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Dear Sir or Madam,

This is an application for the Women’s Immersion Internship Program at Nomura for April 2015. I recently met your Head of Consumer Group, Mark Howden and Managing Director, Malcom Horton with whom I discussed the culture and recent deal flow at Nomura. From this, I understood that the bank is unique as an Asian Investment Bank and my two placements with Nomura in the past, confirmed that I would enjoy my time with you.

Nomura is a leading financial services group, with an international network in over 30 countries and from discussions with those in the industry; I know that you value initiative, analytical skills and professionalism. Earlier this year, the I would like to work in an environment like Nomura with a strong reputation and track record of client satisfaction and I feel confident that I can meet the challenges presented by a fast-moving sector.

I have previously completed work experience placements in commercial finance at the ASOS headquarters, corporate finance with AEGIS Insurance Services, Nomura and MAPFRE RE. Through these experiences I have been given opportunities to work directly with clients, analyse financial statements, make investment recommendations and increase my knowledge of equity, debt and derivatives. I have developed leadership and analytical skills and enhanced my knowledge of various service lines such as Audit, Tax, Consulting and Corporate Finance. A hypothetical mergers & acquisitions deal during my placement at Nomura also improved my strategic thinking abilities. Working part time as a business administrator for Reeson Care Homes Ltd has also honed my negotiation, and organisational skills. I applied my new skills to enter the Junior Apprentice television programme, for which I was shortlisted. This gave me the confidence to pursue and develop further my entrepreneurial skills for the McKinsey & Company Leadership Award this summer – July 2014.

I am keen to pursue a career in the financial sector as it’s an industry where you never stop learning. The markets never sit still and you will always be adjusting to the environment. It creates a very dynamic, fast-paced business that is constantly innovating.

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my application with you and look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Experienced Professionals

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We are looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders to shape our future, about nomura, careers in global investment banking.

At Nomura you will discover a unique spirit and proud heritage. Since 1925, Nomura has built on a commitment to deliver unique value to clients by connecting markets East & West. We continue to service our clients in a differentiated way, providing creative and entrepreneurial solutions.

Here at Nomura, we are committed to building and cultivating a diverse workplace and workforce. We do this by ensuring that Diversity & Inclusion is weaved into the very fabric of our culture.

We are committed to having a diverse range of gender, age, skills, values, knowledge, experience and geographical, abilities and neurodivergence, educational and professional backgrounds amongst our employees. Our commitment to equality of opportunity is underpinned by our EMEA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Strategy.

If you are keen to be a part of a highly nimble and diverse workforce that offers opportunities for you to build a long term career, then come and discover more about Nomura. This could be a perfect fit for you.

Since our founding we have accumulated an unparalled depth and breadth of experience throughout Asia and the rest of the world. We are a highly integrated global network of 27,000+ people in over 30 countries across our retail, asset management and wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking) divisions.

Help us realize our strategy and ambition by joining us in one of our divisions:

Global Markets

  • Investment Banking

Nomura in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Our EMEA headquarters are at 1 Angel Lane in London with further offices in 18 countries across EMEA. We celebrated 50 years in London in 2014, a commitment to our people, clients and the region. Nomura employees come from all over the world and in London alone, over 70 different nationalities are represented

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Message from the President and Group CEO

The finance industry has seen rapid changes in the business environment, mainly driven by digitalization, the declining birth rate and aging population in Japan, and enhanced global regulations. Nomura is committed to taking the firm to greater heights in order to deliver consistent growth under the changing environment. We will focus efforts on growing our business, earning society's trust and ensuring employee satisfaction.

To grow our business, we will increase productivity of existing businesses as well as expand into new areas. We will also work to ensure the increasingly diverse and sophisticated needs of our clients are met, by expanding the scope of our business from public-side services, such as public equity and public and corporate bonds, to private-side products and services, such as private equity and privately placed bonds.

As we actively pursue new areas of business, we remain committed to our enduring mission to enrich society through our expertise in the capital markets. We will strengthen our ESG initiatives while placing continued emphasis on earning society's trust and ensuring our people are happy and fulfilled.

We believe that helping to create a sustainable world through our business will lead to further business growth. By taking advantage of Nomura's collective expertise and strengths, we will expand into new digital areas in light of structural changes to society and the economy.

Earning the trust of our clients and all stakeholders is paramount. In December 2019, we established the Nomura Group Code of Conduct. Guided by the Code, we will continue to uphold our longstanding values of entrepreneurship, teamwork and integrity.

A critical part of my vision for the firm is making sure that our people are happy and excited about what they do, and that we build a company that family and friends can be proud of.

Nomura has approximately 27,000 employees around the world. Our people are a diverse group of about 90 nationalities of different ages and genders. We believe that the synergies born of this diversity better enable us to quickly adapt to changes in society and meet the needs of our clients.

We aim to be a financial services group that society needs and our clients trust. We look forward to your continued support.

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Start your career here Join a global investment bank in the heart of London with a soul in Asia

Nomura provides investment banking services across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We have a client-centric model and continue to make significant enhancements to our investment banking platform, global distribution, structuring expertise and product capabilities.

We continue to significantly increase our global footprint where we believe we have a competitive advantage and can best serve our clients, employees and shareholders. By putting our clients at the center of everything we do, we provide high value-added solutions and contribute to economic growth as Asia’s global investment bank.

Find out more about each of our wholesale businesses:

Corporate Infrastructure

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Corporate Start a career in technology, operations, finance or risk

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Global Markets Start a career in trading, research or sales

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Investment Banking Start a career in advisory, structuring or capital raising

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Selim Toker Hedging Balance Sheet Risk

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Nick Kenworthy Head of Research Sales, UK

Our Investment Banking Division provides a variety of advisory and capital-raising solutions to corporations, financial institutions, governments and public-sector organizations around the world. Our global teams act as geographic, industry and product specialists.

Sector Teams

Nomura’s sector teams identify and analyse deal opportunities and manage client relationships across sectors and key geographies teams to include the following:

  • Consumer – Provides advisory and financing services to a wide range of consumer facing businesses. Established base of both global mega-caps and smaller but ambitious corporate clients
  • Debt Advisory – Focused on providing independent debt advice on M&A, brownfield and greenfield financing situations. Natural synergies with GII however sector agnostic with a focus on providing the best advice for the client through origination, structuring and execution. Debt advisory is highly active across EMEA and North America encompassing a wide spectrum of sectors including new technologies such as SAF and Hydrogen as first of a kind financing's  
  • Equity Advisory – Nomura is the only global investment bank providing independent equity advisory services. We provide clients with advisory and support in executing equity-related transactions including IPO’s, Rights Issues, Accelerated Bookbuildings, Private Placements and Equity-Linked Products
  • Financial Institutions Group – Focus on coverage and execution for a wide range of clients across the UK, France/Benelux, Iberia, Italy, and Greece. Our clients span traditional FIG institutions like banks and insurers, and wealth/asset managers, trust/corporate services and other diversified financials
  • Financial Sponsors – Focusing on covering Financial Sponsor and Alternative Investment clients, including a broad range of Private Equity funds, Sovereign Wealth funds and Pension funds
  • Greentech, Industrials and Infrastructure – A cornerstone team in the EMEA IBD providing advisory and financing solutions across ten dynamic verticals among which: Low Carbon Infrastructure, Environmental Services & Technologies, Advanced Transportation, Renewable Energy Value Chain, AgTech & Sustainable Food and Digital Infrastructure. A well-established franchise highly regarded in the industry with an exceptional track record of originating and executing high profile transactions
  • Healthcare – Growing team with in depth industry expertise built through advising both Corporate and Financial Sponsor clients on acquisitions shaping the industry. In addition to M&A, the team has a track record of providing Leveraged Finance and Risk Solutions within a broad range of subsectors, including specialty pharma, biotechnology, medical technology, animal health and healthcare services
  • Greece/CEE – Focused on originating and executing projects for clients in these core geographies, working across all Nomura sectors and financial products. Clients include corporates, financial institutions, financial sponsors as well as government and government related entities
  • M&A – Focusing on the execution and origination of domestic EMEA and cross-border transactions, with exposure to all industry and country teams
  • Nordic – Focuses on providing advisory services to, and maintaining relationships with, key Nordic corporates, financial sponsors and various Government ministries. In addition, the Nordic team works closely with Nomura’s industry and products teams on leverage finance and Risk Management Solutions
  • Technology, Media & Services – Provides advisory and financing services to Corporate and Financial Sponsor clients across a wide range sub verticals within the Technology, Media and Services industries

Client Financing & Solutions

Nomura’s CFS division specialise in providing financing advisory services to clients through several different product streams:

  • Acquisition & Leveraged Finance  – provides debt financing for high profile private clients across a wide range of industries and geographies
  • Debt Capital Markets  – Bridging Investment Banking with Global Markets, the DCM team connects borrowers with investors by providing advice to both regular and new debt issuers on structuring and placing fixed income transactions in the international bond markets
  • Debt Capital Markets Syndicate  – Private side trading desk which works in close collaboration with DCM and Global Markets in the issuance of bonds
  • Insurance Solutions Group – ISG originates, structures and executes bespoke credit and reinsurance solutions for clients – both sponsor-backed and strategics – across the insurance spectrum (Life, Non-Life, Insurance Linked Securities). Focus on innovative, attractive risk-return transactions that provide compelling insurance capital benefit or bridging to significant corporate finance events
  • Risk Solutions Group  – RSG is a market leader in the origination and execution of tailor-made hedging solutions for Nomura’s investment banking client base across private equity and infrastructure. The team works directly with clients to implement strategies to manage and minimise the impact of interest rate fluctuations, foreign exchange uncertainties and inflation risks that are associated with M&A and refinancing transactions

Nomura's Global Markets Division handles client transactions for financial institutions, corporates, governments and investment funds around the world. We act as market makers, trading in fixed income and equity securities, including currencies, interest rates and credit in cash, derivatives and structured products. We have taken market-leading positions across the globe by leveraging the strength of our talent, client relationships and technology.

By developing strong relationships with our client base through consistent interaction, independent advice and pre-eminent access to Asia, we have built a powerful global franchise across interest rates, currency and credit products. Our client services cover both high-volume flow products and carefully tailored structured solutions. We have adapted to the changing financial landscape to build a client centric focus differentiated by innovation, electronic and service excellence and market-leading derivatives capabilities.

You could join us in one of these roles in Global Markets:

Sales: Develop and maintain strong relationships with the firm's clients which include banks, pension funds, hedge funds, insurance companies and corporate clients. Sales colleagues are responsible for delivering the capabilities of the firm in the form of services and products that best suit the clients’ needs. Trading: Control and manage the firm's exposure to the markets by buying and selling securities and providing liquidity (market-making). Traders work together with sales, structuring and research in the development of trading strategies for our clients. Research: Provide internal and external views and published research on sectors, companies and markets. Deliver insights, investment ideas and strategies for asset managers and internal clients that assume market risk. Structuring: Design and develop innovative products and strategies that are tailored to specific client needs. Structurers work together with sales, trading and research to analyse the risk exposure of the firm’s clients, and deliver tailor-made solutions that address their needs. Strats: Research and development mathematical models and algorithms used in the trading business for market making, principal risk taking and portfolio management for both our systematic trading team as well as the broader Nomura Wholesale Business. Quants: Developing mathematical models for pricing and risk managing derivative trades, in partnership with the trading desks, and implementing them in the firm’s trading systems. New Business: Assisting in research or analysis of various disruptive technology investments including Fintec and Digital.

