Job Preview: Zach Lynch joins Silicon Valley Bank

Zach Lynch is a member of Simon’s MS in Finance Class of 2017. He recently answered a few questions about the full-time position he will begin after graduation. 

Where is your job? What are your anticipated responsibilities?
My job is in Boston with the Associate Development Program at Silicon Valley Bank. Since I’m joining the development program, I will be rotating through many different areas over the next 1.5 – 2 years. After that I will most likely move to a new city in whatever area is the best fit. I expect to be involved in credit risk, client relationship management, venture debt (both risk assessment and loan growth), and underwriting new deals. The clients will mainly be management teams of startup companies in hardware, software, and life sciences.

zach_lynchHow did you find this position?
I found my position through Mark Sullivan in the CMC, who informed me about SVB and this program after I told him I wanted to be involved in the technology sector.

What Career Management Center (CMC) resources did you use to help you prepare for the interview process or any of the job responsibilities?
The CMC helped me make sure my résumé was in order, and I used many of the free interview guides we get access to through the school, such as the Wall Street Oasis guides. The CMC also helped me negotiate my final contract after SVB made an offer.

What are you most looking forward to about your new position?
I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with tech startups and to develop relationships with members of the companies’ management teams. I also am looking forward to working in many different areas of the Bank so that I can build a solid understanding of how these departments work, while also assessing where I can contribute the most.

What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of your role?
I think one of the most challenging aspects will be conducting due diligence and learning how to evaluate each unique company. Building relationships with our clients might also be challenging when I start. It will take some time to become familiar will all the products and services we offer.

Are you relocating? If so, what are you looking forward to exploring in your new home?
I will be relocating sometime in December. I am really looking forward to exploring all the different neighborhoods in Boston because there is so much to see and do. It’s one of my favorite cities, and I am a huge Red Sox fan, so going to games is something I’m also really looking forward to!

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