Chief of Staff, South Asia

Team: Operations

Location: Bangalore, India

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 20 April 2018

Chief of Staff, South Asia

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


  • To play a leading role in the development of CDC’s activities in South Asia.
  • The role is focused on building synergies across the South Asian offices spread across the region.
  • This is a hands-on role and would require extensive planning, coordination and direction of strategic, financial, and operational activities for the South Asia offices
  • Success in this role will depend on building rapport and credibility with multiple stakeholders across the CDC Group in the South Asia offices as well as with London at multiple levels.



  • Provide leadership and direction for strategy development, change management initiatives, budgeting and financial planning, project management, and program development on behalf of the Managing Director & Head South Asia
  • Lead local implementation in South Asia of cross office initiatives for improved organisational performance – illustrative examples include – Rollout and implementation of the new regional operating structure with Branch offices in Mumbai and Bangalore, implementation and usage of key collaboration tools like eFront and Sharepoint.
  • Support the sector and product investment teams in developing regional investment strategies in coordination with the sector and product teams in London – providing the macro-economic view of opportunities in the South Asia region.
  • Provide oversight and support for all ongoing projects / deals / agendas with the Managing Director & Head South Asia and ensure that the established milestones and measurement criteria are being met
  • Ensure all required preparation is on time for all stakeholder meetings, investees, employees, media, regulators, etc.
  • Develop and deliver content for executive presentations. Prepare monthly presentations, relevant documents and briefing materials for the Managing Director’s monthly/quarterly operations reviews to the CEO, Board of Directors, IC etc, as well as for consumption and presentation to external stakeholders including DFID, UK Government representatives, media etc.
  • Actively participate in and/or lead various forums/meetings both internal and external; prepare presentations and report back to the various stakeholders.
  • Provide effective counsel on complex organizational matters, as well as projects when asked for. Assist the leader in effective decision-making
  • Coordinate and network extensively with internal stakeholders and support functions – being the single point of contact for driving coordination efforts between the South Asia Regional offices and London office. Some of the key central stakeholders to build relationships with will include – Human Resources, Corporate Strategy, office of the CEO and the COO etc.






The Candidate



  • At least five years post qualification experience in management consulting, private equity or investment banking
  • Strong Industry / Sector Knowledge in one or more of CDC’s selected core sectors such as healthcare, education, agri-businesses, general manufacturing, industrials etc would be preferable
  • Must be a strategic thinker who can quickly operationalize firm-wide initiatives and demonstrates a natural learning agility and personal flexibility in a fast paced, change oriented environment
  • Impeccable Academic and professional credentials with a Master’s degree in a relevant field (finance, economics, business administration)


Technical Skills

  • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyse economic, sector and company data to assess various risks inherent in the credit / transaction.
  • Strong Verbal and Written Communication Skills: Ability to prepare clear and concise credit papers for internal and external stakeholders. Strong verbal communication so as to effectively converse with internal (team members, senior management) and external (clients, financing partners, government, DFID) stakeholders.


 Personal Skills

  • Appropriate written/verbal communication to effectively carry out role
  • Collaboration with own team and the larger employee community
  • Drive to achieve objectives/results
  • Organising self/teams to meet agreed deadlines
  • Taking time to develop and support colleagues
  • Ability to obtain agreement and cooperation in a ‘win-win’ fashion


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 note with your application.

Posted on 22 March 2018

Closing on 21 April 2018

Salary: competitive

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