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That unexpected opportunity. That spark of collaboration. That sense of pride when your hard work pays off. It’s these kinds of moments that will define your experience at Barclays. We’ll let our people tell you about theirs.

Kenny

Treasury

Barclays has a very open, friendly, supportive and collaborative environment.

Why did you choose Barclays and why did you choose the area of the business you are working in?

I choose Barclays because of its brand, its global footprint and its well-structured graduate programme. In addition, Barclays remains one of the few full serviced investment banks, allowing me to be exposed to a huge spectrum of financial products.

I choose to work in Funding and Short Term Investment because it puts me in the heart of the global financial markets and at the same time, allowing me to develop an appreciation of how a bank is set up and run. My current role involves trading as well as managing the bank’s liquidity requirement and regulatory assets. With the implementation of Basel III, there has been an increased focus on the bank’s balance sheet, making Funding and Short Term Investment an even more exciting place to work in.


How would you describe your business area to a prospective candidate?    

I am working on the trading desk in Treasury which is responsible for the efficient funding of Barclays and the management of Barclays’ liquidity pool. I trade actively in the money market and FX forward market to ensure that the bank has sufficient liquidity to run its business activities. I am also responsible for the investment of high quality liquid assets to enhance the return of the bank’s liquidity pool and to meet various regulatory and stress requirements.


How are Barclays' values (Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Stewardship) brought to life where you work? What do they mean to you?    

Barclays’ values are integral to how we work on our desk and how we treat our colleagues, clients, other market participants and the broader community. In fact, I believe that these values are so fundamental that they are instilled in all us, but clearly defining them sets a clear direction for every employee in the organisation to help people achieve their ambitions in the right way.


What are the main things your area is doing / you are doing to take Barclays into the future?    

Technology and regulatory changes are two key aspects that are likely to shape the future of banking. With regard to technology, we have recently introduced Barx MM to allow clients to trade money market products electronically with us. To prepare for future regulatory changes, we have teams in Treasury looking at structural reform, leverage ratio, liquidity coverage ratio, etc.


What were your initial expectations of what it would be like to work at Barclays?    

I expected an intense, fast paced environment where decisions need to be made in a split-second, where I am surrounded by highly intelligent and passionate colleagues who I can learn from. 


How have these expectations been met or exceeded?

The expectation has definitely been exceeded. The job is challenging and the learning curve for rate trading and liquidity management is indeed very steep. Fortunately, Barclays has a very open, friendly, supportive and collaborative environment. Not only is the quality of the individuals around me unbelievable, people are also very helpful and are more than willing to share their knowledge with me to get me up to speed.


Who do you work with on a day-to-day basis?

I work closely with the businesses to project the funding needs of the Barclays and to ensure that it has sufficient cash to run its business activities. I also work closely with the funding and liquidity management team in Treasury to ensure that the bank has sufficient liquid assets to pass the stress test and meet the regulatory requirement. In addition, I deal closely with the infrastructure and technology teams to ensure the successful execution of our trades and proper functioning of our risk and trade capture system. Lastly, I trade actively with other market participants.   


What happens on the graduate programme?    

The graduate programme is very structured. We went through six weeks of overseas training in London where we were taught financial concepts and soft skills. There were plenty of social events to provide us with opportunities to network with graduate peers and colleagues from all across the bank. The training did not stop in London. Back in Singapore, we have continuing professional education to further enhance our technical and soft skills.


Can you describe your typical day? What are the key challenges you face?    

My typical day involves interacting with various businesses to determine the cash needs of the Singapore branch, catching up on news and markets, trading interest rates products with internal trading desk and external market participants as well as managing the regulatory assets and liquidity buffer of the bank.


What do you enjoy most about your role?

I was given a huge amount of responsibility right at the start of my career to manage the liquidity and regulatory assets of the Singapore branch. Furthermore, I enjoy a considerable degree of autonomy in my decision making and my managers and colleagues respect my trading decisions.


What advice would you give a prospective graduate starter?    

You should research the job thoroughly to ensure that you understand what the job entails and that you are genuinely passionate about it. If possible, you should try to have some relevant internship experience. Not only does an internship provide you with a good opportunity to know if you are suitable for the role, it also enhances the chance for you to get the job should you impress.


How would you describe the training and mentoring you receive?    

