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Ascend Program

Ascend Career Acceleration Program

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Accelerate Your Career Here

Commerce Bank is a great place to make your career grow.  We’re proud of our encouraging environment and diverse culture. We work hard, play hard and we pride ourselves on our commitment to community service and a good work-life balance. Best of all, we’re very good at recognizing and developing talent.
When you graduate from the 12-36 month program you’ll go to the front of the line for career opportunities within the Commerce Bank organization.

A History of Success

Commerce is a super community bank that’s been succeeding for over 150 years. And for the last 60 years, 
our Career Acceleration program has been developing our next generation of leaders.
It’s a program that really works.  Our alumni are currently in key leadership roles in multiple Bank departments, including: Commercial, Trust, Commercial Payment Systems, and Retail. Who knows, our next leading graduate might be you. Here’s how the program works:

Step 1 - Credit Training

Your first 2-3 weeks will focus on financial statement spreads and commercial loan packet underwriting. Over time you’ll do everything from helping with commercial loan underwriting to attending loan committee meetings with senior management and learning about industry analysis and financial modeling.

The credit training I received provided a valuable foundation for analysis of various companies and institutions. I was able to take that knowledge and make an immediate impact to better serve our clients.

Taylor S.

Step 2 - Rotate, Rotate, Rotate

You’re next set of training will be a hands on rotation through multiple areas of the bank. This will give you a good overview of the bank and let you learn which areas are the best fits for your talents. You can chose from a wide variety of training ranging from leasing and loan reviews to capital markets and credit cards.

I love that I have the chance to learn about multiple lines of business within the bank so I can make an educated decision on what business I believe will be the best fit for me long term.

Bret M.

Step 3 - Keep Developing

Keep learning and growing by choosing training in areas of expertise that interest you most. You can learn everything from credit underwriting and risk training to sales development.  All while having great exposure to our senior management.

The exposure to and mentorship from bank leadership, many of whom are alumni of the program, proves that Commerce is dedicated to identifying and training its next generation of leaders.

Ryan S.

What do we look for?
To be considered for the Ascend Career Acceleration Program you must have the following qualifications & skills:

> 3.0 GPA
> 9 hours of Finance
> 6 hours of Accounting
> Internship experience
> Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
> Excellent communication skills
> Good interpersonal skills

Where could a career with Commerce take you?

There are a lot of opportunities waiting for you at Commerce. Here’s a list of the key markets we serve:

Nine Key Markets: 1. St. Louis 2. Kansas City 3. Springfield 4. Central Missouri 5. Central Illinois 6. Wichita 7. Tulsa 8. Oklahoma City 9. Denver. Commercial Offices: 1. Cincinnati 2. Nashville 3. Dallas 4. Des Moines 5. Grand Rapids 6. Indianapolis. Commerce US Presence: Dark Green - Branch Footprint, Medium Green - Extended Commercial Market Area, Light/All Green - Commercial Payments Servces
At a Glance Map. $24.7 billion in assets. 36th largetst U.S. bank based on asset size. 384 ATMs. 190 branches. 372 thousand active online banking customers. 204 thousand mobile customers.

Where do you sign up? Glad you asked.

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