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PITTSBURGH -- As a U.S. Army sergeant, Tim Flynn saw Bosnia and Iraq, where he led a six-man surveillance team in the war on terrorism.
Ten years later, the Pittsburgh native has traded his military gear for business attire and joined PNC’s development program. For 36 months he rotates through a wide variety of jobs ranging from sales and loan analysis to financial modeling.
The experiences are very different, but Flynn’s knack for uncovering the smallest details serves him well, whether on patrol with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard or working for PNC’s corporate and institutional banking division.
“Taking the road less traveled exposed me to things outside the norm, and when you’re outside the norm, that’s when you grow and make strides, developing as a person,” Flynn said.
Banking is a relationship business and I’ve been around the world a couple of times, met different cultures, and had to adapt pretty quickly. That’s helped in my work at PNC.
PNC’s Campus Recruiting team works with colleges and universities across the country to attract new talent. In 2012, while pursuing a finance degree at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Flynn received a coveted invite to PNC’s Super Day recruitment event, which led to an internship.
For the next two years, Flynn interned with PNC’s Asset Management Group and Corporate & Institutional Banking teams and gradually learned the banking business. After completing his business administration degree with a concentration in finance, Flynn earned an offer to join the development program.
Each business division has a development program to “bring in a talented and diverse group of early career talent that our businesses prepare to fill key roles. This talent also serves as a longer-term employment source for the entire company,” said Erin Baker, PNC’s director of line of business development and campus recruiting.
Development programs are common in financial services companies. However, PNC’s program takes a centralized approach. The company tracks every associate’s experience and can match strengths with a job that fills a company need, Baker said.
The program lasts anywhere from 12 months to 36 months. Each program offers skills development through formal, social and hands-on learning.
“You get exposure to a breadth and depth within the lines of businesses, including access to senior executives, and an understanding of how the banking system works,” Flynn said.
“Ultimately, I’d like to make PNC the long play in my career and find a position that is both a good fit for me and the bank.”
Now in his second year as a development associate, Flynn’s workday is as diverse as his corporate clients. After completing his first year in sales, underwriting and credit analysis rotations, he works every day with relationship managers. His job includes financial modeling, analysis and loan reviews.
“Our development programs align in every way with our corporate values and culture, and it’s a huge attraction point for young professionals,” Baker said. “And PNC provides all the support they need to meet or exceed performance as new hires. We’re very focused on helping young professionals live the PNC values, which helps them succeed in their current and future roles.”
This approach has worked for Flynn since starting at PNC in 2012.
“Performance. Teamwork. Integrity. Those corporate values are a natural fit with my guiding principles,” he said. “PNC is very relationship based and team-oriented. There are a lot of people willing to commit their time to your development, which is very important to me.”
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