The training programme is extremely comprehensive. From the six weeks initial training programme in London to continuing professional education in Singapore, we are drilled on technical and soft skills that prepare us for our role on the desk. Back on my desk, people are willing to answer my question, and my managers take an active interest in my professional development.


What does success with Barclays look like to you?    

Success with Barclays is about making a positive difference to the community and at the same time growing and developing with the organisation.    

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Jeremy

Sourcing

We want to be trusted advisers to our colleagues, and we have to live the values every day in delivering that.

Why did you choose Barclays and why did you choose the area of the business you are working in?   

I joined Barclays Sourcing in 2007 as it had a large  global sourcing requirement and an ambitious, energetic team with lots of opportunity to advance and travel.

What are you doing in your area to bring the Transform Program to life?

Our area focuses on the third party suppliers to the bank globally. They represent an important part of the Barclays franchise in delivering our products and services to customers. Sourcing is negotiating constantly with suppliers to achieve cost reductions and deliver new services. In TRANSFORM, for example, we held a supplier summit. Over 100 top suppliers were asked to bring their ideas to us, resulting in projects worth more than £30m of value to the bank.

We also make sure contracts protect Barclays and our customers and our risks (reputation, operational. financial, etc.) are all acceptable. 

How would you describe your business area to a prospective candidate?

“Never a dull moment.” We have great variety in our roles. We deal with stakeholders all over the business, and have to collaborate extensively, guiding our colleagues and leadership on sound commercial contracts.

We have to use our judgment extensively; in supplier negotiations, in commercials reviews with colleagues and be prepared to back our corner if necessary.    

How are Barclays' values (Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Stewardship) brought to life where you work? What do they mean to you?    

We want to be trusted advisers to our colleagues, and we have to live the values every day in delivering that. In effect we are stewards for the bank in regards its suppliers. The contracts we write and manage have to be fit for purpose, and whilst not risk free, be a sensible balance of risk. 

What are the main things your area is doing / you are doing to take Barclays into the future?

Sourcing is about helping Barclays leadership manage its resources effectively. For example, negotiating best-in-class rates from our suppliers. Although we also drive non financial contributions through our Supplier Code of Conduct and diversity. We also make sure that we can manage risks on key services and never be at the mercy of other parties, for example, customer service.

Who do you work with on a day-to-day basis?

I have 15 colleagues in my immediate team here, but many more colleagues in Sourcing generally.

My team manage more than £1bn of spend and do this helped by small teams in New York and London who account manage our clients in the business.

What happens on the graduate programme?

Two years – three rotations giving broad exposure to the BSC in Singapore. Graduates are embedded in teams with a Line Manager and Buddy from day one. They study for an accreditation from CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) and get the sleeves rolled up on projects quickly.    

Can you describe your typical day? What are the key challenges you face? 

I would say there is no typical day, as the projects and their issues are constantly needing oversight and managing. The challenge is sifting out the urgent but not important work, from the priority work. Often with incomplete data, which means you have to use judgment extensively.  

What do you believe are the key skills you need to do your role? 

Key competencies we have in Sourcing include negotiation, strategy development, contract development, supply base management, risk management, cost analysis and project management.

On the people side it’s about change management, people development and understanding customers’ needs.  


  

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Yasuhiro

Sales

Barclays has always given me assignments that have required me to challenge my abilities

 

Why did you choose Barclays and why did you choose the area of the business you are working in?

 I joined Barclays 10 years ago at a time when the company was expanding its business operations. I sought the opportunity to develop my career in a growing company.

 

What are you doing in your area to bring the Transform Program to life?

In order to achieve higher efficiency in terms of return value, we seek to optimise our business operations by working closely with other departments and improving the collective sense of morality.

How would you describe your business area to a prospective candidate:

I am in charge of two departments, Structured Product Sales in Asia Pacific and Equity Sales in Japan. In structured Product Sales, we provide investors multiple solutions that meet their investment needs, across various asset classes. In Equity Sales, we provide clients market analysis and execution services, and aim to facilitate high liquidity. 

 

How are Barclays' values (Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Stewardship) brought to life where you work? What do they mean to you?           

Barclays’ 5 Values are in line with the values I follow in my life. I am glad that Antony Jenkins, our group chief executive, has clearly set these out so that we can incorporate them into our business every day.

 

What are the main things your area is doing / you are doing to take Barclays into the future?

