Audrey Bampoe

I began my career in a High Street Bank, from which I obtained my initial experience in Finance and Trading.

I used the experience I gained to transition to Investment Banking in an Operations role. I performed a variety of roles within Operations before moving to a role as a business sponsor for IT projects related to client on-boarding. Part of my role involved providing the business requirements and validating these were delivered in the IT systems. This role sparked my curiosity for technology and how user requirements are delivered from an IT perspective.

I decided to embark on a Computing and Information Technology Degree whilst working full time. This along with bringing up my daughter, as a solo mother, took me 9 years to complete. It provided me with a grounding in Database Technology, Software Development Methodologies and Quality Assurance processes along with a major in user interface design.

My first IT role was as a Business Analyst (BA) in Client Reference Data which leveraged my previous business experience. From here I was promoted as the lead BA running the team as well as an SME for the defining of the data strategy. I then transitioned to a role, heading a team of BA’s for an application in Front Office Risk Management focused on providing valuation and P&L data to Finance, Product Control, Collateral Management and Credit Risk. This was a significant challenge as it was a completely new business area for me. However after a number of years I mastered and eventually outgrew this role.

I have now moved to a role that focuses on Market Risk and core Risk Management functions (sensitivities, scenarios, capital calculations). My role is Data Engineering which leverages my BA skill but has required me to build on existing SQL skills to coding in JAVA.