Investment Associate Principal

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 30

Position description

Investment Associate Principal, Economic Advancement Program, London, Deadline: 02/26/2019

The newly launched Economic Justice Program (EJP) seeks an Associate Investment Principal based in London. Launched in January 2019, EJP brings together the work of the Economic Advancement Program and the Fiscal Governance Program and takes an integrated and effective approach to grant making, advocacy, and impact investing. Its objective is to increase economic opportunity for the marginalized in ways that promote inclusive, open and prosperous societies. We work to bend the exercise of economic power towards social justice and have two overarching goals: (1) enhancing the capacity and agency of economically marginalized populations (2) increasing openness and equity in the economic and business systems in which they live and work.

Job Profile

We are seeking an investment professional, reporting to the Director of Investments, to support our capital deployment activities. The role will require substantial travel worldwide and will participate in all aspects of the business, including identifying potential transactions, evaluating and structuring of equity and debt investments, evaluating the business environment in target countries, evaluating the skills and skill gaps of potential entrepreneurs, assisting in portfolio monitoring efforts, and preparing presentations for internal and external parties.

Typical duties and responsibilities include:
  • Screening and structuring investment and grant opportunities in line with EJP priorities
  • Participating in all stages of investment execution: preparing detailed financial analysis and modelling, taking part in the due diligence process, working on assigned transactions from concept note stage until final investment recommendation
  • Executing post-close value creation initiatives and supports portfolio companies in annual budget development and KPI tracking
  • Engaging with the portfolio companies continuously, including monitoring, governance, operation, financial performance, and the sale or recapitalization of such investments
  • Researching competitive position, market size and industry dynamics
  • Ensuring appropriate levels of governance and professional standards are maintained
  • Collaborating with colleagues and partners inside and outside the Open Society Foundations, other thematic programs, regional programs and foundations, and the many other departments, units, boards, and entities within OSF
  • Remaining up-to-date on the trends, debates, and innovations in the fields of economic development and social-impact investing, and maintaining familiarity with the individuals and organizations that play significant roles in those fields.  Maintaining knowledge of subject matter


Candidate Profile

  • 5-7 years' experience in transaction execution, with a strong focus of investments in real assets, including successfully handling all stages of an investment; financial modelling, analysis, due diligence, company valuations, preparing investment memorandums, structuring alternative sources of funding, managing advisors, finalizing documentation, negotiating, closing the investments, monitoring and repairing investments, realizing a financial return trough the generation of dividends, recapitalizations and/or sales.
  • Deep knowledge of at least one emerging market region
  • Strong diplomatic skills and a naturally collaborative approach
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competence and substantial life experience in multiple cultures
  • Interest and intellectual engagement at the intersection of investing and economic development, as well as in the other themes prominent in the mission and work of the Open Society Foundations
  • Excellent written and spoken English, additional languages preferred
  • The candidate should expect to be traveling frequently throughout the world, and will be expected to manage responsibilities across substantial distances and collaborate internationally


To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
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