Emily Jolliffe, from our Investment Bank, takes us through her typical work day, showing how she and her team give clients access to innovative solutions ranging from market and insight tools to trading strategies and execution.
In 2018, our Investment Bank (IB) increased its adjusted operating profit before tax by 21 percent on a year-on-year basis. Some of the world's most respected corporations, institutions, governments and wealth managers work with us. The reason for this is how we work with our clients.
Together with seven colleagues from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds, Emily Jolliffe works in the European Prime Brokerage Sales team, which is part of Global Financing Services within the Global Equities division of the IB.
From biomedical science to a career in finance
She joined the graduate training program in 2015 and has been with the bank for just over four years. Prior to working at UBS, Emily studied biomedical science at University College London (UCL). After three years at UCL, she was ready to pursue a new challenge in a different industry. She found that the analytical thinking skills she had developed while studying biomedical science were transferrable, and could prove useful in a career in finance.
Her walk to work is only 20 minutes and she arrives at the office just before 8 a.m.
The European Prime Brokerage Sales team facilitates financing services for hedge funds, providing the platform, infrastructure and core operational services to our hedge fund client base to allow clients to carry out their investment objectives in an efficient manner. As a prime broker, the team also connects clients with various teams across the Equities business, including the execution desks and Equity Capital Markets, as well as UBS Asset Management and Global Wealth Management.
I love my job because I get to interact with a broad range of people.
Networking in and outside of UBS
"I love my job because I get to interact with a broad range of people, both internally and externally," Emily says and adds: "We’re expected to have a broad internal network so we can help our clients navigate the firm, and showcase the best UBS has to offer. While the role and business is very technical, I also get a significant amount of client exposure."
Normally she lunches at her desk, unless she is out seeing a client. When she gets the chance, she heads to a spin class in the 5 Broadgate gym, in our London office. "Sports help merefocus for an afternoon of work." she says.
On the origination side, Emily's team is responsible for researching new hedge fund launches and pitching to established managers looking for additional providers. The team supports a variety of hedge funds across different strategies, including equity long / short funds, quant funds, event-driven and macro funds.
She leaves work around 7 p.m. and makes her way home through the same city where she studied and began building her career. And, yes, if you're curious, she still reads the occasional science journal.