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Client Facing World

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Meaningful connections with clients create shared success for their business and your career.

 

One of the biggest benefits of working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch is client interaction at an early stage.

 

I got into this role and it was just amazing to me how much it means to some people when you take time out of your day to address their concerns.

 

You have to know the business because you are advising them on something, right. You have to understand what they do.

 

I enjoy working with a client in order to meet that goal. And when we both, as that cohesive unit, meet that goal, that I think is something that is really empowering for both of us. Because they see their financial future ahead of them and I get the satisfaction of knowing that I was a part of that.

 

We are their number one point of contact. So we have to be in front of that client every step of the way of formulating that idea. So we like to think when they come and execute their trade or they want to do business they will pick us.

 

Today the growing use of social media.  Need us to think very differently, to look at different ways in which we can reach out to these clients. This is what fresh recruits bring to us. They bring us the ideas and the ways in which we can be even more relevant in today’s context.

 

For analysts here, it’s all about listening. I think that is very important for you to listen to how senior bankers talk to or manage client’s expectations. And then they’ll also discuss with clients on the latest market updates. Listening and really digesting all of these conversations and then gradually you will build a business sense yourself.

 

There was this one particular client that needed a ton of advice and we worked pretty tirelessly on the pitch book.  We went to the meeting, and I didn’t have a speaking role at the meeting, and the client said “well thank you all for all of the wonderful work that you’ve done. We’ll decide to move forward” and then my managing director looked at me and said “Thank Reginal, he did all the work.”  And I remember thinking that this is why I’m here.

 

Bank of America and its affiliates consider for employment and hire qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, protected veteran or disability status or any factor prohibited by law, and as such affirms in policy and practice to support and promote the concept of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, in accordance with all applicable federal, state, provincial and municipal laws.

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Experience & Opportunity

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Join our team and you’ll have access to the right opportunities and resources to grow and shape your career.

 

Professional development here at Bank of America Merrill Lynch is taken very seriously, is very important. As you work with a senior in this Bank you will develop a relationship of trust and also a relationship of mentorship.

 

The message that we want to give our new recruits is our Bank is a very flat organization. For all senior managers, the doors are open and they should be tapping into these resources as they navigate their careers.

 

You have information flow back and forth and you help each other to grow. You provide your opinion and listen to opinions. During that process you build connections not only on the career development perspective but also in terms of personal communications.

 

You’ve got to speak up. You’ve got to really speak up and say exactly how you feel. Because there are so many resources and people and they are all so delighted and dedicated and happy to help you.

 

Bank of America Merrill Lynch provides an incredible amount of resources for new folks starting out in their career.

  

It’s not just a place where you come and get the job done. It’s a place to come and meet others and to develop your interests.

 

The Bank is incredibly supportive when it comes to diversity and inclusion, particularly on disabilities because they understand the importance of creating this diverse and inclusive environment.  It really aids upon your development, it helps you to really succeed and thrive.

 

The idea that I’m only a year in and I’ve learned so much, makes me excited to continue to keep going.

 

I am given gratitude or a thank you or it’s pointed out to senior levels of management. That is something that makes me want to keep doing it and keep providing results, and it is definitely satisfying.

 

There’s nothing more important to us than investing in people and seeing that we have people get smarter, get broader, and really develop their career.

 

Bank of America and its affiliates consider for employment and hire qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, protected veteran or disability status or any factor prohibited by law, and as such affirms in policy and practice to support and promote the concept of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, in accordance with all applicable federal, state, provincial and municipal laws.

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Success at the Bank

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Enthusiasm, passion and a desire to learn will put you in a position to succeed here.

 

The culture at Bank of America is one of shared success.  It’s just through the people that you come into contact with and prove yourself to, they want to see you climb just as much as you do.

 

One of the most surprising things at Bank of America, when I entered, was that it was such an open door policy and everyone was so willing to help you understand everything about the business.

 

People in this organization are eager to share their professional experiences and eager to share their knowledge.

 

People are willing to invest and commit to really developing you so that you can learn as much as you can in the early stage of your career.

 

The key is to find people who have enthusiasm, who are intelligent, who have a desire to learn and really jump in and figure out what needs to be done and contribute in a positive way.

 

It’s just an abundance of energy.  They’re hungry and they thirst for information.

 

They are willing to hire people who have the right skillsets irrelevant of what you did at university, irrelevant of where you’re from, and that’s fantastic.

 

When you’re starting out, the team around you is very very essential. They are the ones who are going to help you learn, help you understand, and help you grow

 

They always try and teach me to think for myself, question and challenge things that I didn’t expect. Especially when I first started out.

 

It’s a very very supportive culture and they really want to see you succeed.

 

We really are looking for people who have passion, whatever their passion may be. As long as they have pursued a passion with seriousness, we feel Bank of America is an organization that can help use, and nurture and develop their passion towards becoming a better banker.

 

Bank of America and its affiliates consider for employment and hire qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, protected veteran or disability status or any factor prohibited by law, and as such affirms in policy and practice to support and promote the concept of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, in accordance with all applicable federal, state, provincial and municipal laws.

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Technology

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Technology drives the financial industry. Can you see yourself driving technology?

 

When it comes to Bank of America and technology, I almost think of them as synonymous. It’s pretty much a tech firm that does financial services.

 

Technology at a Bank – you think why is it such a big deal? Honestly, because that is the way that all banks are going.

 

The apps that you use on your phone, the mobile banking app, all the online banking, all of the things that Bank of America offers. We actually have these labs where people are just in there working and enabling these different technologies which I think is pretty cool.

 

There’s opportunities for innovation in just about every sector, every group, every team. In essence, we aim to make their lives more efficient, we aim to make their lives simpler.

 

When you get a big data set and you’re in excel and you’re learning how to build macros and how to sort things out and think ‘how can I build this and see it in a way that others don’t see it.’

 

You can really deliver excellent solutions, creative solutions, and there’s a real opportunity to develop new things.

 

Everything that you can do on your phone is astounding. And who knows what’s next – soon we won’t even need our phones at some point, you know.

 

We have an open source code base and this is kind of a share of knowledge. If you just sit there and write the code yourself you never know if there isn’t a better way to do this or not.

 

We do have what’s called a “Red Team” which basically is internal hackers. So they are trying to hack our network all day long. We use that to help us learn how to protect the Bank.

 

We look at people who are tech savvy but more importantly people who are intelligent and learn from their environment towards understanding broader trends, broader demographics – to get a sense of where is technology headed? Where is the world headed? How is the economy moving? And to marry all of this into becoming a more efficient organization.

 

The high quality of resources and people and expertise that we’ve got within the industry and the ability of Bank of America to constantly adapt to a changing environment and to the changing client needs, I think their ability to do so and in the technological advances we’ve got within Bank of America enables us to always be that one step ahead.

 

Bank of America and its affiliates consider for employment and hire qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, protected veteran or disability status or any factor prohibited by law, and as such affirms in policy and practice to support and promote the concept of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, in accordance with all applicable federal, state, provincial and municipal laws.

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