Team PA, Corporate Debt

Division: SMART Industries Group

Location: United Kingdom, London

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 01 February 2022

Team PA, Corporate Debt

Our mission

  • CDC is the UK’s development finance institution. Established in 1948 we invest in the most challenging markets of Africa and Asia with the aim of supporting economic development.
  • CDC has net assets of £6.8bn and a portfolio of £5.2 billion. In 2020 we committed over £1.22 billion of capital to business in Africa and Asia and are now invested in 1,200 businesses which directly employ over 875,000 workers and support many more.
  • CDC is a Public Limited Company and is wholly owned on behalf of the UK government by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).
  • In the last few years, we have expanded our presence in Africa and Asia by opening new offices in Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and Pakistan with additional locations opening soon.
  • 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 through direct equity, direct debt and funds products 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 485 and place immense value on diversity within our organisation.
  • Read more about us on our website


Team and role overview

  • The Corporate Debt team is a diverse team of people based in London, Mumbai, Nairobi and Lagos. The team provides loans and other debt investments to private businesses across CDC’s geographies and in the following sectors: manufacturing, telecoms, food & agriculture, real estate, healthcare and education. To ensure investments are made with maximum impact in our markets, the team interacts and collaborates with a large cross section of stakeholders within CDC. Corporate Debt is organized within the SMART Industries group at CDC, which also invests in equity, private equity funds and venture capital in these same sectors.



  • The Corporate Debt team is seeking to hire a PA to provide comprehensive and efficient administrative support to the Director and Team Head, Directors, Managers and other team members. Role will include responsibility for diary and travel management, expenses, coordination and preparation of team meeting agendas, and other administrative duties as required by the team. The PA will need to show personality and creativity when organising team building and social activities which the Corporate Debt team hold regularly. The Team has a strong culture of positivity and fun and is looking for a PA who will enjoy this side of the role being an active participant in activities. The PA will work closely with other PA’s within CDCs wider business support team (BST) on a regular basis in addition to providing coverage. Due to the dynamic nature of CDC, the transactions we pursue and the markets in which we operate, the candidate needs to be a self-starter that is positive, resilient and with the ability to be flexible, robust and support fast-paced changes as required.



  • Act as a gate keeper for the Team Head’s time, ensuring they are prepared for meetings with adequate time in the diary to review/prep.
  • Manage the Team Head’s diary which includes all internal and external meetings and calls in Microsoft Outlook / TEAMS. Accurately capture all time zones, prioritise and re-arrange where necessary. Anticipate diary conflicts and actively engage with the Team Head to resolve them.
  • Ensure Team Head is sighted on urgent matters.
  • Organise extensive travel for team members which involves flight bookings, accommodation, visa processing, preparation of itineraries and liaising with overseas clients where appropriate, consistent with CDC’s travel policy.
  • Coordinate and organise conferences for the team, including any large events and team building strategy days, including virtual events.
  • Support the team in the organisation of larger meetings (virtual and physical) with external stakeholders.
  • Other ad-hoc administrative duties as required, such as settle new starters, support onboarding and update internal webpages.
  • Coordinate closely with the other PAs as well as those in the broader business support team (BST) and attend weekly Team PA meetings and monthly BST meetings.


The candidate

Essential skills:

  • Strong diary management experience.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Ability to learn new processes, implement new policies and communicate these changes to the team with short notice
  • Competent managing complex travel and visa processing for multiple geographies.
  • A background of providing support to large teams and an ability to work across different teams in CDC.
  • Good communication skills and good level of written English.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work under pressure and an understanding of the importance of prioritising work and seeking assistance from colleagues when necessary.
  • Confident, proactive, cheerful and resourceful team-player both for immediate team and the BST.
  • Attention to detail including confidence with numerical data and processing of expenses.

Desirable skills:

  • Sensitive to the culture diversity within CDC and its investees/ investment geographies.
  • Experience arranging and managing travel itineraries that may change at short notice.

Technical Skills:

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, TEAMS, Word, Excel & PowerPoint.
  • Proven ability to manage travel arrangements, scheduling, and visa applications.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple diaries and to work proactively in prioritising and scheduling calls and meetings.
  • Candidates should be strongly motivated by CDC’s development mission and ideally demonstrate some commitment to development or social goals through previous executive or non-executive activity.


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, sexual orientation or educational background. 


Please provide a cover letter with your application

Salary: Competitive

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