I am trying to make the two departments that I manage the ‘Go-To’ option for clients, and I seek to cultivate an environment in which both Barclays and my colleagues can achieve their goals. I believe that in order to succeed both the company and its employees need to achieve a sense of fulfilment.

 

How have these expectations been met or exceeded? 

Barclays has always given me assignments that have required me to challenge my abilities. This has taught me that I always need to try my hardest, and it has helped me to continue to progress and develop in my career.


Who do you work with on a day-to-day basis?

My department provides products across all asset classes. Therefore we interact with product desks and research teams worldwide on a daily basis. We also develop new products, and therefore work with Legal, Compliance, Accounting and HR as well. We have opportunities to communicate with people from all over the world; Asia, North America, South America and Europe. We have an excellent team spirit and I very much enjoy my role.

 

Can you describe your typical day? What are the key challenges you face?

Every day for me is different, and I always look forward to waking up to new challenges. Every day I enjoy learning, new experiences and developing as a professional.

 

What advice would you give a prospective graduate starter?

Over the past several years, the finance industry has changed significantly, and has faced significant challenges. However, it is exciting to work in an environment in which the business has adjusted in order to meet these challenges. The constant need to adapt is one of the things that makes the business exciting and attractive.  I would advise prospective graduates to have their future and the future prospects of a business in mind, and not to make judgments solely based on the current situation.

 

What do you believe are the key skills you need to do your role?         

I believe you need to value the things you do, and always seek to improve. Do better today than yesterday, and do even better tomorrow than today. Use your creativity and try new things everyday in order to create more business opportunities. 

 

What does success with Barclays look like to you?

I aim to achieve great success in my career as a Japanese in this large international company.  I also hope to help my colleagues to develop, and for them to achieve great success together with me.

 

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Sahiba

Functions

People here are respectful and very willing to help.

Why did you choose Barclays and why did you choose the area of the business you are working in?

I chose Barclays because of the people that I met before joining the firm.  Everyone had a friendly attitude and gave positive feedback about the working culture here.  Being a people person, I felt it was most fitting to work in Operations, specifically the middle office where we have the opportunity to interact with different divisions on a daily basis. 


How have these expectations been met or exceeded?

Barclays has done a good job in recruiting talent from all kinds of cultures and backgrounds.  It not only adds diversity to the environment, but also nurtures a friendly and open-minded way of thinking.  People here are respectful and very willing to help. This allows any new joiner to feel part of the community and receive the support they need to build a career with Barclays.  It really comes to show why our clients from all over the world come to us.

 

What happens on the graduate programme?

The graduate programme is designed to help graduates prepare and develop their career in Investment Banking.  Depending on the department, the length of the programme varies. It begins with a few weeks of training in either London or New York, where there is an opportunity to meet with other graduates from different regions.  It involves introductory classes for products and financial maths, quizzes, team projects and a final examination. 

Upon successfully passing the exam, graduates resume work in their designated locations and teams.  In Operations, graduates have two 9-month rotations, in which they can explore different roles.  During this time, they are also given a team of graduates from other regions to work with on presentation with a relevant topic of their choice.  A final presentation is done on video conference in front of global senior management and stakeholders.

At the end of the programme, Operations graduates have the opportunity to choose their role for permanent placement.  Ift there is a vacancy in their preferred team, graduates will be positioned accordingly.


Can you describe your typical day?

IMO is the first line of support for Sales and Trading and is responsible for T0 trade capture assistance, amendments and other real-time desk support functions. Products that are covered by the team include, USD and JPY swaps, US Treasuries, XXCY, Swaptions, Inflation swaps and Exotics.  

A typical day begins at 8am, where the first check is the start of day P and L for trading along with trade break reports and queries that have been raised by other regions overnight.

During the day there is intensive focus on trade capture, validation, valuation, query management, regulatory related exception monitoring and direct involvement in regular industry wide exercises such as trade compressions and the default management process for multiple clearing houses.

At the end of day, IMO provides each trading desk with its final T0 P and L. Trading must provide sign-off once they confirm that the results are in line with their flash.


What do you enjoy most about your role?

Definitely the opportunity to learn something new on a daily basis.  In the last two years, the Derivatives business has changed rapidly in terms of market practices due to regulatory reforms under Dodd-Frank and EMIR.  In this environment, IMO has taken tremendous initiative to learn, contribute, and drive related projects, whilst educating both the business and clients on new requirements.

