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Quant Shares How She Evaluates and Applies Risk Management in Her Role

Zoe's skills are best utilized when she pushes herself to explore new challenges and opportunities. In this article, she opens up about her career progression, key motivators at work, and handling unpredictable markets as a Quantitative Researcher at DRW.

What are your team's responsibilities?

Most days, my team and I are facilitating transactions around the globe. On those days, I spend most of my time improving existing calculations and processes, conducting research and developing new tools. The market is very fast-paced – and some days the markets can be pretty unpredictable – on those days I work close with the trading teams to ensure our risks are in line with the market conditions and add rigor into measurements by applying quantitative techniques.

How has your career progressed since you have joined DRW?

I joined DRW in 2019 and quickly learned that there was so much to take in and experience. Since joining, I have been able to explore different types of strategies of managing risk from various trading operations. These strategies have helped me to develop new methods for managing risk in times of crisis. I have found it challenging yet interesting to leverage intraday trading data in my everyday role. I am fortunate to feel empowered in my role to explore new interests and take on challenges where my skills are needed and can be utilized.

What keeps you motivated at work?

My passion and interest in what I do keeps me motivated and eager to learn more. The more I learn about trading and quantitative methods, the more engaged and interested I become. The work is ongoing and there are always new methods to practice.

What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?

At the end of the day, it’s only about what you do and what you have accomplished. In the face of technology, it’s the math and engineering that really matter the most.