Why did you come to work at DC Energy?
Having just finished a masters program in Financial Mathematics and an undergraduate program in Statistics, I was looking for a job that would allow me to utilize my quantitative skills in the financial field. DCE stood out to me relative to banking jobs due to the amount of quantitative expertise they deployed. But what contributed most to my decision was the office day visit, where I got to interact with the people at the company. I thoroughly enjoyed the collaborative culture and everyone's friendliness. The culture and work environment at DCE is hard to beat.
What is a workday like for you?
I have been on multiple teams by now, from risk management to commodities trading to optimization, and the daily work is never routine for me. I am currently working on a project to identify the high value analytical processes that lead to profitable investment decisions. Some days I will have a lot of interactions with individual market teams to try to better understand their operational workflow. Other days, I will focus on building models to test various hypotheses.
What is your favorite part of your job?
There are always new, challenging problems waiting to be solved. All of the problems I have encountered in DCE have been interesting to work on. Even though this means it can take a long time just come up with a plan to tackle the problems, the satisfaction I get when making a breakthrough is that much greater. Also, the projects I work on almost always have implications not just for my team, but also for the firm as a whole. It is common to have cross-team collaborations, and people are always happy to answer my questions whenever I get stuck, or help me brainstorm ideas. You will never get the feeling that you are working alone on meaningless projects.
What do you do outside work?
DC is a fun area to live in. There are plenty of restaurants and bars downtown where I hang out with my friends on weekends. I usually try to hit one of the top 100 Washingtonian restaurants every other week or so. I also do lots of outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and ziplining around the DC area. In the past year, I have made several hiking trips to several different trails: Shenandoah National Park, Great Falls Park, and Sugarloaf Mountain. At DC Energy, groups people will play sports before / after work, such as tennis and frisbee, and I often join in. It's never boring here!
What have you learned at DCE that you were surprised to learn, but are glad you did?
I have learned a lot of valuable skills such as programming and modelling techniques at DCE, but the one thing that stands out most is learning how to leverage a well designed system to allow the company to run more analysis and therefore make better investment decisions. I was pretty comfortable before joining DCE writing simple scripts to carry out various analysis and calculations, but DCE open my eyes to how important it is to have a robust system and infrastructure to help automate many tasks that would otherwise be impossible to maintain. I also acquired experience with database management and designing firm wide infrastructure, which I had never thought of doing before working here. Analysis at DCE goes far beyond the simple modelling/spreadsheets I expected, and it's exciting to me to learn a more about advanced techniques every day.