Prodigy Finance is a platform that enables financing for international postgraduate students at the world’s best universities, whilst delivering competitive financial and social returns to alumni, institutional and private investors.
This borderless and innovative model enables education loan financing to students from across the globe, whilst using predicted post-degree affordability rather than present-day salary. Since 2007, Prodigy Finance has extended over US$500 million through the platform to fund over 12,000 students from over 130 countries.
Our team of over 160 (and growing) is already truly global. Our head office is in London with much of the team being based in beautiful Cape Town. We also have an office in New York plus team members based across Europe and Asia.
We are funded by some of the best, pre-eminent institutions in the world including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, RMIH, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.
Why this is an amazing opportunity
This role is perfect for an experienced structured finance/capital markets professional who wants to supercharge their career by experiencing first-hand what it is like to be part of an energetic, extremely fast growing company.
The sense of impact and reward will be huge. You will help to build a product which makes a very real difference in the world. Be a part of delivering socially responsible financial services to the masses; make it possible for students from more than 120 countries to obtain the finance to fulfil their dream of studying at the world’s top universities and schools.
We are a small non-hierarchical team; this means that you are going to get exposure to all aspects of our business immediately. You’ll gain as much accountability as you can handle and have a huge influence on scaling the company.
Our team is very international and very sociable; you will interact with the broader business on a regular basis. The position will be based in London.
One of our goals is to build one of the top FinTech teams and cultures anywhere in the world. This means putting a lot of time into ensuring we only hire people with exceptional potential and creating the best working environment possible. If you want to work somewhere where you're learning from some of the best brains in FinTech, this would be a good fit.
Why join Prodigy Finance
Be a part of a pioneering global growth company
Experience the excitement and learn from being part of an incredibly fast-growing young company. No kidding – exponential growth. Happening right now
Be pivotal in scaling the business by identifying smart solutions and partners with tech at the heart of it
Enjoy the agility and flexibility offered by a startup culture. A sociable, relaxed and friendly work environment (with a serious coffee culture where you can wear shorts to work)
We will help you make your mark. Make a real impact on the business and experience a steep learning curve with huge opportunities to grow and develop
Gain an inside perspective on the functioning of a venture-backed FinTech startup, backed by top VCs, learn day-to-day management and build functional expertise
Build a platform that helps to make a very real difference in the world
What you will do in the role
Joining our Capital Markets team, your work will involve assisting with the end to end planning, origination, execution and management of a complex and diverse range of financing transactions. You will interact with investors, prepare marketing materials and data analysis, build and run financial models and assist with planning and management of our funding requirements, maintaining a high level of connectivity with other areas of the business. You will have extensive exposure to our target investors which comprise leading global investment banks, development agencies, high net worth and family offices, impact and retail investors, with whom you will be involved with executing multi-million dollar transactions in a regular basis.
Your role will include:
Full ownership for building and maintaining complex transaction models
Running and presenting high quality and accurate data analysis
Full involvement in investor activities, funding strategy and preparation of investor materials
Transaction project management including structuring, due diligence and documentation
Working closely with other business functions in relation to data management and reporting
What you will be measured on
Delivering high quality models, data, and insights, which break down problems into solvable components, provide clearly backed up options to inform the decision maker’s thinking
Presenting recommendations and implementing solutions which genuinely help drive strategic and operational decision making and improve business performance
The volume of your output – can you get stuff done often to a tight deadline? The quality of your output – is your work product “best in class”, accurate and well presented? Your proactivity – can you get stuck in without much direction or management?
Contribution to securing the funding position of the business across multiple sources
Building strong relationships across all stakeholders within Prodigy Finance
What you need to be great at
Outstanding analytical thinking capability; advanced analysis and skills (able to build financial models, useful analysis tools and dashboards from scratch); both quantitative and qualitative; able to learn new concepts and business issues quickly
Highly organised, ability to multi-task, schedule and project manage; can correctly prioritise multiple issues, opportunities and process large amounts of data from disparate sources
Strong attention to detail; logical, systematic, relentless focus on 100% accuracy, a strong desire for errorless and perfectly presented work product
Problem-solving aptitude; able to conduct research to define problems and prepare responses to anticipated questions and queries, make logical conclusions, anticipate obstacles, and consider different approaches during the decision-making process
Ability to work autonomously without micro-management and clear direction, in a rapidly changing and often ambiguous environment; possess the self-motivation and inner drive to set and deliver against tight deadlines bringing a “results focused” approach
Startup DNA; Resilient, gets things done, 80/20, carpe diem, adaptable to change, huge capacity for hard work in a relentlessly fast-paced environment
Who we are looking for; track record must haves
Proven analytical, financial and transaction based experience (ABS, leveraged finance, LBO) with a structured finance/capital markets background, ideally from a leading investment bank, investment house or private equity firm
Alternatively a background in general banking, corporate finance or consulting with proven deal experience in relevant debt and equity transactions
Possess a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (finance, statistics, mathematics, accounting or economics) and have an excellent academic and professional record, CFA as a plus
Advanced financial modelling & data analytical skills in MS Excel (VBA)
Bright, motivated, energetic, independent, organised, creative, resilient, accurate, ethical
Great communicator, people person, professional presenter, brand ambassador
Must be adaptable to change and the fast pace of a dynamic Fintech startup
Experience that would be nice to have (but we’ll trade off if everything else fits)
Startup experience. Sometimes the earth moves beneath your feet at Prodigy Finance so you've got to be comfortable with ambiguity, able to wear lots of hats, and adapt easily as we continue to grow
The Prodigy Finance fit; attributes which run true in everyone at Team Prodigy
To be an A player at Prodigy Finance, you need to possess – in spades - the following attributes:
Innovative + Smart
Be curious enough to want to know more, think out the box, maybe even break the box, show initiative and be smart about it to find implementable, impactful solutions.
International + Accountable
Push yourself to be better every day. Work with others across the world, be resilient, add value and then hold yourself accountable. Encourage and celebrate each other.
Energetic + Fun
Sense of humour = survival. Bring energy and fun. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Work hard and find the time to play. We’re in this together.
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