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Naoko Executive Director/Vice President, Credit Risk Management Advisory Investment Banking Division, Tokyo

When I first came to the firm I was extremely impressed by the speed with which all transactions were conducted. Everything was much more fast-paced than I had imagined and there was always action on the floor making it quite an exciting environment.

My Work

I am part of the Credit Risk Management Advisory group within the Investment Banking Division (IBD). We advise financial companies, corporations and financial sponsors on financing and refinancing strategies. I was involved in equity and bond issuance as well as risk management during my first few years at Goldman Sachs. I now leverage that experience by advising corporate clients with a wide array of products and services.

My work is completely based on teamwork, not just within the Financing Group and Advisory Group of IBD, but with other areas such as the securities division, legal, credit risk management & advise team, and compliance team. As part of my client coverage role, I am responsible for coordinating these interdivisional teams. The process is often very complicated but the collaboration among the team members helps us meet client goals. This collaborative approach is very similar for bond and equity issuance.

My Day

I prepare materials for financial pitches and make presentations with the Advisory Group of IBD, and sometimes execute debt or equity finance with the syndicate team. It is interesting to have discussions with clients regarding their financial strategy and help with their future needs. I find it very rewarding to receive the mandate and then execute the deal successfully. When my clients are satisfied, I’m satisfied.

With full support from my team and Goldman Sachs, I’ve been managing my work load in order to take care of my kids. Goldman Sachs provides various ways to support working parents. Our technology allows me to access the company’s systems from my home, so that I can work as I do at the office when I have to take care of my children at home. We have an internal network among working parents at Goldman Sachs, and access to this network helps me not only think about my career development, but also allows me to share my concerns and experiences about raising children with other working parents. This support helps me be successful both at work and at home.

My Path

My educational path is a little unique for someone in this industry. I studied Pharmacy and Neurobiology at my university and considered working as a scientist at a pharmaceutical company but decided I wanted a career that allowed me to experience society more broadly and work internationally.

At my university I went to a campus recruiting event that Goldman Sachs was attending and discovered how the finance industry is full of interesting career opportunities. After that, I visited numerous international investment banks in Japan, but in the end I chose Goldman Sachs for several reasons. The firm’s commitment to diversity and support for women, the high caliber of people I met throughout the interview process and the firm’s global presence appealed to me the most.

When I first came to the firm I was extremely impressed by the speed with which transactions were conducted. Everything was much more fast-paced than I had imagined and there was always action on the floor making it quite an exciting environment.

Myself

I chose to study science because I always enjoyed biology, however I was also interested in global business. Goldman Sachs is able to provide me with the chance to apply my education in an industry that I feel is a great fit for me.

This is a truly unique industry because it relates to all other industries. To those who are considering the business, I would remind you that you don’t need an extensive background in finance to succeed. There are many different opportunities requiring different skills at a firm like Goldman Sachs. If you have the interest you can develop a career. The skills that you acquire here are invaluable and will help you for a long time to come - and not just in the world of finance.