My career in financial services began with the Nat West clearing bank on their Management Development Programme, a great training ground and an opportunity for me to learn the fundamentals of the industry. For the next 15 years I made a conscious career choice to gain experience across the industry as I saw the benefits of understanding the 'end to end' cycle in financial services. I enjoyed roles with custodian banks and brokers.
I joined Schroders in 1999 as Deputy Head of Custody and I now manage the Portfolio Operations function which comprises Trade Processing, Asset Servicing, Broker/Custodian Management and Support/Development teams. My focus for the business is to ensure my teams deliver high quality, cost effective and risk managed services to our Investment and Distribution front office teams. One of the ways I achieve this is by ensuring we recruit talented, delivery focused individuals and ensure they are provided with opportunities for personal and professional development. I am continually challenged in my role and have been fortunate enough to work on industry leading projects such as the Book of Record implementation, a multi-million pound programme of change to replace legacy accounting, pricing and performance measurement systems with new, best of breed technologies.
I enjoy working for a family owned firm which values its independence and fosters a culture of collaborative working. Schroders recruit and develop talented individuals and I have found no shortage of opportunities for career progression and personal development. Personal ownership of my career path planning is very motivating.
We are continually evolving as a business and offer individuals within Portfolio Operations a challenging and stimulating working environment where outstanding contributions are recognised, valued and rewarded.