Investment Associate (French Speaking)

Employer
Octopus Investments
Location
London, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 23, 2020
Closes
Sep 29, 2020
Ref
8492725
Job Function
Other
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Education
Bachelors
Company Description
At Octopus we're transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people. We've built market-leading positions in a number of specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ in excess of 800 people and manage more than £8.5 billion on behalf of over 50,000 investors. Our products don't just help real people solve real life problems, they also make a positive impact on the world around us.

The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Real Estate, Octopus Investments, Octopus Ventures, Octopus Wealth and Octopus Renewables. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. And we're always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.

Job Description
Octopus Renewables sources, invests in and actively manages a wide range of utility scale energy assets. We are looking to expand our team as we continue to scale our investments base.

Since entering the renewables market in 2010, Octopus Renewables has grown to become the largest investor of solar power in Europe, and a leading investor in onshore wind. We currently manage a global portfolio of over £3bn renewable energy assets. The operational portfolio includes over 300 energy generating companies, delivering revenue in excess of £250m pa.

Our energy investment and asset management team of c.70 professionals is one of the largest and most experienced in Europe. The team is structured to support our rapid growth ambitions and long-term ownership of energy assets.

About the role:

The role is in the expanding Octopus Renewables Investment Team, which is responsible for originating and evaluating new investment opportunities, and offers candidates the opportunity to quickly gain experience, with exposure throughout the investment process. Junior members of the team are encouraged to own and run as many elements of a deal opportunity as they are able. Key Day 1 elements of the role include:
  • Assist in origination activities including market research, organising and attending meetings, tracking potential investment opportunities.
  • Evaluate new investment opportunities, considering returns in the context of identified risks, how these can be managed and other mitigating factors.
  • Analyse, own and maintain complex financial models.
  • Conduct financial, legal and technical due diligence on new investment opportunities, managing specialist external advisors.
  • Prepare and present investment papers detailing new opportunities to the Investment Committee.
  • Assist in the preparation of transaction contracts - reviewing and assisting negotiations of contractual terms.
  • Arrange project finance which will include the management of lenders and their advisors
  • Manage interactions with professional advisors including legal and technical.


Qualifications
  • Full written and oral fluency in French, other languages a plus.
  • Keen interest in the international Renewables sector
  • Prior experience is required, ideally in a transaction role, from an investment bank, project finance lender, a fund manager, industrial or in a corporate finance team at one of the big 4 accountants. Prior experience in Renewables / Infrastructure / Energy sector is preferred but not essential.
  • Strong analytical and Excel financial modelling skills, including VBA.
  • A strong understanding of financial valuation theories coupled with core accounting and tax skills and an ability to read financial statements confidently; professional financial qualifications (accountancy, CFA/CA) and/or MBAs desirable but not essential.
  • Exceptional project management and organisational skills. Evidence of managing complex workloads in a fast-paced environment.
  • An ability to understand risks, reach a balanced appraisal of probability and severity and build workable risk mitigation strategies.
  • Strong commercial mindset, able to understand the impact of commercial positions on potential investments and the potential to own increasing degrees of decision making over time.
  • An ability to focus on the ultimate customer (the investors who trust us with their money) in all aspects of the role is essential.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication, with the ability to influence internally and externally - from team members to project developers, project finance teams to technical advisors, Investment Committee members to potential investors. Strong presentation skills including advanced knowledge of PowerPoint.
  • A self-starter with tenacity, initiative and a willingness to commit to deliver.
  • A willingness to travel where required.
  • Growth mindset to continually improve the way we work and the results we achieve.
  • A strong team player with the confidence to exercise judgement appropriately, challenge and coordinate with colleagues at all levels of seniority.


Additional Information
Our Values and DNA

At Octopus we don't just focus on what we do but also how we do it. Everyone shares our values of being straightforward, helpful and bold. And while these are the principles that guide us as an organisation, our DNA goes even further, by revealing our inner strength:

We are loyal: we fully buy-in to the company's vision and believe in everything that Octopus stands for. We are respectful: we live and breathe the Octopus values of being helpful, straightforward and bold. We are resilient: we have an inner strength that means we never give in We are intellectually curious: we seek to understand how the world works and we're always learning, adapting and improving We understand who our customers are: and because we know them really well, we always give them our very best.

What we offer

Octopus has built an exciting and inclusive high-performance culture where employees feel empowered. This means we welcome discussions around flexible working hours. We also understand the value of diversity, and we have a team dedicated to promoting gender, ethnic, socio-economic, LGBT and disability equality, to make sure we back up our words with actions. All Octopus employees are given the opportunity to develop new skills, aim higher and accelerate their careers.

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