During my Masters in Mathematics, I started as an Analyst in 2012 at Zanders. I was looking for a job that put my education into practise so I visited student events to meet with companies that could offer such an experience. At ‘De beroependagen’ (recruitment fair), where Zanders was present, I approached one of the recruiters for more information about the Analyst position.
At Zanders there are many smart people who bring the knowledge they have into practice, and create pragmatic, clear solutions for their clients. Furthermore, working at Zanders means working with people from different cultural and geographic backgrounds, which adds something special.
Not only is the work and atmosphere nice, Zanders is also a good company to work for from a social perspective. I was able to participate in many events with my colleagues, from a mud race to a golf weekend. In addition to the fun activities, I was also able to work on many internal projects, such as recruitment events. I also contributed to developing a new student case and an escape room for students, which was a lot of fun to do!
I started as an Analyst and was able to work at the Valuation Desk, a department within Zanders that works on valuing derivatives. This Analyst position provided me an in-depth knowledge of valuing derivatives, which also helps in valuing other financial products, but also gave me the opportunity to identify if working as a consultant could be something for me. Besides the intellectual interest in risk management, the atmosphere at the office is very motivating.
Shape your own career
Zanders is a relatively small company that stimulates more entrepreneurial behaviour, which makes the job diverse and the career path is not deterministic from the start. Every new consultant will have their own ‘path’ created by him/herself, their managers, and the firm’s partners. Beside this, you also can participate in courses and trainings to develop your knowledge and soft skills. I increased my knowledge on risk management to quantify risk factors in a pragmatic way, suiting the wishes of the client.
Zanders is focussing on its (international) expansion. In 2019, Zanders provided me the opportunity to re-locate to open our office in Japan together with two other colleagues from the head office in The Netherlands. Together we are working on the expansion of our business in Asia for both Corporates and Financial Institutions. The move is an exciting challenge from both a business and a personal point of view.
Study: Master Mathematics, University of Utrecht
Consultant at Zanders since: 2013