Funds Industry Profile 6: Elliott Moore, Specialist, Risk & Valuation at Citco10 December 2018
This is the sixth profile in a series of 12 profiles we will be publishing over the next three months to highlight professionals, their career paths and their experiences working in the funds industry. We interviewed professionals in a variety of firms, areas and roles in order to give a broad view of their experiences and the opportunities in the industry.
Elliott Moore, Risk & Valuation Specialist at Citco talks about where he studied, why he chose the funds industry, and what he enjoys most about his job. He also shares what he's learned so far and what he would say to someone considering working in the industry.
Describe your background, What did you study?
I studied Finance at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating with a first class honours. I gained as much experience as I could through internships across many areas of finance including Morgan Stanley, the Financial Times, and of course – Citco.
As a recent graduate, why Funds?
I had a 15 month industrial placement in the Citco Risk & Valuation team during my 3rd year of university. I enjoyed and learnt so much I was very keen to come back. My manager was excellent at keeping in contact and offered me the opportunity to return after graduation.
When you joined Citco from college what were your first impressions?
It’s a very comfortable and friendly working environment; flexible working hours, paid overtime, free drinks/breakfast, lounge area.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I love the encouragement and free reign to pursue projects that I believe will be of benefit to the team, such as; masterclasses, lunch & learns and R&D. I’ve a lot of control over what I want to learn, and this allows me to take responsibility for my own work and career development.
What is the best lesson you have learned during your career in Funds?
Never to just click buttons, always ask what is going on behind them. Dig into things you don’t understand and don’t be afraid to propose new solutions.
What would you say to someone who is thinking of working in Funds?
For the team I work in, a finance background serves as a great foundation to develop more quantitative skills. Bloomberg seminars are encouraged, CFA study is supported, and I’m constantly developing programming skills on a daily basis. Citco is great in that the direction of your personal development is very much up to you.