Investment Manager, Catalyst Strategies

Team: Investment

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 09 August 2020

Investment Manager, Catalyst Strategies


Our Mission 

  • CDC is the UK’s development finance institution. Founded 70 years ago, we invest in the most challenging markets of Africa and South Asia with the aim of supporting economic development. CDC has net assets of £5.1bn, with over 1300 growing businesses in the portfolio.
  • Last year we committed over £1billion of capital across 50 transactions. 
  • CDC is wholly owned by the UK government, who has committed a further £3.5bn of capital for CDC to deploy over the next two to three years.
  • We are expanding our presence in Africa and South Asia with further new offices openings in 2020.
  • At CDC, we take an entrepreneurial approach to investment. We think innovatively about ways to deploy our capital, attract and mobilise other investors, and drive transformational impact.
  • Primarily, CDC invests to achieve impact and a financial return which is reinvested into more businesses. We aim to create jobs and accelerate economic prosperity and focus on sectors that will do this; manufacturing, food and agriculture, infrastructure, financial institutions, construction, health and education.
  • CDC works with like-minded ambitious people who are primarily motivated by our mission to deliver impact. We are a growing team of over 400 and place immense value on diversity within our organisation.
  • Read more about us on our website


Team and role overview

CDC’s Catalyst Strategies aim to shape nascent markets and build more inclusive and sustainable economies. Given we are investing in markets where there are few precedents or benchmarks, we take a flexible approach to risk in exchange for pioneering impact.  As at 31 Dec 2019, $628 million of commitments had been made; we have a commitment guide of between $1.1 - $2.1 billion for Catalyst within our 2017 – 2021 strategy period. The seven initial strategies (known collectively as Catalyst Strategies) are managed by respective product groups: Direct Debt, Direct Equity, Funds & Capital Partnerships and Infrastructure. They focus on markets as diverse as medical supply access, electricity transmission and distribution and impact funds. There is the potential for more strategies to be developed in the future. More information on Catalyst Strategies is available at:



The Investment Manager, Catalyst Strategies will be expected to coordinate Catalyst portfolio management, support investment teams to build pipeline within existing strategies and help develop new qualifying strategies.



Origination of new Catalyst Strategies and supporting them in their respective stage of development

  • Inspiring innovation, providing direction to investment teams in developing new Catalyst The team will also help to define the ambitions for Catalyst over the next five years (2022-2027).
  • Reviewing existing strategies, embedding growing strategies, showcasing and scaling mature strategies.


Catalyst portfolio management and coordination of investment pipeline of existing Catalyst Strategies

  • Working closely with the Deputy CIO for Catalyst Strategies, across CDC teams, and Investment Committee members to ensure that Catalyst investments are appropriately managed in alignment with CDC’s policies.
  • Leading and setting the standards for sharing best practices and lessons learned from originating, closing, monitoring and exiting Catalyst deals.


Developing high-value partnerships and representing CDC externally 

  • Developing and maintaining a high-quality network of relationships with potential or active partners - foundations, DFIs, impact investors - who may help to originate, manage or co-invest with CDC Catalyst strategies.
  • Acting as an ambassador for Catalyst, the CIO Office and CDC, including speaking at conferences and engaging with agreed stakeholders.


Team building, operations and knowledge sharing

  • Collaborating with the members of the CIO Office and providing input and support for ad hoc projects. Advise and mentor other team members to increase their skill and effectiveness. Promotes a culture of knowledge sharing within the CIO Office and beyond.


The candidate

Competencies in an ideal candidate

  • Significant investment experience coupled with capital structure transactional exposure is a must, ideally in emerging markets and/or impact investment.
  • Strong portfolio management skills (across impact management and financial performance).
  • Passionate about driving impact through investment in the private sector.
  • Strong numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills. Attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work across a financial institution.
  • Excellent relationship builder, able to work collaboratively and influence across sector and product teams, and across stakeholders at all levels.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. Comfort with pioneering a path where none exists. Equally, able to prioritise and focus energy on key outcomes.
  • University degree in international development, economics, finance or business, or relevant adjacencies. Ideally, a post-graduate qualification such as MBA or equivalent.


Our cultural values

We look for team members who aspire, as we do, to work at our best and to be:

  • Impact-led, commercially rigorous
  • Tenacious in the face of challenges
  • Collaborative and caring


CDC is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Please provide a cover letter with your application

Role opened: 03/07/2020

Role closes: 09/08/2020

Salary: Competitive

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