Why we’ve partnered with WiD UK 2018?

At Schroders, data and technology is at the heart of what we do. A sizeable chunk of our workforce is now in data and technology orientated roles so it’s vital that we all do our bit to help promote careers in data. We’re a committed supporter of gender diversity, so by partnering with Woman in Data UK 2018, we hope to able to showcase why careers in data are vital.

Spotlight on Frederica Caira

Name: Frederica Caira
Job Title: Data Science Developer, Schroders
Education: BSc in Computer Science

My role at Schroders is ‘Data Science Developer’ in the Data Insights Unit, a term which covers a few bases. The team was established in 2014, with an aim of mining insights from alternative data to give fund managers an ‘information edge’ over competitors.

The ‘Developer’ part of my title comprises building reports to deliver insights derived from data to investors, and well as tools to streamline internal team processes. “Insights derived from data” is where ‘Data Science’ comes into play. I consider and apply various statistical techniques, to account for biases and edge cases.

The teamwork attitude in my team encourages discussion, and a fresh set of eyes is valuable when determining what and how to deliver to an investor. I gain great satisfaction from enabling investors to draw conclusions quickly and easily from my work, and it is rewarding to hear when a piece of our analysis results in a positive investment decision, which ultimately benefits Schroders’ clients.

Long term, I would like to take on responsibility for some larger projects. My team is open minded when it comes to progression, and I can steer myself towards people management, or continuing to be a solo contributor with more authority. Two of my fellow female teammates are on secondments in our regional offices, which is something I would love to do. Schroders is also funding my enrolment on a data science course to further sharpen my statistical methods skillset.

Since beginning my Computer Science degree, I have been in the minority, as a woman. I am confident that Schroders will provide me with the opportunities and training to help me go far in the field of data.

How Schroders see the data landscape changing in the UK in the next 5 years

We see the role of the Data Professional increasingly spread from outside its home in data science and innovation teams and into all parts of the business. All the most interesting and challenging problems to solve lie at the overlap of business context and data expertise, where the world of human judgement and technology intersect. Being ‘on the ground’ but with access to good data, modern tools, and a real community of data professionals lets people harness data to unlock huge amounts of value for quality decision-making. That’s why we only recruit people with the ability to work well with others to spot the valuable opportunities, and who are driven by a desire to really make a difference to people – these are the qualities that will make the biggest difference in the future.

About Schroders

As a global investment manager, we help institutions, intermediaries and individuals meet their goals, fulfil their ambitions, and prepare for the future. But as the world changes, so do our clients’ needs. We bring together people and data to spot the trends that will shape the future. This provides a unique perspective which allows us always to invest with conviction. We are responsible for £449.4 billion (€508.2 billion/$593.3 billion)* of assets for our clients, who trust us to deliver sustainable returns. We remain determined to build future prosperity for them, and for all of society.