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From seeking adventure to engineering financial solutions

Originally from Italy, Ornella, a Senior Engineering Manager in our FinTech Business Unit, shares her passion for traveling as well as her passion for problem-solving. Having spent the last 8 years at in Amsterdam in a variety of different roles, Ornella brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our business.

How have your travel experiences influenced your career at

I have always considered traveling as one of the most important learning experiences. It inspires me to seek out new places, keeping my pool of knowledge constantly topped up. It’s a great way to not only learn new things and immerse yourself in a new culture – it also has provided me with a constant urge to continue learning. And that’s what I am bringing in my daily working adventure at This also falls in line with one of our core values “learning forever”. I bring this desire to learn new things, to discover all the financial business processes and their integrations with products and to translate them into new functionalities to make it easier for the users to experience the world. All of this happens in the finance area which is my domain here in


How does your work as a Senior Engineering Manager make it easier for everyone to experience the world?

I am currently working as Senior Engineering Manager in the Financial Systems team (within the FinTech business unit) that provides technical expertise to the Finance Department and is responsible for supporting and innovating the main financial system SAP ERP/S4HANA and integration with many other connected external systems.

Working as Senior Engineering Manager means providing, together with my team of Engineers and SAP Specialists, the best solutions based on the up-to-date industry-specific technology practices. This means building an application platform that supports the simplification of business processes and empowers the finance community with better integrations and financial insights.

As a Senior Engineering Manager, my role is to work closely with my product counterparts to ensure we are always working towards what’s most important for our customers/partners.

You're also one of our Ethics Ambassadors. What does it mean to be an Ethics Ambassador at

Being an Ethics Ambassador means supporting in reinforcing the company’s commitment to maintain and promote the highest ethical standard. It means being a role model and showing commitment to integrity, living the company values and encouraging our colleagues to do the right thing by also committing to integrity and raising concerns in a timely manner. I also help to promote a “speak up” culture in reporting issues or ethical dilemmas so can take the proper actions for the safety of everyone in the organisation. I was also delighted to have been awarded the Playmaker and Inclusionist Award in both 2019 and 2020. This award is voted on by my peers at, so it’s a great honour to know my peers value me and my impact at too.

Can you share a small win that had a big impact during your time at

I have been fortunate to work on an important initiative which may seem like a small change but it had a big business impact. We were able to implement a scalable solution for bank statement processing. Normally it took about 13 hours to process a bank statement with 100,000 lines, but we found a solution that could process it in just 1.5 hours. This allowed us to process the statements 9 times faster than before!

Why should someone consider for a career in technology?

Working in tech at means working in a very diverse and dynamic environment where innovation and development are promoted and people are encouraged to build new products for our customers and partners. A career in tech has a stimulating culture that isn’t just based on work but there are also interesting opportunities for experimentation. One example at is the FinTech Hackathon where participants can show off their skills, propose new ideas and socialise with like-minded people.

Looking to make an impact in your next role? Check out our available opportunities at .

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