There have been many long days and challenging moments, but the team has gained confidence from its stakeholders and a reputation as the go-to team. This makes the effort fulfilling. 

 

What do you believe are the key skills you need to do your role?   

A person in the middle office must have strong communications skills, be a team player and have the ability to work in high-stress environments.

Due to the nature of the role, IMO is heavily depended on the business and all other Back Office support functions. It has to liaise with different departments on a daily basis to ensure that issues are resolved in the most efficient and risk-controlled manner. 

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Yurina

Finance

[バークレイズを選んだ理由、現在の職種を志望した理由について]

“かたちのないもの”を営業することの難しさを体感したいと思ったからです。幼いころより技術者だった父を見てきた私は、ものづくりに対してぼんやりと憧れがありました。自分で生み出したものを世に広める仕事ができたら、なんと素敵だろうと。そして、一方で何も産み出していないのに存在する金融という世界が非常に奇妙に思えて、最初は嫌悪感さえありました。ただ、就職活動を進めていくうちに、かたちのないものを営業することに対する覚悟やプライドを社員の方から感じて、惹かれていきました。“かたちのないもの”を売りこんでいくというのは、おそらく大変なのだと思いましたが、と同時にそんな厳しい状況で成功することができたらどんなに達成感があるだろう、と思ったのが金融業界での就職を決めた理由でした。

[仕事内容について教えてください]

日本国債を、金融法人の方に売買していただく際の仲介役をしています。主なお客様は、個人投資家ではなく、銀行や生命保険会社など、個人や企業の資金を使って運用する機関投資家です。彼らに対して、自分の担当プロダクトである国債を、バークレイズと相対して売買していただくように営業しています。また、社外のお客様以外にも、社内の様々な部署(値付けをするトレーダー、リサーチ、もちろんチームメンバー、さらにITを含むインフラストラクチャー部門など)の方と幅広く円滑にコミュニケーションをとることも仕事のひとつです。

[トレーニングについて]

英語が流暢ではなかった私ですが、入社前に150時間を超える英語個人レッスンの機会がありました(当時の同業他社対比多かった)。入社後も引き続き英語レッスンがあったのと、夏にはロンドン本社にて世界中の同期が集まっての研修プログラムがありました。英語での研修であったということももちろんですが、普段なら顔をあわせることのない海外の同期と知り合いになる機会を得たことは非常に貴重な経験だったと今でも思っています。

[仕事をする上で重要なことは]

素直であることだと思います。まだ経験が浅いうちは、先輩社員からはもちろんお客様にも教えていただく機会が本当に多いです。そのときに、いただいた言葉を素直に消化できればよいのかなと。ただ、ここでいう”素直”とは“鵜呑みにする”ということではありません。もちろん、自分の中で納得できる形で飲み込むことが必要です。

また、新人に仕事上で“ずうずうしい”なんてないのかなと。与えられるのを待つだけではいけないということを学びました。疑問に思ったことを聞いてみるなど、積極的に自分からかかわりをもつ姿勢が非常に大切だと思います。どの社員も優しいですが、皆さんそれぞれの担当もあるため常に周りの新入社員に気遣うほどの余裕があるとは限りません。実際、一見すごくこわそうなのに話しかけてみると非常に気さくに質問に答えてくださったことが何度もありました。そういう点で、“こうなったらどうしよう”という恐れは不要なのだなと実感しました。積極的にかかわろうとする後輩には、教えたいな、知ってほしいな、という気持ちがわいてくるものだと思います。

 [応募者へのアドバイス]

やはり素直であること、これに尽きると思います。即戦力などといわれますが、学校を出たばかりの学生が社会人として即刻馴染むことができるとは到底思いません。何度も失敗し、そのたびにアドバイスをもらい、先輩や上司、時には同期にもヒントをもらいながら学んでいくのだと思います。そのときに突っぱねてしまってはもったいない。自分に向けられた態度や言葉を素直に受け止め、今後の自分のために活かせることが何より大事ではないかと思います。素直に反応してくれる後輩には、何かアドバイスしたくなるものだと思います。

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Elaine

Sales

I update clients on markets, exchange views and ideas with them and execute trades.

Why did you choose Barclays and why did you choose the area of the business you are working in?

I chose Barclays because it’s a global bank with a strong presence in both Asia and Fixed Income. Being in Fixed Income sales allows me to interact with my clients and to discuss and exchange both market and macro views.

