I meet with Legal & Compliance to discuss the approval of a new trade. Some trades move faster than others as each jurisdiction has different rules that have to be met. Being in a small team of four means I have a higher level of responsibility and a higher profile than many graduates two years into their career. I cover clients in South Asia, which includes India, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand. It’s a big area for one person.
The approvals process brings me into contact with business heads and senior people from across the organisation, in Singapore and beyond. I interact with lots of different departments, probably more than so most roles within the bank. It’s satisfying to be involved from beginning to end. We play a front line role in weeding out risky trades, which benefits the whole bank. I have a privileged position as I get to experience both worlds: dealing with clients and the organisation behind the client relationship.
Later on I meet with Operations to discuss the trading structure we have created and get confirmation that it will flow smoothly through the bank’s systems. It’s not unusual for new processes and system changes to be required to accommodate our trades. Commodities is a relatively new area for Deutsche Bank so the systems environment is still developing. Our ideas are helping to move things forward.