As Investment Officer (IO) of the Enterprise Team, you will be responsible for sourcing, structuring, negotiating, and executing/closing new investment opportunities (loans, mezzanine or Equity) in companies (SME and Corporate) across the developing markets in which BIO operates and in line with BIO´s investment criteria. Also, you will represent BIO amongst our stakeholders and contribute to continuous improvement of the Enterprise Investment desk.
Tasks and responsibilities:
-Screen investment opportunities to identify investments that are in line with BIO’s investment strategy (including on economic, financial, social & environmental, and impact parameters). This includes finding the right balance between complexity, size, impact, risk and return;
-Lead the investment through the entire investment cycle, including pre-approvals, on-site due diligence, preparing and presenting investment committee reports/investment notes, negotiating terms of investment, legal documentation, disbursement, and handover to the portfolio team;
-Throughout the investment process, ensure strong collaboration with deal team members (E&S, Development, Legal, Portfolio officers) and stakeholders (Belgian Embassies, development organisations, NGOs, etc).
-Establish and manage a base of prospects/clients through a deep understanding of the target countries, build relationships with entrepreneurs/the SME ecosystem (such as third party marketers, like-minded investors), and carry out active prospection;
-Promote and reinforce BIO’s brand, collaborate and constantly improve relationships with local players, potential partners and stakeholders in the countries included in BIO’s investment mandate;
-Promote and reinforce BIO’s brand/collaboration within the development finance community and with development organisations such as Enabel, Belgian and European NGOs and/or foundations;
-Actively participate in relevant investment/networking conferences, as much as possible as a speaker or panellist.
-High level education in Business Administration, Economics or Finance;
-At least 5-8 years’ relevant work experience in corporate finance, corporate banking, an investment management company, audit company, or relevant business experience in a sector covered by the Enterprise department;
-Analytical mind, organised, precise and meticulous, results-oriented;
-Ability to take the initiative, learn quickly, and not afraid of challenges or to operate in an evolving and complex environment;
-Excellent networking, negotiating and communication skills (spoken and written);-
-Strong team player;
-Working language: written and spoken English and French. Spanish is an asset;