Nomura’s Corporate Infrastructure Division is what underpins our success. It is internationally renowned and structured to deliver a world-class client service. We rely on our people in the Corporate Division to build and support the business, to deliver innovative financial solutions that set Nomura apart in the global marketplace. In our highly competitive and fast-paced industry, strong infrastructure teams are fundamental to our success and our ability to manage risk. Work with us in these areas and you’ll be operating at the forefront of your field as well as gaining a valuable insight into how Nomura operates on a global scale. You could join us in one of these business groups:

Risk: Identify and analyse operational, credit and market risk, as well as shape risk appetite and risk decisions to give us the best possible standing in the global marketplace. Sound risk management is central to the successful execution of our business. Technology: Work with and design state-of-the-art information technology and risk management systems to support an ever-expanding demand. These are the systems that can often give us that crucial, split-second edge over our competitors.

Talented people drive our business forward

At Nomura, we are focused more than ever on all aspects of diversity, highlighting the importance of equity and fostering an inclusive work environment. We aim to actively introduce and embed processes and practices that will enhance an even stronger culture of in inclusion in which all of our people can thrive, where all of our people can reach their full potential and thrive as their authentic selves.

Our graduates' entrepreneurial spirits are helping us to realize our strategy to become Asia's global investment bank. Hear how Nomura impressed them, their experiences as interns and graduates and the evolution of their roles and responsibilities since joining.

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Malavya Ashok

Malavya ashok - finance, london.

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Studied MPhysics at Exeter University, completed a Summer Internship in 2019, joined the Finance Graduate Programme in 2020

I came into Banking through an alternative route as I studied MPhysics at the University of Exeter before undertaking the Finance Summer Internship in 2019. Like many others, I applied to quite a few different firms and Nomura’s response time was really fast (I did my first interview one day and the following day I was invited to the Assessment centre) which led me to accept their internship.

When I joined the Bank as an intern, I was immersed in a world of acronyms and substantial content that I had not come across before, having studied Physics rather than Finance. It was quite a steep learning curve in the beginning but everyone was willing to help or take the time to explain new concepts and processes. It seems like a clichéd statement but asking questions is key to understanding your role so having the confidence to ask questions in the correct way speeds up the learning experience. As an intern or Analyst, many of your daily tasks do not directly relate to university degree content so no one is at a significant disadvantage by coming from a non-financial background. Vey soon after starting, I realised that firms like Nomura are actively looking for people from different backgrounds as diverse skillsets compliment teams in different ways.

My advice to prospective interns when preparing for interview is to thoroughly research the company and role you are applying for. I read Nomura’s public financial reports, their goals and their principles. When applying this to the interview setting, this shows the interviewer that you have a real interest in the organisation and that you care about the position enough to learn more about the firm to which you apply. The interviewer knows your background and appreciates your level of financial knowledge based on your degree type or prior experience so it is more about getting in the mind-set, thinking logically and being able to solve problems rather than absolute technical or financial knowledge. The way in which you present yourself and come across as a person can be equally influential as often interviewers are keen to assess your cultural or team fit. Many of the soft skills are important, especially as I did not have the technical financial knowledge that others had.

After joining the firm, I would say that most of my technical skills have developed through learning on the job, company training and the additional financial qualifications you study for and sit during Graduate Training and beyond. However, I built an initial base of technical knowledge through researching many of the fundamental financial concepts and by reading around the markets and the daily financial news on BBC or other sites. You also learn so much on the desk when speaking to managers, colleagues and people across departments. While sitting on a floor with Investment Bankers, you learn a lot through osmosis.

I enjoy the firm’s culture and outside of my role, I head up the Graduate Newsletter that circulates throughout the Graduate cohort at the firm (Analyst to Associate). As part of this, we interview senior colleagues at the firm (at Vice President Level and above) about their advice and stories. It helps the juniors know who is out there and build peoples’ networks through their visibility and creating topics of conversation. We shadow Graduates, share stories of how they came to Nomura, and inform people who are new to London about some of the upcoming events across the city. There are no schemes that bring together all Graduate Programmes across Nomura, so the Newsletter is a great way to curate a sense of community.

Due to the size of the bank, you are able to reach out to more people. Your network can be bigger as it is easier to reach out to and find out more about individuals who work outside of your immediate team. Teams are quite small so unlike larger banks, tasks often require you to liaise with different teams on a regular basis. At Nomura there are many learning opportunities outside your immediate role, allowing you to gain exposure cross-divisionally.

The culture at Nomura is good and its ethos is quite nurturing. People are very approachable which is nice when coming in at a very junior level as individuals are willing to help you and take time out of their busy days to facilitate learning. The multiple mentoring schemes are evidence of this as seniors work to make you comfortable and actually want to work within the firm.

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Rebecca Howell

Rebecca howell - information technology, london.

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Studied BSc Computer Science, Industrial Placement Year at Nomura 2018 – 2019, Technology Graduate Programme Analyst - 2020

I joined Nomura as a business Analyst in Tech directly after exams. The first week consisted of 2 days in training (I missed a couple due to my exam timetable and as the Nomura placement starts quite early) and then we went to sit on the desks. As this was back in 2018, everyone who was on industrial placement was in office all the time. I was staffed on the ‘Symphony Project’ [setting up our internal communications system] and was provided with a lot of responsibility from an early stage so it was fun. I also completed an intern project that was a Symphony Bot, which is still running today.

I first heard of Nomura through the University Careers Fair, which is quite a well-attended event each year. Nomura attended and as a bank (compared to other types of placement organisation) offered a competitive pay and interesting business roles. The main pull to this particular placement was that it was in a business analyst role. As a woman in technology, it was quite rare to see this type of placement as an internship and roles tend to consist of software development or tech support so this option provided an exciting option for a woman in tech.

As a business analyst, many of my daily tasks worked cross-divisionally and I was fortunate to speak with a lot of different people across the business. While on the Symphony project, I worked with people in the Global Markets Division, Client Ecosystem Team, Investment Banking, Corporate Communications and Legal. Many of these relationships have continued throughout my time here and has enabled me to interact with people globally. Early in my placement year, my line manager moved to a different division within the firm and so I took responsibility of the project, enabling me to experience a very high level of exposure to the business as the lead business analyst on the project, leading meeting and other tasks that were very exciting.

The best way to make the most of the placement year is by grabbing every opportunity available, and doing so in the first three months is really important. As an intern, teams are not always aware of your capabilities or how much work to assign at the beginning; by offering to take on additional tasks you can demonstrate dependability and in suit you will gain more responsibility.

Another important aspect was networking. My graduate role is in a different team to that in which I interned and instead with the people I worked alongside on the project. Due to strong performance on the Symphony project, they offered me a graduate position and this is quite a common trend for Industrial Placement interns. By networking and demonstrating your competency in each task or project, you build greater respect from those around you. This way the teams can better understand your skills sets and know how you can add value as a graduate on their team.

The culture is a key aspect of the firm (as is the terrace bar) and the graduate intake are good friends, which naturally extends to the new graduates and interns as well. In the wider firm, everyone is friendly and always willing to give you their time to answer any questions. I also have good management which is very helpful as a junior. They give many opportunities to take on responsibility and support larger projects of substantial changes in tech.

Other groups such as the Public Speaking society provide the chance to network outside of your work areas and encounter people I would not have otherwise. Finally, the office location is great and flexible working options within tech (with the option to work from home up to three days a week) make it an enjoyable place to work.

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Saskia Alexandra ter Woort

Saskia alexandra ter woort - investment banking, london.

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Studied Economics Politics and International Studies at University of Warwick, joined the 2021 Investment Banking Graduate Analyst Training Programme

I chose Banking as it is a wide-ranging profession where you have the chance to get involved in any sector of the economy, be it Commercial, UK Corporates, Energy and Industrials, etc. There are a huge range of opportunities within investment banking, both sector-specific and global markets so you can pursue whatever piques your interest.

I first heard about Nomura from a friend who interned here the previous summer and informed me that the London office was one of the most incredible places to work, right on the bank of the Thames! Apart from the impressive real estate Nomura’s USP (unique selling point) is its position and expertise in Eastern markets, being the largest bank in Japan it holds prestige and regional understanding which is unique to Nomura. The majority of the bulge-bracket Investment Banks are western-centric, being European or American-led, the fact that Nomura was different and held a unique culture in this regard was an attractive prospect.

I joined the Risk Solutions Group (RSG) and completed the Graduate Analyst Training Programme in 2021, during which I particularly enjoyed getting to know the different graduates on the programme even in a mostly virtual format. I really enjoyed doing all the exams as I felt I had a foot in the door of Investment Banking and a better grasp of the knowledge that has ultimately complemented my IB experience.

RSG sits within the Client Financing Solutions (CFS) function of the Bank. Its role marries both Investment Banking and Global Markets so RSG have an active role within advisory supporting M&A hedging opportunities as well as having a foot in the door in the Global Markets division. While RSG sits in Investment Banking, it also spends a significant amount of its time examining the trajectory of rates and market developments, this combination of advisory and market understanding made the role of significant interest to me.

On a daily basis we look at different rates across the market (interest rates, inflation rates, currency, FX) and look to hedge our clients’ risk to rate movements. This is particularly important in the current environment as interest rates are continuously on the up driven by spiralling inflationary pressures; the rise in rates will mean that the debt interest rate payments will become prohibitively expensive, to mitigate this scenario we offer hedging instruments to mitigate their future risk exposure. Sometimes it may not seem as glamorous as other parts of banking but it is so interesting particularly in the current market as we are of tantamount importance to the bank and the clients we service.

The RSG team itself is very energetic, they are all young and dynamic which is a huge plus especially as an Analyst who has recently joined the firm. They are very welcoming, engaging and have a depth and breadth of expertise in the RSG product; I get to work around people who inspire me which helps to provide that extra burst of energy during the day!

My best advice to prospective interns or Analysts is to be proactive in your learning: do not leave it to other people to teach you and definitely ask questions. Take the initiative to learn for yourself as I have always found it easier to digest new information in my own time, then asking follow-up questions to those with subject matter expertise showing you have done your research in advance. Secondly, say yes to pretty much every opportunity that comes your way, no matter whether you find it daunting or a real challenge at first (e.g. presenting/presentation skills). Thirdly, being present and engaged in all training, be it scheduled as part of the Analyst Programme or information sharing on the desk, will put on will set you in good stead for the start of your career.

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Shreya Balamurugan

Shreya balamurugan - investment banking, london.

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I completed the Women’s Immersion Spring Insight Programme in 2019 and the Investment Banking Summer Internship in 2020, receiving a full time offer for the Investment Banking Graduate Analyst Programme in 2021. I initially heard about Nomura through university and applied for the Women’s Immersion Programme during my first year. It was a 2-week programme at the London office where we were introduced to the firm, provided technical and soft skills training and supported our allocated teams, which in my case was FIG. The experience was a great introduction to Investment Banking and helped me develop a deeper understanding of the industry.

Following the insight programme, I was fast-tracked to interviews for the 2020 Summer Internship and secured a place on the Investment Banking Sector Teams track. The insight I gained into the firm and its positioning through the Spring Insight Programme greatly guided my research while preparing to interview. I joined the Healthcare team for the summer programme and really enjoyed my experience so decided to re-join the team as a full-time analyst the following year after graduate training.

