Zineb Slam

Women in Tech Community Co-Lead

What’s been your career path as an engineer at Bloomberg?

I joined Bloomberg as a full-time engineer in 2018. Like most graduates, my goal was to strengthen my technical skills, so I’ve focused on that over the last three years. I joined the Multi-Asset Risk System (MARS) team, which maintains an analytics system that computes quantitative risk metrics. On this team, I had the opportunity to give a bunch of tech talks and expand my leadership and mentorship skills. I became the co-lead of the Bloomberg Women in Technology (BWIT) community in London.

What makes Bloomberg unique among other places you’ve worked?

When I first started out as an intern, I was surprised at how collaborative the environment was. I was included in everything. Even though I didn’t have much experience, I was invited to all the meetings and all the design discussions. Everybody asked me for my point of view, and they really listened. After just a few months, I felt like I belonged on the team. 

What projects are you working on? 

We’re creating a solution to help clients understand their financial risk in the market. Our system, which handles a lot of traffic, needs to be available 24/7 because we have clients all over the world.

What is BWIT? How are you involved? What makes it special?

Bloomberg Women in Technology (BWIT) is a community for women and allies that aims to increase the representation of women in technical fields. It’s a support network that helps women advance their skills and pursue leadership positions. I’m currently the co-lead of BWIT in London. It’s truly been a boost for my career and helped me quickly grow my network across the company. It helps me have a bigger impact, too.

How do you see yourself developing your career at Bloomberg over the long term?

I recently decided to join the Mobile team. This is something really different than what I’ve been doing. I’ve never done mobile development before, so I will be getting a very different perspective on our technology when I join this new team. In the long term, I see myself transitioning into leadership because

I realized through my work with BWIT that I'm someone who actually likes mentoring and having an impact on people. 

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