Partnerships Manager

Prodigy Finance, New York

Funding shouldn't be a barrier to education, so they're revolutionizing international student loans.

Prodigy Finance - who we are

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 120 countries.

Our team of over 150 (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, AlphaCode, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Why this is an amazing opportunity

Based in New York, you will help us to launch our refinance product offering to businesses looking to support their international employees with outstanding student loans.

Our current product offering makes 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. We have recently launched a refinance offering for international students who have now graduated and would like to save on their monthly student loan repayments. Be a part of delivering socially responsible financial services to the masses.

Our team is very international and very sociable; you will interact with everyone in the business around the world on a regular basis; the nature of what we do means that we have had a global horizon right from day one.  We deliberately nurture a non-corporate, non-hierarchical culture.

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 be a part of growing and leading a company which is making a real difference in the world with a highly engaged team, this role 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 one of the top European 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

You will join our new product launch Refinance team, where you will play a leading role in scaling our refinance product and delivering a phenomenal product and customer experience for some of the best international clients in the world.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with the Refinance team to scale our loan refinance product to international clients
  • Evangelise and market the Prodigy Finance proposition
  • Be the senior member in a growing team, providing leadership, coordination and knowledge to the team
  • Identify and develop go-to-market strategies to obtain new clients through partners and distribution channels
  • Drive new marketing campaigns for selected channels
  • Build solid partnerships with top companies to obtain new clients. Handle day-to-day operations with partners
  • Communicate with customers to identify user needs to constantly improve the product offering
  • Participate in the growth of the overall team with the opportunity to take on a larger management role

What you will be measured on

  • Lead identification and generation through B2B sales
  • Developing clear B2B partnerships to drive sales (applications submitted)
  • Monitoring KPIs for refinance product line in order to identify trends and new opportunities
  • Building effective internal relationships with Prodigy’s Business Development, Operations, Marketing and Investor functions. Work closely with the Operations teams on loan processing and problem solving
  • Collecting feedback and ideas to improve internal process and client relationships within the Business Development function
  • Working with the team to evolve the product and proposition, to continually meet the needs of all stakeholders in the Prodigy Finance value chain

What you need to be great at

  • Structured, highly organised, able to multi-task and project manage; can correctly prioritise multiple issues. Able to remain calm and collected under pressure
  • Thriving in uncertainty and creating structure amidst disruption
  • Leading through example and a history of building a respected following of team members
  • Optimistic, positive outlook, highly likable, upbeat and energetic. Enjoy building rapport and trust, can foster a sense of open communication
  • Strong negotiation skills and an aptitude for long-term relationship and partnership building
  • High EQ; can read people, excellent listening skills, patience, motivation to understand the needs and wants of others, concerned with helping others to achieve their goals
  • Analytical thinking ability
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Bias to action; create ideas, think outside the box, solve problems and find solutions, be proactive, use initiative to develop and improve
  • Global citizen; interested in working with multiple cultures, thirst for learning about philosophies, social behaviours and education systems of other nationalities and countries
  • Start-up 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

  • Degree qualification and a demonstrable interest in higher education
  • Experience working as a senior B2B Sales, Business Development or Relationship Manager with a focus on loans and refinancing
  • Experience creating and implementing B2B sales strategies with demonstrable experience of delivering superior results in the B2B space through partnerships
  • Experience selling to C-level prospects within a financial services industry with a proven track record in establishing and maintaining a healthy sales pipeline
  • Demonstrable track record of delivering a product or service in a customer led environment; delight the customer, deliver high standards of customer care and excellent customer service
  • Proven experience of successfully managing and building collaborative relationships within a cross-functional environment
  • Demonstrable interest in fintech with a strong understanding of digital marketing
  • Experience of working in a tech based environment, using technology to improve and scale up processes
  • Global citizen; interested in working with multiple cultures, thirst for learning about philosophies, social behaviours and education systems of other nationalities and countries
  • Willingness to travel. You will be based in Prodigy Finance’s NYC office, and assigned to travel within the US. You may also be required to travel anywhere further afield, and occasionally to Prodigy Finance’s Cape Town and London offices

Experience that would be nice to have (but we’ll trade off if everything else fits)

  • International B2B partnership experience
  • Refinance experience with a specific focus on student loans

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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About Prodigy Finance

The Prodigy Finance Story

Prodigy Finance was started by three INSEAD MBA graduates who experienced the difficulties of financing an international degree first-hand. In 2007, we decided to solve this problem.

Our innovative platform offers loans to international postgraduate students attending top universities. Through our community platform, alumni, impact investors, and other private qualified entities invest in tomorrow's leaders whilst earning a financial and social return.

To date, more than $318 million in Prodigy Finance loans have been disbursed to over 6,800 students around the world. Over 80% of our borrowers tell us they had no other way of financing their studies, so we like to think that we're helping educate the world.

We believe funding shouldn't be a barrier to education.

Want to learn more about Prodigy Finance? Visit Prodigy Finance's website.