I enjoy working in banking as it is a fast-paced learning environment and at Nomura, you are often exposed to clients at a very early stage. Working in smaller teams gave me opportunities to take on responsibility from the get go; the atmosphere here is entrepreneurial and so proactivity and ownership are key attributes for analysts. Working in a sector team also allows you to understand the industry from a very detailed standpoint whilst working across all verticals.

The amount of progress I have seen in my work over the course of a year is substantial, especially when it comes to technical skills. My first two months on the healthcare team probably sparked the most amount of learning I have ever achieved in the shortest period of time, degree included. My internship was virtual due to COVID, so it was clear that being in office and around my colleagues gave me a more holistic and in-depth perspective into banking.

There is a lot of opportunity for growth and I feel like I’m at a stage where I can start to take more ownership of my projects. The responsibility given to me by my seniors really helps personal growth and lays out a clear path for further development. Over the course of the next year, I aim to keep honing my technical skills and present more on calls, both internal and client facing.

My advice to prospective applicants is to research Nomura and figure out why you want to join this firm and industry over others. Make sure you do read up, prepare adequately and demonstrate your enthusiasm to set yourself up for the summer internship if successful.

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Alberto Estevez

Alberto estevez - investment banking, london.

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Engineering Bachelors, Double Masters at Polytechnico University (Madrid), MiM at HEC Paris with a Major in Finance, 2020 Summer Intern – Investment Banking Sector Teams

My decision to pursue Investment Banking was driven by my Masters in Finance. We studied many corporate finance modules and from research I found the role of the investment banker very appealing: to assist clients on their most important financial decisions. As a junior it is a career in which you have a lot of exposure to different industries and in the result of your work has a significant impact. In terms of a learning experience, you end up taking on a lot more responsibility than in more traditional roles as this is a fast-paced industry. The skills that you develop as an investment banker are very transferable into alternative careers in finance.

I heard about Nomura at my University Careers Fair, where one of the Spanish alumni attended on behalf of the firm and told me about their internship there. They shared insights about their experience and demonstrated how the firm allowed juniors to gain a lot of exposure from the offset, which was appealing in comparison to some of its peers.

Nomura is entrepreneurial and your ideas are supported in the structure of the firm. When you start as a first year Analyst, you will end up doing tasks that others may not have the opportunity to help with until at Associate level by assisting in meetings and proposing ideas or solutions to client problems. It is a very welcoming place to work, learn and grow. Most importantly, the people at Nomura were extremely nice and working with people you enjoy sending time with is incredibly important within this industry.

Following this, I applied for the 2020 summer internship which was virtual due to the impact of the pandemic – it was different to the normal internship as it was for 5 weeks. The experience was enjoyable and included some great training and exposure for the team. I interned in the Equity Advisory team and re-joined as an analyst in the same team the following year.

As an Analyst, my tasks have changed significantly since joining Nomura as the team is more focussed on private placements which is equally engaging and challenging. The daily tasks can vary a lot, for example, if you are in a live transaction, you can be assisting a client (e.g. a start up in a growth stage) to risk capital to continue financing their operations and facilitate growth. Our function is to look for investors, advise on and structure the process, and finally help the client prepare marketing materials or business plans in a way that is attractive to investors. You work hand in hand with seniors in the team making this a very flat structure.

Another side of the job relates to business development and generating opportunities by looking for exciting companies that may be in a position of needing capital. You can then discuss this with your seniors and other teams to determine whether this might originate to approach them and prepare a pitch. This in particular is a process in which juniors become heavily involved. So overall, it is not just spreadsheets and PowerPoints.

My advice to incoming interns or aspiring bankers it to be open-minded when it comes to different opportunities on the route to your chosen career and to be resilient. It is not a requirement for you to attend certain universities or follow a straightforward path. You should be open to accepting different working experiences and gaining exposure in more than one specific area to fully understand what you will enjoy in your career and what you might actually excel in.

It is important to have the correct attitude, be willing to learn and to help. As an Analyst, you will be staffed in very attractive client pitches in conjunction with other less glamorous tasks that are equally integral to the courses of business and your team’s success. Be proactive and try to learn many transferrable skills at university. Finally, grow your network as investment banking is truly a people-centric business.

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Gaia Maddalena Racca

Gaia maddalena racca - global markets, milan.

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Studied BA in War Studies and International Relations at Kings College London, completed Global Markets Graduate Training in 2019

How did you join the Investment Banking Graduate Programme?

I first came to Nomura via the off-cycle internship interview process for the Italian Geographical Coverage Team that was searching for a junior to support across Assets, Credit, Rates and FX. I interviewed in spring 2019 and joined the Global Markets Graduate Training in August 2019.

What happened during the Graduate Programme?

We first completed a month of training then joined the Graduate Programme in office in September. During the month of August, the Graduate Training brought together the Global Analyst class from across Hong Kong, New York, Singapore and Tokyo to train in London.

During the month of training, we had daily classes covering the basics of financial products and economic theory. I found these extremely useful as I did not come from an academic financial background so it helped bring me up to speed. At the end of each week, we were set mini-assessments to check our knowledge and also challenges in teams of seven or eight individuals from across the globe. Examples of these included a Trading Simulation in a Beta environment and Client Pitching exercise in which we came up with a trading idea, which we presented before seniors, colleagues and peers. This was empowering and gave a soft start from the zero to one hundred you experience when coming into GM.

Further, two or three times a week, we went to workshops hosted by Nomura employees who gave insights in to their specific business areas and daily activities. This was really interesting as firstly we had immediate access to senior people who would then know who you are from the start of your time on the floor but also enabled us to learn about the business.

In the first few months following training, we attended development programme sessions during which external companies gave lectures and soft skills training on topics including: how to work alongside people with contrasting personalities; how to build your personal brand; and how to network effectively. Trainings re-created realistic scenarios and reflected on ‘what was right/wrong about the situation’ and gave actionable points on the best ways to ask for information from seniors and highlighted constructive approaches to difficult situations.

As you come from a non-financial academic background, how did you develop your financial knowledge outside of the Nomura training programme?

There were two avenues through which I developed the knowledge: firstly through studies for the FCA exams and secondly due to having prior experience in financial institutions.

In my role, I must be FCA certified in order to speak with and advise clients. This required me to take three very intense, finance-specific exams that caught me up on a year or two of financial knowledge that you would otherwise learn at university within two months of study. As I could not fulfil my function without the accreditation, my manager allowed me to study during work hours. Everyone around the office was incredibly helpful in responding to any questions and providing additional resources (through learning portals and colleagues’ own materials).

Nomura’s graduate scheme was not my first as previously I had undertaken a graduate scheme at an alternative financial institution. While not at a bank, the role provided opportunities to speak with clients within investment banking and wealth management that formed a base level of knowledge and sparked my personal interest.

Overall, I am still learning as the job requires continual development, however the first four months of the graduate programme got me up to speed with someone with a financial degree.

As an Associate, what are your current responsibilities and/or highlights you can discuss?

I received my first (small) client batch during my first year at Nomura. I was really grateful for the amount of trust and support that my manager put in me. He helped me when doing my first cold calls and guided on the best way to present myself effectively in front of other traders when I had to call them to ask for prices. Following on from this, I developed, gained more clients and started to specialise into different areas. Currently, I have a roster of around 25 clients who I cover for both rates and credit. Over the past year and a half, my specialty area has really taken shape by becoming the subject expert within my team and further for Asia Credit.

One of the most significant challenges faced was the fall-out of BREXIT as this forced many people who covered geographically-specific teams to move to different countries and cover alternative clients. While it was a challenge, it also provided an opportunity to inherit clients in the Italian credit space and enabled me to grow into this area and take ownership of sales for the Italian market at the firm. I have developed great relationships with traders in Hong Kong which has made me the go to person for information about the market on products like China Credit. This is definitely one of my biggest achievements at Nomura to date.

What do you feel sets Nomura apart from its competitors?

The work environment and the culture are different to other banks. I cannot identify whether the culture is influenced from top down or vice versa but the environment and relationships that I have experienced with people even at very senior levels are amazing. We joke, we laugh and if I need help in any aspect of my life I would be really comfortable to ask my manager or colleagues for advice.

For example, I was talking in office about how I had bought a new ceiling fan and did not know how to put it up. One of the Executive Directors from FX (we don’t even work together) who sits in front of me asked me to show him a picture and he could come by and help you fix it as he has a knack for it! I would have never imagined a trading floor with that kind of environment, where people cultivate actual friendships and enjoy going for a drink together or where someone comes back from lunch with ice creams for the floor. I think that kind of environment is pretty unique to Nomura.

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James Puleston

James puleston - global markets, london.

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Studied Master’s in Applied Mathematics from University of Cambridge and Theoretical Physics at UCL, completed Summer Internships in 2018 & 2019, joined the GM Graduate Programme in 2020, now: eFX Quant

I have always liked maths and coding and have interests in current affairs, so I thought that banking, and in particular Global Markets, was a place in which I could bring some of those elements together. Currently I code in a number of languages, applying statistics and machine learning techniques to our systematic FX trading business, in an environment driven by politics and topical events – it’s been a great position to combine my interests in one place.

I completed two internships at Nomura, both within Global Markets. The first was rotational across GM desks and focussed on credit trading, credit structuring and an area called Client Ecosystems. I was offered a role in one of these teams following the internship but it was not quite in line with my career aspirations and interests, so I worked with the Graduate Recruitment Team to take on a second internship the following year in the AI Labs team. I now work as an eFX Quant, building algorithmic trading strategies for our Electronic Foreign Exchange business.

The experience on my team has been excellent, everyone is super friendly and knowledgeable. That which stands out the most about working with them is that I am treated as a complete equal to other team members even though I am (at multiple levels) more junior than they are. I’ve been given a huge amount of responsibility, leading projects which directly affect trading decisions across our global franchise, and my opinions are treated with the same amount of sincerity as those of my seniors, allowing me to influence big decisions and deliver value to the team.

My advice to incoming interns or graduates would be to focus on attention to detail. Both banks and markets are big, complex structures, and understanding the details goes a long way to help you stand out from your peers. In my world, paying attention to details means projects are delivered right the first time, allowing us to deliver immediate value to the firm and our clients. Focussing on details allows you to become a specialist – be prepared to teach yourself new skills, apply them to solve problems with a degree of perfectionist attitude, and you can quickly become a highly valued member of the team.

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Arthur Busnel

Arthur busnel - 2023 investment banking off-cycle intern in paris, joined the 2023 investment banking graduate analyst programme.

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Master in Management, Corporate Finance Track at ESSEC Business School

Following my years studying corporate finance at ESSEC Business School, I decided to do an internship in Investment Banking to put my knowledge in practice. The role of the Investment Banker intern is truly interesting as you have the opportunity to work on several deals across a wide range of sectors. This allows you to really know what you like and where you are the best to better chose where and how you want to start your career.

I heard about Nomura through my previous internship where a former colleague told me it was a very active office in Paris with a dedicated team. I contacted former interns from the Nomura Paris office who told me that the firm offers strong exposure for interns compared to other investment banking companies and allows interns to gain strong experience while working with more experienced colleague. During my year at ESSEC I studied in Singapore for 6 months and was attracted to the Asian culture, Nomura was the perfect company to bring together Asia and banking. After two rounds of interview, I joined Nomura as an intern for a 6-month off-cycle program in January 2023.

