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What it takes to be a Solutions Architect at Standard Chartered

Praneeth Reddy Nagareddy from the Business Solution Squad, Financial Markets and Security Services (FSS) tells us what he does to relax & what a typical week looks like for him

I’m a Solution Architect.  My role involves working with solutions that can enable the querying of massive amounts of data over HTTP APIs.  We do this by building re-usable and scalable components, and powering various self-service data analysis tools. At Standard Chartered, we come across a wide variety of engineering challenges every day, this provides me with the opportunity to directly contribute to the bank’s overall vision. 

What’s been your most memorable experience with Standard Chartered?  

When I came up with a strategy for capturing and exposing data for different use cases, now it’s the first step in streamlining our Security Services business which makes me feel really proud. 

 What drew you to a career in banking?  

A technology career in banking demands a unique balance between technical, managerial, and functional skills. Together with the fact that banking technology projects are undertaken at scale and have a direct impact on their customers - this is what led me to a career in banking. 

 What drew you to a career with Standard Chartered?  

The amazing and inspiring leaders. I love that I have the opportunity to make a big difference.  


Describe the bank in three words? 

Inclusive, open and opportunity.  


Weekly scrum calls and planning the week ahead. 


Brainstorming day! Probably the day of the week where we get the most creative. 


Coding and designing, this is the day I’m most focussed. In the evening, I’ll have my weekly catch up on my favourite Disney+ series! 



More meetings and more planning. In the evening, watering and taking care of my house plants. 



What advice would you give to someone looking to work at Standard Chartered? 

Look out for the opportunities to make a direct impact and share your ideas.  

 How should someone prepare for an interview with Standard Chartered? 

Stick to your strengths, present your problem-solving skills, take your time and structure your answers.   

How have you built flexibility into your every day?  

I take regular 5-minute breaks throughout the day. I walk around and let steam off. This allows me to decompress and relax ready to get back to it. 

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?  

My first mobile phone.  

How do you like to spend your free time?  

I’m a huge movie buff!  

Do you have any hidden talents?  

I can sit through even a bad movie, if that counts?!

 Are there any new skills you’re trying to learn?  

Trying to develop a new hobby of growing house plants.  

What’s the best part of your daily routine?  

A delicious dinner every day!