• Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • Acted as an intermediary between various banking units and external market data vendors, for the provision of tailored data products/services to meet the needs of the end user. Responsible for the management of commercial and contractual negotiations with vendors, looking to maximise cost savings and maintain vendor relationships. Key tasks included price negotiation, legal review, database management and usage analysis, as well as managing ad hoc data requests from various business units.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Learnt - price negotiation, vendor relationship management, database optimisation and maintenance, applying company initiatives into everyday work. Developed - teamwork, communication, time management, excel and powerpoint skills.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes, I was given a high degree of responsibility from the start - be it running weekly team meetings or leading vendor negotiations for global data deals. This proved fantastically useful, as although the initial learning curve was steep, being forced out of my comfort zone allowed for much faster professional development.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • The whole team, spanning a variety of seniorities, were hugely supportive on my placement. People were happy to help out with queries, and would take time out of their busy schedules to provide guidance and feedback on my work. Beyond my team, employees across the bank were happy to schedule catch-ups, and help you wherever possible - be it work-related or for networking opportunities.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Nomura fosters and excellent company culture, where individuals and teams are encouraged to collaborate and challenge existing ways of operating. Everyone is given opportunities to grow and develop their understanding of the company through guest speakers and online training courses. Across all regions, everyone I worked with was highly professional and motivated, happy to go the extra mile for their teams and wider stakeholders.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • My placement at Nomura was a truly fantastic experience. It has developed my professional and interpersonal skills hugely, giving me a great insight into what a career in finance is like. I would highly recommend a placement at Nomura to anyone!

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Nomura
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Nomura to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Nomura
  • Don't be afraid of trying out new divisions or job roles - as a student, its good to keep your options open!

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


Central London and City

August 2021

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