From an intern perspective, Nomura offers a challenging and dynamic work environment. Interns are given the opportunity to work on various projects and contribute to the success of the company. They are exposed to various aspects of the business and have the chance to learn from experienced professionals with longstanding careers. Nomura places a strong emphasis on mentorship and career development, providing interns with guidance and support throughout their internship.

During the very first days of my internship I was on boarded on two ongoing sell-sides in different sectors. This allowed me to gain a lot of exposure as I worked closely with the analysts and associates in the team to create the marketing materials for the deals. Over the 6-months of my internship I gained a lot of experience and was able to work more autonomously on bigger and more challenging tasks. Eventually I rejoined the team as a full-time analyst in July 2023.

One advice I would give to a future interns is to build good relationships and trust with you team. The more your team believes in you the more exposure you are going to get. It is key to always have a good attitude and be detailed oriented to achieve your goals. The Investment Banking sector is full of opportunities and if you show willingness you will have the opportunity to truly build your career.

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Vivian Behl

Vivian behl - 2022 investment banking off-cycle intern in frankfurt, joined the 2023 investment banking graduate analyst programme.

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Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Master of Finance at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management with concentration in Corporate Finance

My interest in investment banking sparked during my studies, as I discovered the variety of responsibilities the job facilitates: From advising clients on large, complex financial transactions such as an acquisition or merger, to help conducting a capital raise and act as strategic advisor on financial decisions. In detail, this entails a combination of financial modelling and the client facing aspects of the job. As a junior banker, you will have exposure to all kinds of industries, and you will take on responsibility and ownership for you work from day 1. The extremely challenging and fast-paced environment offers a steep learning curve and exposure to high profile transactions, equipping you with a well sought-after skillset.

I heard about Nomura and found out about their strong positioning and expertise in the Eastern markets, being the largest bank in Japan. As a world renown bank with its prestigious reputation and regional understanding, Nomura is able to attract reputable clients and thus offering the opportunity to work on meaningful deals and gain valuable experience. Moreover, the smaller team structures enable greater responsibility early on, which is unique to Nomura.

I applied to the Nomura Off-Cycle internship at the Frankfurt Office to gain first-hand experience of the job. During the first week, you receive a structured training program, before you support the team on the preparation of marketing materials and the day-to-day execution of live mandates. The progress made over a short period of time, especially in regard of technical skills, gave me an in-depth perspective of investment banking.

At the end of my internship, I received the return offer to join Nomura as Investment Banking Analyst in their Frankfurt IBD team, and completed the Graduate Analyst Training Programme in 2023. This 4-week training program in New York, US is designed to bring everyone up to speed and prepare you for the desk. On the programme, I particularly enjoyed getting to know the graduates from all around the globe, as you will work on cross-border projects alongside colleagues in other Nomura offices worldwide.

My advice to prospective interns or aspiring Analysts is to be curious, come prepared and ask questions. With the right attitude and the willingness to learn, everyone around you will be happy to teach you and answer your questions. You will be surrounded by highly skilled professionals with years of extensive experience working on very complex and interesting transactions, and you can benefit from this expertise. Be proactive in your learning and bring the passion to accelerate as there will be a lot of room for growth.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Strengthening our business by embedding a culture of diversity.

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Overview
  • How do we foster Inclusion?
  • Our Inclusion Networks
  • Corporate Memberships & Charters

At Nomura, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) are not just ethical requirements, they are integral to our commitment to create a business that is reflective of the diversity we see in our communities and those we serve.

The evolution of our DEI Strategy will cultivate a culture that prioritises hiring diverse talent, developing & promoting our people, providing optimum support and access through our networks and initiatives and enriching the overall health of our organization through inclusive best practices.

We foster an inclusive culture through a focus on our five pillars of DEI – the 5As.

Pillars of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Accountability-Led Efforts – We are committed to our accountability to progression. We believe that it is every leader’s and manager’s responsibility to know and engage with their talent and support their growth and development at the firm.

Attracting Diverse Talent – Creating a diverse workforce culture is key to our growth as a business. It is critical that we seek talent of different backgrounds and experiences for all parts of the firm. We must search for talent in new places and different ways to find the most extraordinary people.

Advancement of Our People – One of our most important prioritises is investing in our people to grow and develop them. We aim to increase our efforts to advance the careers of our diverse talent through intentional programming geared towards delivering impacts.

Awareness & Education – Fostering inclusion is essential to building a thriving workforce. Inclusivity enables us to have an environment in which people can bring their true authentic selves to work each and everyday.

Awards & Recognition – Internally and externally recognised the work we and our people do daily to support and drive change in our organisation is important to retaining our top talent and attracting future diverse pipeline.

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Gender Balance

Our employee-led Inclusion Networks play a crucial role in helping to promote and advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the firm. The EMEA Inclusion Networks are an important part of our strategy and provide a safe space from which employees can discuss sensitive topics, as well as forums to offer support, understanding, information and connectivity.

In EMEA we currently have four Inclusion Networks: PRIDE, EMBRACE, LIFE and GENDER BALANCE.

PRIDE supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender professionals to preform to their utmost potential and helps create a strong network of allies to understand LGBT+ issues. The network celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2020 and works closely to complete our annual Stonewall index submissions. Entering the index demonstrates that making Nomura LGBT inclusive remains a priority.

We achieved a Silver Award in relation to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index ranking as well as an acknowledgement of the allyship and intersectionality focus within our campaigns and initiatives. Nomura now ranks 169th of 403 participants, representing a jump of 29 places since our last submission in 2020.

EMBRACE is focused on driving cultural, racial and systemic change whilst advancing those from minoritised and/or marginalised communities, established in 2020. The network is a forum to discuss racial diversity, drive cultural change and build understanding of Black, Asian and other minoritised groups’ issues across Nomura.

Here at Nomura, we are dedicated on increasing representation of ethnically diverse groups across all areas of the firm. To this end, we are proud signatories of BITC’s Race at Work Charter.

Our LIFE network provides engagement, education and support for employees on family, health and wellbeing as well as stress and life management matters.

In Q2 2022, the network launched a monthly parental support group for parents with children with Special Educational Needs. The aim of the SEN Support Group is to bring together parents of children with SEN to support each other, and to encourage our neuro diverse employees to share their experiences and make their own connections.

Our Gender Balance network is focused on promoting a gender-inclusive culture and fostering a diverse workforce to support the firm’s strategic growth by achieving gender parity within Nomura.

Through signing the Women in Finance Charter in 2018, we set ourselves tangible goals and agreed to share progress on these publically each year. In the third year of our three year plan we continue to make progress despite challenging market conditions and overall firm performance.

Our employee Inclusion Networks are designed to help build relationships, share ideas, contribute to career development and progression, and foster inclusion, equity and diversity from the ground up.

We also work with a number of external partners to make our workplace as diverse, inclusive and as open as possible. By working with these organisations, employees can take advantage of attending industry events throughout the year. Our partners include:  

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In addition, we are signatories to the BITC Race at Work Charter and Women in Finance Charter. We also have mentoring programmes: Moving Ahead’s 30% Club mentoring programme and BITC’s Mentoring Circles.

We’re looking to recruit individuals who are motivated

  • Apprenticeship Programmes
  • Insight Programmes
  • Internship Programmes
  • Graduate Programmes
  • Apprentice Programmes Overview
  • Multimedia Apprenticeships
  • Operations Apprenticeships
  • Real Estate & Services Apprenticeships
  • Technology Apprenticeships

Our apprenticeships will see you working within one of our industry leading teams. You’ll gain your qualification in partnership with one of our training providers and have the opportunity to progress your career in a wide range of roles. Alongside this, you’ll have your own personal development plan to ensure you are ready for the challenges ahead. Throughout the scheme you will get lots of support and encouragement from HR, your line manager and the team around you.

We offer apprenticeships on an ad-hoc basis for periods between 12-24 months across the Corporate division, including Technology and Human Resources.

Please refer to the Apply Now section to see if we have any current vacancies.

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Our Human Resources department provides comprehensive human resource manager services for the company. Its main functions include recruitment, payroll, learning and development, employee training and development programmes as well as a range of advisory services.

We currently offer HR apprentices in the following areas:

HR Advisor - The HR Advisory teams cover Nomura’s three core divisions: Global Markets, Investment Banking and Corporate Infrastructure. This role involves working in conjunction with HR Advisors to deliver solutions, advising managers on handling performance, absence, and other concerns, and supporting the Year-End Compensation process, amongst other projects.

CAO Apprentice - The role sits within Human Resource CAO (Chief Administrative Office) team and is a fantastic role for someone looking to begin a career within finance and general management. Although not a finance role per se, key stills would include being good with numbers and confident in dealing with senior managers withint the business.

HR Analyst Centre - The HR Analyst Team is responsible for managing the workflow of employee lifecycle activities between the strategic HR Advisor teams and the HR administrator team. The role requires interaction with HR colleagues and clients across the whole company and at all levels. The HR Analyst Team also supports the Graduate Recruitment and Programme Teams with the regular in-take of Graduates and Interns.

Learning and Development – This role sits within the EMEA Talent Team, directly supporting the Leadership & Development team. This role plays a critical part in ensuring that all Leadership & Development activities are executed to the highest standard. Key capabilities in this role are interpersonal skills, a drive for efficiency and effectiveness in execution, and a continuous improvement mind-set.

Graduate Recruitment – The Graduate Recruitment Team is responsible for attracting, recruiting and retaining the strongest candidates through strategic initiatives across European universities and business schools. This role would be involved at each stage of the recruitment process, from marketing and logistics for careers fairs, assisting with interview days and assessment centres, and supporting our summer internships and spring insight programmes.

The primary role of Multimedia is to provide in-house Audio Visual & Multimedia support with event management. This function is vital in enabling Nomura to communicate globally over video conference both internally and with clients. It also provides powerful internal communications support and the facilities are used extensively by Nomura’s clients to support their roadshows and results presentations.

The role will provide the candidate with a solid background in creating, operating and servicing Audio Visual technologies for the corporate environment in line with the InfoComm AV Certified Technologies Specialist (CTS) accreditation. The role will also expose the candidate to industry standard Video Conferencing solutions, with an overview of Broadcast Hardware and Film Editing Software.

Our Corporate Infrastructure Division is what underpins the success of the entire organization. These are the functions that support the business, helping us deliver innovative financial solutions that set Nomura apart in the global marketplace. In our highly competitive and fast-paced industry, strong infrastructure teams are fundamental to our success. Our Operations teams work closely with Sales, Trading and Technology teams and develop innovative and efficient approaches to our clients' investment, liquidity and risk management needs. You will also work with our training provider towards your Level 3 Investment Operations qualification.

As an Operations Apprentice you will be involved in:

  • Processing, controlling, confirming and settling transactions
  • Researching and troubleshooting problems such as resolving booking issues and cash breaks
  • Documenting process flows and creating procedure manuals for the functions performed
  • Reviewing current processes and procedures for improvements, reduce risks and increase controls
  • Assisting with client service initiatives
  • Building successful relationships with colleagues in Mumbai

The main activities of the Real Estate & Services department include property acquisition, disposal and space utilisation, general operations, administration, maintenance and repair, corporate travel and services, and health and safety.

