Head of Market Making
Just four years after joining Tibra as a graduate, Adam was presented with the opportunity to take up the position of the Head of the Market Making team, relocating from London to our stunning Austinmer office. He tells us his story.
Tell us about how you came to join Tibra?
I completed both my undergraduate degree and PhD in Mathematics at Manchester University. I moved to London and joined as an entry level quant trader and initially started looking at volatility – its price and dynamics. I found it fascinating, but there was also natural variety and progression in the role depending on what set of products we as a firm were focused on.
How did you make it to a senior role so quickly?
After about 2.5 years I started taking on more management responsibilities. It started by supporting some of the incoming grads, mentoring them and showing them the ropes. I found being a part of their growth and success rewarding and motivating. It helped me to grow and develop my own work. I started to work with other functions in the business: traders, developers and operational components, that gave me a deeper understanding of our whole set up.
How did the new role come about?
I had cut my teeth on a couple of junior management roles and they had gone well. When the existing Head of Market Making decided to move on, I was approached as their potential successor. While some might think me a little young for the role, Chris Udy (our CEO) didn’t see this as a barrier. Of course, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands!
And the opportunity to move to Australia?
Chris felt I was the right person for the job and made it clear they would fully support me, if I was for up for the making the move. That’s very much the culture here: it’s about choosing the right person for the job or task and then making that happen. It was a big commitment, but the opportunity to experience working and living in a different country was too good to pass up.
How did you manage the move?
To be honest, it wasn’t too hard. Tibra sponsored me fully – organising all the visas, accommodation and getting me over here. This meant I could concentrate on spending time with friends and family and preparing for my new life.
How are you finding life in Austinmer?
It’s a unique place. The pictures don’t do it justice, but I can honestly say that it’s the best office I have worked in. There’s a chilled, relaxed vibe and I’m loving the outdoor lifestyle. The setting and the space really help create dynamism and energy.
But it’s not all beaches, scenery and cycling?
Not at all. As much as the lifestyle is great, I made the move primarily for the professional opportunities. The work is challenging – we’re operating in some of the toughest markets in the world – and I find that hugely motivating.
What would you say to someone else considering taking the plunge?
Everyone’s circumstances are different. But for me personally it’s been a fantastic opportunity to develop professionally while seeing and experiencing a different part of the world. So, it’s difficult not to recommend.
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