How would you describe your business area to a prospective candidate:

The Distribution team is the front-line of Barclays Global Market Department that interacts with clients in terms of trades execution and market views discussion.

How are Barclays values (Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Stewardship) brought to life where you work? What do they mean to you?

All of these important values have to be demonstrated when interacting with clients and colleagues.

What are the main things your area is doing / you are doing to take Barclays into the future?

Quite simply, providing a top-tier service to all clients. 

What were your initial expectations of what it would be like to work at Barclays?

I expected Barclays to have a very diversified and friendly working environment where everyone strives to perform at their best.

How have these expectations been met or exceeded?

My expectations have been fully met for the past 2 years I’ve been working at Barclays.

Who do you work with on a day-to-day basis?

Other sales intra- and inter-teams, traders, the risk management team, the operations team and the legal & compliance teams.

What happens on the graduate programme?

I first worked with my team for one week to familiarize myself with the working environment. Then I went on a training program in London with other graduates from other parts of Asia and Europe in the Global Markets and Risk Management Departments.

Can you describe your typical day? What are the key challenges you face?

On a day to day basis, I update clients on markets, exchange views and ideas with them and execute trades. The key challenges are the high pressure to face everyday constraints on multiple time and risk parameters.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The sense of achievement after each successful trade and the opportunity to meet and interact with different people inside and outside the company.

What advice would you give a prospective graduate starter?

Be open-minded and try to absorb as much as you can while you’re still new to the business.

What do you believe are the key skills you need to do your role?

I think the key skills are patience, attention to detail, intelligence and interpersonal skills.

How would you describe the training and mentoring you receive?

It’s great to have all of my colleagues as my mentors and the internal training courses that Barclays provide have been consistently helpful.

What does success with Barclays look like to you?

Success with Barclays would definitely be an important stage for my career and personal growth.

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Jevan

Trading

Barclays was an easy choice, being the top house for global rates and one of the world’s biggest participants in the FX market.

Why did you choose Barclays and why did you choose the area of the business you are working in?

As someone who had a keen interest for macroeconomics and global news, it made a lot of sense to trade an area where it’s all about macro. Barclays was an easy choice, being the top house for global rates and one of the world’s biggest participants in the FX market.

What are you doing in your area to bring the TRANSFORM Programme to life?

I often seek advice from other areas of the organisation to generate diversity of opinion, which often leads to a better client outcome, trade idea, or streamlining of processes. It’s critically important to uphold the integrity of capital markets; in my role this means doing the right thing and upholding ethical practices in the way we conduct ourselves in the interbank market. 

By ensuring best execution along with timely and accurate pricing for client flow, I’m helping deliver our promise on Service, and I’m constantly learning and thriving for Excellence. Upholding the firm’s core values helps attract the right kind of people and leaves Barclays a stronger institution.

How would you describe your business area to a prospective candidate?

Incredibly fast-paced and intellectually challenging. Our desk in Sydney trades interest rate and FX products for AUD and NZD, including swaps, FRAs, cross-currency basis, swaptions, Government and Semi-Government bonds, FX forwards and listed-rate futures. The FX Forwards team in Asia, including Singapore and Tokyo, trades FX forwards and short-end rates for other G10 currencies and are a key part of the Barclays FICC franchise.

How are Barclays values (Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Stewardship) brought to life where you work? What do they mean to you?

The values are very much a part of how we do business on our desk, right from idea origination and fully engaging with clients down to the process and technology improvements that will help guide the bank into the future. I think everyone has a set of good core values but harmonising them at a firm-wide level and linking performance to how well these values are upheld fosters a drive towards everyone in the organisation doing the right thing. At their core I think the five values just encompass all the qualities the public expects of an upstanding corporate citizen.

What are the main things your area is doing / you are doing to take Barclays into the future?

A large part of the future of trading is about electronic dealing. In FX, new industry first developments to our BARX platform, such as efficient swaps, dealer portfolios and cross discounting, are pioneering and have been well received by our client base. In rates, we are constantly developing new electronic quoting and dealing technology to make it easier for our clients to trade and to reduce human input error. 

What were your initial expectations of what it would be like to work at Barclays?

Coming from a public policy background I expected the work would be a lot more intense with decisions needing to be made quickly with fast reaction to new information. I expected I would receive a lot of on the job training and be surrounded by extremely intelligent people who would be great to learn from.

