Case Study Profile: David Johnson
David Johnson, Associate, Institutional Rates Sales,
Santander Global Banking & Markets
Describe your role
My role requires a combination of technical, relationship and creative skill sets. I am involved with rates and inflation derivatives, and structured product sales to UK institutional clients, who are generally treasurers, financial directors or treasury dealers.
I chose this career path because it provides a dynamic working environment with the ability to interact with a wide range of skilled professionals.
What did you study and why?
I took my first ACT qualification (the Certificate in International Treasury Management - CertITM) in the first two years of my career, so that I could gain fundamental understanding of treasury concepts within my clients’ needs and their perspectives.
When I took the Certificate in Corporate Finance (CertCFF) and the Certificate in Financial Modelling (CertFMM) in particular I found I gained additional technical competency, which was very useful. Having the ACT qualifications enables me to bring further technical expertise to my discussions with clients, up-tiering my relationship with them.
Professional qualifications are crucially important as a universal means of identifying particular skill sets which transcend employer-specific qualifications or courses.
The ACT offers a wide range of examinations to suit many different roles, and allows students to gain critical treasury and finance skills in a flexible and convenient working environment.