Linet Executive Director/Vice President, GSET Execution Services Securities Division, New York
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Undergrad: University of Mumbai—Computer Engineering
Graduate School: Stony Brook University—Master’s Degree, Computer Science
Joined GS: Full-time 2011
Hobbies: Reading novels (e-books and printed!); Dining out with friends; Biking
[My] role is all about understanding the business and how we can give the best execution services to clients by leveraging technology to build faster and more reliable systems.
After graduating from the University of Mumbai, which is in my hometown, I worked for a year in an IT services company where I focused mainly on healthcare clients. I came to the United States to attend Stony Brook University for my master’s degree in computer science. Some of my classmates in India went to Stony Brook before me, and I knew the experience of studying in a different culture would be exciting.
I learned about Goldman Sachs through a “Women in Technology” recruiting event at Stony Brook. When I was interviewing, there were a number of banks from New York interviewing people from my school. I really liked the people who I interviewed with from Goldman Sachs—it felt like they would be helpful and support me coming in as a new analyst. The work they were doing sounded really interesting. I joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the Technology Division in 2011 and then two years later moved to the Securities Division as an associate in a strats role, where I am now.
My master’s degree prepared me for a job in technology platforms, and I interviewed for positions that would leverage that training—like development and programming. Now, I work in Goldman Sachs Electronic Trading, GSET on the execution services team. My responsibilities include building robust systems, working with sales to understand client needs, performing and then programming systems to deliver solutions.
The training we have at the firm helps my professional development and gives me an opportunity to network. For example, each year we have two days where associates from around the firm come for training. I’m also doing a course in capital markets, which is an online course offered through Goldman Sachs University. There are many courses available in programming languages and technologies as well. Additionally, every month the women in GSET meet and we have speakers come to present on different topics.
Although I am a strat, I am not doing purely quantitative work—we do analysis and programming and system building. The strats role is all about understanding the business and how we can give the best execution services to clients by leveraging technology to build faster and more reliable systems. In my day-to-day job, I do analysis and also write code, either in Slang, our proprietary language, C++ or Python. We use the latest technologies and the fast-past nature of the markets makes work very exciting.