Financial Guide

Employer
Alerus Financial
Location
Excelsior, Minnesota
Salary
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Position Summary:
Financial Guides are responsible for enhancing existing relationships and developing new business opportunities. Financial Guides deliver comprehensive financial advice to Alerus clients by serving as their trusted primary point of contact. All financial guides assist clients in their selection of Alerus solutions by recommending appropriate Alerus products and services to ensure the client successfully achieves their financial wellness goals. Financial Guides are expected to focus their time developing new business with existing clients 80% and new clients 20%, approximately.

Essential Responsibilities
Job Function 1: Client Consultation & Service - 60%
  • Effectively manage, analyze, and grow a portfolio of clients to provide knowledgeable advice to accomplish a high level of financial wellness.
  • Assist portfolio of clients in selection of financial solutions by serving as the primary point of contact.
  • Learn client's financial objectives and provide basic financial guidance & planning utilizing the complete Alerus product offering.
  • Perform regular proactive relationship reviews based on complexity and product or service level on assigned portfolio.
  • Work closely with personal financial advisors, business advisors, associates, and product experts as necessary to fulfill client's financial needs.
  • Ability to originate consumer and business depository accounts, consumer and small business lending products, and introduce the Alerus investments products.
  • Update CRM software to capture client activity, schedule required follow-up actions, and effectively onboard clients.
  • Begin executing on the most basic of Alerus solutions for the consumer client, utilizing the Alerus playbook approach.


Job Function 2: New Business & Client Development - 20%
  • Proactively solicit new business opportunities with existing clients through the relationship review process including opportunities identified by CRM software.
  • Place calls to prospective clients to discuss their financial needs and objectives by making outside sales calls, channel contacts, and through other forms of network building.
  • Actively represent Alerus in the marketplace by getting involved with community organizations and participation in networking organizations.
  • Utilize CRM software to track new opportunities and schedule prospecting follow-up communication.


Job Function 3: Professional & Personal Development - 20%
  • Develop and maintain a basic level of knowledge encompassing the financial services industry, stay current on trends that impact Alerus' relevancy in its competitive space.
  • Maintain a general understanding of basic financial planning concepts including credit, depository products, investments, income and estate tax planning, protection planning, charitable planning, and liquidity planning.
  • Learn and develop knowledge of the eight Alerus solutions for the consumer client.
  • Assume responsibility for career growth and development. Actively pursue continuing education, reading, and self-development to enhance skills.
  • Build solid working relationships with team members, acting as a resource for others.


Position Requirements:
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance or related field or equivalent work experience required.
  • Minimum 1 year of financial services experience.
  • Previous experience utilizing CRM software to track and manage sales opportunities.
  • Demonstrated record of proven sales ability and client service abilities.
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills.
  • Established interpersonal and negotiating skills.
  • Basic math proficiency.

Personal Characteristics:
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated initiative, creativity and enthusiasm to develop sales strategy, prospects and client relationships.
  • Effective communication skills and willingness to work with a team.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple phases of the sales process.
  • Passionate about serving clients to positive impact their financial wellness.
  • Proven problem-solver.
  • Ability to manage the stressful nature of work and maintain professional composure, attitude, and behavior at all events.
  • Extended periods of time at a desk and using office equipment.


Physical Demands - Must be met with or without a reasonable accommodation:
  • Extended periods of time at a desk and using office equipment.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer/laptop for approximately 8 hours per day.
  • Extended time is spent reviewing physical and electronic documents.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
  • Periodically, may also do light lifting of supplies and materials which weighs in at approximately 20 lbs.
  • Will spend most of time in an indoor environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed to other markets and locations.

Alerus Financial is an Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Company

Alerus is a company that will challenge you to be at your best and where your efforts have real, tangible effects. Our culture is one of collaboration, innovation, forward-thinking, and giving back. And, as a growing company with a presence in markets from New Hampshire to Arizona, we offer a broad range of opportunities for you to travel the career path that matches your abilities, interests, and goals.

What is the current company culture like?

While our footprint spans North Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona, New Hampshire, and Michigan, we still operate like a small company. In other words, every single person on our team matters. Our employees create our culture.

What skills, education, and experiences does your ideal candidate(s) have? Each position has their own specific requirements and qualifications. In addition to those, Alerus seeks people who live out our fundamental beliefs every day: do the right thing, cherish people, empower with knowledge, respect everyone, serve with passion, and embrace change.

How would you describe the company leadership/team management? Alerus has a diverse executive and leadership team. Each leader comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge within their field to help their teams succeed. Alerus leaders, including our C*Suite executives, maintain regular communication with employees on company updates and goals.

Where do you see the company/organization in the upcoming years? Alerus has bank and office locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, New Hampshire and Arizona. While we continue to serve our clients in these states we also look to grow our national footprint to best serve clients wherever they may live.

What do you feel candidates need to know about the company before applying? Alerus is more than just a bank and offers many products for our clients including personal & business banking, mortgages, wealth management and retirement savings. We continue to grow and expand but still maintain and operate with a small business feel. We would not have continued success without our employees and all the hard work they do to serve our clients with passion.

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