RSS Feed newsroom en-US Clearing can be a roller-coaster ride Fri, 19 May 2017 10:57:31 +0200 Working for Clearing can be a roller-coaster ride sometimes. Every day is different. While that may not be to everyone’s taste, it’s one of the reasons I love my job so much. I also like that the financial markets are so dynamic. You could say that the markets and our clients are always in a state of flux. The price of oil, gas and grain changes every second, and I’m in contact with numerous organisations active in markets all over the world. I know it’s a cliché, but it’s true: no two days are the same. Working at ABN AMRO Vitality on the work floor: more than just taking the stairs Mon, 01 May 2017 08:00:00 +0200 The world around us is changing, and the demands on people are high. That’s why it’s important for our people to balance their work and their private lives. In my role as Reward Consultant, I lead projects that deal with employment benefits and are aimed at improving vitality at ABN AMRO. Working at ABN AMRO ‘HR isn’t just reinventing itself – it’s reinventing the bank’ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:02:07 +0200 At most companies, HR departments have long been seen as unimportant – at least from a strategic perspective. Directors and managers who joined HR were often in the twilight of their careers. But Frank van den Brink, Managing Director of Employee Experience, says these ideas are outdated. Indeed, he’s proud that it’s his very own department at ABN AMRO which is charting a brand-new course for the bank. Traineeship ABN AMRO at the Partnership Election #2: ABN AMRO competes to create opportunities for refugees Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:11:52 +0200 Bringing different worlds together is the reason the bank is committed to competing in De Partnership Verkiezing (or the Partnership Election) 2017. And we’re on the right track! Our enthusiastic five-member team is currently working on a business case to provide fast-track training to talented Syrian refugees in the Netherlands so they can join the ABN AMRO workforce. After all, it’s a shame to let so much potential go to waste. We aim to change that, creating exciting opportunities for people and the bank. Working at ABN AMRO It’s not about your degree – it’s about your mindset Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:57:14 +0200 New graduates often have lots of unanswered questions, wondering which job is the best fit for their talents and interests. They struggle defining their strengths and finding ways to set themselves apart. Back when I started applying for my first job, it was no different. But now the bank wants to help young jobseekers find their feet. To help them discover their personal qualities and talents, we’ve built an escape room, called UNIGMA, where we give students and young professionals the chance to crack a set of brain teasers in a race against the clock. Cameras and sensors let us measure a whole range of characteristics exhibited by these young escapers. The results tell them a lot about their talents. For many students, that’s very valuable information. Working at ABN AMRO ABN AMRO at the Partnership Election: investing with an impact Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:49:05 +0200 One of the goals of the Sustainable Banking department is to draw as many of the bank’s employees as possible into sustainability. Sustainable transition comes from within, and that is something that we can only achieve by working together. Against this backdrop, the Partnership Election came as a unique opportunity. Our contribution to this transition: a high-impact business case. Working at ABN AMRO Getting the very best out of people Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:19:11 +0100 My aim is to go to bed feeling that I’ve made a difference in the work I do. My job requires a good deal of interaction with others, and my aim is to help my colleagues and those I coach get the very best out of themselves, giving them plenty of food for thought along the way. If I can manage to do all that, it’s mission accomplished. Working at ABN AMRO Report on “Germany goes PSD2” at Start-up Friday Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:31:37 +0100 Since 2013, ABN AMRO has regularly hosted the hour-long Start-up Friday event at its Innovation Centre. The sessions are invariably fast-paced, inspiring and upbeat, introducing staff and guests to all the latest developments in the financial world. The last Start-up Friday of 2016 focused on the theme of “Open Banking in Germany”. Here’s our report. Working at ABN AMRO Making changes today to help clients tomorrow Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:26:22 +0100 Back when I was at university, if you’d told me that some day I’d be working at a bank, I would have said you were crazy. After all, I was convinced that banks were just big, dust-filled organisations where nothing ever changes. Now that I actually do work for ABN AMRO, though, I realise how far off the mark I was. And I understand why people so enjoy working here, and often stay on for so many years. I mean, where else do you get the same opportunities and freedom to develop yourself? Working at ABN AMRO Small steps, big difference Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:00:00 +0100 A few years ago, I noticed that the majority of people who work for ABN AMRO are white. But that doesn’t mean ABN AMRO doesn’t support and promote cultural diversity. ABN AMRO can be successful only if we position ourselves at the heart of a very diverse community and embrace that diversity ourselves. By making even the smallest of changes, we can contribute to something very big indeed. Working at ABN AMRO Keeping all the balls in the air Tue, 03 Jan 2017 12:50:00 +0100 I believe the world is going to change radically as a result of trends like blockchain, machine learning and big data. That’s why I think it’s important to stay up to date on all the latest IT and automation news. That knowledge also comes in handy in my work as a business analyst and as a participant in the Young IT Programme, which keeps me very busy. And if that wasn’t enough, I also play first-division football for SV ARC in Alphen aan den Rijn four times a week. Sometimes it’s a challenge keeping all those balls in the air, but so far so good! Working at ABN AMRO Thinking like a start-up Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:00:00 +0100 Creating an open innovation platform outside the bank might sound tricky, but we pulled it off! By definition, banks are risk-averse – it’s an obligation imposed on us by lawmakers and regulators. That’s why it makes sense to look for potential beyond the confines of the bank, which is exactly how Econic came into being in Eindhoven. We’re so excited and proud to have succeeded. Traineeship Our first hackathon! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:00:00 +0100 Hackathons are quite exciting – especially if it’s your first time. I've worked with enthusiastic colleagues before, doing this kind of intense software workshops, but those workshops usually took four to five hours at most. ABN AMRO's two-day Hyperledger Hackathon on 1 and 2 October made for our very first 'real' hackathon. And we were thrown right in at the deep end. Working at ABN AMRO Standing up for the bank’s foreign offices Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:01:56 +0100 When colleagues from other parts of the bank come to work with us at TOPS International Business Services (IBS), I often hear them say things like, “Wow, things are very different here!” The main reason is that our staff need a clear understanding of pretty much every entity making up the bank. We provide services to departments operating outside the Netherlands, such as Private Banking International, Energy, Commodities & Transportation (ECT), the International Desk, Diamond & Jewellery Clients and Large Corporates. In our role, we collaborate closely with IT, the Chief Operating Office, Business Management, CISO, Operations, Compliance, Risk and Finance. Few other departments at ABN AMRO have dealings with as many entities as we do. You’d be hard-pressed to find a department where the range of activities is so varied. Working at ABN AMRO Hospitality is close to my heart Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:00:00 +0100 I come from a family that’s been in the hospitality industry for ages. My grandfather used to own a hotel, so hospitality is in my blood. After completing my studies at Hotelschool The Hague, it seemed like a logical next step for me to enter the business, too. When I turned 33, I stopped and asked myself what it was I really wanted to do, and I quickly came to the conclusion that I wanted a job where I was in charge. When I was offered a position at ABN AMRO, it didn’t take me long to make up my mind. After all, what could be more meaningful in terms of my own personal development than to see what it’s like to sit on the other side of the table? Working at ABN AMRO Diversity in the IT workforce Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:00:00 +0100 I get the feeling some people still think of the bank as a man’s world, a drab and unexciting place to work. In my view, that stereotype hasn’t held true for a very long time, and certainly doesn’t reflect my department – IT International. In fact, more and more women have been joining our IT workforce over the last few years. Plus, thanks to the international nature of my job, I deal with people of different nationalities all the time. So I think it’s fair to say our field of operations is very diverse indeed. Working at ABN AMRO A new job every three years Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:00:00 +0200 The thing I enjoy the most about working for Capital Markets Solutions (CMS) is that I’m right at the heart of the financial markets. It’s a very dynamic and exciting world. My team and I track developments, such as interest rate and currency movements, in the markets and analyse their impact on our clients’ business operations. I can honestly say no two days are the same at CMS. Working at ABN AMRO A businessman at the bank Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0200 I’ve known since an early age what I wanted to do: I wanted to run a business. It’s in my blood – literally, since I come from a family of entrepreneurs. I studied Small Business in Haarlem. Nevertheless, through one thing and another eventually I found myself at ABN AMRO. I’d heard that their traineeship was the best in the Netherlands, so I decided to try it. My plan was to spend two years learning as much as I could and then go my own way again with much more experience than before. Things turned out differently: in fact, I’ve been working here for ten years, and I’m enjoying it immensely – though I’ve been able to see what it’s like to run a business, both at ABN AMRO and elsewhere. Traineeship In the media spotlight with major property transactions Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0200 I regularly come across newspaper articles on property transactions I’m involved with. They’re usually published to announce the start of new projects, but there are background and profile pieces, too. All this media publicity is proof that the deals I help put together are some of the most newsworthy in the Netherlands. As part of the Real Estate Clients department, my team and I manage a number of major property portfolios worth at least 20 million euros. The media attention is nice because it validates all our hard work to make these projects a reality. Working at ABN AMRO Full speed ahead on board a classic sailing boat Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:27:43 +0200 Many people still think of banks as stuffy institutions filled with grey-haired men in pinstripe suits. So after I returned from Peru where I’d been working for a small civil society organisation specialising in microfinance for a year and a half, some of my friends and family members wondered if a job at ABN AMRO was the right fit for me. The ABN AMRO I see couldn’t be more different, though, especially where our IT organisation is concerned. It’s an environment where engaged, committed and creative people work, one which is becoming more flexible and easy-going each year. I really enjoy it – especially since I’m personally contributing to this shift. Working at ABN AMRO My network provided three jobs Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0200 After I completed my degree, the bank was an obvious choice to me. I started off as an intern at ABN AMRO and applied for the traineeship while I was still at it. The results of my capacity test made the bank quite eager to take me aboard, which stood in stark contrast with the other major bank I had applied