Our current role is based within the Health, Safety & Environmental team, providing support and assistance in delivering environmental services across the Nomura EMEA region. As an apprentice in this team you will be involved in:

  • Assisting with maintaining the company environmental management system
  • Supporting with the coordination of best practice meetings and workshops
  • Monitoring environmental legislative changes and providing briefings and actions
  • Liaising with environmental staff at other company locations (eg Tokyo)
  • Assisting with the daily operations of the Real Estate & Services team

Our programme will provide you with opportunities to develop your skills and the knowledge you need to progress your career within one of our industry leading technology teams.

We offer roles within Development, Support and Infrastructure. Within the Development team, you’ll be working on cutting edge applications across a number of business lines. In Support you could be responsible for a number of systems that are critical to the running of the bank. If you prefer the Infrastructure side, you’ll be working on the infrastructure that supports all our major applications across the bank, from our web applications to staff email and messaging.

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Nomura has two spring insight programmes designed to help you explore the world of investment banking and experience the variety of career paths available. You will have the opportunity to gain exposure across all our business functions, helping you to decide if a career in banking is right for you and to identify where your skill set is best suited within our business.

We will give you the opportunity to put your academic knowledge into practice through interactive case studies, workshops and desk shadowing.

Nomura is passionate about developing talent from an early stage and our programmes act as the main pipeline for our summer internships and ultimately, our Graduate Training Programmes.

Nomura offers the following insight programmes:

  • Women’s Immersion
  • Explore Nomura (exclusively for SEO affiliated members)

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Which insight programme am I eligible to apply to?

For further information on each programme, see the programme overview:

Programme Overview

- Increase your exposure of a corporate environment and learn the basics about our Investment Banking, Global Markets and Corporate Infrastructure divisions - Gain real life experience in a fast paced, high energy environment - Business presentations - Interactive skills sessions - Networking events - Group project work - Career advice and guidance

- Case Study Exercises - Networking and teamwork training - Interview skills and CV workshops - Presentation skills training

- Group project presentations - Opportunity to be considered for 2020 Women’s Immersion and/or Explore Nomura Programme

The Women’s Immersion Programme offers a two week unpaid work experience in one of our front office divisions:

  • Investment Banking (IBD)
  • Global Markets (GM)

You will have the chance to gain an in-depth insight into Nomura and the world of Investment Banking through:

  • Case study exercises
  • Graduate panel discussions
  • Business overview presentations
  • Technical and soft skills training
  • Networking and social events
  • Buddy support network

Your insight training is divided into technical work and soft skills development. You’ll have the chance to start expanding your financial knowledge with classroom based learning ahead of joining a team on the GM or IB floor:

  • Training on Financial Markets, Accounting, Excel and Trading
  • On the desk technical training
  • Interview skills and CV workshops
  • Presentation skills training

During your time with Nomura, you will work on an individual project, which will be presented as part of your assessment.

You will have the opportunity to be fast tracked for a 2025 summer internship programme interviews.

The Explore Nomura Programme offers a 4 day classroom based insight across our Investment Banking, Global Markets and Corporate Infrastructure divisions. This programme is exclusively for those who are affliated with SEO. The application link will be provided to these members directly by SEO and not through the "Apply Now" section of our website.

Within this programme, you will have the opportunity to gain an insight into Nomura and the world of Investment Banking through:

  • Mock Interviews
  • Group Projects

You will receive the following training as part of the Explore programme:

  • An introduction to Banking & Finance
  • Soft skills development workshops
  • Interview Preparation, including case study workshops

After your 4 days with Nomura, you will have the opportunity to be fast tracked for a 2025 summer internship programme interviews.

Applications for our Insight Programmes open from 1st September 2023. We recruit on a rolling basis and therefore advise you to apply as soon as possible, and in advance of 10th January 2024 when applications will close.

  • Internship Programme Overview
  • Global Markets - Summer Internship Programme
  • Investment Banking - Summer Internship Programme
  • Risk - Summer Internship & Industrial Placement Programme
  • Technology - Summer Internship & Industrial Placement Programme

During an internship with Nomura, you can expect to experience the same level of exposure as a full-time Analyst. Through seminars and networking events, you will have the opportunity to gain exposure with Nomura professionals at all levels, and form strong working relationships. We strive to ensure you feel fully supported through ongoing training modules, an allocated buddy, and an assigned mentor; all to best help develop your career in financial services.

All Summer Analyst, Regional Analyst and Industrial Placement Programmes offer the opportunity to be considered for our Graduate Programmes.

The Global Markets internship programme takes place in our London office each summer.

What’s involved?

As a summer intern, you will build relationships and take on challenges as a full member of the team, allowing you to develop a unique experience that will be vital in your future career. You will gain valuable on-the-job training and see what makes us the most exciting proposition in the investment banking world. Roles could include:

Sales, Trading and Structuring

Sales - Develop and maintain strong relationships with the firm's clients which include banks, pension funds, hedge funds, insurance companies and corporate clients. Sales colleagues are responsible for delivering the capabilities of the firm in the form of services and products that best suit the clients’ needs.

Trading - Control and manage the firm's exposure to the markets by buying and selling securities and providing liquidity (market-making). Traders work together with sales, structuring and research in the development of trading strategies for our clients.

Research - Provide internal and external views and published research on sectors, companies and markets. Deliver insights, investment ideas and strategies for asset managers and internal clients that assume market risk.

Structuring - Design and develop innovative products and strategies that are tailored to specific client needs. Structurers work together with sales, trading and research to analyze the risk exposure of the firm’s clients, and deliver tailor-made solutions that address their needs.

Wholesale Digital Office

Strats - Research and development mathematical models and algorithms used in the trading business for market making, principal risk taking and portfolio management for both our systematic trading team as well as the broader Nomura Wholesale Business

Quants - Developing mathematical models for pricing and risk managing derivative trades, in partnership with the trading desks, and implementing them in the firm’s trading systems

New Business - Assisting in research or analysis of various disruptive technology investments including Fintec and Digital

The process

The Sales, Trading and Structuring internship programme will consist of two desk placements across the different functions of the Global Markets division. The teams you are placed in depend on our organisational needs at the time, however we will also take into account your preferences and the skills you demonstrate at interview. The Wholesale Digital Office internship is non-rotational.

You will receive constant feedback throughout your internship. At the start of the programme you will be assigned a mentor and a buddy. Both will review your performance and offer you support, help and advice throughout your time with Nomura.

You can find out more from our graduates and their experiences here .

The London Investment Banking summer internship programme takes place in June for 9 weeks. During the internship, interns are placed on one desk, in either a sector or client financing and solutions team. We also offer a summer internship in our Zurich office placed in the Nomura Greentech team.

Our continental offices in Europe offer 3 to 6 month Analyst internships year round in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid.

Internships are designed as a spring-board to a career in investment banking. We will give you exposure to the challenges and opportunities a full-time Analyst will have in their first year with us.

In addition to on-the-job experience, you will benefit from a series of training modules that will help you develop key professional skills. There will be a range of networking events with senior Nomura bankers and seminars to give you an in-depth knowledge of the division. This internship programme is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about investment banking. The teams you could join are:

  • Consumer  – Provides advisory and financing services to a wide range of consumer facing businesses. Established base of both global mega-caps and smaller but ambitious corporate clients  
  • Debt Advisory –  Focused on providing independent debt advice on M&A, brownfield and greenfield financing situations. Natural synergies with GII however sector agnostic with a focus on providing the best advice for the client through origination, structuring and execution. Debt advisory is highly active across EMEA and North America encompassing a wide spectrum of sectors including new technologies such as SAF and Hydrogen as first of a kind financing's
  • Equity Advisory  – Nomura is the only global investment bank providing independent equity advisory services. We provide clients with advisory and support in executing equity-related transactions including IPO’s, Rights Issues, Accelerated Bookbuildings, Private Placements and Equity-Linked Products
  • Financial Institutions Group  – Focus on coverage and execution for a wide range of clients across the UK, France/Benelux, Iberia, Italy, and Greece. Our clients span traditional FIG institutions like banks and insurers, and wealth/asset managers, trust/corporate services and other diversified financials
  • Financial Sponsors  – Focusing on covering Financial Sponsor and Alternative Investment clients, including a broad range of Private Equity funds, Sovereign Wealth funds and Pension funds
  • Healthcare  – Growing team with in depth industry expertise built through advising both Corporate and Financial Sponsor clients on acquisitions shaping the industry. In addition to M&A, the team has a track record of providing Leveraged Finance and Risk Solutions within a broad range of subsectors, including specialty pharma, biotechnology, medical technology, animal health and healthcare services
  • M&A  – Focusing on the execution and origination of domestic EMEA and cross-border transactions, with exposure to all industry and country teams
  • Nordic  – Focuses on providing advisory services to, and maintaining relationships with, key Nordic corporates, financial sponsors and various Government ministries. In addition, the Nordic team works closely with Nomura’s industry and products teams on leverage finance and Risk Management Solutions

You will be placed in one team during your internship. Whichever team you are assigned to, you will benefit from a range of invaluable experiences that will give you a clear head-start on a career at Nomura.

There will be constant feedback throughout your placement. At the start of your programme, you will be assigned a mentor and a buddy who will review your performance and offer you any help and advice you might need.

Our Finance summer Analyst programme is a 9 week programme for students in their penultimate and final year. As a summer Analyst, you will be trained, placed in a business and encouraged to develop your skills. We will give you the opportunity to see how our Finance division functions and the role it plays in our business as a whole.

You will take on responsibility from day one, building strong working relationships and facing challenges as a full member of the team. As you progress in your internship, you will have the opportunity to take on extra responsibility, which will help you gain knowledge and experience, which will be vital to your career.

What's involved?

Finance plays a pivotal role in our business and you will help our division provide expert and timely advice throughout all banking divisions. Depending on the team you join responsibilities could include:

Treasury - Understand key drivers for liquidity for Nomura entities, analyse the liquidity position of Nomura entities, manage the liquidity systems and data feeds that support stress testing for certain business / product lines, and provide commentary to Treasury management on changes in the liquidity profile of individual entities.

Product Control - Review daily trading activity to ensure correct accounting and P&L recognition treatment, perform independent price testing of trading portfolios using market data and internal models, conduct P&L discussions with trading desks at the end of each day, provide explanation of trading P&L and reporting to Product Control, and management of the consolidated weekly, monthly and quarterly commentaries.

Financial Resource Management - Understand the balance sheet and capital position of Nomura entities, analyse key issues around P&L, balance sheet and capital management, manage databases and modelling projections of financial resources into the future, and provide inputs into internal and external communication around key challenges and solutions for resource related issues.

Tax – Assist with the preparation of UK corporate tax returns to meet all UK group compliance obligations, assist with the EMEA quarterly tax provisioning / reporting process, become familiar with key concepts within Corporate and VAT tax law, and advise on operational tax matters including withholding tax obligations and various stamp duties. As well as a wide exposure to Nomura and on-the-job experience, you will receive structured training, a buddy and a mentor who will provide you with advice and guidance, as well as answer any questions you have regarding your career development.

Our Operations programmes include a 9 week summer internship for penultimate year students or a 12 month Industrial Placement. You will be trained, placed in a business and encouraged to develop your skills. We will give you the opportunity to see how our Operations division functions and the role it plays in our business as a whole.

