Cape Town, Western CapeAbout usSymbiotics is the leading market access platform for impact investing in emerging and frontier markets, offering market research, investment advisory and asset management services.
We are regulated by FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority and our 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, we have invested over USD 4bn in more than 350 microfinance institutions across around 80 emerging and frontier markets, working with more than 30 investment funds and many institutional investors.
We are a fast-growing, market-leading company, offering a dynamic work environment in the growing impact investment space.
We are looking forAn 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). We offer a dynamic work environment in a growing industry and an opportunity to work in the social investment space with a for-
profit corporation.Job DescriptionConduct on-site due diligences of financial intermediaries in Sub-Saharan AfricaWrite credit risk appraisals, investment advisory reports and social performance evaluationsMonitor global situation, opportunities and risks in financial markets of the above mentioned regionDevelop a pipeline of credit worthy investment targets in specific marketsMaintain and monitor 15 portfolio companies, including monthly financial reportingSupport the development of new business opportunities in the regionRequirementsThis position requires regular travel to countries within the region.
We are looking for a person who is 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, including the following qualifications : Advanced university degree in finance, economics or business along with strong technical skillsProven experience as a credit analyst or financial analystKnowledge of the microfinance and banking industry and impact investmentDedication to social and sustainable developmentPrevious experience in Sub-
Saharan Africa a very strong assetCapacity to handle multiple tasks on a daily basisFluent English; French language skills would be an assetWillingness and readiness to travel (up to 30%)Valid work permit for South Africa will be advantageousBenefitsWhat makes us different?
The chance to contribute to improving the lives of people in emerging and frontier countries, to work towards supporting the UN Sustainable Development GoalsA flexible work environment with colleagues from 34 countriesThe opportunity to become part of a growing business that pushes you to excel every day while having a positive impact on others