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Working As An Investment Banker

  • $130,500

    Average Salary

What Does An Investment Banker Do At Esr

* Contribute to all aspects of M&A, capital raising, or advisory assignments, including: initial prospecting diligence preparation of marketing materials meetings and negotiations focused on Fortune 500 clients.
* Lead development of marketing materials, including: information memoranda financial models valuation analyses and presentations.
* Guide teams of junior staff in completing assignments.
* Interface directly with executive leadership of clients to complete transactions.
* MUST-HAVES MBA and / or 3+ years of experience in investment banking Securities registrations Series 7, 79 or 63 or commitment to obtain Non
* MBA candidates need to have experience at investment banking firms 2
* years experience as an analyst in investment banking division NICE
* TO-HAVES Strong analytical and quantitative background Excellent written and verbal communication skills Ability to work well in both a team environment and independently Bachelor degree in corporate finance, business, or

What Does An Investment Banker Do At Goldman Sachs & Co.

* Developing and implementing policies, procedures and best practice standards for IBD.
* Creating and implementing new controls and surveillances to mitigate risks to the firm by analyzing the transactional processes used in the Investment Banking Division, as well as the activities and actions of individual bankers.
* Assisting other compliance teams in monitoring IBD activities to help ensure adherence to applicable laws, regulations and firm policies and procedures, including developing and executing surveillance and other forensic compliance programs.
* Creating and implementing live and online compliance training programs to educate business professionals on applicable compliance requirements, legal issues and regulatory changes.
* Assisting in responding to regulatory inquiries and investigations.
* The candidate should:
* Be detail-oriented and able to produce quality, even when working under tight time frames.
* Be able to effectively summarize, communicate and defend positions.
* Be a critical thinker who is willing to challenge the status quo.
* Possess strong analytical, organizational, researching and fact-gathering skills.
* Be a proactive team player, who enjoys working collaboratively.
* Be a quick learner who can adapt well to a fluid regulatory and business environment.
* Possess effective interpersonal and communication skills.
* Have the ability to multi-task and adapt to new situations and a dynamic work environment.
* Work well under pressure and have a positive, hands-on, "can do" attitude.
* Be a quick learner and self-starter, with the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
* Be creative, with the ability to devise and implement innovative solutions

What Does An Investment Banker Do At Bank of America

* Leading execution of both transactions and origination projects
* Playing an important role in client relationships and coverage
* Leading complex financial models and analysis, including valuations and merger consequences
* Leading comprehensive and in-depth company and industry research in connection with strategic advisory work
* Communicating and interacting with internal partners and product areas as well as with clients and other external parties
* Managing several projects at once and work effectively as a supervisor, as an individual and as part of a team
* Participation in the recruitment, development and training of junior resources

What Does An Investment Banker Do At Jpmorgan Chase

* Drive CCIC’s strategic technology initiatives and the partnership with various technology stakeholders.
* Plan and execute RWA stress testing exercise for OTC derivatives and cleared transactions portfolios.
* Design and improve the team’s various E2E processes with controls and tools (including but not limited to documentation and automation).
* Jointly lead with quant SMEs in developing analytics to effectively explain RWA and stress testing results.
* Represent CCIC in firm-wide Derivatives tech initiatives on related data, process and systems.
* Work closely with CCIC Infrastructure team, Credit Portfolio Group, Credit Risk Management, Credit Risk Technology, Risk Reporting, Quant Research, Model Risk and Development group (MGG and MRG

What Does An Investment Banker Do At Santander Bank, Na

* Partner with critical channels and capabilities within the franchise to prudently expand client relationships and ensure relationships are multifaceted
* Develop a go-to-market strategy that leverages relationships across the Santander global franchise in order to increase the velocity of intra-bank activity and promote a common and consistent level of dealing to the delight of customers and prospects
* Approve credit and advocate the usage of the balance sheet based on the criteria established for the group
* Act as principal contact with all internal and external review agencies and ensure compliance with all laws, policies and procedures
* Assess and qualify opportunities, articulate the bank’s value proposition, mobilize the institution to deliver client solutions and drive P&L results

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How To Become An Investment Banker

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry-level jobs, and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) is useful for advancement.


Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents generally must have a bachelor’s degree to get an entry-level job. Studies in business, finance, accounting, or economics are important, especially for larger firms. Many firms hire summer interns before their last year of college, and those who are most successful are offered full-time jobs after they graduate.

Numerous agents eventually get a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), which is often a requirement for high-level positions in the securities industry. Because the MBA exposes students to real-world business practices, it can be a major asset for jobseekers. Employers often reward MBA holders with higher level positions, better compensation, and large signing bonuses.


Most employers provide intensive on-the-job training, teaching employees the specifics of the job, such as the products and services offered. Trainees in large firms may receive technical instruction in securities analysis and selling strategies. Firms often rotate their trainees among various departments to give them a broad understanding of the securities business.

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents must keep up with new products and services and other developments. They attend conferences and training seminars regularly.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Brokers and investment bankers must register as representatives of their firm with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). To obtain the license, potential agents must pass a series of exams.

Many other licenses are available, each of which gives the holder the right to sell different investment products and services. Traders and some other sales representatives also need licenses, although these vary by firm and specialization. Financial services sales agents may need to be licensed, especially if they sell securities or insurance. Most firms offer training to help their employees pass the licensing exams.

