“It feels as if I started using a computer before I learnt to walk, though perhaps I just learnt to walk late in life. Ever since that moment I’ve felt an affinity with technology and, especially, with software development.
I graduated from King’s College London in 2006 in Computer Science. After spending some time working with BBC Technology and British Telecommunications, I joined Lehman Brothers in 2007. In 2008 they went bankrupt.
Though I remained employed with Lehmans for a total of 2.5 years whilst developing their strategic reference data system, my role became less varied due to the acquisition of the company by Nomura. This prompted me to start studying for a Masters in Computer Games Technology at City University in 2010, giving me an opportunity to grow my technology skills and an excuse to play computer games.
I moved to Goldman Sachs in 2010 to work as part of a small technology team. Our team allows clients to sleep easy at night by continually making them aware of how much their deals are worth after trading directly with Goldmans. Due to the small team size, my role involved the full system lifecycle – analysis, development, testing and support.
I graduated from City in 2012 and soon realised I needed to not only understand technology, but also to understand the business context. I therefore enrolled on an Executive MBA programme at Imperial College London Business School in 2012 – a romantic relationship I’m still involved in to this day.
I was recently charged with managing the London team at Goldman Sachs, though continue to be very hands-on”
If you would like to find out more, you can meet with Simon at our “Careers within an Investment Bank” panel event on 31 October 2013. Book your place online now via City CareersHub (www.city.ac.uk/careers)