Job Title:  Flow Rates Product Controller- Associate

Job Code:  6398
Country:  GB
City:  London
Skill Category:  Finance
Description: 

Job title:               Flow Rates Product Controller
Corporate Title:    Associate
Department:         EMEA Global Markets Product Control
Location:              London


Company overview
Nomura is a global financial services group with an integrated network spanning approximately 30 countries and regions. By connecting markets East & West, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through its three business divisions: Wealth Management, Investment Management, and Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking). Founded in 1925, the firm is built on a tradition of disciplined entrepreneurship, serving clients with creative solutions and considered thought leadership. For further information about Nomura, visit www.nomura.com 


Department overview
Product Control is a key function within the Finance department, interacting with virtually every part of the firm’s businesses, products and technology systems. Product Control is a global function with staff located in London, New York, India and across the Asia Pacific region. 
Product Control is primarily responsible for understanding, substantiating and controlling the daily trading balance sheet and income statement for Nomura, analysing the daily trading activities and explaining the trading divisions' revenue. Product Control support the execution of regular independent price verification to verify the values of positions held by the trading desks. In addition, Product Control review and opine on new products and transactions ensuring compliance with accounting, regulatory and valuation guidance and the efficient deployment of the firm’s financial resources.
Product Controllers are expected to develop a good understanding of the products they monitor and of the strategies used by the trading desk to generate revenue for Nomura. The function has become increasingly technical in content and offers a challenging and interesting role, suited to dynamic, bright and ambitious individuals with a drive to succeed. 
Product Control has a significant presence and role within the organisation. It has a close working relationship with the trading desks, Risk and other corporate areas. It is the central point of contact for many issues that affect the firm including new transaction and product approval, understanding business performance and independent price verification and reserving of trading inventory. It operates dynamically with a heavy focus on automation and technology and is involved in numerous cross departmental projects throughout the firm.  
Product Control management take a hands-on approach to running the department and are keen to reward hard work, enthusiasm and success. They positively promote the need to constantly question and challenge, to strive for improvements and to further one’s understanding. This leads to an ever changing and exciting environment. Nomura presents a unique opportunity to learn and gain experience of a broad range of products and business lines within a supportive setting and surrounded by skilled professionals. The team operate under a hybrid working model. The strong team spirit is encouraged by regular departmental social and team-building events, and an emphasis is placed on achieving a healthy work-life balance.


Role overview
As part of the Flow Rates Product Control team, the controller will oversee all aspects of this business which spans business advisory, performance analysis and balance sheet substantiation. The role reports to the head of Flow Rates Product Control.
Nomura operates a mature offshore P&L production model and the business utilise a single ledger and front office booking system. This means the role is focussed on liaison with the business and value add advisory work.
The candidate will need to maintain a close working relationship with the trading desk and develop a deep understanding of any new transactions, to evaluate desk performance and provide insight to senior management on business performance, challenges and opportunities. 
The candidate will be required to develop and maintain a sound understanding of relevant accounting standards and regulatory developments affecting RWA and Leverage Exposure in order to provide a value add service to the trading desk.
The role offers exposure to senior management within Nomura Finance, Global Markets, Risk and Operations, challenging the individual to liaise with stakeholders across the bank which will require excellent communication and presentation skills.


Key objectives critical to success
    Liaise with the Traders to reconcile any differences or discrepancies in P&L and also be confident in dealing with Risk, Operations and other departments to resolve issues
    Take ownership of month end processes including valuation controls, balance sheet substantiation and reporting to senior trading and Finance management
    Understand business performance
    Monitor KRIs and performance thresholds and escalate issues/exceptions/concerns to management for resolution
    Results orientated with a clear focus on execution and delivery


Skills, experience, qualifications and knowledge required
    Product Control experience essential
    Accounting qualification preferable
    Strong understanding of fixed income products incl. bonds, futures, swaps, repos 
    Strong interest in financial markets
    Leadership and ability to build collaborative and productive working relationships
    Strong communication skills; articulate and receptive, able to adjust communications styles to deal with a wide ranging audience
    Planning and organizational skills; executing priority actions on-time, keeping stakeholders updated and managing expectations
    A demonstrable sense of ownership and a strong control mind-set with initiative to identify and solve problems


Nomura competencies
Trusted Partner
    Understand clients’ needs and issues, and respond with high-quality proposals 
    Acquire capabilities to perform one’s responsibilities and contribute to being a Trusted Partner 
Entrepreneurial leadership 
    Produce new ideas that might challenge the status-quo or oneself
Teamwork
    Strong interpersonal skills, the role will required building relationships and operating effectively both in the team and across the wider group.
Collaboration
    Seek advice from senior colleagues and utilize it for improved results 
    Collaborate with members from relevant departments 
Influence
    Contribute to the success of the organization both quantitatively and qualitatively, and act with awareness of the impact on others
    Serve as role model and provide guidance to junior employees
Integrity 
    Have a good understanding of corporate philosophy, professional ethics, compliance, risk management, and code of conduct, and make decisions and take actions accordingly


Diversity Statement: 
Nomura is committed to an employment policy of equal opportunities, and is fundamentally opposed to any less favourable treatment accorded to existing or potential members of staff on the grounds of race, creed, colour, nationality, disability, marital status, pregnancy, gender or sexual orientation. If you require any assistance or reasonable adjustments due to a disability or long-term health condition, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

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