Head of Strategic Partnerships

| Chicago
Job Description
We’re looking for a Business Development Director who is a high-energy leader with a track record of developing partnerships and sourcing strategic opportunities at dynamic organizations. This person thrives on building deals from the ground up and is a self-starter. The right candidate can help us identify qualified potential partners and forge long-term relationships with their key decision makers that result in win-win partnerships or key acquisitions. Done right, this person can create lasting and meaningful business relationships for Avant. This position - a critical member of the Marketing Team - will report to the company’s Vice President of Marketing and will work closely with Avant’s executive team as we scale our business. Do you want to help a rapidly ascending FinTech company drive its next phase of growth? If so, Avant is looking for you.

What you do at Avant:

  • Own and drive the Business Development function for Avant’s digital banking business; loan, credit card, and more
  • Support Avant’s near and long term growth strategy through identification, assessment and execution of potential partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions
  • Creatively explore and evaluate new opportunities in adjacent markets and propose collaborations to grow the business within key industry verticals
  • Partner with business leaders to translate opportunities into growth initiatives and ensure deals make strategic sense and fit with forward-looking plans.
  • Build, maintain and expand long-term relationships with strategic partner executives and key decision makers 
  • Develop and present reporting that tracks against key KPIs and evaluate performance to recommend improvements
  • Structure and solve complex business problems while collaborating with cross functional teams to develop compelling solutions
  • Work in a fast-paced and iterative environment with leaders across technology, product, marketing, finance, legal, compliance and operations teams
  • Manage the process from initial touchpoint through dealmaking and onboarding, to meet or exceed, expected partnership goals

Why you are a fit for Avant:

  • Minimum 8+ years’ experience in sales, business development, corporate development or M&A
  • Meaningful focus in FinTech or financial services ecosystems, with working knowledge of the landscape and relationships with key players, to drive immediate impact
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Business, Marketing, Finance or Economics (MBA is a plus)
  • Ambitious self-starter, who will be able to deliver results
  • Determined, positive attitude that will rub off on your colleagues and business prospects
  • Superior relationship-building skills and stellar track record of developing new partnerships/deals with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are crucial, as well as ability to think clearly & analyze quantitatively
  • Ability to look ahead and balance strategic projects and initiatives with tactical day-to-day reporting and management cadence
  • Experience with the M&A process (including deal structuring, due diligence, execution & integration) a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work with senior management teams, manage and execute projects with a strong bias for action; ability to effectively prioritize projects and meet aggressive, recurring deadlines
  • Willingness to travel on an as needed basis

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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.


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.


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!


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! =)


Software Engineer Team Lead

What are Avant Perks + Benefits

Avant Benefits Overview

We offer group Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, 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 a fully-stocked kitchen with beer on tap, casual dress code, a game room, and company happy hours.

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!
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Like the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Fun Committee, to name a few.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
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) Matching
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Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Quarterly.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications
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