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Manli

Executive Director/Vice President,
Franchise New Business Group

Securities Division, Sydney

“The best thing about working here is the people. Every day, I learn something new from my colleagues.”

Joined GS

2007

Hometown

Shanghai, China

Education

Shanghai University, Applied Psychology Major

Interests

Zumba, Hiking, Travelling

After getting an undergraduate degree in psychology, I moved to Australia and got a master’s degree in international business. That is what sparked my interest in working for an international firm like Goldman Sachs. I first worked as a futures broker in Sydney, then moved to Tokyo to look for another job. I sent my CV to a recruiter and received an interview at Goldman Sachs in Tokyo.

The best thing about working here is the people. From my first day with the firm, everyone was so friendly and welcoming that it really helped ease my transition. I had a lot of new things to learn all around—from software to terminology. Every day, I still learn something new from my colleagues.

Over my 10 years here, my responsibilities have grown. I started out in Foreign Exchange Middle Office in the Tokyo office. By working closely with others on my team, I helped the firm manage operational risks and meet regulatory requirements. I also built up an internal network of colleagues across different divisions, which helped me learn more about other areas of the firm. In 2015, I was ready for a new challenge, so I applied to transfer to a new team in the Sydney office. I now work in the New Business Franchise Group in Sydney.

In my role as vice president in the New Business Franchise Group, I help onboard new businesses and make sure they have an excellent experience with Goldman Sachs. I liaise between clients and the firm’s internal stakeholders and help manage the onboarding process as well as everyone’s expectations.

Each year, I enjoy taking part in the firm’s Community TeamWorks program. Community TeamWorks gives employees the chance to partner with local nonprofits to make a difference in our community. Recently, my colleagues in the Sydney office volunteered at a rugby match to benefit local indigenous children. We helped set up the event and spent time with the kids, answering their questions about working in the finance industry. It was a special experience.

Outside of work, I enjoy family, exercise, and travel. I spend most of my free time with my family, including my two young children. I also try my best to exercise every day. On weekends, I enjoy hiking, though with my two little ones, going long distances is more challenging! The most memorable hiking experience I had was climbing Mount Fuji. Next on my bucket list is a trip to New Zealand.