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Investment Associate – Vested World

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About Vested World

VestedWorld is an early stage investment fund manager founded in 2014 that seeks to deliver competitive financial returns to investors while addressing sustainable development goals.
We invest in early-stage startups and SMEs in East and West Africa across diverse sectors, including agribusiness, consumer products, and enabling technologies. Vested World has offices in Chicago, USA, Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria.
Vision
– Eradicate global poverty and enable each person to have a higher quality of life through accelerated, market-driven economic development and equitable access to capital
Mission
– Serve as trusted partners to entrepreneurs by removing barriers to access, catalyzing capital, and nurturing growth, while delivering competitive financial returns and societal impact
Values
– Authenticity, Justice, Respect, Balance, Growth Mindset, True Partnership

Job Summary

As an Investment Associate, you will be an integral member of our investment team. You will interact often with a multitude of fast-growing businesses in East and West Africa, and will lend your expertise and perspective toward identifying the highest-potential companies that fit strategically within our growing portfolio. This is a rare opportunity to join a lean, dynamic team making and managing venture capital investments in East & West Africa. You will be offered extensive opportunities for personal growth, and the opportunity to be part of the transformation of millions of lives in our target markets will provide the right candidate with a deep sense of workplace fulfillment.

 

Who We Are Looking For

 

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in a finance, investment, or entrepreneurial role, with a focus on working with startups or SMEs preferred. Our values and our mission will immediately resonate with you, and you have a deep desire for your work to mean more than just a paycheck. You are not afraid to voice your opinion on sector trends, companies in the pipeline, or how to improve our internal operations. You are comfortable working independently as a member of a lean team, have strong interpersonal, communication, and time management skills, know how to be scrappy and resourceful, and are proactive about pushing tasks forward to completion.

 

What We Offer

 

You will be joining a fast-paced environment where ideas rule and everyone’s voice is valued and heard. We will support you in bringing your whole self to work, and in balancing your work with an enriching set of experiences outside the office, too. We offer competitive pay (including the potential for yearly bonuses), health benefits, unlimited vacation, and opportunities for continued professional development. Unlike with a larger organization, you will be able to gain invaluable insight and experience into all of the workings of venture capital fund management. While we hope that you stay with us for a long time, if you choose to leave we will leverage our network to land you in the best spot for the next part of your career. You will be a visible member of our team, and will be acknowledged publicly and privately for the impact you are having. Lastly, your efforts will support our network of entrepreneurs who are changing the world for the better, providing the right candidate with a deep sense of purpose.

 

Responsibilities

  1. Pipeline: You will be one of the first points of contact for many potential VestedWorld investees. This will involve sourcing of new dealflow, early review and analysis of company information, conversations with management teams, as well as management of the investment

 

  1. Building sector expertise: You will deepen VestedWorld’s expertise in its core sectors, as well as specific business models and geographies, through research and monitoring of trends, as well as development of proprietary investment

 

  1. Due diligence: You will support the due diligence process for companies in the advanced pipeline. This includes reviewing confidential company information, site visits, financial modeling, and working closely with VestedWorld colleagues and our Investment Committee to reach robust and well-informed investment

 

  1. Portfolio management: You will support VestedWorld and our portfolio companies post- investment, which will require engaging with management teams, attending board and advisory meetings, and working on ad-hoc strategic and financial projects. You will also support the team in the preparation of reports for the Limited Partners in our

 

  1. Other: You will build/manage relationships with key ecosystem actors including investors, accelerators/incubators and other organizations, and often represent VestedWorld at key events in the region (e.g. conferences)

 

Qualifications

 

1.     Experience:

  • Minimum 3 – 5 years total work experience, with at least 2 – 3 years in investment, market research, and/or due diligence role (Venture Capital, Startup Acceleration or Incubation, Private Equity, Consulting, Advisory or Investment Banking)
  • Operating experience in, or exposure to, an African company that has raised investment preferred

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or related field Strong academic performance and demonstrated achievement

2.     Attitude:

  • Positive, open-minded team player who has loads of energy, and relishes a fast-paced and demanding environment with constant learning, vast opportunities for growth, and lots of feedback
  • Proactive self-starter with strong organisational and time-management skills
  • High intellectual curiosity – a hunger for information, rapidly processing the information and applying that to different
  • Keen to learn, develop, and sharpen skill set with ambitions of career advancement
  • Demonstrates a high degree of ownership in their work
  • Not afraid to voice their opinion

3.     Skills:

  • Strong research, quantitative, and analytical skills balanced with high levels of social and emotional intelligence
  • Strong financial, analytical, and quantitative skills and proficiency in spreadsheet modeling
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships at all levels, including senior executives and market / industry experts
  • Excellent communications skills and attention to detail
  • Structured thinker confident sharing informed views and making difficult decisions

4.     Other:

  • Preference for candidates with local citizenship / work authorization

 

Details of the Position

Total positions available: 2 full-time positions

 

Locations: Nairobi, Kenya; Lagos, Nigeria; and/or Accra, Ghana

 

Salary: Competitive based on experience and performance + carry

 

Benefits: Positive culture, learning & development opportunities, unlimited vacation policy, flexible working environment, health insurance, work equipment, travel opportunities

 

To apply:

  1. Send CV and Cover Letter to: HR@vestedworld.com
    1. Include location preference in the subject line of email
    2. Please limit CV to no more than 2 pages
    3. Cover Letter should address why venture capital, why VestedWorld, and what differentiates you as a candidate
  2. Deadline: 31st August 2021
  3. Interview process will be conducted between September and October 2021
  4. Expected start date in January 2022

 

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