with. Traineeship Achieve something remarkable Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0200 In 1989, two students from the Amsterdam Academy, while at the bar in their student house, came up with the idea of a student race which is now known as the ‘Race of the Classics’. Every year 680 young professionals from leading international organisations sail from Rotterdam to Ipswich. This year, I will join the ABN AMRO team in this spectacular event. It suits ABN AMRO not be afraid of a challenge and competition. To work in a team that is able to adjust to changing circumstances, that can deal with ad hoc situations and is ready to build relationships inside and outside ABN AMRO. Working at ABN AMRO Wanted: digital natives Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0200 Nowadays almost everything is digital – including at ABN AMRO. Fewer and fewer clients visit their local branches, much preferring to do their banking online. Although some people use their browsers, the mobile banking app for smartphones and tablets is now the most popular tool. Around eighteen months ago ABN AMRO set up a new Digital Banking department. Bob Kern’s job as a Talent Acquisition Specialist is to hire new talent for Digital Banking. Working at ABN AMRO Giving the bank an edge Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0200 Nowadays almost everything is digital – including at ABN AMRO. Fewer and fewer clients visit their local branches, much preferring to do their banking online. Although some people use their browsers, the Mobile Banking app for smartphones and tablets is now the most popular tool. Around eighteen months ago ABN AMRO set up a new Digital Banking department. Hardy Schuerhoff’s work as a Business Developer Mobile involves a wide range of new developments for the Mobile Banking App. Working at ABN AMRO Simplifying complex subjects Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0200 Nowadays almost everything is digital – including at ABN AMRO. Fewer and fewer clients visit their local branches, much preferring to do their banking online. Although some people use their browsers, the Mobile Banking app for smartphones and tablets is now the most popular tool. Around eighteen months ago ABN AMRO set up a new Digital Banking department. Online Copywriter Ilja van Meulem works for the department’s E-commerce branch. She writes texts for the website and devotes much of her time to content marketing. Working at ABN AMRO A new direction every three years Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:45:00 +0200 After my studies I was at a loss for what to do. I knew a recruiter at ABN AMRO, who told me about the bank’s traineeship. As a trainee, you have a sense of being supported by your peers and supervisors. You spend much of your time exchanging ideas, and you turn yourself inside out, but the programme is also very practical. You discover a great deal about yourself and your competencies. You learn how to acknowledge problems, how to approach them and how to solve them. You receive all the help you need, and you’re given opportunities to discover and apply your talents. This creates possibilities. Working at ABN AMRO Sprinting toward new applications using BABoK® Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0200 As a Business Analyst, Enterprise Data & Information (EDI) at ABN AMRO, my job is to match the wishes of the commercial department to what is possible with IT. This sounds simple, but it can take some figuring out. To build the application or system that everyone wants, I need to identify ‘the question behind the question’. Working at ABN AMRO Preparing the shop for the day after tomorrow Mon, 08 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0200 Nowadays almost everything is digital – also at ABN AMRO. Fewer and fewer clients visit their local branches, much preferring to do their banking online. Although some people use their browsers, the mobile banking app for smartphones and tablets is now the most popular tool. Around eighteen months ago ABN AMRO set up a new Digital Banking department. Online strategist Thomas van Tienoven is a member of Retail Banking’s Digital Strategy team. Working at ABN AMRO IT Academy: preparing for a changed IT landscape Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0200 Jolanda Smit is currently participating in the IT Academy. Her goal for the future is to work as a Solution Designer and make a significant contribution to the new developments at the bank. She has spent the past five months working hard to learn all that she can – both for her own benefit and for the bank’s. Although it has not always been plain sailing, looking back Jolanda is pleased. Working at ABN AMRO People work better in an enjoyable setting Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:00:00 +0200 Attractive employment terms are not the only reason nowadays to apply for a job at a particular company. More and more people want a great place to work. It makes my day whenever I hear that someone deliberately chooses ABN AMRO because of the flexibility and inspiring settings that we offer. Take the IT Campus, for example, a series of buildings where our IT colleagues work. So when I was offered a Traineeship Relationship Management the choice was easy for me. Working at ABN AMRO Friends for life Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:00:00 +0200 I wrote my graduation thesis at ABN AMRO, and I enjoyed the experience so much that it was only logical to sign up for a traineeship. I was fresh out of university, one of a group of eleven other trainees. ‘Take a good look around you,’ we were told, ‘you’ll be making friends for life here.’ I did not believe it at the time, but they were right. Traineeship Helping the bank to reinvent itself Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:35:00 +0200 The last few years I have been working for ABN AMRO as a team leader in the Payments domain. During the past six months I have added a new role to my duties, heading up a virtual blockchain team in the bank’s IT branch. Working at ABN AMRO Users asking for Tikkie designer’s autograph Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0200 Tikkie is a hit: after just one week on the market, the app has more than 25,000 users and has received a top-10 download ranking, excellent ratings, enthusiastic feedback and good publicity. Working at ABN AMRO Taking ownership of my life Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:20:00 +0200 From studying theatre, film and television to heading up the bank’s insolvency team – not a very logical career path, at first glance. But nothing could be further from the truth. At the bank, it’s mainly about how you deal with issues and acquire the knowledge you need. I now use the knowledge and skills I obtained at school when I hold presentations and attend meetings. I enjoy inspiring others, which is why I am an ambassador for ABN AMRO’s vitality programme. Working at ABN AMRO Draw the whole world in with art! Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0200 As a student, I struggled to choose between law and art history. Eventually I decided on the latter, despite assuming it would be much harder finding permanent employment. Fortunately, though, that was never the case for me. I’ve always firmly believed that things will turn out well if you’re doing what you love. With this mindset, I’ve worked in the art world for twenty years and trained as a curator. I’ve held a variety of jobs: after working at a centre for contemporary art and a gallery, as an art adviser to the Dutch government and as a freelance curator, I was appointed curator of the ABN AMRO Art Collection. It’s a very special job, one which has absolutely nothing to do with banking products! Working at ABN AMRO Love is the best reward Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0200 I started out at ABN AMRO as a trainee ten years ago, and I haven’t regretted my decision for a single moment! After graduating, I wanted to pursue a career in HR at a large company – and that’s exactly what I’ve done at ABN AMRO. Since joining the company, I have held various HR positions and have worked for the bank in Europe, Asia and the United States. I am now Director of Reward & Performance Management – and I got where I am today thanks in part to the traineeship. Traineeship ECT: the heart of the economy Mon, 02 May 2016 14:00:00 +0200 I’ve always said I wanted to work right in the beating heart of our economy. That’s why Energy, Commodities & Transportation (ECT) is such a compelling choice: it encompasses all the raw materials we need to make our products and food. Only a few weeks into my internship, I became aware that ECT drives our economy. These sectors will always be necessary and that’s why it was an easy choice for me to follow the Corporate Banking Graduate Programme specialising in ECT. Working at ABN AMRO The human side of IT Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0200 Graduating as a HR specialist and then shifting into the IT starter trajectory. Strange move, isn't it? But it makes more sense than you'd think. To me, anyway. After all, IT is also about the people who are involved in it. My manager completely agreed, which is a typical thing for ABN AMRO. If they see something in you and you see something in them, the sky is the limit. Working at ABN AMRO It all starts with IT Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0200 Unlike many other children, I never wanted to become an astronaut or rescue a princess. My dream was to work at the bank. Yes, really! I figured it would be fantastic to work at an organisation that manages money for hundreds of thousands of people. A trip to the bank with my parents was the highlight of the week for me as a child. As such, I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands on this IT starter trajectory. Working at ABN AMRO Not your average banking job Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0200 If they act sustainably, I believe, large established companies can make a real impact. I wanted to be part of an organisation where I could work from within to help shape the transition from normal to sustainable operations. That is my job now as Sustainability Manager at ABN AMRO, where I draw on the experience that I gained through my own NGO in Guatemala. Working at ABN AMRO A glimpse behind the scenes Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0100 In my last blog, I described our strategic project for the Red Cross. The organisation wants to attract more young men and women. My personal goal was to learn from an organisation that so clearly operates from an emotional conviction. Was that goal achieved? Absolutely. I also discovered that the Red Cross and ABN AMRO have a lot in common. Both companies encourage their employees to speak from the heart. That insight has proven very useful for me, and I believe it can benefit everybody. Working at ABN AMRO Having fun selling fun! Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0100 One day, during a job interview, I exclaimed: 'I want to sell fun!' – and that is exactly what I do now as a hockey and tennis sponsor manager at ABN AMRO. I ensure people have a good time when they attend an event or a sports club. People around me often say they think my job must be amazing. Well, I agree! My current project is the 43rd ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. Wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Let me tell you! Working at ABN AMRO International dilemmas Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:00:00 +0100 Our Compliance & Conduct department aims to contribute to ethical and responsible banking at ABN AMRO. As Compliance Officer I advise management and employees about laws, rules and integrity, while making risks clear and manageable. All in the name of offering a responsible service to our clients. Working at ABN AMRO Marathon and traineeship: two great adventures Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:00:00 +0100 Five months ago, I started my Policy & Regulations Traineeship at ABN AMRO. Previous to that, I studied European Studies and Conflict Resolution & Governance. I was also part of a team doing a research project for Dutch companies in Brazil. You might think: don't you want to enter politics? But working at an international bank with a place in the heart of society seemed the more challenging option – and one that suited my talents better. The most important lesson so far is that you can come a very long way if you fully commit. Traineeship The beauty of digital simplicity Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:00:00 +0100 Often, people seem a bit puzzled when I compare my job at the bank with the work of an industrial designer. “I thought you did something IT-related?” they say in surprise. Certainly, but our real commitment is to meet the client's wishes as closely as we can, in the simplest way possible. After all, simple solutions are often stable, inexpensive, sustainable, and easy to operate. Working at ABN AMRO Preventing good people from going wrong Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:00:00 +0100 Sometimes people don’t believe me when I say that I work for ABN AMRO. ‘A psychologist working for a bank? Surely that’s not a place for someone with your background?’ But it is: this sector presents an exciting challenge for my profession! I think that it was an amazing and forward-looking move on ABN AMRO’s part to hire me and my ‘weird’ team of behavioural scientists and philosophers. Working at ABN AMRO Be bold and take the plunge! Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:00:00 +0100 Time flies. It has been almost nine years since I first joined ABN AMRO. I had not even considered the bank as a potential employer. Fuelled by the energy that my recent graduation gave me, I drew up a list of five companies where I wanted to work. ABN AMRO was not one of the five: too boring and stuffy for me, I thought. Nothing could have been further from the truth. The bank reached out to me, and I really enjoyed our first meeting. I was convinced right away. Working at ABN AMRO Autism: not a problem Wed, 02 Dec 2015 10:00:00 +0100 According to the latest statistics, autism affects roughly one per cent of the Dutch population. Statistically speaking, therefore, ABN AMRO must have at least 200 employees with autism. So far, I’ve only met six, which is why as Autism Ambassador I am a strong advocate of making autism something that can be talked about at the workplace. Working at ABN AMRO Innovation creates a dynamic working environment Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:00:00 +0100 For me, having a certain amount of autonomy on the job is very important. That’s why I like working as a management consultant in one of the IT environments at the bank. In practice, my job involves initiating IT and other improvements, and researching and then implementing various solutions. Because I’m naturally inquisitive, the role is a good fit for me, giving me all the freedom I need to ask questions and nail things down. I’ve noticed that people generally appreciate it when you speak your mind at ABN AMRO. The freedom to speak frankly has created an open atmosphere, one I’ve been fortunate enough to take full advantage of over the last year. Working at ABN AMRO Traineeship in jeans Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:00:00 +0100 Now that my probationary period is officially over I have a fair idea of how things work at the bank. Time for me to share my experiences as a trainee at ABN AMRO. Traineeship Data management: a higher level of thinking Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0100 Banks work with vast volumes of data. It is vital for that data to be uniform and high quality, and usable by the whole organisation. The bank also needs the information to be reliable for it to be used in the mandatory reports that regulators currently require. Webwereld interviewed Frans Gallegos Ruiz and Sandra Wennemers about the importance of speaking the same language. Working at ABN AMRO The bank as more than just a cash point Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:00:00 +0100 With Bachelor’s degrees in Public Administration and Political Science and a Master’s in European Governance, I did not immediately expect to work for a bank. Yet I found the dynamics at ABN AMRO so appealing that I nevertheless chose a bank – a decision with which I am very happy. I wanted to find out more about the relationship between ABN AMRO and the regulatory authorities, and about how the bank handles the vast array of Dutch and European laws and regulations. After three months as a trainee at ABN AMRO, I know that the bank is more than just a cash point: it is a broad and immensely diverse organisation that can accommodate any and all profiles. Traineeship From real estate to coffee Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0200 ABN AMRO gives me the chance to work on projects that matter, and to get to know the company in all its aspects. What I enjoy most at Large Corporates is the professional and young working environment. Traineeship Compliance & Conduct: the most interesting department in the bank Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:30:00 +0200 "In 2015, everybody will want to be a Compliance Officer," predicted Van Beusekom and Raaijmakers in 2010 in Tijdschrift voor Compliance, a compliance journal. The authors envisaged a role for the Compliance Officer as protector of a company’s value creation and identity. They believed that this role would make the position so attractive that Compliance Officer would become one of the most popular jobs in 2015. How does Deborah ter Beek, Senior Compliance & Conduct Advisor at ABN AMRO, view this prediction? interviewed her. Working at ABN AMRO Women and the labour market: par for the course Thu, 17 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0200 With three-quarters of all Dutch women in paid work or running their own business, the Netherlands scores high internationally when it comes to the total number of women in the workplace, according to research carried out by ABN AMRO Group Economics. But in my role as an HR professional, I’m still struck by the fact that, on the whole, few working women are progressing to senior positions. This is all the more remarkable because we’re in desperate need of them. Why is getting the right woman in the right job so tough? Working at ABN AMRO From a tangle of IT to a standard interface Wed, 09 Sep 2015 14:30:00 +0200 The IT landscape is growing all the time and the separate applications are all closely entwined. This is making it more and more difficult to add new functionalities. For the bank, this is the most pressing reason to completely overhaul its IT landscape. interviewed Danny Streefkerk, Service Orientation Consultant at ABN AMRO, to discuss this process. Working at ABN AMRO Days are fuller in New York Wed, 09 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0200 Visa, check. Ticket, check. Ready for the big adventure! It’s now three months since I started working for the Risk Team in the United States. When I arrived in the office, everything had