Atish Patel, Analyst

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

What’s the best thing about working at ClearEdge?

There’s a real sense of community in the office. We usually eat lunch together every day and we also get together outside the office for intramural sports and random gatherings.

What’s your back story?

It’s complicated! My family is from India, but I was born in Kansas, grew up in Zimbabwe, and attended high school in the state of Georgia. I have dual citizenship in the US and the UK. Being associated with so many places really helps me appreciate people’s differences, relate to them more easily and build strong relationships.

Atish Patel - Analyst - ClearEdge Partners

What’s your typical day like?

We start by assessing new client requests and divide them up amongst the team. After that, the day unfolds in its own unique way: every day throws something new at us. There is a sense of structure and freedom here which makes for a very rewarding and interesting experience.

What’s it like to know you’ve just saved a client a lot of money?

I appreciate the feeling I get when I save client’s money on a single deal but it’s even more gratifying to successfully convey ClearEdge strategies and improve the outcomes on their other deals. We emphasize the importance of engaging suppliers early and bidding out to competitors; when we see those lessons at play in their next deal, I feel as if we are improving our clients’ sourcing capabilities for the long haul.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a banker, without really knowing what that meant. My mom worked at a bank, so it was always my go-to career, and that’s how I ended up majoring in Finance. My background in Finance helps me at ClearEdge because I know how to quickly determine the present value of a series of payments to benchmark against an upfront payment, which can help our clients better understand their purchase options.

Atish Patel - Analyst - ClearEdge Partners

What do you do outside of work?

I like developing software. I’ve been teaching myself for the past few years, and I think this experience has provided a look “under the hood” at some of the deals I deal with here at ClearEdge. I think it lends sort of a holistic understanding of software.