Professional Lending Program

Early Careers at First Financial Bank

Launch Your Career and Thrive in the World of Credit Analysis and Mentorship

Welcome to the First Financial Bank Early Careers page, where we invite you to join our thriving community and embark on an extraordinary journey in banking. Our culture is built on collaboration, integrity, and a shared commitment to excellence. By starting your career in our esteemed Professional Lending Development Program, you open the doors to remarkable opportunities for professional growth and personal development. Our program not only equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the financial industry but also fosters a supportive environment that nurtures your individual growth. We take great pride in fostering camaraderie among our analysts, recognizing that teamwork and mentorship are vital to your long-term success. At First Financial Bank, we are dedicated to setting you up for a rewarding and impactful career in banking.

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Career Advancement

What would be my first steps in the program be?

Curious about what your first few years in the First Financial Analyst Program might entail? Prepare for an exhilarating journey of growth, opportunity, and achievement. Our renowned program has served as the launchpad for numerous successful executives and senior management within our organization. By delving into the details of the program below, you'll discover a structured and comprehensive curriculum that combines hands-on experience, mentorship from industry experts, and continuous learning opportunities. Unleash your potential, fuel your ambition, and embark on a path that propels your career to new heights. See below for more information on the program and prepare to seize the future of banking.

Credit Analyst

Location: Abilene, Texas or Kingwood, Texas

As a Credit Analyst, the first step in the First Financial Bank analyst program opens doors to a world of invaluable experience and professional growth. As a credit analyst, you'll dive into the intricacies of assessing creditworthiness and risk analysis, becoming a crucial asset in our lending decisions. However, this role offers more than just numerical analysis. It presents an exceptional opportunity to hone your networking skills by engaging in one-on-one interactions with top-level management. These interactions allow you to gain insights from seasoned professionals, fostering mentorship and guiding your development within the organization. Furthermore, you'll benefit from the guidance and mentorship of more senior analysts who are eager to share their expertise in credit analysis and the unique credit culture at First Financial Bank. This collaborative environment ensures a comprehensive and supportive training experience that equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in your career. You will gain hands-on experience working on real-world projects, guided by seasoned professionals who are passionate about your success.

Loan Review Analyst

Location: Abilene, Texas or Kingwood, Texas

The first step in the First Financial Bank analyst program often begins as a Loan Review Analyst, although many analysts also start as Credit Analysts. As a Loan Review Analyst, you will embark on a vital role within our organization, responsible for conducting comprehensive assessments of loan portfolios. You'll dive deep into analyzing loan quality, risk management, and compliance with regulatory standards. This position also offers exciting opportunities for on-site visits and audits across various regions, allowing you to gain firsthand exposure to different markets and lending practices. Travelling across Texas, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the diverse landscape of our operations.

Junior Commercial Lender

Location: All Bank Regions

Once you have successfully completed your time in both Credit Analysis and Loan Review, and have spent time as a Senior Analyst you interview with regions across the State of Texas and start your career as a Junior Commercial Lender. As a Junior Commercial Lender you will be mentored in lending culture at First Financial Bank. You will help the region with underwriting along with growing your own portfolio. 

Other pathways and Opportunities 

Locations: Headquarters, Abilene, Texas

Once you have successfully completed your time in both Credit Analysis and Loan Review and have spent time as a Senior Analyst you might have the opportunity to move into a management role. This could include but not be limited to Loan Operations or Support, Lending Support, or Analyst Program Long Term Analyst. 

We are constantly looking for future candidates to enter into our internships and early careers. We recruit seasonally for these positions and would love to keep you informed on application openings and general bank information. 

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First Financial Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.