Intern, Direct Equity Business Manager (1 position available)

Team: Investment

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Intern

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 28 January 2018

Intern, Direct Equity Business Manager (1 position available)

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

Equity Investments invests private equity into businesses directly or by co-investing with other direct investors across Africa and South Asia


The intern’s primary role will be to support the leadership of the Equity Investment team and to deliver insightful analytics on the portfolio and pipeline.

This will include assisting with:

  • producing analytics to support the understanding of the financial returns and development impact delivered by the Equity Investments portfolio and trends therein;
  • Supporting the refinement of the portfolio management process and best practise
  • Preparing presentation materials and reports as required for internal discussions, and ExCo/Board meetings;
  • Performing discrete project work around strategy and team organisation



  • Assist in the aggregation, validation, and analysis of investment-related data
  • Leverage the database to generate analytics to support and aid the MD Equity Investments and the wider leadership team
  • Identify key themes and trends from the portfolio that could inform the current investment and portfolio management processes
  • Assist in producing reports for the Equity Investments’ leadership team, ExCo/Board, and stakeholders
  • Assist with the quarterly production of quarterly portfolio reviews
  • Assist with ad hoc requests relating to the overall management of the team


The Candidate


  • MBA or equivalent student with strong interest in Private Equity and the investment process
  • Professional background gathering information and delivering analytics
  • Experience working independently and unaided, with evidence of ability to deliver quality products on time and to required quality
  • Demonstrable interest in development finance in emerging markets. Professional experience in relevant markets would be desirable


Personal Skills

  • Communication: Strong written/verbal communication skills to effectively carry out role
  • Team Working: Collaboration with own team and the larger employee community
  • Results Focus: Drive to achieve objectives/results
  • Personal Effectiveness: Organising self/teams to meet agreed deadlines
  • Influencing/Persuading: Ability to obtain agreement and cooperation in a ‘win-win’ fashion


Technical Skills

  • Rigorous approach to due diligence and deal selection process
  • Analytical, research and valuation skills, including the ability to analyse company financial statements, sector data, economics and relevant political events
  • Report writing and advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Some knowledge of relevant markets and sectors
  • Basic commercial insight into the challenges and issues that businesses face
  • Understanding of debt and equity investments and the challenges/issues involved with a type of investment
  • Understanding of emerging market environments
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to analyse data, draw conclusions and present ideas


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


Application Process:

  • To apply please visit the CDC website - CDC Careers
  • Please provide a covering letter
  • Please apply for a maximum of two internships, clearly stating your preference in your covering letter. 
  • The closing date for applications will be 28 January 2018
  • Salary: £47,055 pro –rated over 10 weeks, please note that CDC will not be able to provide relocation costs
  • Start date: immediate
Apply now