A private banker's primary responsibility is to manage the financial accounts of high-income clients. They often fulfill a variety of tasks, but a private banker’s primary responsibilities include increasing and protecting a client’s wealth through investments, as well as processing transactions such as purchasing a home and estate planning. Private bankers work alongside other financial experts such as market analysts, fund managers, and estate lawyers; however, as they function as the client’s primary point of contact, they are often also called relationship managers. Most private bankers work in private banks that cater to wealthy clients, but some are also employed by regular banks that also provide special services to high-income individuals. Even though they work in a professional, office setting during regular business hours, a a private banker must be available to respond to the needs of clients at any time of the day or night. Besides being available 24/7 to receive requests from current clients and pursuing new clients, a private banker’s typical day consists in working with his or her team of financial and legal experts to develop and implement strategies to grow and preserve the assets of their clientele.
Private banker positions generally require a bachelor's degree in accounting or finance, although a master’s degree is generally preferred. In addition to formal education, one should expect to continue training for several years within the industry as an assistant to an experienced private banker. This job requires a background in providing a wide array of financial services, preferably in managing high-income clients. Prospective private bankers must also possess strong interpersonal skills as well and knowledge of their clients' specific industries.
Private Banker Tasks
- Recommend solutions to credit problems, approve loan requests, and assist senior lenders.
- Monitor loan portfolio and resolve loan delinquencies, overdrafts, and loan and deposit maturities.
- Manage full banking relationships with clients and monitor changing client needs.