Reston, Virginia

We're building a relationship-oriented bank for the modern world. We need talented, passionate professionals who are dedicated to doing what's right for our clients.

At CIBC, we embrace your strengths and your ambitions, so you are empowered at work. Our team members have what they need to make a meaningful impact and are truly valued for who they are and what they contribute.

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Job Description

What You'll Be Doing

As an Associate, Underwriting, you will be involved with all aspects of underwriting, managing and reporting on client accounts. Your role will include, regular monitoring of a portfolio of Innovation Banking loan accounts to ensure compliance with all agreed terms, analyzing due diligence results to validate lending eligibility, preparing credit applications and other credit correspondence, analyzing borrowers' financial condition and account status, actively assisting with the negotiating of legal documentation. You will also maintain ongoing relationships with an assigned portfolio of accounts. You will work closely with the sales team to develop your skills for a career path in business development.

How You'll Succeed
  • Client First - Proactively assess your clients' needs and propose solutions to deliver to meet those needs. Provide continued partnership and support to your clients through understanding there goals and objectives. Appropriately address borrowers' requests in a timely manner and ensure that any related credit applications are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Credit Management - Assist the relationship manager to prepare strong financing proposals (structuring terms and conditions including security, covenants and pricing) that properly reflect and compensate CIBC for assessed risk. Prepare draft recommendations on credit submissions and investment proposals to present to senior management and take point on answering any questions or addressing comments. Lead comprehensive due diligence on all transactions, including negotiating credit legal documentation and preparing credit memoranda and other credit correspondence in a well thought out, thorough and efficient manner. Work with the Business Development team throughout the underwriting process for new transactions, complete credit correspondence, review documentation, set up reporting, etc.
  • Portfolio Management - Manage a portfolio of loan accounts while ensuring reporting requirements are met, financial covenant tests are completed, and comprehensive credit reviews are prepared and submitted to the risk group. Approve loan advances based on appropriate review and compliance of documents submitted by borrowers.
  • Management Reporting - Provide management with information on accounts, proactively report on problems or issues, complete reviews and present analysis on borrowers' financial condition. Conduct daily business credit card underwriting to drive business growth and mitigate the credit risk.

Who You Are

Values matter to you. You bring your real self to work and you live our values - trust, teamwork and accountability.

You can demonstrate experience with:
  • Requires 3+ years of strong and direct experience in commercial credit analysis, commercial.
  • BS/BA Degree in Finance, Statistics, Math or Economics; MBA a plus, CFA a plus
  • The position requires deep expertise in commercial loan underwriting, particularly over small business portfolios.
  • The ability to conduct credit analysis to underwrite a business credit lines utilizing both traditional financial information and small business behavior characteristics is required.
  • Experience in underwriting small business credit is a plus.
  • Understanding the venture capital / start up ecosystem is a plus.
  • Must be able to work independently and quickly gain a thorough knowledge of CIBC's retail banking operations.
  • Must have strong organizational and time management skills, and excellent verbal, written, interpersonal communication, and facilitation skills to lead meetings or interviews with subject matter experts and other project contributors or stakeholders.
  • Must be able to collaborate with all related business partners internally and externally.
  • Prefer deep experience from a large financial institution that has credit product offering to small business.
  • Demonstrated expertise in commercial credit underwriting is required as is the ability to be consultative and influential on risk related decisions that could impact the long term health of the organization.
  • Software: Demonstrated proficiency working with computers and Microsoft Office applications (specifically, Outlook, Excel, Visio, Word, and PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of SAS, SQL or other data management computer language is a plus but not required
You embrace and champion change. You'll continuously evolve your thinking and the way you work in order to deliver your best.

Your influence makes an impact. You know that relationships and networks are essential to success. You inspire outcomes by making yourself heard.

You're digitally savvy. You seek out innovative solutions and embrace evolving technologies. You can easily adapt to new tools and trends.

You're driven by collective success. You know that collaboration can transform a good idea into a great one. You understand the power of an inclusive team that enjoys working together to create a shared vision.

What CIBC Offers

At CIBC, our people are our greatest asset. You'll become part of a diverse community that acknowledges everyone's unique talents, and empowers teams to do what's right for the client, and to do it well. As part of our team, you will:

Thrive: Benefit from an open and approachable culture that provides the flexibility and support you need to integrate your life at work and at home

Connect: Work in a place where the right technology and infrastructure fosters innovation, collaboration and creativity

Develop: Grow your skills and career through our best-in-class onboarding experience, ongoing learning opportunities, individual development planning, and comprehensive product training

Prosper: Share in our collective success with a competitive salary, incentive pay, banking benefits, health benefits program, and employee share purchase plan

Conduct and Culture Risk

Our CIBC risk culture is based on employees striving to exceed the expectations of ourselves and our leadership's identification and mitigation of risks in their daily responsibilities, not just in quarterly or annual monitoring/assessments. We all are accountable for managing risk.

As an employee of CIBC the incumbent must conduct themselves (and foster an environment for others) in a manner consistent with our strong risk culture. This includes:
  • Following all aspects of the CIBC Code of Conduct, as well as all applicable CIBC policies, frameworks, guidelines, processes and controls
  • At all times acting in accordance with our Purpose and shared values, to achieve our Bank's strategic goals
  • Understanding and following the qualitative and quantitative components of our Risk Appetite Statements
  • Completing all annual Corporate Mandatory Training and Testing modules, as well as any additional business-specific modules, as required and employing the learnings in daily activities and undertakings
  • Escalating matters through one of the appropriate channels identified in the CIBC Code of Conduct (i.e., HR, management, Ethics Hotline, Whistleblower, etc.) upon observing activities that may be inconsistent with CIBC's policies, frameworks, guidelines, processes and controls, and where applicable, assist in the resolution of same
  • Speaking up if witnessing behaviors that drive poor or unfair outcomes for clients, team members or other stakeholders
  • Escalating matters that can result in adverse market practices and outcomes, thereby negatively impacting CIBC's reputation as a leading financial institution

What you need to know
  • CIBC is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all team members and clients feel like they belong. We seek applicants with a wide range of abilities and we provide an accessible candidate experience. If you need accommodation, please contact
  • You need to be legally eligible to work at the location(s) specified above and, where applicable, must have a valid work or study permit
  • CIBC is committed to doing our part to protect our team, our clients and our communities. We want to ensure we have a safe and healthy workplace, and we want to do our part to get through this pandemic. In keeping with this commitment, and as a condition of employment, CIBC requires all successful candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of their start date, or provide written proof of a medical exemption, or other substantiated accommodation request under applicable human rights legislation.

Job Location
VA-11921 Freedom Drive, 5th Floor
Employment Type

Weekly Hours

Reston, Virginia

CIBC U.S. provides tailored commercial, wealth management, personal, and small business financial solutions as well as cross-border banking services to clients with North American operations. We are backed by a 150-year-old Toronto-based, global financial institution with our U.S. headquarters in Chicago. We invest in our businesses, our clients, our people and our communities. We strive to build trusting and enduring relationships by putting our clients at the center of all we do. We use our values to guide our decisions, actions and interactions with our clients, our team members and our communities. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender.

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