Wells Fargo Securities Investment Banking Associate

Job Description

Whether you’re at the beginning of your career or looking to make your next move, you want to work for a company that values your individual talents, skills and experience. Wells Fargo was named Among the World’s 50 Most Respected Companies and the top-ranked financial services company by Barron’s magazine in 2014. Learn about the many exciting career paths and opportunities we offer.

Wells Fargo Securities consists of nearly 4,800 team members in 40+ offices across North America, Europe and Asia focused on US middle market and large corporations, and global institutional investors. Wells Fargo Securities brings together the company's market-leading businesses in debt and equity underwriting, mergers and acquisitions, loan syndications, debt and equity sales and trading, tax-exempt products, research and economics, and hedging products relating to equity, commodities and interest rate risks. Our customer-driven model is focused on delivering capital markets solutions to long standing customer relationships in middle market, large corporate, institutional, commercial real estate, municipal and internal Wells Fargo client segments.

Program Overview

Organized by industry sector, the Investment Banking team of Wells Fargo Securities is dedicated to understanding the unique competitive and operating environments of our clients. The group combines strong relationships and industry knowledge with superior capital markets and advisory capabilities that includes debt and equity underwriting, mergers and acquisitions, and loan syndications. Our team maintains active relationships with a broad universe of middle market, large corporate and institutional clients, and is highly experienced in delivering exceptional execution.


The Investment Banking Associate Program provides associates with a comprehensive eight week training program in Charlotte before beginning work with their business unit. The training combines all the associates from various lines of business and includes classroom instruction in financial accounting, cash flow, credit analysis, financial modeling, valuation as well as preparation for the Series 79 and 63 license exams. Wells Fargo professionals and consultants with special expertise in their fields equip associates with the skills, knowledge and tools to make an immediate contribution to their team. Associates will also receive on-the-job coaching, mentoring, and feedback throughout their tenure.


Associate opportunities are primarily available in Charlotte, New York, and San Francisco within one of the following industry or product groups. Limited opportunities may also be available in Houston and Los Angeles.

Industry Coverage

Provides a full range of investment banking and advisory services to clients in the following industries:

• Consumer, Healthcare and Gaming

• Corporate Finance

• Energy and Power

• Financial Institutions

• Industrials

• Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Leveraged Finance

Originates, structures, underwrites, and syndicates various debt (including high yield) and quasi-equity securities for corporate and financial sponsor clients. Provides financing solutions tailored to corporate and financial sponsor clients to support acquisition financing, growth financing, recapitalizations and/or refinancing transactions.

Financial Sponsors

Originates leveraged finance, mergers/acquisitions, and equity transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions / Advisory

Assists middle market and large corporate clients in achieving their strategic and financial objectives in partnership with industry and specialty coverage groups. Services include sell side advisory, buy side advisory, strategic financial advisory, fairness opinions, takeover defense, and private equity placements.

Regional Investment Banking Group

Provides investment banking coverage to select middle-market clients and emerging growth companies in Wells Fargo's core commercial and retail geographic footprint. The group advises middle market financial sponsors and has dedicated merger and acquisition execution capabilities.


As active team members in a focused industry or product group, associates help orchestrate capital raising and strategic advisory transactions. Associates assume significant responsibility that may include:

• Developing and maintaining models to depict projected financial results and to value companies

• Supporting various financial analyses, including valuations and merger consequences

• Performing comprehensive and in-depth company and industry research

• Preparing presentations and other materials for clients

• Conducting research, participating in strategic planning and assisting in the execution of advisory services

• Participating in client meetings, due diligence visits, and other client interactions to gain exposure to key executives and senior bankers

• Developing and mentoring junior talent

Team members support our focus on building strong customer relationships balanced with a strong risk mitigating and compliance-driven culture which firmly establishes those disciplines as critical to the success of our customers and company. They are accountable for execution of all applicable risk programs (Credit, Market, Financial Crimes, Operational, Regulatory Compliance), which includes effectively following and adhering to applicable Wells Fargo policies and procedures, appropriately fulfilling risk and compliance obligations, timely and effective escalation and remediation of issues, and making sound risk decisions. There is emphasis on proactive monitoring, governance, risk identification and escalation, as well as making sound risk decisions commensurate with the business unit’s risk appetite and all risk and compliance program requirements.

**Due to a high volume of inquiries and multiple hiring managers for these roles, please do not contact the hiring manager listed. Any inquiries sent to the hiring manager listed will not receive a response **

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Wells Fargo will not sponsor visas for these positions, and will not hire individuals whose work eligibility is based on their F-1 or other student visa status. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis.

Required Qualifications

  • 2+ years of professional work experience

Desired Qualifications

  • Highly refined and professional verbal and written communications
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritizing skills

Other Desired Qualifications

• A second year MBA student (anticipated graduation date May-June 2018) working to obtain a master’s degree in business administration with coursework in financial accounting and corporate finance

• Professional experience in investment banking or related industry through internships, part-time or full-time work, and/or extra-curricular activities

• An individual who demonstrates a sense of personal accountability and urgency for achieving results

• Demonstrated excellence in working effectively as an individual and as part of a team

• Strong personal motivation, attention to detail and creative mindset

• Dedication to building a career in the financial services industry

• Willingness to work long hours in a demanding, highly focused, collaborative, and team environment


    All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

    Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.

    Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

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