been arranged and I could sit down behind my own new desk. What struck me right away is that the New York office and the Risk Team are much smaller than what I’m used to. The advantage is that lines of communication are shorter, and things get done easier and faster. You notice the distance between New York and Amsterdam most of all because of the time difference. I would email a question to somebody in Amsterdam in the afternoon, and of course I wouldn’t get an answer till the next day. Traineeship Self-improvement as a fringe benefit Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0200 Together with five of my colleagues here at ABN AMRO, I will be spending the coming months helping the Red Cross with strategic issues. This process is a wonderful opportunity for self-improvement. For me, that is an important fringe benefit: I want to mature, both in my job and as a person. This project also gives me the chance to show that the bank is not at all shut off from the world, despite what many people think: in fact it offers numerous opportunities to develop social initiatives. Working at ABN AMRO Banking is not brain surgery Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:00:00 +0200 The level of activity and dynamism at a bank is much higher than many might think. I expect that anyone who wishes to make a difference can find a niche. I found mine at Debt Solutions. We carefully analyse domestic and international companies and offer them financing solutions. This is what fills me with energy: studying a scenario in depth, understanding what a company needs at crunch moments and being able to fulfil those needs. Traineeship Banken zetten de klant niet genoeg centraal Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +0200 Banken zetten de klant niet genoeg centraal Job Market Turning to technology? It’s what our customers have been waiting for Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:00:00 +0200 For me, turning to technology for solutions is the most natural thing in the world. And it’s what our customers have been waiting for. Plus easy-to-use, accessible apps and websites are always a great way to encourage those who may still be on the fence. It’s my role to ensure all these tools are as user-friendly as possible. We do this by designing the actual screens themselves with our customers in mind, by creating demos showing users how certain apps work and by finding new solutions for processes and operations that aren’t online yet. Working at ABN AMRO In search of the sponsor that offers the perfect fit Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0200 For a long time I have been intrigued by the question of what makes a company decide to sponsor someone or something. In the ideal scenario, the connection between sponsor and sponsored should be an obvious one. Yet sponsorship often creates confusion: what exactly links a company to a particular sport or museum? This question has driven me for much of my life: I was only a little girl when I first realised that men in suits would rather sponsor footballers than gymnasts like me. My search to find out why started at an early age, and with it my quest for the perfect fit. Working at ABN AMRO It feels like our very own start-up Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0200 There’s no denying that the EU’s revised Payment Services Directive (or PSD2 for short), which will soon let non-bank stakeholders use and work with client payment data, has bankers biting their nails. However, we should see this upcoming change not as a threat but as a golden opportunity – especially if we can successfully blend the potential of PSD2 with one of our key strengths: risk modelling. And that’s exactly what we’re doing with Gradefix. Once clients share their transaction data, our risk model calculates a credit score to help them better understand their personal financial situation. Working at ABN AMRO Affordable Art Fair Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:21:00 +0200 In deze video ervaringen van ABN AMRO trainees. De afronding van het traineeship van Leonie. Traineeship The bank is not a playground Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0200 Most boys dream of growing up to be a professional football player or a pilot. Not me. Ever since I was a little boy in Amsterdam and was welcomed to the ABN AMRO branch with my father, who was a successful businessman, I’ve known I want to be a bank manager. I’ve always known what I want. At ABN AMRO, I can map out my own career and make conscious choices along the way. And I need to make choices, because I’m very enthusiastic and would otherwise grab hold of every challenge. This goal-oriented, passionate attitude is now serving me well during my traineeship, but it also means I sometimes need to be kept in check. Traineeship Doe mee aan business course The Deal! Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0200 Van 20 tot en met 22 mei start er weer een nieuwe editie van business course The Deal. Financiële en juridische studenten gaan dan gedurende drie dagen de strijd met elkaar aan. In een simulatie van één van de meest aansprekende transacties van de laatste jaren adviseren ze als team een geïnteresseerde koper. Floris en Tommy hebben al een kijkje genomen in deze wereld van fusies en overnames. Hoe hebben ze dat ervaren? Working at ABN AMRO A cross-border traineeship Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0200 The nice thing about the ABN AMRO traineeship is that you have the freedom to map out your own path, and that makes this a unique experience. This does not mean, however, that you can sit back and let it happen. Freedom entails responsibility. So you really need to take the initiative to reach your goal. So far I’ve managed to find my way around the bank. My colleagues here are very easy to approach and are always willing to help out when you need them. Traineeship Live like the person you want to be Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:00:00 +0200 I often ask my colleagues if they work hard and see their job as a top-class sport. If the answer is Yes, I then ask whether they take care of themselves like a top-class athlete does: get enough sleep, live a regulated life and eat well. People usually tell me I’m crazy, but I believe you should live like the person you want to be and how you want to perform. Working at ABN AMRO Finding solutions for complex