Get to Know Sameera

Meet Sameera, a Developer at Quantifi. Our Employee Spotlight series features the talented individuals that make up our dynamic team and takes a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to work for Quantifi.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I joined Quantifi as part of the development team in Sydney in January 2021. As a software developer, my role involves implementing new features. The role has required me to gain more in-depth knowledge about instruments, terms and techniques used in the financial field, which is a huge added benefit to working on interesting software engineering problems.

What is an interesting project you’ve worked on?

I spent a few months developing and improving the security of an existing prototype. Before starting this project, I had worked on similar applications, but this involved securing them in a different way. With help from the core team, we were able to achieve what we wanted and implement the desired outcome for future projects of the same nature.

What do you like about Quantifi?

I like learning how real-world financial systems need to work and being part of the implementation. Additionally, I really like the people I work with – from the team in Sydney to our global team. We have very senior people with in-depth product knowledge, along with people who are just starting their careers. Interacting with them every day is very pleasant and enlightening. We all come together to help each other.

I like learning how real-world financial systems need to work and being part of the implementation.

What motivates you to get out of bed for work?

It is the opportunity to work on complex problems with our friendly and capable team. We complete tasks as a team while helping one another and focusing on our road maps, which gives me a sense of accomplishment.

How would you describe your day job to a child?

My job is to create tools that help people in the financial industry analyse their data to manage their risk.

What advice would you give to recent new entrants?

This advice is specially for people who come from a software engineering background, without any formal introduction to financial calculations. It might seem confusing at first with all the technical terms involved in creating financial software, but everyday exposure to these terms will help you get familiar with them and understand how the terminology and techniques fit in a software context. I would also like to point out that there’s really good reading material that can help you jump start your understanding of financial techniques, which your senior colleagues will happily recommend.

What is a fun fact about you?

I love anime. My favourite anime is “One Piece” which has over a thousand episodes. A few years ago, I caught up with the episodes currently airing and started rewatching the series again from the first episode!

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