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Associate / VP - Investment Transformation - Blockchain/Digital Asset

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London, UK

Published Date

29 March 2023

About the job:

Nomura Overview

Nomura is an Asia-based financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30 countries. By connecting markets East & West, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through its three business divisions: Retail, Asset Management, and Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking). Founded in 1925, the firm is built on a tradition of disciplined entrepreneurship, serving clients with creative solutions and considered thought leadership. For further information about Nomura, visit

Department Overview

The Global Markets Digital Office (‘GMDO’) has responsibility for identifying and executing new technology-led revenue opportunities across the bank’s trading, capital markets and investment banking businesses. The GMDO is a global team of technology practitioners and big thinkers who bring to life the opportunities presented by digital assets / cryptocurrencies, blockchain, artificial intelligence, digital banking and digital service.

Key objectives critical to success

We are hiring for a Future Digital Associate/VP in GM digital Office (GMDO) as a permanent, full-time employee based in London. You will work focused on investment and projects related to blockchain and digital assets. With scope and exposure across the full breath of Future Digital projects where you will have the opportunity to specialise in specific projects and technologies as your skills evolve. You’ll work closely with our portfolio companies as well as teams across Nomura including Global Markets trading desks, Investment Banking, Corporate functions, etc.


  • Global coordination of Future Digital Initiatives, Proof Of Concepts and Pilots

  • Assist with capture, formulation and articulation of use cases, business cases and prioritization of possible projects

  • Participate in due diligence, financial modelling and/or market research related to      fintech, digital assets, blockchain, data and other possible market infrastructure projects

  • Champion adoption of new digital platforms and ensure global alignment

  • Work with IT, Operations, Compliance, Legal, Market Data or other relevant      functions to onboard new technology to the bank

  • Assist with strategy definition of the Future Digital program and communication to Nomura stakeholders across the Front Office and Corporate functions

  • Track innovation trends, emerging technologies and market leading peers within the digital transformation and innovation space. Bring new opportunities to the team for collaboration, implementation or investment

  • Liaise with relevant functions across corporate, build and foster good working      relationships with them. Partner closely to deliver Global innovation and culture change programs of work

  • Work with global team on strategic initiatives and program manage the associated portfolio


  • Relevant experience in strategy and execution in one or more of our focus areas:

  • Blockchain, Digital Assets, Crypto & Market Infrastructure- including the evolving regulatory framework

  • Investment or Consulting experience in blockchain, digital assets, crypto currency, decentralised ledger technology.

  • End-to-end delivery of transformation projects across global Markets trading, structuring, research &  strategy.

  • Culture Change – Delivery of Hackathons, digital training initiatives and development of communication plans

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills. Proven experience in communicating with international teams (Including excel and powerpoint expertise)

  • A background delivering change to large  institutions and working on change projects

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in any disciplines; MBA degree is a plus

  • Self-starter, proactive and a positive attitude

  • Able to work independently and coordinate with key stakeholders within the firm

  • Able to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment, and under pressure

  • Fluent in spoken and written English

You have outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievement, and can withstand the rigors of a rapidly changing, demanding and rewarding environment. You will be confident and comfortable working with an experienced team of senior leaders across the Global Markets Digital office, business heads and Nomura’s global executive leadership team.

Nomura competencies

Culture & Conduct

  • Aware of own impact in working environment, gets involved

  • Maintains a respectful attitude

  • Practices high degree of professionalism

  • Initiates own development

Client-Centricity & Business Acumen

  • Demonstrates understanding of product / client service

  • Responsive, accountable to clients

  • Detail orientated

  • Offers options / solutions

Strategy & Innovation

  • Stays up to date with divisional and firm-wide strategy

  • Shows initiative

  • Open to new ways of thinking / working

  • Provides logical rationale to support decision making

  • Knows when to escalate and acts accordingly

  • Flexible, adapts to changes in methods, approaches and objectives

Leadership & Collaboration

  • Proactive in management of own performance year

  • Offers help to new team members

  • Recognizes and encourages positive contributions of others

  • Offers to assist when others need support

  • Seeks to collaborate with others

  • Willingly performs a variety of roles as work requires

  • Speaks up to resolve conflicts

Communication & Connectivity

  • Speaks / writes clearly

  • Aware of own non-verbal behaviour

  • Conveys a positive image

  • Demonstrates active listening

  • Builds strong relationships

  • Shares information, keeps people informed

Execution & Delivery

  • Maintains can-do attitude

  • Sees tasks to completion

  • Manages day-to-day work

  • Prioritizes / meets deadlines

  • Asks questions to gain understanding

  • Responds positively to feedback, makes appropriate changes

Right to Work

The UK Government have taken steps to reduce net migration to the UK by limiting the number of overseas workers coming to the UK for employment. Please note that whilst we are able to consider applications from overseas workers from outside the UK (who require a Tier 2 Skilled Worker visa) we can only employ them if we can provide evidence that this is a genuine vacancy for a qualified role.

Diversity & Inclusion

Nomura is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees.

We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender identity and gender expression, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

If you require any assistance or reasonable adjustments due to a disability or long-term health condition, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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