I’m a Product Manager based in Vela’s London office. I joined the firm in Belfast as a fresh faced graduate with an MSci Applied Maths and Physics from Queen’s University Belfast. I was looking for a role that would allow me to apply the transferable skills from my degree in a productive and tangible way to help me build a strong foundation for a career in financial services.
I started out in the Client and Data Services as a Product Analyst before elevating to Senior Product Analyst and finally to my current position earlier this year. My role is multifaceted as it bridges the gap between technical and business, which I love since it allows me to develop in several different areas. I support the sales team throughout the sales life cycle, working with clients and liaising with multiple teams (internal and externally) in order to provide optimized solutions. It’s a busy and fast paced environment, so alongside analytical abilities time management and strong organizational skills are a must.
I loved working in the Belfast office as it has a strong social aspect, with teams regularly going out for lunch or drinks on a Friday to post-mortem the week. I was, however, ready for a new challenge and was consequently thrilled when Vela offered me the chance to make this leap and take a new role in London. The experience has been fantastic overall; it’s provided a change of pace, offered new challenges and allowed me to form stronger bonds with our existing client base and new relationships with prospective clients. I’m extremely grateful and thankful for how Vela has supported me in my career development over the past number of years and I can’t wait to see where the future takes me.