Funds Industry Profile 2: Zhuriqa Jalil, Client Services Team Leader at BBH12 November 2018
This is the second 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.
Zhuriqa Jalil, Client Services Team Leader at Brown Brothers Harriman, talks about her current role and the type of work she does, as well as the support and opportunities available. She also discusses her background and education, as well as her continuing career development.
Tell us about your background and role at BBH?
My name is Zhuriqa Jalil and I have been with Brown Brothers Harriman Fund Administration Ireland Limited for a little over 10 years.
Originally from Sarawak, Malaysia, I moved to Ireland in 2005 with the intention of completing a degree in accounting and finance. 13 years down the road, I am still in Ireland and I am now ACCA qualified and I recently completed a Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments. With the financial support of the BBH scholarship programme as well as support from my direct manager, I was able to juggle study and being a working mother.
My career with BBH started in the Financial Reporting department, I transitioned over to the Client Service Group around 4 years ago and at the moment I am a Team Leader. Career mobility within BBH is not uncommon, definitely worth keeping in mind if you’re considering a career within the fund industry.
Describe your current role in a nutshell.
In my current role, I am very much client facing and I find it satisfying to be able to match clients’ needs with the services we offer. This means that I have to challenge myself by keeping up to date with regulations and industry developments.
What’s topical or the next big challenge in your line of work?
The fund industry landscape is always changing with new regulations and evolving technology. I make sure I am prepared for these developments through the support and training I receive in-house and by keeping myself up to date with information from Irish Funds and other publications.
In short, I would say the learning never stops!
Tell us about other initiatives and activities that are underway in the funds industry.
In BBH, it is not all about work. We have a number of networking groups (or BANC network as we call them) to support employees in their chosen activities or cause. In Dublin some of the groups include the Asia Link Network, Pride Network, Parenting Network and the Young Professional Network. We even have an in-house toastmasters club!
If I wasn't working at BBH, I would be...
If I were not working at BBH I think I would bake and sell kek lapis, a layered cake very popular in Sarawak!