Graduate Programme - January 2020
Prodigy Finance Limited
Cape Town
12h ago

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Graduate Programme

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$600 million through the platform to fund over 12,000 students from over 150 countries.

Our team of over 200 (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, Goldman Sachs, M&G, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Why this is an amazing opportunity

This role is perfect for a fun, energetic and passionate graduate 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 150 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 Cape Town.

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

    During the 12-month graduate programme, you will be learning about the overall business and our processes whilst working in the Operations Excellence Team.

    For 9 of the 12 months of the programme, you will be working within the Operations Excellence Team and on various special projects.

    For up to 3 months of the programme, you can join and contribute to different teams within the company to get a better sense of what their work entails as well as the projects they’re working on.

    You will have the opportunity to understand each function in the business before applying for a permanent role anywhere in the company, at the end of the programme.

    Specific responsibilities include :

  • Fostering strong partnership and collaboration with all stakeholders in the business to achieve the desired outcomes
  • Ensuring target process improvement opportunities are supported by valid and achievable business cases
  • Tracking and reporting on impacts of initiatives
  • Assist the business to map current business processes
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to drive the gap analysis on current business processes
  • Begin to leverage product understanding and roadmap to determine which capabilities should be implemented as part of Prodigy Finance’s standard operation procedure (SOP)
  • What you will be measured on

  • Ability to support improvement initiatives across the business
  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders to identify gaps in current business processes
  • Ability to track and report on improvement initiatives
  • What you need to be great at

  • Communicating and presenting information and initiatives effectively and with impact, to multiple stakeholders
  • Mental agility; acquire and demonstrate cross-functional skills, able to exchange and make sense of information and ideas across disciplinary areas
  • Building professional relationships between multiple stakeholders across the business
  • Learning and ultimately becoming a technical expert for our Prodigy Finance loan product and applications process.
  • Finding creative solutions to complex problems
  • Continuous improvement; always looking for better ways to do things and plan processes for growth or change
  • Analysis of data and presenting analysis in a structured and data driven way
  • Resilience, pace and energy; maintains performance under pressure, copes with difficult challenges and adapts to the environment
  • Who we are looking for; track record must haves

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Work experience / job-shadowing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • 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.

    Do you want to be our next amazing Graduate? Here’s what to do now :

    If this sounds exciting and you'd like to apply, please submit a copy of your CV and a 3-page PowerPoint presentation on something you are passionate about (it can be anything -

    be creative). Applications close on 30 September 2019 . We look forward to hearing from you!

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