Head of Debt Capital Markets at Amherst

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Head of Debt Capital Markets – Austin, TX
 
Amherst is a real estate private equity firm with multiple equity and debt strategies. Holistically, Amherst currently has AUM of $5.8bn across our debt and equity strategies. Amherst Holdings real estate private equity business was established in 2012 after multiple decades in the residential mortgage securities investment banking business. Amherst’s private equity business has grown from 34 employees in 2012 to 1000+ today. Amherst continues to grow rapidly to capitalize on increasing industry opportunities. 
 
Real Estate Private Equity:
Our Single Family Residential Equity strategy (Amherst Residential) has quickly scaled over the last 5 years to own and operate 20,000+ homes in 30 markets across 21 states while building a vertically integrated real estate investment and operating platform. Across the SFR strategy, Amherst has raised almost $2.5bn in equity and arranged approximately $5.7bn in debt financing over the last five years and is currently investing more than $150mm a month in single family real estate assets.
 
Real Estate Private Credit:
The four year-old Commercial Real Estate Lending strategy combines a veteran debt team with unique pricing analytics to source, underwrite, structure and asset manage loans backing all types of CRE assets across the US.
 
Within the Capital Management division, the head of Debt Capital Markets will manage develop and maintain key investor relationships and manage the financing process on behalf of Amherst’s own multi-billion dollar balance sheet and across its third party Joint Ventures and advised funds. Key financing needs across the platform include: warehouse financing, senior and mezzanine term financing, public securitizations, unsecured corporate lines of credit and seller financing.
 
The team is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to head our Debt Capital Markets activities, leading all aspects of the firm’s debt financing activities including maintaining and growing key investor relationships as well as the structuring, negotiating, execution and syndication of debt financing in both the private and public markets for both our businesses.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Drive financing strategy across Amherst platform to maximize returns across various real estate investment products
  • Evaluate risk and negotiate transactions, including pricing, structuring and managing of private funding vehicles, on balance sheet funding sources & solutions (e.g. CLO’s, warehouse and credit lines).
  • Arrange term financing for Joint Ventures
  • Issue and manage securitizations, loan syndication, monetizing “last look” on CRE bridge loans
  • Establish strong investor, banking and counterparty relationships to facilitate debt capital raises
  • Model investments to optimize returns and flexibility to determine appropriate financing terms and covenants
  • Oversee all aspects of structured finance transactions, including valuation, accounting, third party engagements and other transaction issues
  • Manage the day-to-day workflow of the team
  • Ensure project management of initiatives within the team and communication internally regarding the status of ongoing debt capital raises
  • Coordinate work product with legal, tax, accounting, regulatory parties
  • Finalize client presentations and interface with investment partners and potential lenders
  • Lead rating agency interactions, ensure compliance with and reporting on debt covenants
  • Partner with Investor Services and FP&A to facilitate reporting processes, proper controls, and cash flow forecasting
  • Collaborate with senior leaders to generate new ideas and further initiatives
Qualifications:
  • College degree required; MBA and/or CFA nice to have
  • Interested candidates need demonstrated abilities to:
    • ​Apply a deep understanding of deal structuring and real estate financing
    • Partner with deal teams and run complex financial modelling (solid Excel skills)
    • Shift gears with emerging data points and handle risk and uncertainty
    • Interpret and present analysis thoughtfully
    • Take initiative to work independently and as part of a team
    • Think strategically and creatively 
    • Consult with and present directly to clients
    • Manage self and team’s time efficiently
    • Independent, logical and critical-thinking
    • Solution-oriented when presenting problems
What We Offer:
 This role will be based in Amherst’s brand new office space in the heart of downtown Austin.
  • A competitive compensation package, annual bonus, 401k match
  • Flexible PTO, 8 paid holidays
  • Employer-paid benefits (medical, dental, vision, health savings account)
  • Professional career development and reimbursement
  • Employee referral program 
  • On-premise fitness center, locker rooms
  • Monthly lunch stipends, fully stocked kitchen with snacks/drinks
  • Monthly/quarterly office events!
Amherst is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or veteran status, and encourage all applicants to apply.
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Location

Two offices around Austin at our HQ with beautiful views of Lake Austin in a modern office and our tech co-working space near Lady Bird Lake

An Insider's view of Amherst

What are some social events your company does?

Amherst is always participating in exciting events. From Dell Match Play to SXSW, Amherst engages in a variety of local events. We also host smaller events for employees such as summer BBQ's and happy hours. Nothing tops our holiday party, a true family celebration!

Austen

Director of Talent Programs

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm most excited about our Budget Revision Project! We were tasked with the challenge of moving a tedious process into a more user and mobile friendly system. This will allow the field teams to submit budget revisions from MSR Properties and have one system to manage the majority of their work. This excitement is why I love being a part of the team

Gage

Business Analyst

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

“At Amherst, I am able to work collaboratively with peers who have had years of experience similar to mine. The technology is current and evolving as the company grows. Therefore, my skills stay current and always improve.”

Stan

Senior Systems Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

My team is expected to create new IP (Intellectual Property) through innovation in software, hardware, workflow process and data. Our goal is to build franchise value/shareholder value, solve difficult problems through creative solutions, and improve over-all efficiency that in turn makes life easier for all of Amherst

Todd

Chief Technology Innovation Officer

What are some things you learned at the company?

Within my first year, I have acquired solid enterprise-level knowledge in developing .NET applications by using Angular 4+, ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Entity Framework, and advanced SQL. We’re transitioning into ‘React’ apps that I'm excited about as it will add to my tech skills. I like that we have autonomy regarding the tech decisions in development

Ruchi

Software Engineer

What are Amherst Perks + Benefits

Amherst Benefits Overview

Competitive salaries
Choice of Mac or Windows hardware
Flexible vacation days, paid holidays, and work from home options
Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, Life, EAP, and 401K with matching benefits
Stellar colleagues with proven track records
Free sodas, kombucha, cold brew, beer and healthy and unhealthy snacks at our Barton Springs WeWork location
Free lunch every day and breakfast tacos on Thursdays!

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Amherst provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Our coworking space near Ladybird Lake is pet-friendly!
Relocation Assistance
We offer relocation assistance depending on location and position.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Amherst. allows employes to set aside 50% of working hours for learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive compensation and bonus program. Flexible PTO. Health, vision, dental and long term disability coverage. Paid maternity/paternity leave. Attractive office space. Training certifications assistance. Daily catered lunch and stocked kitchens. Monthly birthday celebrations. Casual work environment with regular team-building outings. Breakfast Taco Thursday.

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