Anuj Kundarap

MSc Management, 2012 
Analyst, HTS Global Banking and Markets Technology, HSBC

How did you choose your career?

I chose to study at the LSE as it allowed me to showcase my skills and talents to a plethora of employers from the financial services field in London. London is the financial epicentre of the world and I gained much knowledge and experience at LSE to mould my profile and find a position in this sector. Investment banking has huge scope for technology to be increasingly used. With regulation and economic challenges globally, there is tremendous demand for skilled technical labour. Being surrounded by bright minds at LSE was stimulating. Coming from India, I had very few options in the financial sector as compared to London. My excellent colleagues at LSE helped me overcome my lack of exposure to this field, and position myself well to be chosen by HSBC.

Why did you choose to join HSBC?

HSBC is a global behemoth, which brings an opportunity of becoming part of a diverse, organisation with strong ethics and a bright future. HSBC is synonymous with stability and has a strong presence in developing markets, which has seen it thrive in the economic downturn. Opportunities are never lacking because of its sheer expanse. I am motivated by the opportunity to explore different world cultures and learn about the diversity the world has to offer. HSBC is present in so many countries, that not only does it give me an opportunity to visit these places, but it also helps me connect to these places virtually, and hence I feel I am a global citizen. My current project impacts on HSBC operations in over 25 countries and I am in touch daily with overseas colleagues.

What’s your current role and what are you expected to achieve?

I work as an analyst in the Balance Sheet Management team at HSBC where I identify and design a global process to make the HSBC benchmark submissions more bullet-proof. As the LIBOR-fixing process in London has come under a lot of scrutiny in recent times, HSBC has stepped up its measures to prevent such activity globally and to maintain the highest standards of integrity.

What has been your most significant achievement at work?

The work I do is critical and I can see the impact of the decisions I take every day. As I am the only analyst in the team, HSBC has shown tremendous faith in my abilities and has given me all the necessary support to do a good job and stay motivated.

Your most challenging task?

In the global benchmarking project, it is very difficult to standardise a process for over 25 countries where there is a difference in the business, culture, user levels, language and also regulation in each country. While a ‘one size fits all’ approach is almost impossible to achieve, it is pleasing but also extremely challenging when your colleagues turn to you to find the best possible process, which will become an HSBC global standard.

What are the best and worst aspects of the job?

The pace and responsibility are the best aspects of the job. There is a steep learning curve and you have to be extremely good at what you do. This job is not for people who are unsure of their career paths.

How do you see your career progressing?

I see myself gaining experience and developing expertise in business analysis and project management while further progressing to become a manager myself. I feel I have the skills and knowledge to take the critical decisions expected of managers at HSBC.

What makes you good at your job?

Communication skills and the ability to lead as well as to serve. It is critical to know that you have to lead your project and your colleagues in the team in order to make sure that the work gets done, timelines are met and morale stays high. However, it is also critical to know that you are serving your customers and clients and you cannot let your success, position or even your personal life affect the way you handle this.

What is your best piece of advice for LSE students wanting to embark on a career in your organisation or line of work?

Work hard and success will follow. Apply early for a Spring Insight Programme or a Summer Programme. Also look at opportunities to attend Insight Days, which will give you a good understanding of a firm’s culture, which is extremely important when identifying a graduate employer.

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Anuj Kundarap