business loans Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:00:00 +0200 People regularly ask me what precisely my job at Risk Management at ABN AMRO involves. It’s not always immediately clear to people what a Financial Restructurer does. Essentially, I work with business clients who are experiencing difficulties. I oversee processes, consult stakeholders and find and implement practical solutions to complex business loans. As you might imagine, my job at Financial Restructuring & Recovery is not nine to five. Working at ABN AMRO Leonie vertelt over haar Traineeship bij ABN AMRO Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:21:00 +0200 In deze video ervaringen van ABN AMRO trainees. De afronding van het traineeship van Leonie. Traineeship Leonard vertelt over zijn Traineeship bij ABN AMRO Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:21:00 +0200 In deze video ervaringen van ABN AMRO trainees. De afronding van het traineeship van Leonard. Traineeship Getting and using the freedom Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0200 There were six months between the day I signed the trainee contract and the day I actually joined ABN AMRO Corporate Clients as a trainee. I finished studying law before my traineeship was scheduled to begin, so I started working as a Commercial Officer at a local branch in Hoofddorp. I got off to a solid start with the Financial Specialists and acquired a lot of experience. At that time, I hoped to have the opportunity and freedom to learn as much during the traineeship as I had in Hoofddorp. Traineeship The New World of Work doesn’t mean you can freewheel Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0100 Last year Volkswagen and BMW in Germany gave employees the right to be ‘unavailable’: they no longer had to be available by email or telephone after office hours. I don’t think we in the Netherlands should go along with this trend; if we did, we would be back to square one with the New World of Work. Job Market The right person in the right place Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0100 People often ask me why we’re hiring new employees even though we’re also letting people go. Why, they ask, can’t the redundancies be used to fill the job openings? Working at ABN AMRO The new job application: clients select future advisors Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0100 A pitch, a discussion and an interview with clients in one day. Eight enthusiastic people applying for the position of Income & Wealth Specialist and four of our clients kicked off our new recruitment concept. ABN AMRO believed that the traditional recruitment and selection method needed a makeover. Applying for a job Be passionate and attentive, whatever you do Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0100 You might not think it, but running a restaurant isn’t very much different from my work as an investment advisor for ABN AMRO. Basically, anyone can open a restaurant or invest money. These things are just a means to an end, not a way to stand out. People are what matters. And you can only stand out if you do your utmost for them: diners in your restaurant, or co-workers at the office. Working at ABN AMRO Mapping out your own course Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:30:00 +0100 ‘Do you blindly follow a sat nav, or do you go your own way?’ I heard this question at TEDx Rotterdam in 2011 and it made me stop and think. I suddenly realised that I am fully responsible for my own career path. There’s nobody who can tell me whether to go left or right.’ Working at ABN AMRO A top-class sportswoman never gives up Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0100 My sitting volleyball team hasn’t won a gold medal yet, but we are training hard to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to my sports career, I also work as a Participation Advisor at ABN AMRO. I have a physical impairment, so I’m just the woman for the job. I’m the linking pin between the bank, organisations and businesses that are looking to hire somebody with a disability. Working at ABN AMRO Imago check: Om bij een bank te werken moet je veel ambitie hebben Fri, 06 Feb 2015 10:21:00 +0100 Denk jij dat er alleen mensen met veel ambitie werken bij een bank? Bekijk de video om te zien hoe het werken bij een bank echt is. Applying for a job Job Market Managing the New Way of Working Fri, 06 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0100 Over the past five years, more than 15,000 ABN AMRO employees have made the transition to the New Way of Working (NWW) – and this number is increasing every day. Working at ABN AMRO Maturing fifteen years in the space of fifteen months Fri, 06 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0100 This traineeship is a great springboard. Of course I’ll still have to work hard for my career. But I’m acquiring a tremendous amount of expertise in a short space of time and I’m getting to know so many people at the bank: this will give me an edge. Traineeship Follow your creative heart Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:00:00 +0100 Eight years ago I came to the Netherlands from Greece, convinced I’d complete my ICT & Management study and end up working for a big company. Only part of this plan transpired: I now work for ABN AMRO. But if you’d told me at the time that I would be working as a designer, I wouldn’t have believed you. Making a beeline for a career in a grey suit, I simply didn’t consider a creative job an option. Working at ABN AMRO Taking Finance Further platform discussed in Lower House Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:30:00 +0100 Marketeer Lieke Scholtens talks about the development of this platform and her role in the process. Launched earlier this year, Taking Finance Further was introduced to inform entrepreneurs about business loans. Lieke worked on the platform for SMEs. ‘Setting up this platform made me feel a bit like an entrepreneur. I experienced the trust that our team was given to work out and realise ideas as exceptional.’ Working at ABN AMRO Be yourself and show it! