Michael Bækkelund

Meet SimCorp’er Michael Bækkelund

Michael is a Lead Test Analyst based in Denmark. It is his job to ensure that SimCorp’s solutions run smoothly and give the users a good experience. A job that also brings him around the world, where he tests features and reviews specifications for clients. Michael has been working at SimCorp since 1998.

What does a Lead Test Analyst do?

I am responsible for testing and validating our solutions. I take our solutions to our clients to get their feedback. This feedback is then shared with the development teams in different parts of Europe. My job involves a lot of cooperation with different colleagues throughout SimCorp as development and testing go hand in hand. I also work closely with compliance and portfolio management. We discuss and review each other’s work to ensure we deliver the best quality product possible. 

How did you end up in this job?

As far as my background is concerned, I have a degree in finance and accounting and work experience from some time at a bank. But then I would say, that I have also grown a lot within SimCorp and the industry. Keeping up in this industry means updating your knowledge through certification courses and conferences all the time. We work in a global market, and we need to know our users, their needs and regulations. When I started at SimCorp we were around 250 employees, and now we are more than 1200 – so the pace of change is significant.

It is inspiring to know that the best financial companies in the world use products that I have validated.

Michael Bækkelund

What is the most challenging part of your job?

I would say that it is keeping up with the rapid changes in the industry. One could think that I would lose my motivation after 15 years in the same company, but I am constantly being challenged. It is also my drive – I want to accomplish more and continuously improve the solutions we provide. Being part of the development innovations team at SimCorp is my dream job. We constantly evolve and develop new and better software solutions, so I would say that the most challenging part of my job is also the best part of it.