Investment Officer - Financial Institution

Company Details

The mission of the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) is to support private sector in developing and/or emerging countries, to enable them to gain access to growth and sustainable development.

BIO invests directly in private sector projects and as such makes a structural contribution to the socio-economic growth of those host countries. Its mandate requires strict criteria in terms of geographical targets, financing tools and, above all, impact on development.

In developing countries, the informal economy is proof of great dynamism; however access to long-term finance and capital, without which companies cannot grow, is limited or impossible for a large chunk of the population. In fact, the banking system is often unsuited to the needs of small entrepreneurs and does not allow the emergence of income-generating activities.

BIO uses a series of financial instruments designed to expand already existing organizations or to help companies to set up in business and which can be adapted according to requirements and the local situation (equity, long- term loans, guarantees or local currency).

Today BIO concentrates its operations directly and indirectly in 52 countries worldwide.

Location

Brussels

Your role

Mission :

As an Investment Officer, you will be responsible for developing and executing new investment opportunities (equity and loans) in financial institutions  across the developing markets in which BIO operates and in line with BIO´s investment criteria

 

Tasks and responsibilities :

  • Establish and manage a base of clients, through a deep understanding of the target countries, relationship building and active prospection.
  • Identify and evaluate investment opportunities that are in line with the Company’s strategy, using economic, financial, social and environmental parameters;
  • Leading the investment thought the entire investment cycle, including pre-approvals, conducting on-site evaluation missions, preparing management and investment committee reports, negotiating terms of investment and legal documentation;
  • Supervise the development of the portfolio of investments in the region
  • Promote and reinforce the role of BIO in the region, constantly improving relationships with local players, potential partners and other stakeholders
  • Active participation in relevant investment/networking conferences, (often as a speaker or panellist)

Profile

  • High level education in Business Administration, Economics or Finance
  • Minimum of 7 years relevant work experience in corporate finance or corporate banking, in a bank, an investment company or an audit company
  • Analytical mind, organized, precise and meticulous, results-oriented
  • Ability to take initiatives, learn quickly and not afraid of challenges
  • Excellent networking, negotiating and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Strong team player
  • French and English are mandatory. Our clients are mainly located in Africa
  • Spanish and/or Portuguese is an asset
  • Strong interest for impact investing and developing markets – international investment experience in the region would be an asset
  • Willingness to travel: ± 15% of time

 

Offer

We offer a rich professional experience, with motivated colleagues, an attractive package and a good word-life balance.

Recruiter

Thomas Destrebecqz