Fleur Executive Director/Vice President Investment Management Division, London
Undergrad: University of Bath
Studied: Business Administration
Languages spoken: Dutch, English, German
Hobbies: Book Club, Contemporary Art and Design
My team provides a wide range of innovative, customized solutions across a number of products, regions and asset types to offer bespoke solutions for our clients.
I am Dutch but grew up in Africa and Eastern Europe before settling in the UK to attend secondary school. When my parents decided to move back to The Netherlands, I stayed to read business administration at the University of Bath.
I studied business administration as an undergrad because I wanted something that was broad enough to allow me many different career paths. My bachelor’s degree required that I complete two work placements, each lasting 6 months, at two different companies. My first placement was at Goldman Sachs in FX (foreign exchange) settlements where I was able to use some of my language skills. What brought me back to Goldman Sachs after I graduated was the international scale of the firm while still feeling close-knit, and I believed I could have an impact early on and that my work would have a wide reach.
You’re really encouraged to speak up. There are always opportunities to take the lead on an initiative and make a material difference not only in your day-to-day role but as part of the team.
The Operations Division has an entrepreneurial spirit. We’re constantly looking to make our work more efficient and I have utilized my skills in problem-solving.
I work in the Global Fund Products Middle Office, which is a structured products team. My team provides a wide range of innovative, customized solutions across a number of products, regions and asset types to offer bespoke solutions for our clients. On a typical day, I might be working on a new product launch to ensure that the relevant legal agreements and trading accounts are in place for trading. I might also be working to resolve a client’s queries or focus on a project to further enhance controls or increase processing efficiency.
I actively help the firm recruit at my alma mater. Goldman Sachs works with the university to help students learn about careers in the financial industry and the roles that are available at Goldman Sachs. We look for team players who demonstrate drive and intellectual curiosity.
I am fluent in English and Dutch, and when I worked in FX I spoke German more often than I do now. I spoke to a lot of the German clients. Everyone appreciates being spoken to in their own language.
I run a monthly book club outside the office. This club is really diverse and made up of people of all ages who work in a wide variety of fields. We read mostly fiction, but some nonfiction as well. When we meet, there’s always lively discussion and debate. I’m also really interested in contemporary art and design and love scouring London for interesting finds, which means I am rapidly running out of wall space!