Agents who are registered with FINRA must attend continuing education classes to keep their licenses. Courses consist of computer-based training on legal requirements or new financial products or services.

Although not always required, certification enhances professional standing and is recommended by employers. Brokers, investment bankers, and financial services sales agents can earn the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification, sponsored by the CFA Institute. To qualify for this certification, applicants need a bachelor’s degree or 4 years of related work experience and must pass three exams, which require several hundred hours of independent study. Applicants also must have an international passport. Exams cover subjects in accounting, economics, securities analysis, financial markets and instruments, corporate finance, asset valuation, and portfolio management. Applicants can take the exams while they are getting the required work experience.


Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents usually advance to senior positions in a firm by accumulating a greater number of accounts. Although beginners often service the accounts of individual investors, they may eventually service large institutional accounts, such as those of banks and retirement funds.

After taking a series of tests, some brokers become portfolio managers and have greater authority to make investment decisions regarding an account. For more information on portfolio managers, see the profile on financial analysts.

Some experienced sales agents become branch office managers and supervise other sales agents while continuing to provide services for their own clients. A few agents advance to top management positions or become partners in their firms.

Many investment banks use an “up or out” policy, in which entry-level investment bankers are either promoted or terminated after 2 or 3 years. Investment banks use this policy to ensure that entry-level positions are not occupied long term, allowing the bank to bring in new workers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. To judge the profitability of potential deals, securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents must have strong analytical skills. This includes computer programming skills which they use to analyze financial products. 

Customer-service skills. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents must be persuasive and make clients feel comfortable with the agent’s recommendations.

Decisionmaking skills. Investment banking traders must make split-second decisions, with large sums of money at stake.

Detail oriented. Investment bankers must pay close attention to the details of initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions because small changes can have large consequences.

Initiative. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents must create their own client base by making “cold” sales calls to people to whom they have not been referred and to people not expecting the call.

Math skills. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents need to be familiar with mathematical tools, including investment formulas.

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Real Investment Banker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Managing Director, Investment Banking SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $400,000 -
Managing Director, Senior Investment Banker II Merrill Lynch New York, NY Aug 29, 2016 $390,000 -
Executive Director, Investment Banking Coverage, Energy Group JP Morgan Chase & Co New York, NY Aug 03, 2016 $300,000
Executive Director, Investment Banking Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $300,000
Director/Investment Banker Merrill Lynch New York, NY Jul 31, 2016 $290,000 -
Director, Investment Banker IV Merrill Lynch New York, NY Nov 04, 2016 $290,000 -
Director; Investment Banker IV Merrill Lynch New York, NY Mar 12, 2016 $290,000 -
Executive Director, Investment Banking JP Morgan Chase & Co New York, NY Dec 08, 2016 $260,000
Vice President, Investment Banking Moelis & Company Group LP New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $250,000
Investment Banker, Global Investment Banking (Director) RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Jun 04, 2016 $250,000
Director, Investment Banking, M&A Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Jun 07, 2016 $250,000
Vice President, Investment Banking Moelis & Company Group LP Palo Alto, CA Jan 14, 2016 $250,000
Director, Invest & Corp Banking, Financial Institutions BMO Capital Markets Corp. New York, NY Nov 05, 2016 $250,000
VP, Financial Institutions Group-Investment Banking Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. New York, NY Apr 04, 2016 $250,000
Investment Banker (Vice President) Nomura Securities International, Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2015 $221,000
Vice President-Investment Banking Moelis & Company Group LP New York, NY Jul 02, 2015 $220,813
Vice President, Investment Banking Financial Institutions Group Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2015 $220,813
Vice President, Investment Banking (Energy Group) RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Sep 23, 2015 $220,813
Vice President, Investment Banking Jefferies LLC New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $220,813
Director, Investment Banker/Financial Institutions Group UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Mar 03, 2015 $220,813
Associate 3, Investment Banking Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC New York, NY Jan 15, 2016 $220,813
Vice President, Investment Banking Division Nomura Securities International, Inc. New York, NY Mar 25, 2016 $220,000
Associate; Investment Banking Merrill Lynch New York, NY Oct 29, 2015 $155,834
Executive Director, Investment Banker/Global Chemicals UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Jul 28, 2015 $155,000 -
Director, Investment Banker, Consumer Products UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Aug 12, 2015 $155,000 -
Director, Investment Banker/Global Industrials Group UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Sep 02, 2015 $155,000 -
Vice President, Investment Banker Guggenheim Securities, LLC New York, NY Apr 20, 2015 $154,690 -
Associate Director, Investment Banker/Media & Telecommunic UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $154,000 -
Associate Director, Investment Banker/Financial Institutions Group UBS Securities LLC New York, NY May 16, 2016 $154,000 -

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Top Skills for An Investment Banker


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Top Investment Banker Skills

  1. Financial Models
  2. Private Equity Firms
  3. Debt
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Constructed detailed forecast and leveraged buyout financial models to evaluate leverage viability and investment returns for financial sponsor clients.
  • Provided financial advisory services that included valuation of portfolio companies to private equity firms.
  • Assessed capital structures of companies by collaborating with syndication and debt capital markets.
  • Conducted financial due diligence sessions.
  • Prepared pro forma financial forecast models, credit presentations, debt capacity assessments, refunding analyses, and business enterprise valuations.

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