Symbiotics is the leading market access platform for impact investing in emerging and frontier markets, offering market research, investment advisory and asset management services. It is regulated by FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority and its daughter company Symbiotics (UK) Ltd has an investment firm license from the FCA in the UK. Symbiotics currently employs 135 people and is headquartered in Geneva, with further offices in Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Singapore and Cape Town. Since 2004, Symbiotics has invested over $4 billion in more than 350 microfinance institutions across around 80 emerging and frontier markets, working with more than 30 investment funds and many institutional investors.
About the Job:
Symbiotic is looking for an experienced investment analyst who will be responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships with portfolio companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, developing a pipeline of potential investments, traveling to and performing on site due diligence on these companies, analyzing credit risk, understand their debt funding needs, and monitoring their financial and operational performances during the investment's life. The position is based in Cape Town (South Africa). Symbiotics offers a dynamic work environment in a growing industry and an opportunity to work in the social investment space with a for-profit corporation.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Conduct on-site due diligence of financial intermediaries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Write credit risk appraisals, investment advisory reports and social performance evaluations.
Monitor global situation, opportunities and risks in financial markets of the above mentioned region.
Develop a pipeline of credit worthy investment targets in specific markets.
Maintain and monitor 15 portfolio companies, including monthly financial reporting.
Support the development of new business opportunities in the region.
This position requires regular travel to countries within the region. The Investment Analyst is expected to be organized, mature, and able to work independently in a dynamic and challenging environment, as well as having entrepreneurial drive, attention to detail and pride in the quality of one's work.
Advanced university degree in finance, economics or business along with strong technical skills.
Proven experience as a credit analyst or financial analyst.
Knowledge of the microfinance and banking industry and impact investment.
Dedication to social and sustainable development.
Previous experience in Sub-Saharan Africa a very strong asset.
Capacity to handle multiple tasks on a daily basis.
Fluent English; French language skills would be an asset.
Willingness and readiness to travel (up to 30 percent).
Valid work permit for South Africa will be advantageous.