Our people

The staff at NIB consists of some 200 experts from the Nordic and Baltic countries, as well as from outside the membership area. We all work under one roof in the heart of Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and our working language is English. 
Our skilled colleagues and the exciting international scope of NIB’s projects set the baseline for our unique corporate culture. Our values are competence, commitment and cooperation. We hold them in high regard and aim for high levels of competence and professionalism.

NIB is owned by its eight member countries. As an international financial institution, NIB has a special status and is, with some defined exceptions concerning the staff, not bound by national legislation. For this reason NIB has established its own regulations and rules for the Bank as well as for the staff.

Code of Conduct for the staff

More about NIB’s status and legal framework

 
A different day at work

In September last year, NIB's staff gathered for a special day outside Helsinki: the NIB Day 2018.

The programme included several team building activities where the staff members got to explore their artistic and creative veins, and interact with each other in new ways.

 

Employee voices

Andrea Svahn

Andrea Svahn

Senior Corporate Analyst

My position at NIB
I work as a senior corporate analyst in the Credit & Analysis department, focusing on analysing specific sectors and participating in both corporate and project financing. The analysis typically comprises a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the counterpart in the transaction, and results in a credit risk rating. In addition, my job includes monitoring my current counterparties and producing sector reviews together with colleagues.

What NIB’s mission means to me
NIB’s mission is to finance projects that improve productivity and benefit the environment of the Nordic and Baltic countries. It is easy to stand behind this mission and I personally feel privileged to work for a bank where the impacts of every project are evaluated before a financing decision is made. NIB’s role as the frontrunner in the Nordic green bond market is a good example of the Bank’s achievements.

Why I applied
I had been working for NIB during my studies, so I already knew the Bank well. After several years in business controlling and management consulting, I felt it was time to get back to my roots in financing and corporate analysis. The vacant role at NIB offered everything I wanted: a position within an international, highly professional organisation and the chance to function independently as an analyst focusing on what interests me the most, i.e. corporate analysis.

What I like most about my job
I really enjoy analysing a company as a whole – besides the current financial position, we evaluate the counterparty’s strategy, market position and industry trends, and then produce financial projections. Meeting the management is also an interesting and important part of the job. The variety of industries as well as counterparties ranging from family-owned smaller businesses to multinational listed corporates ensures that there is something new to learn from every case.

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Harald Rokke

Director, Head of Infrastructure, Transportation and Telecom

My position at NIB
I lead a market team that provides long-term loans to our customers in the sectors of infrastructure, transport and telecommunications. The average size of the loans my team and I originate is about EUR 50 million and my team’s total portfolio is more than EUR 5 billion. I communicate with people at all levels and functions at the Bank to make sure we work in line with our mission.

What NIB’s mission means to me
NIB’s mission is to finance projects that improve the productivity and benefit the environment of the Nordic and Baltic countries. To me, this means that we should always try to find projects that have a positive impact on society, particularly a positive environmental impact. All our loan projects are analysed and reviewed by environmental analysts and economists. This means that we can make decisions based on facts, rather than on opinions. Sometimes, we have to justify our loan projects. It can be hard to defend why a road might be the right thing to finance, but there is always room for discussion. If NIB has financed it, I can tell you why it is the right thing to do!

Why I applied
I took on my position because of the Bank’s drive to provide sustainable financing to benefit the environment. This is becoming more and more essential, and I like being able to contribute to realising this. This means a lot to the Bank and it means a lot to me.

What I like most about my job
I am very fond of diving into projects to determine their impact according to the Bank’s mission. It is equally interesting to learn to know the Nordic region, including Finland and the Baltic nations, which I was not so familiar with. It is also fun to do banking, financial structuring and credit from a more holistic perspective and taking into consideration such values as sustainability.

What I like about Helsinki
Helsinki reminds me a lot of Oslo. I like the size of Helsinki and its social, cultural and architectural offerings. The city is beautiful and lively. The Finnish sauna culture is a hit for me–and a brilliant place to meditate and relax.

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Kenneth Liere Rasmussen

Kenneth Liere Rasmussen

Treasury Manager

My position at NIB
I work as a Treasury Manager in Treasury, Middle Office. The unit is responsible for the Treasury IT systems, market data, market values of financial products, collateral dispute management, P&L monitoring and hedge accounting.

Why I applied
As my family and I were based in Copenhagen it was, needless to say, a big family decision to take up the position and move to Helsinki. My position is offered in most financial institutions, but the opportunity to work abroad for a unique company in the Nordic financial sector with a very international culture was the decisive factor for me.

What I like most about my job
The unit is relatively newly established, and I like being part of a team that is focused on change. Further, the broad diversity among my colleagues at NIB creates a special atmosphere, which is both interesting and challenging.

What I like about Helsinki
I like being outdoors as well as exploring the ever-changing scenery of a capital like Helsinki – and here everything is within a short distance. It only takes a short run to go from the city centre to very scenic places just outside of the city. I especially enjoy all the small parks and playgrounds around the city where you can hang out with the family. So if you are able to embrace the dark and cold winter months, Helsinki is a great city to live in.

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Pascal Gauthier

Pascal Gauthier

Senior Director, Head of bank, country & municipality analyses

My position at NIB
I head a team of credit analysts. We take care of NIB’s asset quality. My team's specific mission is to provide decision-makers with excellent and up-to-date credit risk analysis for the following types of counterparties to NIB’s Lending and Treasury operations: financial institutions, sovereigns, sub-sovereigns, supranationals and agencies.

Why I applied
My background is in academia and commercial banking, in the United States and Canada. My wife is Finnish. Putting all this together, I thought NIB could be a good fit—and it has been!

What I like most about my job
Giving our decision-makers the complete and accurate input they need to decide on transactions—from the big picture down to the smallest details. I very much enjoy trying to get the best out of my team, both individually and collectively.

What I like about Helsinki
Helsinki is a bit of a hidden gem, with something to offer people of all ages and at all stages of life. Among its best features for me is its combination of small-scale Nordic urban efficiency (for instance transportation and child-friendliness) and easy access to plentiful green spaces and nature.

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Life in Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki is a Nordic capital with Nordic-level living standards. Finland scores well on surveys that measure the overall quality of life, and Helsinki ranks amongst the most liveable cities across the globe. Good public healthcare and one of the highest levels of education in the world make it a great place to call home.

Helsinki is a lively city surrounded by 100 kilometres of coastline. In the past couple of years several new public saunas, seaside bars and recreation areas have emerged with a short distance to nearby islands perfect for day trips and exploring.

Helsinki offers many wonderful museums, free playgrounds and sport centres to choose from, and the public transport network is convenient to use—even with small children. English is widely spoken, making it easy to blend in with the locals.

Internationally renowned for its design and architecture, Helsinki has a rich culture that is fast evolving. Music, food and art are appreciated all year round—from high culture events to local festivals, there is always plenty going on.

To take a break from city life many retreat to their summer cottage during holidays. That's the essence of living in Helsinki; despite having the energetic feel of a capital, nature is never far away.

 

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Values

Our values reflect who we are, how we work and what is important.

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Jobs

Current vacancies, open application, recruitment FAQs.

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NIB alumni

We encourage former NIB employees to stay in touch with the organisation. 

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