Isaac Executive Director/Vice President, Product Controllers Finance Division, Salt Lake City
Joined GS: Full time, 2010
Studied: Chemical Engineering. University of Lagos (Lagos, Nigeria);
Graduate degree: Mathematical Finance, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey)
Interests: Running and community service
When you ask someone something, they're very willing to explain things or set aside time to discuss with you.
I earned my bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Lagos in Nigeria, where I am from. Most of my peers wanted to work in the oil industry, but after having done an internship on an oil rig, I definitely didn't want to go back!
I came to the United States for graduate school, where I participated in a program geared towards the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems in finance at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, I met a number of Goldman Sachs people at a career event and learned about a seasonal off-cycle internship with the tax department in the Goldman Sachs office in Princeton, New Jersey. I applied for the role and stayed way beyond the internship - in fact, I worked there until I graduated from Rutgers in 2010.
Presently I'm an associate in the Product Controllers group supporting the Investment Management Division. I relocated to Salt Lake in 2010. My team works with internal investment managers, sales and marketing professionals and compliance counterparts to ensure Goldman Sachs complies with global ethical standards for reporting investment performance.
My team has oversight for the firm’s Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) compliance effort. For instance, if investors want to invest in the U.S. equity markets and they are looking to choose between Goldman Sachs and a number of other asset managers out there, they would review the performance reports to help make their decision, GIPS enables them to compare performance presentations between different strategies and firms across the globe. And if an investment house claims compliance with GIPS, they calculate and present their performance in the same way thus serving as a credibility passport to market investment management services. We work with colleagues globally – in fact, I had a 6:00 a.m. call with a team in Tokyo this morning.
The most unique thing about Goldman is that it provides many opportunities to learn. I've done about 500 hours of training since I joined the firm, on everything from leadership to doing business in growth markets. I also constantly learn from the people I work with and have always found that when you ask someone something, they're very willing to explain things or set aside time to discuss with you.
Outside of work, I enjoy running and doing community service. I picked up running when I moved to Salt Lake City - I do 5Ks, 10Ks, and I've done a half marathon, too. On community service, there's a huge refugee population in Salt Lake City. I've helped teach, provide résumé writing skills and general advice about school and education opportunities.