Maame Kwarteng is an Analyst in the Global Risk team. She talks about her role at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and why she joined.
What persuaded you to work for Bank of America/Bank of America Merrill Lynch?
During my internship, a lot of people were genuinely interested in helping me grow and learn as an individual. The culture was very collegiate, supportive, and welcoming. The bank also provided a lot of training to equip us with the necessary skills to succeed in such a driven and ambitious environment.
Promoting diversity and inclusion has always been my passion and I was impressed by how keen the bank was to ensure this was promoted within its workplace. There is something for everyone at the bank – regardless of your interests, background, and skill.
"There is something for everyone at the bank – regardless of your interests, background, and skill."
How would you describe your job to a friend?
I am part of the EMEA Research Compliance team. We support the Research Business – a division of the bank that is responsible for producing investment research – on matters related to regulation and the bank’s policy and procedures. We provide advisory and updates to the business on regulatory matters, as well as manage regulatory and internal audit reviews and enquiries. We also provide education and training to the business based on regulatory and internal policies, and also review their activities to ensure they are consistent with internal policies.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Every day is a new adventure which teaches me a fresh perspective on a situation. I also think of my job as the best of both worlds – I get to increase my knowledge in financial investment products and in the regulation surrounding it at the same time.
To be a good compliance officer you must be good at eliciting trust from the business you support. This is done by building lasting relationships with the business – so being a ‘people’ person helps! And also by having a good understanding of the business – so that you understand challenges you are presented with and can assist accordingly. All in all, I enjoy my job because I am eager to learn and meet people.
What do you enjoy doing in your personal time?
I love to read! And this really helps as I work in compliance and have to keep up to date with regulation and policy. I am also a massive foodie and spend a lot of my time trying new recipes and flavors. I enjoy singing as well and am part of the bank’s choir which is great fun and a fantastic way to meet people.
What advice would you give to students?
When you intern or join the bank – ask questions, introduce yourself to people and be interested! People are keen to hear your thoughts and are more than happy to let you contribute.