Close Brothers Asset Finance invites Sales Academy applicants

5th July 2023 |   Journal Of Sales Transformation

Close Brothers Asset Finance Sales Academy 4.0

UK merchant banking group, Close Brothers Asset Finance is inviting applications to join its sales academy, which aims to attract new and diverse talent into the sector from across the UK.

Six positions are available in this year’s sales academy, and experience in finance or sales is not a prerequisite. The role is being advertised at £32,500 basic salary plus uncapped commissions (first year on-target earnings of £40,000) plus car.

One of the co-sponsors of the sales academy, John Fawcett, CEO of Close Brothers Asset Finance’s Transport division, tells the Journal: “We are keen to hear from driven, motivated and enthusiastic individuals with a passion to develop in sales.

Close Brothers Asset Finance says it is looking to attract enthusiastic candidates from a range of backgrounds who want to build a successful career in sales and become a specialist in one of a variety of sectors, including transport and logistics, vehicle contract hire, print, construction and recycling, manufacturing, and Scotland.

The firm says it will provide intensive training, comprising months of classroom-based learning, mentoring and practical on-the-job training from assigned mentors.

Steve Gee, CEO of Close Brothers Asset Finance’s Industrial Equipment division is sponsoring the academy along with Fawcett. He says: “We are very proud of our specialist business model and want to build on the outstanding success of the first three sales academies, which has seen many of the previous ‘graduates’ fully integrated into the Asset Finance and Leasing sales teams and leading very successful careers in their chosen sectors.”

Fawcett adds: “This is an incredible opportunity to be trained by an industry leader and mentored by an experienced sales manager for ‘on the road’ training. Following their training period, successful applicants will concentrate on building a customer base, territory and business plan, with full assistance from a mentor.”

Resources for applicants

What it’s like to work at Close Brothers Asset Finance:
Life | Close Brothers Asset Finance (

Our sectors: Industries | Close Brothers Asset Finance

Sectors and regions inviting applicants:

The application process

  • Interested applicants can apply here or Sales Academy (
  • Selected applicants will be invited to attend one of two assessment centres in Wimbledon in late July or August.
  • Applications close on 19 July 2023.
  • Successful applicants will be sent offer letters and contracts in August 2024.
  • Training begins in October 2024.