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A day in the life of… Andy Jones, team leader intermediaries, Investec

My alarm goes off at…

…5.30am during the week. I like the early start, it gives me the chance to plan the day and take out the dogs for a quick walk whilst getting mentally ready.

I cannot leave the house without…

…a cup of tea. I am a true tea lover and enjoy a plentiful supply throughout the day.

I travel to work…

…by driving to my local station in Hertfordshire and then catching a train to Liverpool Street. My train commute is around 30 minutes. Then it is a 15-minute walk to the office in the City. One of the advantages of getting up early is I always get a seat and the trains are often more reliable at that time of day.

The main purpose of my job is…

…to work with our intermediary partners to help them get the best lending solutions for their clients, working extremely closely with my business development manager colleagues and our combined team of 13 staff who are always on hand to provide the best possible service to our partners and their clients.

I joined…

…Investec Private Bank more than 13 years ago, having cut my teeth as a small business manager for four years at Royal Bank of Scotland and previously 13 years in various roles at Barclays. This experience has proved invaluable to me in my current role. I have for many years dealt with the intermediary fraternity and know their issues and how best to support them.

My typical day…

…is spent reviewing new enquiries, structuring new deals, writing credit papers and sitting with our credit teams and agreeing on terms on various cases. I also spend time with my team of private bankers, providing training and development. Naturally, I also meet with the private bank senior management team to discuss a vast array of subjects. I attend broker events and often meet with our clients and their advisers as part of the underwriting process.

People may not know that I’m responsible for…

…managing a team of seven private bankers dedicated to working with our intermediary partners in lending to their high-net-worth clients, providing them with a bespoke private banking lending solution.

A common misconception about my job is…

…that it is made up of long lunches and glamorous events. I spend more time at my desk writing credit papers than anything. With the volume of enquiries that come through the team, I am always on hand to provide guidance and support, which does not allow for too much time away from the desk.

My favourite work memory is…

…last year, when we completed our largest loan for the desk. We now have two even larger cases in the pipeline. Seeing our ability to attract and win such high-value mortgages is a constant reminder of how we have really developed as a team and bank.

A perk of the job is…

…that the intermediary team is the largest team within the private bank. Leading that team and growing the business year-on-year is a huge responsibility but also my biggest satisfaction. Of course, I also get to meet with some high-profile clients, which is always fascinating.

To unwind after work I like to…

…watch my football team Tottenham Hotspur – where I have a season ticket. I also enjoy running, especially undertaking Tough Mudder challenges. I have run two London Marathons, but my distances now tend to be lower, often up to 10km, before I start my working day. We are very fortunate with the on-site facilities at the bank which allow me to exercise at work. I also like to spend time with the family on long walks with the dogs and enjoying great cuisine.

My role in five words is…

…engaging, fun, diverse, demanding and rewarding.

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