Nikita Dattani

During the final year of my Mathematics BSc, I was torn between further study and taking steps towards a starting a sound career path.

After much deliberation, I concluded that a worthy compromise would be to pursue further study in a subject matter which would allow me to develop applicable and transferrable skills beneficial in the workplace, leading me to take on the challenge of a Masters in Banking & Finance.

After achieving a high 2:1 BSc (Hons) and Distinction (Hons), respectively in both courses, I started my career at EY in 2011. I joined the Audit and Assurance graduate training programme specialising in Telecoms, Media and Technology. It was here that I came to the realisation that pursuing a career in finance and technology was more suited to me, resulting in my application to Bloomberg.

At Bloomberg, I started in the Analytics department in January 2013. I very quickly qualified as a Fixed Income specialist and took a role as an Account Manager within our Core Sales department covering Fixed Income agency brokers. Here I brought efficiencies to these firm’s workflows on a desktop and enterprise level, allowing them to trade and analyse the markets with increased productivity. As I developed a deeper understanding of my client’s businesses and the challenges they faced, I became a trusted figure with whom they would liaise in order to ensure they could develop and adapt to the ever-changing market and regulatory environment. During 2017, I worked tirelessly with my clients to ensure they could meet the rigorous demands of MiFID II. As a firm, Bloomberg was able to provide technological and regulatory solutions allowing firms to continue trading within the new regulatory framework due to take effect on 3rd Jan 2018. I was able to form partnerships with many of my clients through specialist meetings, roundtables, technical stack analysis and proposals leading to a very successful year all round.

Last year, I was promoted to Relationship Manager covering a wider range of clients across asset classes. I am an advocate for our Fixed Income Trade Order Management system and a mentor to a number of junior Account Managers working with me. During my time at Bloomberg, I have gained a great deal of knowledge both technically and in terms of soft skills leaving me in good stead for future leadership roles. I have enjoyed developing junior individuals working with me, sharing my own experiences to better their own career development and provide successes within their roles. In the near future, I hope to continue my professional development through taking on larger scale projects, keeping up to date with market changes and driving change within our business. I would also like to continue to give back to the Company by continuing to develop juniors around me and also by making more of an impact on a community wide basis for women and ethic minorities.