What's involved:

As part of the Operations team, you will be responsible for the management and execution of transactions in a way that maximizes profitability and minimizes risks. The division's main responsibility is to process, control and settle all Nomura's transactions and as a result you will work closely with Sales, Trading and IT teams and develop innovative and efficient approaches to our clients’ investment, liquidity and risk management needs. Through this programme, you will gain in-depth knowledge of Operations whilst being exposed to a wide breadth of operations disciplines, such as:

Global Markets Business Services play a key role in controlling and supporting the full range of Global Markets activities. Work closely with Global Markets to support and facilitate business development and execution to build the client franchise. Key control function providing operational expertise across a broad scope of activities to manage associated risks and deliver positive business outcomes. Deliver product, process and industry expertise to wider Operations and Strategic Firm Wide Change initiatives.

Operations Change Management deliver transformational change for Operations to meet regulatory, control, business enablement and efficiency goals. Ensure a structured approach to delivery and transparency of decision making for projects and programmes. Elicit business requirements from users, regulators and industry participants and ensure that they are robustly tested and are fit-for-purpose in advance of go-live.

EMEA Shared Services covers a group of functions which provides operational services to support the activities of the Global Markets, IBD and Corporate functions. The EMEA group covers Settlements Oversight functions across all asset classes working closely with our Powai teams. New Issues are a global support team for the issuance of debt securities where Nomura International act as lead manager or dealer for a new debt security. Asset Servicing which involves processing corporate events working with the front office to ensure Nomura reflects its positions correctly. Tax Operations incorporates tax reporting and calculation. Reference Data Oversight is responsible for overseeing the day to day processing of all data in the Reference Data stores and associated downstream unlinked systems. Network Management function covers both the selection and performance of Nomura’s custody and settlement agent banks along with a high level of regulatory focus on due diligence

Regulatory Operations caries out the operational processes to meet our regulatory Client Assets responsibilities; oversight and management of Transaction Reporting under MiFID, EMIR and CFTC regulations; performance of due-diligence controls for new clients and on an ongoing basis to ensure clients pass Anti-Money Laundering and other control checks required by regulators and by the firm; and integration of new clients and new trading accounts into Nomura systems.

Operations Control includes the creation and maintenance of control standards; internal independent review of Key Risk Indicators; oversight of reconciliation processes; analysis of Operations risk events and trends; oversight of timely remediation of audit and regulatory issues; the review of new products and processes; and the oversight and management of independent internal quality assurance testing of processes.

Our Risk programmes include a 9 week summer internship for penultimate year students or a 12 month Industrial Placement. You will be trained, placed in a business and encouraged to develop your skills. We will give you the opportunity to see how our Risk division functions and the role it plays in our business as a whole.

Depending on the team you join, responsibilities could include:

Operational Risk Management : You will work across our business functions to ensure they are managing their operational risks effectively. Using tools such as event reporting, KRIs, Risk Control Self Assessments (RCSAs) and scenario analysis, you will assist in the various aspects of the Operational Risk lifecycle, i.e. identification, assessment, remediation and monitoring, of Operational Risks identified.

New Business Group : Working with the New Business Group Managers, you will engage with a variety of business units and corporate functions, in several aspects of the New Product and New Transaction review and approval process, to ensure all new products and transaction have gone through the appropriate due diligence and to help support strong corporate governance and risk management.

Credit Risk : Alongside our credit officers, you will analyze the credit quality of hedge funds, corporates and financial institutions before we take them on as clients. You will obtain an overview of rating analysis, trading limits, reporting and advice provided by the Credit Risk analysts in managing our counterparty exposure.

Market Risk : Focused on fixed-income you will evaluate our exposure in cash and derivatives, making sure all relevant data is recorded and used in daily risk calculations. You will work with the Market Risk Managers gaining insight in to trading limits and mandates, market risk reporting and how they work with the business to identify and analyze market risks and concentrations.

Our Technology programmes include a 9 week summer internship for final year students or a 12 month Industrial Placement. You will be trained, placed in a business and encouraged to develop your skills. We will give you the opportunity to see how our Technology division functions and the role it plays in our business as a whole.

Technology at Nomura involves working with, and designing, state-of-the-art information technology and risk management systems. These are the systems that can often give us that crucial, split-second edge over our competitors. Work ranges from infrastructure support and deployment to in-house development of complex modelling software and applications.

This programme will give you the opportunity to develop new applications that keep us at the forefront of technology. You’ll develop an impressive level of technical knowledge, using a range of technologies (Java, C#, C++, SQL, Python, Perl, JavaScript, HTML/CSS and others) and frameworks (Spring, Maven, Camel, WPF, Node, React, and many others). Depending on your role, you’ll gain an understanding of different financial products, and build a valuable knowledge of risk management techniques and live trade analysis.

There is a wide breadth of roles available in technology. Your role will fit into one of the below:

Business Analysis – To help bridge the gap between the worlds of Technology and the business, Business Analysts are the intermediary through which each side can communicate effectively. Each modification we make to our in-house software requires complete understanding and agreement from both sides as to how things are to be changed, and as a Business Analyst you will facilitate this. You’ll be meeting regularly with business representatives to understand the problems that are currently occurring, and will be translating these problems into concrete requirements for the Development and Support teams. Analytical skills are a must for this role, as well as the ability to express an idea in more than one domain language.

Software Development – Bespoke software is at the heart of everything we do, and as a software developer you will help build out our ecosystem to help our clients and traders create and maintain a competitive advantage over other banks and organisations on the street. We write a large proportion of our software in-house and you could be involved with anything from generating real-time risk measures for our traders, to ensuring that payments to other companies are correctly collated, calculated and executed. As a software developer at Nomura, you will be designing, implementing and deploying solutions to meet rapidly changing business and regulatory needs. Strong coding skills and a logical outlook are a must.

Technical Support – To support the many systems that are written in house, our technical support teams are the first line of communication between our business users and Technology. As a member of one of our dedicated teams you’ll be doing anything from diagnosing and remediating issues in complex system flows to investigating previously unknown issues, all while in contact with traders or other business staff in a fast-paced environment. Excellent communication and technology knowledge are required to get the ‘big picture’ and disseminate information to find a solution to issues.

Bear in mind, that not all jobs fit into one of these categories, and can sometimes span two or all three!

Your role will be in the context of one of our IT divisions:

CTS – Corporate Technology Services is responsible for delivering and supporting business applications to Operations; Finance; Compliance; Investment Banking; and the rest of the Corporate divisions. CTS plays an essential role in servicing the Firm’s business needs and future direction by providing the appropriate solutions and capacity whilst also ensuring the ability of the Firm to report, monitor and supervise this business.

EIS – Enterprise Infrastructure Services are responsible for delivery and architecture of Nomura’s Core IT Infrastructure. Encompassing Cloud and Digital Technology, Systems Monitoring, Orchestration and Automation as well as more traditional enterprise IT Platforms (Storage, Servers, Virtualisation, Networks & Database). EIS offer technology services that underpin the banks application landscape, and provide front to back end user services that operate across technology and business disciplines. Offering an ever broader range of career options, EIS provide not only technology pathways in development, product engineering or technical support, but provide consultative services that form delivery of solutions within the bank spanning Business Analysis, Project Management, and Governance.

GMIT – Global Markets Technology develops and maintains software solutions for the Global Markets division. Our products are used around the globe and include trading, pricing, risk management, analytics, research and sales systems.

Risk IT – Risk IT supports the Risk Management division by developing and maintaining software solutions that calculate market and credit risk exposures and provide group-wide risk management capabilities in line with the firms’ risk appetite and regulatory requirements.

WPS – Wholesale Production Services provides business aligned 1st/2nd line IT Support and has global responsibility for the overall stability of the systems supporting the global wholesale businesses and the supporting functions (e.g. Front Office, Operations, Risk, Finance, Compliance). Wholesale Production Services is responsible and accountable for monitoring the environment to proactively identify issues, incident management, release management, disaster recovery, capacity management and application support.

We are committed to creating long-term opportunities for all our graduates at Nomura and as such will provide you with ongoing support, development and learning opportunities throughout your career. An intensive induction course and continuous on-the-job training are designed to accelerate your learning curve and the amount of responsibility you can assume at Nomura.

The route onto the Nomura Graduate programme is only available through completing our 9 week Summer Internship, Off-Cycle Internship or our Industrial Placement year.

For Corporate Infrastructure, Global Markets and Investment Banking, we look for students in their penultimate or final year of university education.

Once you have chosen the programme and region you would like to apply to, please complete our online application to launch the process. Please note, we can only accept one application globally per intake year from each candidate, so think about what programme and which location carefully before applying.

Our training programme builds Nomura's pipeline of future leaders and functional experts through the successful integration and development of early tenured professionals. The global nature of our programmes is a key differentiator and our graduates begin their career with us in London with participants from EMEA, US and Asia offices.

Our training programme covers various modules, which include:

  • An introduction to Nomura, its strategy, platform and businesses
  • Providing a comprehensive understanding of the Analyst role in their respective division
  • Equipping our Analysts with the finance/technical skills essential for their career
  • Promote networks for collaboration amongst global colleagues
  • Corporate Infrastructure: Risk & Technology

When new Global Markets Analysts start at Nomura, they will join the Global Markets Global Training programme.

The Global Training programme is designed to provide our Analysts with the knowledge and the skills required to make an immediate contribution to their team. The global course is the first step in the graduates' assimilation into Nomura and the development of their career.

The 3 week curriculum combines a broad Global Markets overview, financial fundamentals and specific divisional and functional content. Participants are exposed to senior leadership through integrated business speakers, success panels and networking events. The training enables the class to develop a global network of colleagues and acclimatises graduates to the Nomura values. New Analysts are fully equipped with the technical knowledge and interpersonal skills required to join the desk.

After Global training, the delivery of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme takes place via a broad means, including classroom sessions, senior speaker series, e-Learning, subject matter experts, mentoring programmes and team-building events.

The training programme is designed to provide a solid foundation in preparation for a smooth transition into investment banking at Nomura.

The programme comprehensively covers: accounting, corporate finance/valuation, financial modelling, fixed income and equity product analytics and banking group overviews. Complementing the classroom learning, Analysts complete assignments, deliver presentations on financial news and attend social events arranged to facilitate teamwork and peer interaction.

Our continuing education series comprises of sessions delivered by bankers on a variety of topics such as DCM, ECM, M&A process, LBO modelling. In addition, all Analysts have the opportunity to attend soft skills training, which focus on presentation, communication skills, personal impact, negotiation skills and relationship management skills.

Nomura's Corporate Infrastructure training programme comprises of online resources, classroom based technical and product training. Before our graduates join the firm, they are able to access an online e-learning library.

The two weeks of intensive training when graduates join offers a comprehensive introduction to banking in general, along with financial products and concepts. The training is delivered by external trainers and senior internal subject matter experts. During the initial training graduates will participate in classroom based seminars, trading simulations, business overviews and networking events.

Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme focuses on skills development, which includes presentation skills, presence and impact, assertiveness, networking and effective communication alongside business speaker sessions, all delivered by internal and external subject matter experts.

Graduates on the Technology and Risk programme benefit from a wide range of software, development and technical training.

