Graduate profiles

Maxim Romancovs, Supervisor-Financial Reporting and Internal Audit, HedgeServ

Winning the gradIreland Graduate Employee of the Year Award was the highlight of my career to date....

Degree subject BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, Acca (2013)
Job title Supervisor-Financial Reporting and Internal Audit
Employer HedgeServ

Why did the HedgeServ appeal to you and why a career in the funds industry?

I wanted to join a fast paced environment in a growing company, HedgeServ was a perfect choice for me at the time. The Hedge Fund industry has always appealed to me because of the complexity and variety of different financial instruments, fund structures and fees structures along with market volatility and the unpredictability of financial markets.

Can you tell us a bit about the selection process?

I had to complete a hedge fund knowledge based test at the start of the interview process with HedgeServ. This was followed by a detailed face to face interview with a manager and a Director from the Fund Accounting Department. It was quite an interactive and personal interview, where I felt at ease and able to showcase my talents. HedgeServ made me an offer within a week of the interview which I was delighted with and I commenced the Graduate Development Programme shortly thereafter.

How tough is the programme and what did it teach you about yourself?

The Graduate Development Programme that I completed over the course of 2 years was challenging and extremely insightful with both structured training and on the desk training provided. It has greatly assisted and guided my learning as I encountered all the complexities of hedge fund clients in a structured environment, receiving a balance of guidance from my manager but also the encouragement to problem solve knowing that my manager would review and provide feedback.

What does your daily job involve and what’s exciting about it?

On a daily basis I deal with client queries, preparing financial statements for our clients while collaborating with various departments in the company such as the Fund Accounting Department and the Investor Services Departments. I work in a challenging, fast paced environment with various projects and tasks coming up on an adhoc and scheduled basis.

Can you tell us a bit about how it felt to win the gradireland Graduate Employee of the Year Award?

Winning the gradireland Graduate Employee of the Year Award on its 10th anniversary was the highlight of my career to date, which I feel has rewarded the hard work and commitment I've put into my job and exams. It was an unbelievable occasion I will never forget, such a great setting and excellent entertainment. I am extremely grateful to gradireland for hosting this event and am sure that next year it will be even bigger and better. I also wish to thank HedgeServ for nominating me and providing me with the tools and experience to win such an award.

What are your plans for your future career and how do you hope to see it developing?

I would like to stay in financial services industry as it provides me with a challenging environment and fast paced client facing roles.