Girls in Finance

Daisy-May Andrew, BNP Paribas

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Daisy joined BNP Paribas in September 2016 as a Graduate on the FXLM Trading Desk. After rolling off the Graduate program, Daisy joined the G10 FX Spot Trading Desk where she is responsible for providing liquidity and market colour to BNP Paribas clients in her Market Maker capacity.

Aside from her day to Daisy also sponsors the FXLM & Commodities Global Markets Academy for Graduate Development alongside sitting on the Initiative 600 committee aimed at promoting volunteering and corporate responsibility across Global Markets.

Further to this she is a member of the Women in Global Markets board at BNP Paribas focusing largely on early career recruitment – helping to get women through the doors. To aid this, she has most recently taken on the role of Co-Sponsor for the Summer Internship program.

Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Daisy completed a Summer Internship at Citi Bank. Daisy has an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London.

We are super excited to interview her today, thanks Daisy for joining us!

Please tell us a little about yourself/ your journey from graduate to now?

I studied Mechanical Engineering at university, but before even starting I knew I didn’t want to be an engineering. I did a Year in Industry before uni in Medical Device Technology engineering, which despite being pretty interesting, and definitely fulfilling, was just far too slow paced. I realised then that my degree wasn’t going to be vocational in the normal sense. I started exploring different options, not really sure what I wanted to do and eventually landed a summer internship at a bank – which I hated a vowed to never go back. In final year took a “apply everywhere and what will be will be” approach, but met someone whilst stealing a pen at a careers fair who worked at BNPP. I agreed to come along to an event and was just amazing by the culture. One thing led to another and that’s where I’ve been since. I joined straight onto the G10 Spot Trading desk, and fairly quickly my team started dropping like flies, and within a few months I was alone on the desk

What are you doing in the D&I space?

Member of the Woman in Global Markets board, largely focusing on early stage recruitment. We find that we just have less female applicants, so in order to try and reach “quotas” we either lower our standards for women, or go out and actively recruit women. Making an effort to structure assessment centres in such a way as to avoid women underperforming as a result of intimidation or an unwillingness to speak up. Ensuring female assessors. This runs for not just women, but also non-finance/economic students and ethnic minorities.

How did you make sure you stood out of the crowd?

Wasn’t hard.. I was the only women in a team of 50! No, in honesty, I think being proactive about changing and improving things, networking and taking advantage of opportunities and putting yourself out there from the get go. Trying to be involved with as many initiatives as possible to create exposure to senior management.

What was the most important thing that helped you land your current role?

n/a genuinely – that I’m a woman…

What advice would you offer to others interested in doing a similar role as yourself?

Don’t be put off by how the outside world views trading and traders. It’s different once you’re here. Admittedly it’s an adjustment working with mainly men, and also realising that for the time-being the more feminine ways of showing anger and sadness (largely crying) are seen as unprofessional and weak, yet more masculine outbursts (shouting and slamming the table) are seen as passionate. Although I believe this is starting to change and the old-school loud/rude traders are being criticised and placed in their box more and more.

What tips would you offer those looking to climb the ladder?

Build your network. Ensure you have mentors, sponsors and just people that are “pro-you”. Finance is a fast moving business with a huge employee turnover, so its worth making sure you have enough people to support and guide you in difficult times. Pay it forward – help those coming in as much as possible – my grandad always say “help those on your way up as you’re sure to meet them on your way down”. Also, if you see something that you think can be improved, try to change it… I think often people are worried about being too junior to make a difference, but often a fresh set of eyes is needed.

How do you make sure you have a good balance of home and work life, especially during COVID-19?

I have in general been fairly fortunate that my hours are pretty regular, finishing around 5 every day and with no dependents means my work-life balance is pretty good. Saying this, I think the key is to be as flexible as possible. My boss is very relaxed, so I generally have nicer and more flexible working hours than most…

What's next for your career?

Having been in my role for 3.5 yrs I’m not looking for a new opportunity. Keeping my eyes open for new opportunities and spending time talking to people about what they do to try and figure out what would be a good fit. Looking at senior people who’ve succeeded they have all actively looked for new roles every 3 or 4 years. Ideally I would like to move into a more management focused role, but to do so need to develop my market & product knowledge.