Investment Associate, Investment Teams

Team: Investment

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 14 November 2017

Investment Associate, Investment Teams

Our Mission

  • Our mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places.
  • We aim to invest in countries where we can have the greatest impact. In countries where the private sector is weak and jobs are scarce.
  • We invest in sectors where growth leads to jobs – both directly and indirectly. In sectors such as manufacturing, agribusiness, infrastructure, financial institutions, construction, health and education. Last year, the businesses we invest in created more than a million jobs. 
  • We are successful because we are a high quality investment organisation, using the best commercial skills and judgement to make investments in great companies and support them to grow over the long term.  We therefore want to attract people with these skills but who are motivated to use them to dramatically improve the private sector in Africa and South Asia
  • For further information, please visit our website

The Role


  • The Investment Associate’s primary role is to support senior members of the deal team, this will include assisting with:
  • Sector and country research to help develop strategies
  • Evaluating investment and fund proposals including conducting financial analysis, modelling and conducting valuation exercises
  • Preparation of material for presentation to Investment Committee
  • Post investment portfolio management



  • Market and sector mapping, undertaking research into regions, countries and specific businesses or projects
  • Keeping up to date with relevant macroeconomic conditions including political, social and economic trends
  • Monitoring the financial news and updating the team of material relevant to CDCs target countries and sectors
  • Assisting in the building and maintaining of relationships relevant to CDC’s work
  • Ad hoc analysis as required

Evaluation of Investment Proposals

  • Supporting senior members of the team in evaluating investment proposals that fit within CDC’s mandate
  • Reviewing and/or building financial models, conducting valuations where necessary
  • Drafting proposals for review by the Investment Committee and participating in meetings
  • Assisting with due diligence

Portfolio Monitoring

  • Supporting the work of the deal lead or other senior team members on each fund or investee company relationship
  • Supporting analysis and creating frameworks for analysis under the guidance and supervision of other colleagues
  • Preparing periodic reports and working with the deal teams to help in the monitoring of investees financial and strategic performance
  • Ensuring compliance with CDC’s Environmental Social and Governance requirements and development impact
  • Keeping up-to-date with deal-flow, deal management and portfolio monitoring databases for all transactions covered by the team

The Candidate


  • University degree (Masters in Finance, Economics, Corporate Finance or accounting degree)
  • At least 2 year’s relevant business experience. Exposure to emerging market finance, especially in Africa and Asia, is helpful
  • Experience within private equity and/or investment banking or consulting is desirable

Technical Skills

  • Analytical, research and valuation skills, including the ability to analyse company reports, sector data, economics and relevant political events.
  • Report writing and advanced knowledge of Excel is imperative
  • Good business communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to build relationships, develop a network of relevant external contacts, as well as internally across different teams
  • Ability to work to deadlines and manage time effectively
  • An active interest in investing in developing countries
  • Demonstrable alignment with CDC mandate, mission and values 

CDC Identities

  • We look for candidates who share our culture and reflect our identity, the CDC identities are described as follows:
  • Compassion is central to everything we do
  • We owe our clients and prospective clients a fast and thoughtful process
  • We accept the tough challenges inherent in our mission
  • We are quick and non-defensive when things go wrong
  • We oppose bureaucracy
  • We never forget that we are investing and spending tax payers’ money
  • We promote a fulfilling work environment

Please submit a cover letter with your application.

Opening date: 28th September 2017

Closing date extended to: 14th November 2017

Salary: competitive

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