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:30:00 +0100 Do you have the courage to be yourself during a job interview, or do you memorise a ‘speech’ beforehand? If you do the latter, it might be wise to change your strategy. Recruiters tend to prefer candidates who are open and sincere. So don’t hide but show that you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses. That takes courage, but you’ll be glad you did. Being hired for a job on the wrong grounds will get you nowhere. Applying for a job Trainees -Meeting of Minds (deel 3) Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:21:00 +0100 In deze video ervaringen van ABN AMRO Trainees Traineeship Using knowledge and expertise to help New Dutch Connections Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:00:00 +0100 Asylum seekers are often portrayed negatively in the news, usually in terms of their numbers. What we fail to realise, though, is that most asylum seekers flee their homeland out of desperation. Since the ABN AMRO Intercompany Programme has brought me into contact with New Dutch Connections (NDC), an organisation that supports young people in refugee centres, I’ve realised how rough life is for asylum seekers. It’s very special that I can offer them my knowledge and expertise on behalf of the bank. Working at ABN AMRO Managing Board for a day Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:30:00 +0100 Have you always wanted to know what the members of the Managing Board do all day? What happens at the top of the bank? Rakesh Prahladsingh, Assistant Sales Management at ABN AMRO Schiphol, now knows. He and seven other young bankers were given the opportunity to spend a day with a member of the Managing Board. Rakesh spent his time with Chris Vogelzang and talks about his experiences. Chris is the Managing Board member responsible for Retail and Private Banking. Working at ABN AMRO Susan Blankhorst thought up ‘Split the Bill’ for the Mobile Banking App Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:30:00 +0100 Susan Blankhorst works at the Internet & Mobile department of ABN AMRO. When eating out with friends, she found that splitting the bill posed practical problems. So she came up with a solution: “Split the Bill”, which has since become a new function in the Mobile Banking app. Working at ABN AMRO Bij een bank heb je vooral saaie 9 tot 5 banen Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:21:00 +0100 Video: Imago Check -Bij een bank heb je vooral saaie 9 tot 5 banen Job Market Imago check: Bij een bank werken is niet voor creatieve mensen Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:21:00 +0100 Denk jij dat er geen creatieve mensen werken bij een bank? Bekijk de video om te zien hoe het werken bij een bank echt is. Working at ABN AMRO Turning subconscious ways of thinking on their head Thu, 04 Dec 2014 08:00:00 +0100 Seeking out a dialogue – in a nutshell, that is what I do as an Innovation Manager at ABN AMRO, and it’s what drives me as an artist. I firmly believe that you can achieve more by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Don’t be influenced by somebody’s background or beliefs, but be open to one another. That’s how to create a win-win situation and to grow as a person. Working at ABN AMRO Reaching out and touching my audience Thu, 04 Dec 2014 08:00:00 +0100 Photography, film and music: I need 48 hours in a day! They’re all forms of expression I use to communicate my feelings and ideas. Photography and film have become increasingly important to me in recent years. The view through the lens helps me to look at the world from a different perspective. I can combine my work as a Dialogue Manager with my passion for photography and film. ABN AMRO gave me the opportunity to exhibit my work at the Affordable Art Fair at the end of 2014. Working at ABN AMRO Advanced multitasking: work, top sport and motherhood Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:00:00 +0100 As an international fencing referee, Marketeer at International Clients & Specials and mother of two, I have a very hectic life. During the week, I work four nine-hour days at ABN AMRO, exercise during my lunch hour and chair the referee committee one evening a week. I exercise on Fridays too, and am often on the road on weekends, judging fencing matches throughout and beyond Europe. I also make time every day for my partner and two children, a three-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl. Busy? That’s an understatement! Working at ABN AMRO Freedom is a choice Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0100 Freedom is one of the most important things in my life – the freedom to make choices and to do what I genuinely enjoy. In my case, that’s a lot. I work thirty hours a week at ABN AMRO and run seven businesses on the side: an ice cream factory, a delicatessen, an importer of ice cream wagons, a home accessories shop, a Christmas hamper wholesaler, a property firm and a consultancy. Freedom is not the same as free time. On the contrary; to me, freedom means working hard – really hard. And I love it! Working at ABN AMRO Marcel Balkestein carrière bij ABN AMRO Mon, 01 Dec 2014 14:21:00 +0100 Marcel Balkestein over topsport Hockey en zijn carriere bij ABN AMRO Working at ABN AMRO Trainees -eerste week (deel 2) Mon, 01 Dec 2014 14:21:00 +0100 In deze video ervaringen van ABN AMRO Trainees tijdens hun eerste week Traineeship Marcel Balkestein about the World Championships Hockey Mon, 01 Dec 2014 14:21:00 +0100 Field hockey player Marcel Balkestein about the World Championships Working at ABN AMRO Making our day-to-day financial lives easier Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:00:00 +0100 The interesting thing about developing products is that you could end up using them as a consumer. So I try to make our day-to-day financial lives a little easier. Plus I can easily explain to my family and friends what I do all day. When they pay for a sandwich by holding their bank card against a payment terminal, I can tell them that I spend my days working on contactless and mobile payments. Working at ABN AMRO Finding a job via social media Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:00:00 +0100 This past February, I participated in the job day on Twitter with #JouwBaan (YourJob), presenting myself as an ideas generator and pancake maker. You wouldn’t think they’d need somebody like that at today’s bank, but I was invited to spend a day at ABN AMRO. I obviously wasn’t planning on making pancakes at ABN AMRO – I wanted to find a job via social media! Applying for a job Trainees -Introductie (deel 1) Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:21:00 +0100 In deze video ervaringen van ABN AMRO Trainees Traineeship