Regional Credit Officer

Alerus Financial
Minnetonka, Minnesota
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Position Summary:
The Regional Credit Officer plays a key role in the loan approval process and overall portfolio management for their assigned market. The Regional Credit Officer will be the primary contact for commercial lenders, underwriters, product specialists, and senior leadership within their region for all new, renewals, and/or modifications of credit. As such they will be entrusted to maintain and ensure the commercial extension of credit within their purview is within Alerus' risk appetite and properly managed. The position further contributes to effective risk management through granting credit approval within prescribed limits. Position will lead and manage the underwriting team within their market. Responsible for performance management, as well as ensuring the integrity of loan processing and credit administration within their market.

Essential Responsibilities:
Job Function 1: Propose and Negotiate Lending Solutions - 40%
  • This position is responsible for providing credit support to both Business Advisors and Underwriters in their market in the decisioning, administering and overseeing commercial credit as outlined in the bank's loan policy.
  • In partnership with the Business Advisor and Underwriter, develop a comprehensive understanding of customer's financial needs, and formulate a plan of action for loan structure, monitoring, and servicing of loan relationship. Work with Commercial Bankers and credit staff to properly structure credit requests to achieve quality loan growth. Conversely, provide an efficient and transparent guidance and communication to Advisors and Underwriters when an opportunity would not fit Alerus' risk appetite.
  • Knowledgeable of and ability to propose loan programs as appropriate (SBA, USDA, FSA, etc.).
  • Support the bank's growth and loan quality goals by ensuring that loan policies and procedures are properly adhered to.
  • Approve loans within the positions delegated credit authority and facilitate approvals for relationships requiring higher level of approval.
  • Be present and participate in the discussion of any loan committee presentations of credits.

Job Function 2: Personnel Management - 40%
  • Manage workflow among underwriters, conduct weekly UW team meetings to discuss workloads and reassign priorities as needed to ensure timely completion in line with client expectations.
  • Provide day to day oversight, monitoring, and performance management of staff. Create performance plans and ensure timely reviews for all underwriting staff.
  • Obtain monthly loan review completion data and work with staff to ensure team and individual goals are met.
  • Generate periodic monitoring reports on the market's portfolio / pipeline.
  • Under the direction of the Chief Credit Officer, assist with Human Resources to hire and staff underwriting positions as needed.
  • Train and develop staff through individual training plans and assist in various training initiatives related to credit with coordination alongside the CCO.

Job Function 3: Credit Administration - 20%
  • Manage ongoing administration of credit relationships through oversight of annual review process, management of ticklers and payment status.
  • Develop strong knowledge of Alerus' systems; maintain a solid working relationship with loan closing and loan operations staff.
  • Coordinate with other credit team members to keep electronic forms and resources up to date (loan policy, credit display forms, etc.)
  • Assist, as necessary, with regulatory and internal audit reviews and internal credit reviews.
  • Participate in projects as directed by the CCO as a credit subject matter expert.

Position Requirements:
  • College degree or equivalent education, including upper-level courses in finance and accounting.
  • 10 or more years of experience working in commercial credit.
  • 5 or more years of experience in personnel management and supervision.
  • Strong desire to build relationships within the Alerus organization and effective working relationships with co-workers in credit and business development positions.

Personal Characteristics:
  • Strong problem solving ability.
  • Professional customer service skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong negotiation and interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Self-starter with established ability to work effectively with minimal day-to-day supervision.
  • Self-assured.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Team player.

Physical Demands - Must be met with or without a reasonable accommodation:
  • Spend extended periods of time sitting at a desk and using office equipment.
  • Extended time is spent reviewing documents, both actual papers or electronic.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer/laptop for approximately 8 hours per day.
  • 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.
  • May have a need to travel to and work at multiple locations.

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


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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