Whatever division you join, you will benefit from ongoing performance feedback. At Nomura, our managers spend time focusing on your career development. They will dedicate considerable amounts of time to coach and mentor you, helping you to realize your full potential.

Nomura is proud of its people, and rewards employees for their contribution to the business. Benefits form an integral part of your reward package, alongside your salary and other elements of cash compensation. Our Nomura Select programme delivers a variety of benefits designed to offer value and relevance to our employees lifestyles and life choices.

The benefits on offer include:

  • Bonus scheme
  • Pension plan
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Income protection
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Flexible working policy
  • Dental insurance
  • Season ticket loans
  • Employee discount programme
  • Gym membership at our onsite gym at Angel Lane or memberships at external gyms
  • Extra vacation days

Campus Events & Recent News

Come and meet us, campus events.

We are always keen to meet talented and ambitious students at events we run on campus. These include company presentations, skills sessions, careers fairs and networking events across various universities in Europe. Nomura campus events provide students with an opportunity to meet with business representatives and the graduate recruitment team, where we can provide you with the business knowledge and application and interview advice you need to succeed.

Find out which events we have scheduled in your region .

Recent Nomura News & Awards

Finance Asia Japan Achievement Awards 2015/16:

  • Best ECM House
  • Deal of the Year & Best ECM deal
  • Best DCM deal

Best Investment Bank in Japan and Asia Pacific - Global Finance (Feb 16)

Research and Strategy House of the Year

  • Global Derivatives Award 2015
  • GlobalCapital (Sept 15)

#1 Top Rates Houses by Currency (YEN) category in Risk's bank rating survey

Just IT Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Winner

Nikkei Analyst Survey 2015

  • No. 1 overall in Fixed Income Analyst / Economist survey

The Banker - 2014 Deals Of The Year Nomura wins two awards in The Banker Deals of the Year:

  • Best SSA Deal of the Year in Europe: Ireland’s 5bn Euro bond
  • Best Corporate Deal of the Year in Asia-Pacific: Softbank’s dual tranche JPY370bn domestic bond offering

Laura Atherley, Global Head of Senior Relationship Management named one of the top 100 Most Influential Women by Financial News 2014.

Steve Ashley, Nomura’s Head of Global Markets, has been voted no.4 in the Sales and Trading category in Financial News’ annual list of the most influential people in the European capital markets.

Graduate Recruitment Awards

National Undergrduate Employability Awards 2016

allabout school leavers - 2015/16

  • Top Employers for School & College Leavers - 4th in UK
  • Best Intermediate Apprenticeship - 1st in UK
  • Best Company Culture - Runner-Up
  • Best Newcomer - Runner-Up

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One step closer to a successful career

Whether you are just entering the industry or an experienced professional looking for your next exciting opportunity, working at Nomura is a unique opportunity to make a difference in the industry in a way that is unprecedented. We have quite a number of roles for which we are currently accepting applications and we invite you to go through our list of global opportunities and send your CV to us.

  • Application Process
  • Application Deadlines
  • Application FAQs
  • Interview Tips

While we accept applications from all degree desciplines, you must be numerate, have an interest in finance and a desire to work in the investment banking industry.

The structure of your recruitment process will vary depending on the division and region you have applied for. Our diagram below shows the process flow for our various programmes.

Please see Application FAQs and Interview Tips for advice on how to approach the various stages of our recruitment process.

Nomura runs a competency-based interview process:

  • Trusted Partner
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Teamwork - Collaboration
  • Teamwork – Influence

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The deadlines for the programmes are listed below and we will be accepting applications from 1 September.

The dates below are final deadlines, but we do review applications on a rolling basis. We therefore advise that you apply as soon as possible.

Investment Banking Division

Spring programmes.

To apply to any of our programmes, you will need to complete a short application form, including a couple of motivational questions and attach a copy of your CV – there is no need for a cover letter.

The application form is your chance to make a strong first impression. Before completing it, make sure that you:

  • Research the business area that you feel best corresponds to your skill set and interests, and your motivation for applying to this area.
  • Tailor your answers to the motivational questions to Nomura. Be original!
  • Check your grammar and spelling carefully before you submit your application.
  • Have good examples of our core competencies, such as leadership, academic achievement, national and school-specific awards and work experience.

Applications open from September 1. We recruit on a rolling basis so it’s advised that you apply as soon as possible. For specific deadlines, you can click here .

In order to maintain a fair and consistent application process, we will only be able to consider one application globally per intake year from each candidate. It is important to understand which business area would best match your skill set and interests and we will expect you to be able to discuss your choice, and show both enthusiasm for, and knowledge of the role. If you are unsuccessful in an application, you are unable to reapply to that vacancy during the same application year.

Some candidates may be required to take an online test, depending on which programme they are applying to. Once you have submitted your application form, you will be invited to take the test in order to complete the application process. It is recommended that you take the test within 5 days of submitting your application form. If you experience any technical problems with the online tests, click here .

We offer insight programmes for pre-university and pre-internship students, which range from 4 days to 2 weeks over Easter. All programmes can be found here .

  • A case study interview – this includes preparation time and a 30 minute technical based interview.
  • Three 30 minute one-on-one interviews with senior business representatives.

Final round interviews for applications to Corporate Infrastructure will involve:

  • A group exercise – in groups of up to 6 candidates.
  • Two 45 minute one-on-one interviews with senior business representatives.

Find out more here .

  • Culture & Conduct
  • Client-centricity & Business Acumen
  • Strategy & Innovation
  • Leadership & Collaboration
  • Communication & Connectivity
  • Execution & Delivery

Throughout the CV screening and interview process, you will be assessed on these core competencies.

We want you to do your very best at interview. So take a look at our section on interview tips . In this section, you can complete a mock interview, learn how to tackle a case study and read our guide on interview etiquette.

Yes, we will sponsor those students we offer, but the UK Home Office will ultimately make the final decision as to whether this will be granted.

  • Interview Steps
  • How to tackle a case study
  • Mock Interview

There is no need to be nervous at interview - we want you to do well and to show us your potential and what you can do. Preparation is essential and well prepared candidates are more confident, provide more thorough and focused answers and are therefore more likely to be successful.

Use our step by step guide to ensure you take the time to prepare wisely; the key is to ensure your preparation is carefully planned and focused.

Focus - Structure and Plan your Preparation

Firstly, you should congratulate yourself in being selected for interview stage and have confidence in your ability. Secondly ask yourself the following questions:

  • An interview is not an opportunity to divulge everything you know- instead you need to focus on what is relevant to the company and the position you’re applying for
  • To identify what is most relevant, you will need to fully understand the role, it’s requirements and the key skills and competencies required
  • What is your unique selling point? I.e. what sets you apart from the competition?
  • How do you want the interviewers to remember you after the interview – what key points do you want them to recall?
  • You can’t start your preparation until you know what you are preparing for
  • Read the interview format thoroughly to identify how you will be assessed (i.e. Interviews, case study exercises, and tests). If you’re unsure – ask.
  • Your interview performance and ultimately if you are successful or not, will be dependent on how you perform against core competencies
  • Identify what are the key competencies required for the role and for the company
  • What examples do you have to demonstrate each competency? Have you considered examples outside academia (i.e. sports, music, drama, volunteering, charity, mentoring, societies or other extracurricular activities)
  • What achievements are you most proud of and why – which competency do they demonstrate?

Interview Questions

Interviewers will use a variety of questions to assess your ability against each competency. Ensure you are familiar with each type of question and how to structure your answers accordingly.

Types of interview questions may include:

  • These require you to provide a real life example to explain how you behaved in a certain situation. Past behaviour is used as an indicator to assess potential future performance
  • Delivering a structured answer is crucial - research the STAR method to guide you
  • Top Tip: Ensure your examples are varied and recent (the more recent the past behaviour; the greater the indication of future ability)
  • Practice! There are many online resources or books available with practice questions
  • Questions may include basic accounting, valuation, brain teasers and mental arithmetic
  • Top tip: Brain teasers – the key is not the answer; it is the how you derive at the answer. The interviewer is assessing your ability to formulate a logical and methodical response
  • Ensure you are able to discuss all aspects of your CV confidently and identify any obvious questions the interviewer may ask
  • Interviewers will assess your interest, understanding and industry knowledge
  • Top tip: Form an opinion – digest the information you read and form your own judgment. Use facts and statistics to back up your conclusions

There are a number of readily available resources to help you prepare. Make sure you fully utilise all resources available to you. These may include:

  • Online resources: Company website, press releases, annual reports, research publications, social media and online forums
  • School career services and recruitment events
  • Networks – academic staff, alumni, peers, family and friends – even if they do not have a financial services background, they can help you practice questions

Your Questions

An interview is a two way process. It is an opportunity for you to assess if the company, role and culture is right for you. You will be given time to ask questions at the end of the interview, so you should ensure you use this time wisely.

  • Plan questions to ask in advance - ensure they are relevant, well-thought-out and to the point
  • Show you’ve done your research and use the opportunity to demonstrate your interest

Plan the Interview Day

Preparing as much as possible in advance of your interview day will remove many of the inevitable nerves associated with the process.

  • Dress professionally. Plan you outfit the day before and ensure you wear corporate attire
  • Be Punctual. Plan your route and account for delays in public transport
  • Aim to arrive 15 minutes before your interview start time. Contact us if problems arise and ensure you have noted the name and contact details of who to contact should this happen
  • Take a notebook, a pen (that works) and a calculator. Take a copy of your CV and application form
  • Remember: Be polite to everyone you meet, your interview begins as soon as you walk through the door of the building
  • Ensure your mobile phone is turned off
  • Listen carefully to questions you are asked. If you are unclear about anything, ask for clarification
  • Be honest. Back up your answers with real examples. If you exaggerate or lie it will show up in pre-employment checks
  • Relax - whether you are successful or not, the interview is a valuable learning experience. Make sure you get something out of it.
  • Close the interview – thank your interviewer for their time. If you’ve enjoyed the experience and you look forward to hearing about the next steps – tell us
  • Be responsive. Following the interview, go back to your recruiter and continue to build a relationship
  • If you are offered a position it is unprofessional to renege (to accept and then later decline). This could be the first impression you create in the industry - you never know what the future holds

Final round interviews (for Investment Banking and Global Markets) will involve a case study. Case study interviews are designed to show us your problem-solving skills and analytical thinking. We will also be looking at how you present yourself and how good your communication skills are under pressure.

Why use case studies?

We use case study interviews because they provide us with insights into your thought processes. Problem solving is often independent of any particular subject expertise you may have and we want to see how you would tackle any of a very wide range of potential case study questions. We are interested in your expertise in general business, your ability to apply your formal education and work experience in an analytical and creative way, and your raw intelligence.

What kind of questions should I expect?

Often a case study is business-related, but it could touch on anything - the question is not designed to test any previously acquired knowledge or experience. You will be asked to prepare an exercise from information given to you when you arrive at the interview. You will have between 45 and 60 minutes to read the data and compile your notes. You will then be asked to make recommendations. Remember, there are no right answers. You should consider all lines of argument and then present one as your chosen opinion, mentioning why you discarded the other possibilities.

