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SEO Associate

| Chicago
Avant is revolutionizing the world of lending by lowering the costs and barriers of borrowing for everyday people. At our core, we are a technology company that builds advanced platforms and uses custom analytics. Today, we help underserved consumers, the majority of whom get fast funding on our online platform without having to talk anyone. Tomorrow we plan to use our world class technology and underwriting capabilities to launch new products and bank partnerships that improve people’s financial lives.
Job Description
We are looking for a data driven SEO master who can drive our SEO strategy and improve our organic traffic by identifying key trends, implementing best practices, and delivering regular performance reporting.

What you do at Avant

  • Responsible for all things related to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) spanning the technical site structure side to working with our design team on content creation. 
  • SEO audits to identify technical issues, keyword research and mapping, metadata development, campaign development, optimization, and performance analysis.
  • Retain your title as SEO guru by keeping up to date with SEO trends, search engine and internet marketing industry trends and developments.
  • Create proactive and actionable reporting tools to identify further optimizations.
  • Provide recommendations and execute strategies for content development in coordination with SEO goals – general and keyword specific.
  • Responsible for increasing CTR (click through rate) on SEO pages, through ongoing A/B tests.
  • Play nice with others - ie. partner with various internal teams (Design, Legal + Tech teams) to roll out regular A/B test

What you might own at Avant

  • Reviewing and managing all page tagging
  • Develop content for new digital properties as assigned, including but not limited to web copy and blog posts.
  • Assist in social media content ideation + creation 
  • Subject matter expert of our content management system
  • Backlink management + outreach
  • Maintaining a strong relationship and driving results with digital agency partners

Why you are a fit for Avant

  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • 3-5 years experience managing organic search programs
  • Have a proven track-record of delivering qualified traffic and results
  • Experience with Google Analytics, Google AdWords and Google Webmaster Tools
  • HTML/CSS coding and content management system experience strongly encouraged
  • Basic understanding of SQL, advanced knowledge is a plus!
  • Technical-minded and have the excellent analytical and marketing skills needed to transform a company's online presence
  • Excellent communications skills with the ability to collaborate with people at all levels of the organization
  • Naturally detail-oriented; you make sure that all i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed
  • A self motivated individual; takes accountability and ownership of their work
  • Is invigorated by an opportunity to improve a channel that is fully un-optimized
  • Familiarity with personal finance topics and strong interest and passion for the “fintech” industry

Why Avant is a fit for you: At Avant, we believe our values make a difference:We value, support, and help each other growWe are committed to active inclusion and diversityWe are transparent and believe the best idea winsWe succeed when our customers succeedWe get sh!t done… responsiblyAnd we keep it fun! We believe that ideas are more important than titles, everything is more fun together, everyone drives change, and everyone is an owner. While we believe the perks and benefits that we offer are terrific, nothing excites us more than having the ability to collaborate with intelligent, highly-motivated and talented people on challenging problems as we work to change the face of online lending.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • TypescriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • JIRAManagement

Location

Located on Chicago's scenic riverwalk, we're surrounded by trendy restaurants, a thriving startup community, and easy access to public transportation.

An Insider's view of Avant

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe is positive and encourages fun, but also strives for growth through hard work and innovation. I would also say Avant is a “come as you are” environment where people are able to bring their whole selves to work, which leads to diverse viewpoints and great ideas.

Liz

Software Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Because of the nature of my role, I’m constantly collaborating and working with other teams. Program management is like being a traffic cop, at the intersections of every vertical within the business unit; I stop and start traffic, provide estimates on travel time, and route drivers down the right street if they get lost.

Molly

Customer Success Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

The new projects we launch for our bank partners are really exciting because of all the learning opportunities they present. These projects require a substantial amount of collaboration between teams, so everyone is growing and learning from one another as we go. It's pretty awesome!

Marq

Tech Quality

What does your typical day look like?

70% of my day is working on code. 20% of my day is spent on unblocking other junior engineers or reviewing code. 10% of my day is in meetings. 100% of my day is spent having fun! =)

Hebron

Software Engineer Team Lead

What are Avant Perks + Benefits

Avant Benefits Overview

We offer group Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, as access to a 401(k) plan, generous parental leave, commuter benefits, and unlimited vacation time. We have a free gym on site at our Chicago office and other great perks like daily free lunch, a fully-stocked kitchen with beer on tap, casual dress code, a game room, and company happy hours.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We love being in Chicago! We'll run donation drives for local schools, pack lunches for city shelters, host events for young people interested in fintech, and whatever else comes up!
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Like the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Fun Committee, to name a few.
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
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