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  • Nairobi , Kenya

Open Capital Advisors - Transaction Leader Movemeback African opportunity cover image

Description

Open Capital Advisors ("OCA") is a management consulting and financial advisory firm enabling investment, driving growth and building markets across Africa. With offices in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, OCA's vision is to advance African economies and build future generations of business leaders. OCA was founded in 2010, has completed more than 600 engagements across industries spanning 20 African countries, and has raised over $600m to help African companies achieve sustainable growth and create social impact. Open Capital manage dozens of transactions and capital structuring projects and are expanding rapidly. The team are seeking an exceptional individual to jointly manage this portfolio, in a 2-year (minimum) career defining role based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

 

The Opportunity:

 

As the new Transaction Leader, you will sit across each of OCA’s project teams, serving as an expert on financial structuring and capital raising, working with equity, debt, quasi equity, and blended capital structures. You will interact regularly with OCA’s network of over 250 investors globally, including impact investors, VCs/PEs, UHNWIs and DFIs, introducing and negotiating transactions. You will report directly to the senior management team while mentoring and managing teams of Analysts, Associates, and Project Leaders. This is a unique opportunity to help structure some of the most innovative deals in Africa, in sectors including off-grid energy, water, agribusiness, forestry, healthcare, and others. Examples of OCA’s past work have included raising equity for venture capital-stage companies, structuring new debt vehicles for off-grid energy companies and creating social impact bonds, among others.

 

This is an exciting time to join Open Capital Advisors, as they seek to achieve broad, ambitious growth goals. As the team look to deepen their reach in the broader African market, there will continue to be many opportunities to engage in project work regionally. As the ideal candidate you will be excited and genuinely motivated by the challenging strategic and financial questions OCA answer for their clients.

 

  • Start date: Rolling start dates throughout 2020 are available
     

N.B

Please note that OCA request a cover letter as a mandatory requirement in all applications - please ensure that your cover letter addresses:

  • 1. Your motivations for joining the firm
  • 2. The passions and previous skills / experience you would be able to bring to the team
  • 3. If you will be moving into consulting, please ensure you address your reasons for moving and why OCA specifically
  • 4. If you are already working in consulting, please ensure you address what inspires you about OCA specifically and their work

Criteria

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:
 

  •  7-10+ years of experience at a top investment bank, private investment firm, or in a lead finance role within a corporate with significant experience in structuring transactions in equity, debt, or across financial products
  • Significant experience building and managing financial models in Excel
  • Strong communication skills and analytical abilities and insightful, structured way of presenting investment cases
  • Ability to effectively work with clients at all levels and backgrounds
  • Interest in guiding teams and mentoring our analysts & junior team members 
  • Desire to work and live in Nairobi for at least 2-years and broader interest in the region
  • Demonstrated experience and interest working in emerging markets
  • Multiple languages and previous experience operating in Africa would be a plus (but is not a necessity)

Benefits

  • Competitive salary with annual performance bonus
  • International flight allowance
  • Health insurance, local work permit, and business expenses
  • Potential for promotion to OCA’s senior management dependant on performance
  • Opportunity to be part of an energetic and driven team within an organisation that is quick to reward performance and initiative

About Open Capital Advisors

Open Capital Advisors is a management consulting and financial advisory firm that drives growth, enables investment, and builds markets across Africa. Open Capital helps businesses, investors, development partners, and the public sector identify opportunities and deliver unique, impactful solutions. Open Capital builds industries by supporting the most innovative financing structures, often involving guarantees, 'blended capital' structures and impact investments.

Since Open Capital was founded in 2010, the team has completed more than 600 engagements across industries spanning 20 African countries. Open Capital has helped clients raise more than $600M and achieve sustainable growth and social impact. The Africa-based team of 130+ offers experience from the world's top consultancies, private equity firms, investment banks, and development organisations including The Boston Consulting Group, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, IFC, and The World Bank. Open Capital currently has offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Kampala, Uganda, and Lusaka, Zambia.