Purpose of Role

Working closely with our teams in Africa. This is a hand’s on role and requires an understanding, background and genuine desire to drive best in class performance. This person will support the Investment team in all deal related activities, including financial modelling, investment analysis and preparing investment committee presentations etc. 

Support a deal leader in all aspects of transaction origination, execution and asset management. 

Key Responsibilities

Origination and Deal Execution

  • Create initial project feasibility model, incorporating private equity assumptions, debt and tax input, to assess project returns, while liaising with Actis development platforms and under the supervision of the investment manager
  • Conduct due diligence of transactions under the direction of the senior investment team including, but not limited to, market due diligence, financial and tax due diligence
  • Develop and maintain project tools and tasks lists to ensure project is managed effectively by deal team
  • Attend project meetings in-country as required by the investment manager
  • Prepare all project documentation including screening memos, investment committee memos and updates under the supervision of investment manager
  • Identify areas of transaction risk and potential mitigation strategies, as part of the deal team
  • Summarise, interpret and present material in an accurate and convincing manner to a deal team and IC
  • Prepare all materials required by third party lenders to assess a potential transaction
  • Assist investment manager in all matters related to the deal closing, including deal documentation, finance documentation, structuring and other transaction support
  • Contribute knowledge, deal leads and network to the rest of the firm
  • Participate in investments outside home country
  • Work cooperatively and diligently within the deal team to ensure project deadlines and milestones are met in accordance with the transaction timeline

Portfolio Management

  • Support the investment manager with portfolio/asset management of assigned project 
  • Prepare quarterly investment reports and valuation reports for projects for review of investment manager 
  • Support the post investment team to assist pre-investment expectations being met or exceeded, by monitoring actual performance against plan, developing a set of key performance indicators for each project and early detection of under –performing areas 
  • Actively contribute to sector initiatives 

Other

  • Assist in all aspects of fundraising for the follow on fund as well as play an active role in Investor management, which may include articulating investment environment, strategy and investment performance to investors 
  • Work in partnership with global specialists (e.g. ESG & PPC) and sector teams 
  • Additional responsibilities include participation on Actis wide projects or initiatives (where participation is valued) and building effective networks with peers. 

Ideal Experience

  • At least 2-4 years’ experience within a private equity firm, or investment bank environment at Analyst or Associate level
  • Accountancy or MBA qualification
  • A good understanding of how private equity works, its philosophy, disciplines and value orientation
  • Must have the ability to operate in West Africa and have relevant market context
  • French speaking would be a preference, but not essential
  • A keen interest in and experience of emerging markets 

Skills / Competencies Required

  • Associate Competencies for Success – Technical Skills
  • Global Collaboration
  • Utilising Data
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Confidence and Conviction
  • Passion and Drive
  • Thinking Strategically and Mastering Complexity
  • Persuasion and Influence
  • Organisational and Cultural Savvy
  • Developing Capability 
  • Driving Accountability

To apply, please e-mail Amanda Plowes at aplowes@act.is.

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