Margo consultant Omar tells us about his mission at a major finance and investment bank.
Can you tell us a little about your career before you came to Margo?
I studied engineering at ENSEIRB-MATMECA. I specialised there in the development of multi-threading systems and HPC (High Performance Computing). After graduating in September 2012, I joined a video encoding company, but I was unable to develop professionally there. So I decided to look for another job and I came across Margo!
Why did you choose to work for Margo?
First of all, I was looking for a job that would let me use, develop and grow my HPC knowledge. Also, I wanted a job with long-term prospects. Margo met both of these conditions. I also found its youthful and challenging approach very attractive, as was the chance to join a pioneering IT and financial markets company.
Can you tell us about your mission?
At present, I’m working at a major Paris finance and investment bank, in a market access team of fewer than ten people. My mission is to look after the systems that form the interface between the automated trading systems/traders and the electronic markets, such as the order placing and flow repatriation systems. The activities in the market access team range from project management to IT development and production/support.
What are the technical constraints related to the environment?
As our team is dedicated to the low-latency trading business, all of our systems, servers and networks have to be optimised to have the least possible impact on performance in the exchange of messages with the markets. This requires thorough knowledge of the various players if we are to provide the best service to our clients.
What are your challenges for the next few months?
I have already picked up a lot of knowledge about market access systems and their environment, and I have also learned how to take a lead by bringing a global view to the management of critical projects. My next task is to reinforce what I have learned and share my knowledge.
What is the best thing that has happened to you in the team?
There are loads of things I could mention! I remember a futures expiry day when the traders had to release their positions. In just a few minutes, the fate of an entire quarter’s business is at stake. The tension was so great you could feel the electricity in the air, but what a great feeling that was! I also remember the time, and this was right at the last minute, I was able to lift a restriction so that some major orders could be sent to market. And that will also remain etched in my memory. There was no room for error, we had to be quick and it had a direct impact on the bank’s success.