CrossBoundary – Senior Associate.

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About the Firm

Founded in 2011, CrossBoundary is a mission-driven investment firm committed to unlocking the power of capital to make a substantial return while creating a lasting difference in frontier markets. We take a transaction-centred approach to frontier markets. CrossBoundary provides investment advisory services, having developed a specialized expertise in unleashing investment across all sectors in fragile and frontier markets. Our advisory clients include governments, development finance institutions, private equity firms, Fortune 100 companies, and research institutions. Learn more at http://www.crossboundary.com.

Job Description

CrossBoundary is recruiting a Senior Associate.  We are seeking candidates with experience working in East Africa, contacts across the region’s financial services sector preferred, and a thorough understanding of the investment landscape in East Africa.

As Senior Associate, you will co-lead a team of investment professionals tasked with evaluating investment opportunities, conducting macroeconomic markets assessments, and providing transaction support. Experience working with a range of stakeholders (including private equity firms, Development Finance Institutions, and development agencies) to support investments in high impact sectors as well as experience in East Africa will be regarded favourably.

CrossBoundary is not a development firm and is not seeking typical development skills. Candidates should have 5+ years of experience working in high calibre finance or consulting organizations and an interest in having an impact in frontier markets. A Master’s degree in Business Administration or Finance is expected but extensive relevant experience may be accepted as equivalent.

Who We Are

CrossBoundary operates in frontier markets that also hold immense investment opportunities. The CrossBoundary team is a unique group made up of people who are genuinely excited by the opportunity to make a difference in some of the most challenging yet exciting markets in the world. Team members come from diverse backgrounds, but share several qualities: curiosity, humility, integrity, a drive for excellence, and a bias for action.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Transaction identification and evaluation
  • Willingness to work and live in sometimes challenging environment
  • Lead identification and assessment of investment opportunities
  • Prepare presentations with business plans, explanation of management structure, competitive landscape, and financial projection to recommend strategies
  • Market assessment and ongoing market analysis
  • Conduct macroeconomic, regulatory, and operational assessments
  • Provide sector analysis of priority areas for investment
  • Investor sourcing
  • Lead identification of qualified investors
  • Manage numerous investor relationships
  • Transaction support
  • Lead team in supporting complex transactions
  • Develop deal marketing presentations
  • Develop and supervise valuation activities and detailed financial models
  • Perform sensitivity analysis and stress testing to examine impacts on valuation
  • Coordinate due diligence and transaction execution
  • Oversee drafting and negotiations of terms sheets

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills; preferably in fast moving and complex environments
  • Excellent analytical ability and discipline; ability to think clearly, structure problems logically and then design and implement solutions that focus on the core issues
  • Excellent quantitative skills; ability to apply analytical rigor to complex and uncertain tasks
  • Knowledge of corporate finance and familiarity with company evaluation and valuation techniques
  • Ability to build strong relationships with clients and colleagues in stressful environments
  • Excellent presentation skills; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse audiences
  • Comfort with ambiguity; ability to operate effectively in a changing context
  • Willingness to work and live in sometimes challenging environment
  • Knowledge of East African investment landscape (or previous work experience in East Africa)
  • Experience working with a range of stakeholders (including private equity firms, Development Finance Institutions, and development agencies) to support investments in high impact sectors
  • 5+ years of experience working in high caliber finance or consulting organizations
  • Past experience working in investment space in East Africa preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required. A Master’s degree in Business Administration or Finance or other relevant advanced degree preferred  (extensive relevant experience may be accepted as equivalent)

Location

Nairobi, Kenya (40%+ travel throughout the region expected)

Equal Opportunity Employer

CrossBoundary is an equal opportunity employer. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to our recruiting@crossboundary.com 

https://www.crossboundary.com/careers/

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