How have these expectations been met or exceeded?

The learning curve for rate technicals was more like a wall than any form of curve, but thankfully the quality of the team that I work with is outstanding and I received a huge amount of support and attention to get up to speed. In addition to all the on the job training, the structured training programmes as part of the graduate programme were very helpful and comprehensive.

Who do you work with on a day-to-day basis?

We work with global distribution teams in FX and Rates to liaise with our clients on pricing and execution, along with the Risk Solutions Group to structure trades for corporates. We deal closely with infrastructure and technology staff to ensure the smooth functioning of our risk, trade capture and control systems. Additionally, we deal with other market participants through electronic trading networks or the interbank broker market.

What happens on the graduate programme?

Generalist and technical training in London for two months, networking across the bank with graduates from all areas of the bank throughout the globe, continuing professional education and a Singapore training programme for graduates in the APAC region.

Can you describe your typical day? What are the key challenges you face?

My typical day involves catching up on overnight news and market movements, pricing client flow, managing the risks across a few product books and market-making prices in the interbank market to provide market liquidity. The two biggest challenges are, one, interpreting how new information and news will impact our markets and, two, remaining highly competitive in terms of providing the best prices and execution for our clients 

What do you enjoy most about your role?

A huge amount of responsibility, freedom and accountability that means I own my decisions and have to deal with the consequences, good or bad.

What advice would you give a prospective graduate starter?

Try to do as much research as possible before applying for an area so that you understand what the job involves. It often takes people a long time to work out what they really want out of a job, but getting closer to the answer from day one is a good start.

What do you believe are the key skills you need to do your role?

If working in banking is like running a marathon, Trading is like a sprint. It involves intense periods of stress and mental activity and requires an ability to manage pressures, make quick decisions, and prioritise information.

How would you describe the training and mentoring you receive?

The training programme is extremely intensive, right from the two months in London to continuing professional education and on the job learning. It leaves you with a very broad set of skills to take on 90% of the problems you would encounter at work, and the lateral thinking ability for the other 10%.

What does success with Barclays look like to you?

Success is making a positive difference in the world in whatever shape I can. Barclays gives me the chance to do that by being actively involved in the world’s financial markets in a big way.

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Anuj

Structuring

It isn’t hard to notice that all employees treat not only the Clients with respect, but also hold each other in high regard.

Why did you choose Barclays and why did you choose the area of the business you are working in?

I interned with Barclays the Summer before I joined full time, and I absolutely loved working with the people here. When Barclays offered me a job, there was no way I’d give up such a brilliant opportunity to do something I like doing, with the people I had fun working with.

What are you doing in your area to bring the Transform Programme to life?

The transform programme is brought to life in my role by strict adherence to the Barclays values. We approach our work with the highest levels of integrity in what we do. In a Structuring role, there are several adjustable aspects for which, whilst designing a structure, one might be tempted to over-complicate or overcharge. This would not be doing things in the right way for the Client, and we therefore make a conscious effort to review each other’s work constantly in order to ensure we don’t fall into those traps.

Another of the Barclays’ values which comes very naturally to most Barclays employees is Respect. It isn’t hard to notice that all employees treat not only the Clients with respect, but also hold each other in high regard.

How would you describe your business area to a prospective candidate?

I work with EFS which is the Equity Derivatives team in Barclays. Our key task is to innovate and price Equity Derivative Structures. It’s important to note that investors are shifting to an investment framework which is not overly complicated. So, when we design structures, we should keep in mind that it should be an effective product whilst at the same time simple enough for investors to understand.

How are Barclays' values (Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Stewardship) brought to life where you work? What do they mean to you?

I believe values are instilled in a person, but the propagation of values in Barclays is a good reminder of ideal professional conduct at a time when several issues in the banking industry are coming to light. The banking industry does need to fight the perception being created in the minds of the general public, and we will only be able to do this if we ourselves live the values we want to display. 

The Barclays’ values are very basic behaviours which one must live by, and I strive hard to achieve these in my dealings whether internally in Barclays or externally to other people.

What are the main things your area is doing / you are doing to take Barclays into the future?

The main steps we’re taking that will help Barclays into the future are proposing products to Clients which are beneficial to them in the long term, and which will make the Clients want to come back to Barclays for more solutions. At the same time, we also keep a keen eye that we’re not taking risks onto our own trading books that could lead to significant losses, and make us unprofitable

What were your initial expectations of what it would be like to work at Barclays?

