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Meet FDM’s CPS team

Meet FDM’s CPS team

CPS Team - FDM

Based on the values of growth, collaboration and inclusivity, FDM aims to create a professional yet social working environment for our consultants on-site across the world. Our Consultant Peer Support (CPS) network is predominantly made up of graduate consultants recruited when they have between six to 18 months’ on-site experience. As a CPS they have three main aims: to welcome new starters on-site, build a social network between consultants such as running events and organising activities to build and strengthen the community on-site, and to act as the first point of contact between consultants out on-site and the support networks available at FDM. We spoke to several FDMers who are CPS consultants about what they do and why they believe it’s an essential project to have within big companies.

Jason Chan - FDMJason Chan is a Junior Data Scientist in Hong Kong

Being a CPS consultant made me realise the importance of having someone to help newcomers expand their network not only among FDMers, but across all employees. Seeing newcomers adapt to a new environment and to perform to their full potential is my favourite part about being a CPS.

Before I discovered the CPS programme, I found myself helping out with a lot of assessment centres and I would come in once a week to speak to potential consultants and new consultants about life on-site. After doing this for some time, FDM thought I would be a good fit for their CPS programme. My role as a CPS consultant includes; helping new consultants settle in, introducing them to new people, briefing them about life in the company as well as organising activities such as induction lunches and Monopoly every Friday.

The programme has been welcomed with open arms at Fidelity International. It’s always good to have that go-to person to help guide people who feel slightly lost and to establish a relationship between FDM and the clients. My hiring manager is very supportive of the role I play on placement.

Franziska - FDMFranziska Streidt is a Risk and Compliance Officer at Morgan Stanley in Glasgow

I’ve managed to organise multiple trips whilst taking up the role of CPS at Morgan Stanley in Glasgow. I want to make sure that our community at work is still as sociable outside of the office, so I arrange trips out and around Scotland. Last autumn we took advantage of the nice weather and went to Largs which is a popular town on the west coast of Scotland. We arrived by train and started our walk towards Knock Hill. The day gave us a great chance to see the scenery and to get to know each other more.

Since then, we have hiked up Ben Lomond, been out for meals and continuing with the theme of exercise – we recently walked from Croy to Glasgow along the trail of the Antoine Wall. Along the walk, we got to hear stories from one another and spent the afternoon in a lovely urban restaurant eating fish and chips. We realised towards the end that we walked over 25km. This was one CPS activity that nobody will ever forget due to the sore legs and sunburn. Luckily, nobody suffered from any serious impacts and all of us met up on Monday, fully recovered.

David Brady is an Associate Analyst at Sky in Livingston

We have a number of consultants here at Sky who have moved from the south of England up to Scotland, so having a programme like this is a great way for people to settle in. Sky have really taken on board my role as a Consultant Peer Support and they can see the benefits of having someone in the company who isn’t necessarily in their team and can create a community within the business.  We’re a close-knit group and we usually go for lunch together whilst occasionally playing table tennis and pool when we have downtime.

I love my role as a CPS as I can act as an important contact to new consultants settling in. Starting a new job is hard for anyone, and even more so if you’re living in a brand new area. Having a friendly face to welcome you, ask any questions, settle nerves and to introduce other friendly faced consultants on site is really rewarding.

Azar - FDMAzar Khalili is a Digital UAT Test Analyst in Leeds

I always think a new starter needs some help and guidance when they join in their first year. I chose to become a CPS because I like to help people and being a part of FDM, you are a little family – so it would only be right to help other people settle in a position that I was in not so long ago. I work at a successful bank in Leeds, and being a CPS has allowed me to introduce new consultants to the culture of the business.

One week before a new starter begins on placement, I will send them a welcome package and explain the dress code, directions and information such as parking, accommodation recommendations and daily timings. On the client side, I will make sure they have an entry pass and laptop ready for their first day. I work alongside the training team at my placement by hosting induction days where I book trainees in for assessment, show them around the building, introduce them to their team and help the new consultants understand what happens on-site.

Ben Lloyd is a Compliance and Risk Officer at BNP Paribas in Paris

I’ve only just taken the reins of the CPS scheme here at BNPP. I attended a few events hosted by the previous CPS, Osbert Moor, who explained to me the value of having events like this for an organised network of FDMers, especially given the exceptional expansion that has happened in Paris in recent years. I learnt more about the CPS role and the responsibilities it came with and I thought it was something that could be a valuable experience whilst working abroad. Once Osbert eventually came to the end of his two years in Paris, I applied for the role and was luckily selected. Being new to the programme, I have only organised a couple of events so far including Friday night football and ad hoc basketball matches for FDMers to take part in.

For anybody who is unsure about relocating to a new place, I would advise people to be as open as they can to new opportunities to ensure they take the best experience from their time with FDM. It demonstrates the ability to step into the unknown and take on challenges, plus you get to have a great time along the way.

Are you looking for new career opportunities in business, IT and technology? See what we have to offer here:  https://www.fdmgroup.com/careers/


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