How to do well

  • Practice extensively beforehand. Research case study examples on the internet and use them to build your experience.
  • Ensure that you are able to present your pitch concisely and articulately. You will have a very limited time to get the main points across before the interviewer starts asking you questions on your rationale.
  • Listen carefully to the question. If you like, repeat it back to your interviewer to make sure you have understood fully.
  • Don't jump into your answer immediately. Take a moment to collect your thoughts, and get ready.
  • Remember that we are not looking for a 'correct' answer. It is the route you have taken to reach your answer that is important to us.
  • Ask questions. Asking the right questions will be key to proving that you have the analytical skills we expect. The interview is meant to be interactive.
  • Construct a logical framework with which to explore the critical issues of the case.
  • Prioritize the issues and objectives. Don't get bogged down trying to deal with every aspect.
  • Don't be afraid to think outside the box. Creativity is seen as a major asset at Nomura.

Further reading

http://www.wikijob.co.uk/wiki/case-study http://www.casequestions.com

Asset and Liability Management (ALM): the practice of managing risks that arise due to mismatches between assets and liabilities of the financial institution.

Bond: an instrument of indebtedness of the bond issuer to the holders. It is a debt security, under which the issuer owes the holders a debt and, depending on the terms of the bond, is obliged to pay them interest (the coupon) and/or to repay the principal at a later date, termed the maturity date

CAGR: “Compound Annual Growth Rate” – the year-over-year percentage growth rate of an investment over a specified period of time

Capex: Acronym meaning Capital Expenditures, that are funds used by a company to acquire or upgrade physical assets such as property, industrial buildings or equipment. This type of outlay is made by companies to maintain or increase the scope of their operations

D&A: Acronym meaning Depreciation and Amortization, a category of expenditure by which a company gradually records the loss in value of a tangible (Depreciation) and Intangible (Amortization) asset

Deleveraging: Reduction of the leverage ratio, or the percentage of debt in the balance sheet of a single economic entity, such as a household or a firm.

Discount rate: The interest rate used in discounted cash flow analysis to determine the present value of future cash flows. The discount rate takes into account the time value of money (the idea that money available now is worth more than the same amount of money available in the future because it could be earning interest) and the risk or uncertainty of the anticipated future cash flows (which might be less than expected).

EBITDA: Acronym meaning Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization

EBIT: Acronym meaning Earnings Before Interest and Taxes

ETF: Exchange traded funds. An exchange traded fund is an investment fund traded on stock exchanges, just like stocks. An ETF holds assets such as stocks, commodities or bonds, and trades close to its net asset value over the course of the trading day.

EV: “Enterprise Value” – Equal to Equity Value plus Net Debt (or minus Net Cash)

FCF: “Free Cash Flow” – Measure of cash generation used in fundamental valuation of a business. Equal to EBIT x (1 - tax rate) + depreciation and amortisation - changes in working capital - capex

Forward interest rates: An interest rate that is specified now for a loan that will occur at a specified future date. As with current interest rates, forward interest rates include a term structure that shows the different forward rates offered to loans of different maturities.

Hedge: an investment made in order to reduce the risk of adverse price movements in a security, by taking an offsetting position in a related security, such as options or short sales.

LTM: Acronym meaning Last Twelve Months

IRR: Acronym meaning internal rate of return. The IRR corresponds to the rate of return on an investment. The IRR of a project is the discount rate that will give it a net present value of zero

Market Cap: Market capitalisation or market cap is a value of a corporation as determined by the market price of its common stock (shares). It is calculated by multiplying the number of outstanding shares by the current market price of the share

Market liquidity: an asset's ability to be sold without causing a significant movement in the price and with minimum loss of value.

Opex: Acronym meaning Operating Expenditures, a category of expenditure that a business incurs as a result of performing its normal business operations

Payout ratio: The amount of earnings paid out in dividends to shareholders

Shareholder loan: an instrument used to distribute cash to shareholders while minimising a company’s tax liability. Not typically included within net debt

Swap: highly liquid financial derivative instruments in which two parties agree to exchange interest rate cash flows, based on a specified notional amount from a fixed rate to a floating rate (or vice versa) or from one floating rate to another.

Swaption: An option granting its owner the right but not the obligation to enter into an underlying interest rate swap. A payer swaption gives the owner of the swaption the right to enter into a swap where they pay the fixed leg and receive the floating leg. A receiver swaption gives the owner of the swaption the right to enter into a swap in which they will receive the fixed leg, and pay the floating leg.

Ultimate forward rate (UFR): the theoretical forward interest rate to which forward rates converge.

Yield to maturity: Discount rate at which the sum of all future cash flows from the bond (coupons and principal) is equal to the price of the bond.

This is one of the most popular interview questions. It allows the interviewer to assess how you react in an unstructured situation and your answer provides an insight to what you think is most important.

Tip – focus on what will be of most interest to the interviewers. Ensure your answer is structured, brief and highlights your most important achievements.

Follow up questions may include:

  • Why did you choose your place of study?
  • What courses have you most / least enjoyed and why?
  • Talk me through your internship experiences
  • What are you interests and hobbies (outside academic)?
  • What are the most important things to you in a job?

We look for people who have a strong interest in investment banking. Interview Questions will determine how motivated you are and your rationale behind your decisions.

  • Why do you want to work in investment banking?
  • What do you think an Analyst does on a typical day?
  • Why are you interested in this division?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
  • Explain the financial crisis
  • If I gave you a million dollars today, how would you invest your money?
  • Which business publications do you read and why?

We want to employ graduates who are passionate about joining Nomura and representing our brand

  • Why do you want to work for Nomura?
  • What differentiates us from our competitors?
  • What is the share price of Nomura today?
  • What do you hope to get out of a job?
  • What other banks are you interviewing with?

Your interviewer’s want to understand what sets you apart from the competition - sell yourself.

  • Why should we hire you?
  • What skills have you got that make you suited to the role?
  • What are your strengths/development areas?
  • What is your greatest achievement and why?

Show us proof that you are the kind of graduate we are looking for. Give concrete examples from any aspect of your life that show where you have personally made a difference.

  • Tell me about a time when you were creative
  • Tell me about a time when you had to manage conflicting priorities
  • Tell me about when you have missed an important deadline
  • What has been your biggest failure, professional or personal - and what did you learn?
  • Describe an occasion when you have had difficulties working in a team
  • What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?
  • How would you deal with a difficult client that puts you under pressure?
  • If a client told you that they wanted to improve their portfolio performance in the next 12 months, what would you suggest as potential strategies
  • Understand how the bank operates, the different roles available and the characteristics and tasks that each role entails
  • Don’t regurgitate generic questions and answers; it is quite obvious to those who work in the industry when someone has spent time reading and understanding concepts and news
  • Be yourself! It is important that the interviewer can see your personality in order to stand out from the rest
  • Keep up to date with relevant news - understand the current drivers in the industry
  • Do the obvious – read the latest annual report and CEO’s letter. Gain an insight into the firms values and strategy
  • We look for people with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, plus a keen interest in markets and equities.
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Sample cover letter for Internship position at Nomura

Got the job yes.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I’m writing this letter to express my interest in working as a Risk Analyst with Nomura Services India Private Limited. It is a widely acknowledged fact that a Team Member position at Nomura Services India would provide any fresh graduate with a top-notch insight into the world of banking. It would also be a great opportunity for me to learn from some of the best in the field of banking and to hone my problem-solving skills and creativity. The position of a risk analyst would provide me an exposure to sales, origination, trading, marketing, financial services and private banking, specializing in credit, market, operational or regulatory sector. This position is the perfect opportunity to start my career because of the multi dimensional exposure attached to it.

I believe my qualifications make me a strong candidate for the position. Courses like Operations Research and Operations Management has made me adept in documentation, analysis, and reporting. Fortunately, at XXX, I’ve had the opportunity to work in numerous groups with different kinds of people including leading a hundred-member team of iPals (International Peer Advising Leaders) 2014, that has inculcated a strong sense of responsibility and teamwork. I was also able to develop an excellent communication skill-set in this process. I believe all these abilities that I've developed over the past few years have helped me become a perfect candidate for this position, where leadership, team-work, communication and problem-solving are the essential requisites. As a Team Member at Nomura Services, I strongly believe that I would add value with my analytical skills and my ability to stay determined and dedicated over long periods of extreme pressure as demonstrated during my life at XXX. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours sincerely,

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Sample cover letter for Internship position at Nomura

Insight programme.

2 January 2015

Nomura International plc.

UK Head Office 1 Angel Lane London, EC4R 3AB United Kingdom

Re: Explore Nomura Program

Dear Sir or Madam:

My name is Robert de Pascal and as a final year student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, I would like to be considered for your Explore Nomura Programme in April because I am considering a career in investment banking and I want to get a valuable insight into life as banker at Nomura. During the KTH Finance Society annual London Banking Week, I visited Nomura and got the opportunity to listen and talk to very inspiring people. I see this program as an excellent opportunity for me to introduce myself to Nomura, get to know the firm and develop my understanding of the financial services industry and thus pursue my goal of obtaining a position on your penultimate year Summer Internship Programme in 2016.

Among the top-tier firms, Nomura seemed to have a unique, friendly and welcoming culture with principles I embrace, such as integrity, customer service mind-set, and a team oriented approach where having an entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged. The people at Nomura impressed me; they are talented, supportive and always willing to share their knowledge. For example, during my visit at your office I talked to Ali Sangari from the Investment Banking Division, which is my area of interest, and Thomas Descoubès from the Global Markets Division. After talking to them I got a very good understanding of the firm’s culture but also the importance of the Investment Banking Division to the firm. Nomura’s unique culture, the people I met and the fact that Nomura is a fast growing investment bank in Europe, are the main reasons that attract me to Nomura.

My qualifications for this insight program begin with my strong interest for finance and business. My academic training has provided me with valuable analytical and problem-solving skills. My involvement in the KTH Finance Society allowed me to develop valuable professional and interpersonal skills while working with the executive board to organize various events such as Finance Day and Consulting Day. It also provided me with good understanding of the financial services industry by participating to different company presentations and networking sessions. I have developed and honed analytical and managing skills by volunteering as an executive board member of a fundraising foundation whose purpose is to provide education to poor children and women, as well as helping families in both social and economic vulnerability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have been entrusted to manage the budget and allocate funds between the foundation’s different projects in accordance with its purpose. After working as an intern at the Welfare Management Office for two summers I was given the opportunity to work as an office assistant at the main office. This due to showing strong work ethics and integrity. My responsibilities included analysing various group homes’ budgets, registering transactions, scheduling appointments and reporting to the finance division. I have improved my ability to perform under pressure, meet deadlines, and my communication skills.

My fascination with finance has grown steadily during my high school studies after I wrote an essay about the history of the Swedish banking system. Driven mostly by the desire to understand the importance of a stable financial system for countries’ development, businesses and economic growth of countries. From that point forward, an academic education within finance and various finance related activities has been the driving forces for my growing interest in finance and investment banking industry. Mergers and acquisitions is the area that interests me the most, which particularly attracts me to investment banking industry because of the significant role it plays to deals within the entire world of business. Furthermore, the idea of working with a diverse group of clients, providing advice at the board and senior management levels and being involved in deals that have a potential to change the industry dynamics is my motivation for pursuing a career within the investment banking industry. I am confident that investment banking is the best fit to my skills because it requires a combination of technical, analytical, presentational and people skills.

Based on my genuine interest for finance, my academic training, my skills and past experience, I am confident that I am the right person for this insight program and for Nomura. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

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