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Randeep Executive Director/Vice President, Network and Voice Services Technology division, London

One of the most interesting aspects of my job is getting a close-up view on part of the business of the firm. I also enjoy interacting with a wide variety of people who have different points of view.

My Work

I am a member of the Network Connectivity team in the Technology division of Goldman Sachs. My team manages and supports Business-to-Business (B2B) and Internet Demilitarised Zone (IDMZ) connectivity and all associated services. My role has three essential components. One is to provide support for everyone using our B2B network. My second responsibility is to maintain and upgrade the environment of the network in a controlled manner. I also work on individual projects. This could include anything from bringing in new services to connect to our network, to participating in the design and implementation of new data centers and offices.

My role is very team work oriented. That includes the direct team I work with, as there are always two people covering each support function, as well as the various project-related teams from across Technology.

One of the most interesting aspects of my job is getting a close-up view on part of the business of the firm. I also enjoy interacting with a wide variety of people who have different points of view.

My Day

The support role can be challenging. The environment we manage is critical for part of the firm’s business, so there is always a lot of focus when there are issues in this space. Problems need to be resolved quickly and efficiently.

The team has numerous projects running in parallel. Low latency is critical to our business, and one of our biggest challenges is to provide network environments that meet those requirements. Currently I am involved in a related project, running with tight time lines. This has given me the opportunity to work with an array of other teams across technology.

I enjoy all parts of my job, as I am being constantly stretched and challenged. I can honestly say that no two days are the same. One of my biggest achievements was being part of the Moscow office fire recovery team in April 2007. This involved setting up a Business Continuity Planning (BCP) site so Goldman Sachs in Moscow could continue business.

My Path

I did an MSc IT conversion course at UCL after my BSc in Chemistry at King’s College London. I joined Goldman Sachs in 2000, via the Technology Graduate training programme.

My university's career services alerted me to opportunities for people with technology backgrounds at Goldman Sachs. A few weeks after applying, I was invited in for a series of interviews. Right from the start, the friendliness of the people at the firm impressed me. I was interviewing with another investment bank at the same time, but when the offer arrived from Goldman Sachs, I knew what I wanted. I joined the firm as a Technology Associate and found out right away just how right my instincts had been. On my first day, my manager took me around and introduced me individually to everyone I'd be working with at the end of my 12-week training program. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful.

Myself

I had always wanted a job that I’d enjoy – one that would challenge me – and here I am in the technology infrastructure!

To anyone considering a career in finance or technology, I would recommend that you ask lots of questions and be willing to try new things. You may need to step outside your comfort zone to see what you really enjoy.