Meet Tim

Meet Tim

  • Studied at the University of Birmingham
  • Joined in September 2015
  • Now on second rotation in LSE, London

“I’ve always enjoyed working with computers; however, the idea of working for a software company, without having the chance to solve real world problems, didn’t appeal to me. Applying to a leading financial services provider like LSEG seemed like a logical step. It’s an industry that demands advancement and allows you to be at the cutting edge.

“After my initial skills training I joined the Development team at SwapClear, which is a global clearing house for interest rate swaps, and part of the LCH Post Trade business. I was assigned to work on the SmartView project in a small team doing full stack development. I had exposure to enterprise-level development tools and message queues, massive code bases, and self-documenting code and release cycles and features being planned out months and years in advance. There was a huge amount of new information to take in, but my team supported me every step of the way.

“I’m now working with the Technical Account Management team at LSE in Client Technical Services (CTS). The team is responsible for ensuring client connectivity and participant setup, and for guiding customers through the software certification process before they connect to our trading system. My role also involves providing technological support, attending face-to-face meetings with customers, and consulting with them about proposed system and product changes.

“The placement has been a real eye-opener. It has helped me understand how the different technological processes flow into each other from the back all the way to the front end. Having started at the beginning of the cycle, at the development stage, I’m now sitting where the trades are actually happening, seeing how the gateways work and how market data is disseminated. I’ve also learnt that, for a technologist, communication skills and helping our clients matter just as much as the ability to code.

“I like the fact that the graduate programme offers such a range of different experiences. It allows you to pick up new skills and to carry these with you into the next rotation, building towards your longer-term career. I’ve found both roles extremely interesting; however, for my final rotation I’d like to try something completely different again and perhaps look at doing an international placement.”