I had read a lot of books on the banking industry and seen a few documentaries, which showed the environment in a bank to be pretty ruthless. To my surprise, when I interned with Barclays, I realised that there was a huge difference in what I had been led to expect and what I saw, and I liked what I saw a lot more.

How have these expectations been met or exceeded?

I interned in Singapore, and joined a different team in Hong Kong. I was hoping that my team was as fun and congenial as the one in Singapore. These expectations have been exponentially exceeded, as the more time you spend with your colleagues, the better it gets.

In terms of work, even as a Graduate in my first year, I was given more responsibility than I had expected. The tasks were challenging and simulating, and that goes a long way in building a strong career.

Who do you work with on a day-to-day basis?

I work in the Trading (Structuring) division of EFS. Due to the extent of my coverage, my daily work involves working with Sales across the globe and discussing Sales’ needs with the traders. As the trades require a lot more work than simple execution, I do interact with my colleagues in middle office extensively as well. 

What happens on the graduate programme?

An important feature of the graduate programme in Barclays is that you join your desk full-time and work as a regular employee while undergoing graduate training. This helps in building a strong rapport with the team right from the graduate year.

Apart from the work on the desk, we undergo several training sessions planned for us by the graduate development team. The highlight of the training sessions was the month-long training that we received in London. It was a great opportunity to meet fellow graduates from across the globe, brush up on the technical skills relevant for the job and certainly to roam around London and UK a little. 

Towards the end of the graduate year, the graduates in Asia again get an opportunity to meet up for a shorter training session in Singapore. All in all, I am very happy with the development opportunities I’ve received in my graduate year at Barclays. 

Can you describe your typical day? What are the key challenges you face?

My tasks in a typical day involve working with several Sales teams who relay Client requests to us. We in turn discuss the Client’s needs with the traders. This is followed up with pricing the Client’s requests or designing structures as per their needs. Another key task is to come up with innovative Structures that we can suggest to Clients in order to help them take advantage of the prevailing market conditions.

The key challenges we face are being accurate in our pricing. As we work in the exotics group, there are a lot of moving parts in the Structure and it is important to understand the risks that we take on to the trading books. Another key challenge is to be agile in creating products that are relevant to the market conditions and that will position Clients to take advantage of those conditions.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy coming up with ideas, as it is challenging and extremely stimulating for the mind. Apart from just the idea, we need to check the feasibility of trading and investing. We then pitch the idea to Sales who in turn pitch it to Clients.

But to be honest, what I enjoy the most about coming to work is coming to a bunch of people who are not only excellent at what they do, but are an amazingly congenial and fun group to work with.

What advice would you give a prospective graduate starter?

The most important piece of advice I’d give to a prospective graduate is that he should be able to enjoy the work he is doing. It could potentially become a bit stressful at times, if you’re not really enjoying the work or allow yourself to get bogged down with the roadblocks. However, if you like the work you’re doing, you’ll be able to take the challenges in your stride and learn from them. 

What do you believe are the key skills you need to do your role?

This may sound a bit clichéd but the key skills in my role (Structuring) are to be quick on your feet, accurate and precise in your work and innovative in coming up with new ideas.

The other skill that’s critical to any role is the ability to get along with people well. Our roles are so interconnected that if you can’t get along with people, it will be very difficult to be fruitful in your daily tasks.

How would you describe the training and mentoring you receive?

The training and development opportunities that we received in our graduate year were top quality and I thoroughly enjoyed each of the sessions that were planned for us.

From the facilitators to the overseas visits, to the activities planned, the programme was thorough and will always remain a key part of my graduate year.

What does success with Barclays look like to you?

Success with Barclays to me, as our CEO Antony Jenkins says, is to become the ‘Go To’ Bank. In my role, we’ll achieve this if we can constantly suggest good products to our Clients, provide the best standards of service and maintain good relations with them. At the same time, maintaining the highest standards of integrity is crucial to me, as I believe only an honest organisation should and will be able to succeed in the long run. 

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Lars

Banking

Barclays has an incredible group of very talented people who constantly challenge you to perform.

Why did you choose Barclays and why did you choose the area of the business you are working in?

