Becoming a Product Manager in Fintech: Graduate Advice from TP ICAP Senior Product Manager Chris Scott


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Over the past 14 years, Chris Scott, Senior Manager at TP ICAP gained various valuable experiences in product management of equities, derivatives and trading systems.

Throughout this period he has played a leading part of the electronification of financial markets and fintech.

In this episode Chris Scott joins Matt Cheung and Helene Lipp as he shares his experience of starting off as a credit and fixed income broker at ICAP, moving into a front office business analyst role and finally moving into product management. He gives valuable advice for graduates in developing the right hard and soft skills for getting a job in managing products in Fintech organisations. He outlines the importance of patience and where most students fail in getting their dream job. Furthermore, he explains how his MBA at CASS Business School helped him to expand his skills and approach new challenges to pioneer in product management.
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00:30: What is product management?

02:51: Why embrace technology and automation?

04:24: How does technology affect brokers and trading in the next 5, 10, 20 years?

05:27: What excites you mostly about product management?

06:34: Was your career path planned?

08:34: How did you approach learning new skills in each different area?

09:46: Which hard skills and soft skills are valuable to succeed?

12:15: How important is curiosity and how can negotiation skills help to argue a good idea?

18:05: How have internal processes and the interaction with small startups changed?

21:04: Why did you decide to do a MBA?

26:08: Can you harness creativity?

27:18: What advice would you give a younger version of yourself?

29:29: Outro

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