Building Best-In-Class Leadership
Our success stems from our diverse pool of talent programs – we continuously attract and retain top performers into Advent International and our portfolio companies through first-class recruiting, training, performance and mentorship programs. We strive to hire the best and brightest out of industry, undergraduate universities and business schools into programs that promote accelerated learning with the ultimate goal of developing high potential individuals at the C- suite and senior levels of Advent. We have pioneered several initiatives that provide junior talent opportunities to develop and progress their careers in an inclusive and diverse environment, both with Advent and in our portfolio companies.
We believe that the best way to meet the needs of our future business is to invest in our people today
Since 2003, we have created a bespoke range of development programs that equip our employees with the skills and experience to become the leaders of tomorrow. Ongoing regional training works alongside our robust global training program to create interchangeable investment teams with the same fundamental approach to transaction and portfolio company work. Our regional and global mentorship programs provide support throughout an employee’s career and strengthens our success.
Advent accelerates career progression through its robust and integrated development programs
Advent Family of Programs in Action
“The success of the companies in which we invest depends fundamentally on people, both the executive team and the talent that will occupy management positions in the near future.”
Partner of Advent and first graduate of the trainee program, which he joined in 2003
“The Trainee Program offers a unique environment that encourages trainees to lead impactful projects within organizations, and provides the opportunity to interact with and learn from experienced professionals early in their careers. It allowed me to graduate from a prestigious MBA program and afterwards contribute to a portfolio company’s growth as a member of the management team.”
Jean Pablo De Mello
CFO Lojas Quero-Quero
Summer MBA Program
“Over the four years I worked at Advent I met great people from many different parts of the world and the various networking and team building events created an amazing working environment and the ability to build a solid professional network. In addition to the substantial private equity industry knowledge that I acquired and the businesses in which I had the chance to analyze and invest, I now have the opportunity, as part of my MBA summer internship, to work for an Advent portfolio company in Argentina. This experience will further contribute to the development of my operational capabilities.”
Candidate for MBA, June 2020 MIT Sloan School of Management
Senior Talent Program
“Advent provides senior executives varied opportunities within their portfolio companies across a range of sectors. Advent are very supportive of their management teams. From posing challenging questions regarding performance to assisting with problem solving, recruitment and M&A strategy, they are always available for valued input and discussion”
CEO Cataratas and previously CFO of Atmosfera
Senior Talent Program
“Advent understands the importance of people development and recognition. Having worked for various Advent portfolio companies over the last decade, I have seen first-hand and been inspired by how seriously Advent invest in their employees in order to build best-in-class leadership.”
Rogério Alonso Messias
Senior Talent Program
“Working at Advent gave me the fundamental tools and capabilities to set businesses up for long term success. With Advent’s support, since 2013, I have worked for one of its portfolio companies in ever increasingly senior management positions. This not only has given me direct access to C-suite executives, but also a strong sense of accountability to support and drive change within the business.”
Executive Vice President and General Manager CANDEAM Region – GBT, and previously an Advent deal team member
Promoting A Diverse And Inclusive Culture
Advent is an active participant and supporter of organizations that promote the development of women and underrepresented groups
Advent’s guiding principle is to provide equality of opportunity across our firm and our portfolio companies. We are actively engaged in several initiatives to support our female employees through recruiting, mentorship and professional development.
We seek out opportunities to engage and educate the local communities about Advent and the private equity industry.
Latin America Women’s Inclusion Network
Women Industry Leaders, Speaker Series
External industry leaders and experts are invited to speak to Advent employees and guests about topics impacting women in the financial sector. These events inform our female employees on a range of subjects and enable them to make connections across the region.
“We host multiple events throughout the year where diverse industry leaders are invited to share their experiences. On these sessions we touch on different subjects, ranging from the leader area of expertise to diversity related issues. The stories we hear in these events are not only very inspiring, but also a great way to foster discussion on important issues around DEI on our team.”
Associate, São Paulo
Women’s Mentoring Program
In addition to their internal mentor, female investment professionals are matched with an external woman mentor to guide them in their career development.
Women In Private Equity Events
Women enrolled in local universities are invited to hear private equity investment professionals speak about what private equity is, why diversity is important and how Advent International is committed to the development of women in their careers.
Diversity, EQUITY & Inclusion Committee
Our Latin America Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee coordinates our education and outreach initiatives, helping undergraduates and young people starting their careers to better understand our business and private equity more generally.
The committee organizes annual networking events at each of our offices where young women come to socialize, meet Advent team members and learn more about our industry. Separately, a member of our investment team teaches a course to train young students for success in a career in private equity.
“Having graduated from the trainee program onto deal teams both in Latin America and North America, I’m eager to share my experiences with the next generation of women and to emphasize how rewarding and fulfilling a career with a firm like Advent can be.”
Joined Advent as a trainee in São Paulo in 2012, worked in São Paulo for a number of years before leaving Advent to pursue an MBA. Re-joined as a Vice President in the Boston office.
“Students are prepared for a private equity career in a very tangible, hands-on way. Throughout the course, participants learn about in-depth financial reporting and analysis, modelling, private equity transaction structures, value creation levers along with other tools that are fundamental to become a strong private equity associate. In addition, they are exposed to different members of the private equity community, including CEOs, lawyers, advisors, amongst others. So far, the results have been outstanding, with students (a large number of which were female participants) at the end of the course being accepted to top tier funds.”
Vice President, Brazil