David Executive Director/Vice President, Controllers Finance division, Salt Lake City
The most challenging part of my job is maintaining a balance between helping move the bank forward and at the same time ensuring that the proper controls and flows are in place.
I work in the Controllers team for Goldman Sachs Bank USA. My team is responsible for the entity’s financial reporting to the firm’s management, regulators and the outside world. I also help coordinate with auditors and regulators for the review of our books, records and internal controls. We also work internally with the businesses and management to understand new businesses, advise them of any issues or requirements and plan for the future.
Being part of building a new business here at Goldman Sachs is a great opportunity – it’s not every day that you have the opportunity to focus 100% of your time on something like this. Whether I’m discussing new business opportunities with the key players or enhancing systems and controls around existing businesses, the work is challenging and rewarding.
Goldman Sachs is the kind of place that encourages and rewards innovation and constant improvement, no matter where you work. Whatever your skill set is, if you’re committed to giving your best you will create your own opportunities here.
The most challenging part of my job is maintaining a balance between helping move the firm forward and at the same time ensuring that the proper controls and flows are in place. The amount of work tends to be heavy, but we’ve been successful regarding our areas of oversight. Much of the success is due to the dedication and commitment of the team.
I started right out of school working at a competitor but had the chance to interview at Goldman Sachs via a professional placement firm. Just from the interviews, I could tell that this place had a higher standard.
I was so impressed with the quality of the people here. So many people were willing to take the time to explain the business behind the mechanics.
In college I really enjoyed my investments class, so I had hoped from early on to work in finance. I’m not sure I specifically thought I wanted to work at Goldman, because I didn’t decide to work on Wall Street until later. But I always wanted to work for the best-in-class wherever I ended up.
If I were to be asked advice from someone who is considering a career in finance, I would say: First, be honest with yourself—be sure this is what you really want to do and that you have the right skills to be successful. Then get out there, meet with people in the industry and get a sense of what people do. Read about the industry; keep up with current events and the markets. Then narrow down your interests to a few areas that interest you and match your abilities. Be persistent.