Meet Alex

  • Studied at UCL
  • Joined in September 2014
  • Now on second rotation in SwapClear, London

“I studied Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Patras in Greece and then went on to complete a Masters in Nanotechnology at UCL in London. While I’ve always loved working with technology, I wanted to be close to the heart of the action in the economy in a role where I’d be able to contribute in a variety of ways."

“Growing up in Greece, I followed developments in the financial markets and saw that this was where I wanted to begin my career. I really liked the look of the technology graduate programme at LSEG. It was quite business-focused and I was confident that the programme would provide an opportunity to develop a range of different skills."

“My first rotation was in the IT Project Management team for SwapClear, which is part of the LCH.Clearnet business. One of my main tasks was to help oversee the transfer of trades between different IT systems, which involved me liaising with people from different sides of SwapClear at the same time. Coming from a very technical university background, it was a chance to focus on my people-facing and communication skills while also learning about the markets and how a trade comes together."

“One particular project involved having to migrate a high volume of trades over to a new IT model. It was a massive responsibility as our team was reporting directly to the IT programme manager. When you’re handling trades with a combined value of several million pounds there’s very little room for error."

“I have since started my second rotation in Operations and Client Services for SwapClear. Again, it’s very much a hybrid role between business and IT and involves regular interaction with people at all levels across the organisation. Each day different queries will come into us from major investment banks and it’s our job to come up with the right strategy to resolve these. It’s a great way to get to know all our different systems and how they fit together."

“The best thing about the LSEG graduate scheme in my opinion is that there is such a wide range of rotation options open to you. You can really tailor your own training to your specific interests and have a direct say in the kind of work you want to do. I love travelling, so I would definitely be keen to work abroad at some stage. I’ve managed to see quite a lot of the UK since moving to London and have just returned from a weekend trip to Berlin."