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Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, is a leading African corporate and investment bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups in Africa. We offer innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions to over 35 African countries the UK, India, China, and the Middle East.
RMB also runs Investment Banking and Business Technology Graduate Programmes for Honours and Masters graduates with top academics in the Commerce, Business Science, Finance, Math, Quant, Accounting and IT/IS disciplines. These 12 – 18 month programmes help successful graduates transition from university to the world of work.
At RMB we equate exceptional performance with exceptional people. To deliver on our business philosophy, Traditional values. Innovative ideas., we need smart, talented and passionate people from diverse backgrounds and cultures who are committed to excellence and who thrive in an entrepreneurial environment. Are you that person?
RMB is a place where these exceptional people challenge the boundaries and create their own opportunities. The RMB Graduate Programme helps talented young individuals to achieve their potential in corporate and investment banking through financial, technological, personal and interpersonal skills growth programmes. If you are successful, you’ll be guided through a two-week onboarding process, encouraged through a year-long structured self-development programme and various technical skill training sessions, supported by a network of previous grads. All this will help to equip you with all there is to know about corporate investment banking.
Ronak Gopaldas — Country Risk Analyst at RMB
At RMB we are not only interested in graduates who are high-performers, we also want individuals who have super learning abilities, who are committed and driven, and who live our values. That’s why we nurture and celebrate inspired thinkers. We empower staff to the point of discomfort, so that they can apply thinking that can change our world.
The RMB Graduate Programme is structured in two phases:
Creating a rich diversity adds depth to our talent pool which unlocks potential and ensures success for the benefit of all. We strive to sustain a non-hierarchical management structure and an entrepreneurial environment wherein our people think and act like business owners. We trust and empower people, hold them accountable, recognise their achievements and reward them for exceptional performance.
How would you define a corporate and investment banker? Definitely a person with a head for numbers and a few financial degrees, you may think. True, but at RMB you are also likely to run into lawyers, aeronautical engineers, computer scientists and medical doctors who push the boundaries, think differently and have an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to make a difference in the world.
Through the RMB Fund, we focus our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) on:
The RMB Fund contributes at least 1% of net profit after tax towards selected projects within focused development sectors. Since 2007, the RMB Fund has invested over R115 million in three development focus areas.
At RMB we believe there’s more to corporate and investment banking than a room of grey suits. RMB is quite unique for having its own Queen. RMB’s Queen, ensures that RMBers work hard and play hard and don’t take themselves too seriously. Being in charge of the RMB Palace, she has special powers at RMB, has her own choir and takes her four-legged princess, Nina (a special dog), to work every day. Her royal duties include spoiling RMBers on special days, anniversaries, birthdays and organising the annual RMB Conference — all in the name of creating a home from home for the RMB family.
As one of RMB’s longest serving employees (35 years) she is also the custodian of RMB ‘gees’, acts as an adviser, a shoulder to cry on and ensures RMBers who step out of line are reminded of the RMB way of doing things and to uphold our corporate values and culture at all times.
Equations often express relationships between given quantities, the knowns, and quantities yet to be determined, the unknowns. Now that you know more about RMB’s Graduate Programme, why don’t you submit your CV and tell us more about yourself. Your brilliant profile + good marks could = RMB’s newest Graduate.
Having gourmet lunches and rubbing shoulders with top executives does not exactly fit the bill for the average student. Or so Marco Contreiras and Richard Wilson thought, until their clever and original equations were chosen as the top two entries in RMB’s annual ‘Be a part of the Equation’ challenge. They were treated to an exclusive lunch with James Formby, Martin Oberholster and a few RMB Class Ofsand other interesting people on the 18th floor of 1MP a couple of days ago. This was followed by an all-expenses paid stay in the Maslow Hotel as well as cocktails with a group of our current Graduates.
The ‘Be a part of the equation’ challenge forms part of the RMB Graduate Programme to recruit top postgraduate talent on University campuses nationwide. Each year students are invited by RMB to submit their own mathematical equations – using symbols and mathematical calculations, to illustrate how they could potentially ‘Be a part of the Equation’ at RMB.
“RMB took this approach to help identify graduates who have a creative mind over and above their analytical and financial skills. Unlike previous recruiting campaigns where the focus was on what RMB could offer grads, the focus shifted to what RMB and grads could do together to create a winning equation,” says Tracey Ashington from RMB.
HAVING LUNCH ON THE 18TH FLOOR: Fltr: Farzam Ehsani and Lucy Corkin (RMB Class Ofs); Tracey Ashington; Winners: Marco Contreiras and Richard Wilson with RMB CEO, James Formby; Martin Oberholster (RMB Class Of Programme); Ronak Gopaldas (Head: Country Risk at RMB) and Ayalenesh Tafessee (RMB Credit: Country Risk).
A special congratulations goes out to our three winners: Brett Horne, Bophelo Mkwanazi and Sibusiso Mdakane for creating the top equations this year.
The winners of the 2013 ‘Be a part of the equation competition’ had their prize lunch on the 18th floor at RMB with RMB’s CE, Alan Pullinger. RMB Business Enablement CEO, Patrick McCabe and three other inspiring RMB’ers. They were flown to Joburg and were pampered at the Maslow Hotel and wined and dined by some of the RMB graduate alumni.
Submit your equation and stand a chance to win a lunch with five of RMB’s top thought leaders at our head office in Johannesburg. We’re always keen to meet innovative individuals to add to our equation. Ts and Cs apply.
Applications for the 2016 Graduate Programme have closed.