1. How long have you been working at NN and what was your first job?
I have been working for close to three years now at NN. I started at NN Investment Partners as a consultant – I joined the firm from a consultancy – and I advised Dutch pension funds and insurance companies on how to manage their investments so that retirees can look forward to a good pension. I have always loved applying a mix of quantitative methods and fundamental market insights to improve investment decisions. It was very rewarding to see that my team’s work was able to help clients in their day-to-day business. During that period I interned at the Emerging Markets Debt team, initially to be able to improve my advisory skills. I liked the team so much that I decided to join them as a Data Strategist in September last year. So far it has been a great experience!
2. When was the last team outing and what did you do?
The team sits in three offices around the globe: the Hague, Singapore and New York. Every quarter we meet to discuss financial markets and investment processes. I often have contact with colleagues of foreign offices by phone or videoconference, so I am looking forward to meet them in person at these quarterly meetings. Of course, that involves some serious ‘borrelen’ and dining as well, it’s a reunion that is properly celebrated!
3. How is the culture within the department?
A can-do mentality! We like concrete results. I think the team strikes a good balance between professionalism and working in a structured and efficient way on the one hand, while on the other hand they are fun and approachable people.
4. What can a new colleague expect from you?
I like to communicate informally and I try to be as reachable as possible. Sometimes I can be rather busy with several things at the same time, so therefore I like to take a structured approached to projects wherever possible, so that I do not forget any important issues. I can get pretty enthusiastic about innovative approaches in finance and I like to discuss with my colleagues how to add value with those ideas in our investment processes.
5. What does an average working day look like for you?
When working from the office I try to pack my schedule with meeting the people I work together with on the projects I do. From time-to-time I would take several days to work from home or in a cubicle at the office to focus on prototypes of models for long stretches. Like mentioned before, I don’t like to ‘drop off the radar’, so I chat or call frequently with colleagues.