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Career Development

Personal and professional growth is of the utmost importance for your own career. But, using your talents to help grow others in the company is where your career really begins to soar. Through the following programs, Simmons Bank aims to grow our future leaders and ensure that all associates are set on the path to success.

Creating a Great Place to Work is one of Simmons' strategic pillars, and Simmons strives for that goal every day. Simmons honors associates with awards like the Simmons Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Awards, Retail Stars, Bankers of the Year and with on the spot recognition through Culture recognition cards. Simmons invests in and enables its associates' success. It’s easy to see why at Simmons, we are Banking on our People!

NEXTGen Future Leadership Program

Associates are empowered through leadership development programs like NextGen Future Leadership, which pairs aspiring professionals with executive mentors. NEXTGen is a one-year development program designed to help current individual contributors develop leadership skills en route to leadership roles. The program experience consists of a mix of immersive classroom sessions, webinars, stretch assignments, networking, hands-on leadership activities and executive sponsorship.

Banker Foundation Program

Our Banker Foundation rotational program provides recent graduates with experience working in multiple key areas of the bank – including Retail, Credit, Commercial Banking, IT, Trust, Wealth Management, Finance, and more – over a 20-month time period in Little Rock, AR. For anyone wanting to pursue a career in banking, our Banker Foundation program gives a comprehensive understanding of Simmons Bank by allowing graduates to learn through diverse and challenging rotations throughout the bank’s core business units.

Internship Program

An internship at Simmons Bank provides current college students with an opportunity to receive hands on work experience that complements their course work. Simmons Bank offers summer internships in multiple areas of the bank – including Retail Banking, Commercial Lending, Internal Audit, IT, Credit, Compliance, Finance, Accounting, and more. Our summer internships take place over 10 weeks and will include opportunities to hear from company executives, participate in lunch and learn sessions, network through team building events and community service events, work with mentors, and gain exposure to the overall company culture of Simmons Bank.

Other Development Opportunities:

  • Onsite goal coaching
  • Simmons University personal and professional development classes
  • Career Development resources and training courses
  • Financial literacy programs
  • Educational/Tuition Assistance
  • Banking School

Banking on Our People. Empower. Succeed. Celebrate.


Matt Forster knew financial services was the industry for him from a young age. Although Matt is early in his career, his motivation, drive and Pursue Growth mindset have helped set him on an accelerated track professionally. He started his career at Simmons as a teller in Ozark, Missouri and was recently promoted to portfolio manager. Graduating from Missouri State University in December 2019, Matt accepted a full time position with the bank and has excelled since day one. With Simmons taking on the new LoanVantage platform, Matt’s leadership potential has become evident in the way he’s quickly taken on additional responsibility to help implement this new platform into Simmons’ Southwest Missouri area. He is a positive individual who demonstrates all of our Cultural Cornerstones.

“The environment here is fantastic,” he said. “I love that everyone here is extremely focused and wants to be the best. Our team in Springfield, Missouri is phenomenal and filled with people who are passionate about partnering with others to help them grow. Everyone is highly motivated with a really positive attitude.”


Find your career with Simmons Bank