Meet Romana

Meet Romana

  • Studied Development Studies at University of Cambridge
  • Joined in September 2016

“Being originally from Bangladesh, I’d always been interested in issues that affect the developing world. I knew from my research that LSEG had a strong emerging markets focus, and the assessment centre I attended reinforced the sense that I was joining a global institution. I met employees from a wide range of backgrounds, and the environment felt very welcoming of different cultures.

“For my first rotation, I was placed with the ForexClear business at LCH, which is one of the world’s leading global clearing houses. I joined the company’s Business Operations team, which is responsible for helping clients to efficiently clear trades in non-deliverable forwards (NDFs). Once a company executes a trade the information gets sent to LCH, and it’s the job of the company to ensure that the trade is cleared properly and the account settled.

“My role involved helping to manage the client queries and issues that arrive into the team every day. It was a lot of responsibility as LCH’s customers include some of the leading investment banks and asset managers globally. It was fascinating to see the reactions to major global or political events – for example, the day after the US election brought a huge surge in activity.

“I am currently in a product management role with FTSE Russell, which is part of LSEG’s Data and Analytics division. My work involves helping to manage new product launches and oversee project workflows. I spend time analysing the positioning of our financial index products in the market place and how they compare with those of our competitors. I then look for the best way to market our products to FTSE Russell’s client base. The role involves a bit of everything, from project management, to business analysis, strategy and marketing.

“I really like the appraisal process that is incorporated into the graduate programme. Not only do we receive feedback at the end of each rotation, but also throughout. I work with a number of very senior people in my current role, so having this constant engagement with my manager helps me to track my progress and continuously improve my performance.”