I had been working in investment banking for more than 10 years (in London, Mumbai and Sydney) when the opportunity came four years ago to join Barclays in Sydney, Australia. I was really excited about the opportunity because I saw a bank which was attracting great talent and growing its franchise and platform outside its core markets, being the US and UK. I love investment banking because of its fast pace, the team work and the client-centric focus. 


What are you doing in your area to bring the Transform Program to life?

For me, the Transform Programme is a journey to become a better bank: a better client-service organisation and a better place to work. It is not about changing the past upside down, but providing a framework for how to best conduct business. We are a large organisation with very different business areas, and it is important to have a common set of principles on which we base our decisions and actions. I bring the Transform Programme to life through strong leadership; showing my team the direction, motivating them to do the journey and also to enjoy it along the way.

How would you describe your business area to a prospective candidate?

In banking we work with corporate clients, financial institutions and financial sponsors to help them achieve their ambitions. This means giving strategic advice and providing capital markets and risk management products and solutions. My group focuses on industrial, power & utilities clients in Asia Pacific, which are a very diverse client base and a frequent user of investment banking services and products. 

The great thing about working on investment banking projects is that it usually involves team members from various groups of the bank (e.g. capital markets, sector coverage, M&A, credit, financing etc.), and the projects are fast paced and challenging and are often transformational for the clients you work for.


How are Barclays' values (Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Stewardship) brought to life where you work? What do they mean to you?    

I believe that after we defined the Barclays’ values, they have become more and more ingrained into our daily work routines. I often find myself going back to the values to take guidance from them when making tough decisions.


What are the main things your area is doing / you are doing to take Barclays into the future?

Live our values, attract top talent to our business and execute for our clients. 


What were your initial expectations of what it would be like to work at Barclays?

 A good, dynamic and fun place to work.    


How have these expectations been met or exceeded?

Exceeded. Barclays has an incredible group of very talented people who constantly challenge you to perform. 


Who do you work with on a day-to-day basis?    

My immediate team in the Industrials, Power & Utilities group, my product partners (LCM, DCM, ECM and RSG), my country colleagues (China team, Sydney, Tokyo, Mumbai and Singapore offices).


Can you describe your typical day? What are the key challenges you face?    

There is really no typical day. I work with a wide variety of clients from many different countries who have different needs in terms of banking products and services. Key challenges for me are deciding where to spend my time and focus as the opportunities are many.


What do you enjoy most about your role?    

Being surrounded by so many talented, diverse and interesting colleagues. 


What advice would you give a prospective graduate starter?    

Ask questions. Be diligent. Prioritize. Work efficiently. Enjoy! 


How would you describe the training and mentoring you receive?    

Very comprehensive. At my level, the training is less focused on the technical topics, and more on the regulatory and leadership aspects of my role. I have been very impressed with the quality of the Leadership Academy sessions we have had to date.

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Sue

Research

The two things I most enjoy about my role are the ability to shape research and the opportunity to think about investment theses.

Why did you choose Barclays and why did you choose the area of the business you are working in?

Asia ex-Japan equities and research has always been a passion of mine. Given Barclays’ strong positioning in economics and fixed income, I saw the opportunity in equity research. The industry has tended to work in silos across asset classes.

How would you describe your business area to a prospective candidate?

Extremely dynamic.

How are Barclays values (Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Stewardship) brought to life where you work? What do they mean to you?

Every aspect of these values is brought to life in our business as we deal with a variety of stakeholders, both internal and external. Personally, these values are intuitive, the ones I always try to cultivate.

Who do you work with on a day-to-day basis?

Research analysts, research management, sales traders, research sales team, other sales teams (e.g. equity and funds structured markets (EFS), derivatives), research teams from other regions.

Can you describe your typical day? What are the key challenges you face?

Arrive to the office at 06:30am, host the morning meeting, hit the sales desk straight afterwards and work on publications and investment ideas with analysts and the sales team.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

First, the ability to shape research. Second, the opportunity to think about investment theses and interact with analysts.

What advice would you give a prospective graduate starter?

Be hungry, do everything, learn everything.

What do you believe are the key skills you need to do your role?

The ability to absorb large amounts of information, be organised, understand the fundamentals and technicals, communication skills, soft skills and, of course, a real interest in the markets, companies and business.

How would you describe the training and mentoring you receive?

Someone is always willing to help if you need it. 

What does success with Barclays look like to you?

Entering the top 10 in research within the next 1-2 years. 

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