients and our work in general.