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FX architect? I could do that

Apologies if the column is a bit shambolic this week. I spent Tuesday night at a sleep disorder clinic, where, almost predictably, I got hardly any sleep at all. In fact, I’ve been so knackered that I have hardly been able to keep pace with events in FX over that last few days.

Thankfully, I can rely on my Euromoney colleagues to help out. My sharp-eyed web editor sent me a link to a vacancy being advertised by a website called Gisajob.

When she said: “Gisajob”, I thought of Yosser Hughes, a character from a BBC TV series called Boys from the Black Stuff, which was very popular in the UK back in 1982. But because she’s American and quite a few years younger than me, my editor had no idea what I found funny.

In the programme, the unemployed Yosser begged frequently: “Gissa job. I could do that. Go on, giss it.” And when he was turned down – as he invariably was – he head-butted the person who’d refused him.

In the name of transparency, I admit that I have applied for the job because, as Yosser would have said, “I could do that.”

It appears interesting and straightforward enough. “My client is looking to elevate its status to the top of the Euromoney rankings through the delivery of a world class FX system... Ideal candidates will have come from a tier 1 bank and have experience of working with systems who drive the highest volumes of trades. The Architect must have a thorough knowledge of STP and Queue/workflow processing of trades. This is a critical delivery for the bank and will be one of the most visible programmes for 2010,” the brief says.



I’m not suggesting I’ll resort to physical violence if I don’t get it, but I reckon a Yosser-style approach could prove a useful pitching tool. I can already envisage the visits to clients: “Gissa vote, go on, giss it.”

I’ll let you know when and where I’m having the leaving drinks. (Please do. Ed).


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