Background & General Description
SAIL Ventures (“SAIL”) is a boutique investment advisory firm based in The Hague and focused on generating sustainable returns over the long-term for its clients and investors (www.sailventures.com).
SAIL is the Investment Advisor for the &Green Fund (www.andgreen.fund) which has a mission to catalyze scalable investments into environmentally & socially sustainable commodity production, that is directly or indirectly linked to forest protection, within tropical forest regions. The open-ended Fund currently has over USD 125 million of capital committed, with an investor base including the Norwegian government and Unilever Group.
SAIL’s role includes originating, structuring and executing on all transactions for the Fund, and then monitoring the Fund’s portfolio of investments. Furthermore, SAIL is responsible for all capital raising together with the Board of Directors and supports the Board in managing the governance structure of the Fund – including service providers – and all investor relations.
Beyond its role with the &Green Fund, SAIL is looking into a few other opportunities to raise funds for climate change investments globally, whether in support of an institutional client specifically or as a stand-alone facility or fund.
SAIL is a firm with an inclusive culture where integrity, humility and curiosity are values it lives through its daily principles. Just as in our investment strategy, we take a long-term view on staff, aiming to hire ambitious, engaged people who are interested in being part of a big idea and then also sticking the course to see real on-the-ground results delivered.
SAIL is currently hiring an Investment Manager to strengthen its investment team, focusing on origination, transaction management, managing client relationships, and supporting the leadership team on new business development. Furthermore, as SAIL is a small team, this role will play a supportive role more broadly – in activities including fundraising, and financial and portfolio management.
1) Transactional focus (30-50% of time)
Supporting Investment Directors on existing &Green leads to move them through SAIL’s investment process.
Financial and operational management of existing transactions.
Leading parts of SAIL’s engagement with clients through its investment process.
2) Origination (20-50%)
Sourcing new leads in key geographies for the &Green Fund, specifically the African and Andes region.
Origination of a pipeline for new SAIL mandates, with a focus on Africa and Latin America in particular.
3) New Business development (10-20%)
Supporting SAIL’s leadership team in developing new investment ideas, doing the necessary market research, building financial models, developing investment strategies, etc.
4) Financial management (10-20%)
Supporting SAIL’s Operations Director with general financial management of SAIL’s mandates, including the &Green Fund.
This could include engagement with service providers – including the Fund Administrator, custodian, bank, fx broker, etc.
5) Fundraising (5-10%)
Supporting SAIL’s senior management with existing fundraising efforts. This could include proposal writing, research, building fund-level financial models, analysis of future performance, etc.
The Investment Manager will report directly to SAIL’s Chief Investment Officer, although he or she will also work closely with the larger investment team.
Required Skills & Experience
A relevant degree, as well as an MBA or other tertiary business education from a reputable university.
CFA or CAIA is preferred.
More than five years of progressively responsible experience in the private sector, mainly in a transactional role is required.
More than 3 years of practical experience working as an analyst/associate in the investment industry for an investment bank, management consultancy, asset management firm, PE fund or similar is preferred.
Work or life experience covering emerging markets, agriculture, commodities, climate change, and/or sustainability is vastly preferred.
Strong technical skills, financial analysis and modelling in particular.
Strong problem-solving skills and mentality, i.e. a ‘can-do’ attitude to taking on new things and constantly learning the best ways to increase efficiency for the company.
Ability to work autonomously and pro-actively in a globally decentralized team with a variety of cultures.
Experience working with internal executives and high-ranking representatives of clients/investors.
An existing network in the investment community would be an advantage.
Intercultural negotiation and presentation skills.
Ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Most importantly: The candidate should bring enthusiasm, tenacity, and a proactive and innovative mindset to contribute meaningfully to building SAIL Ventures as a business, and an intrinsic motivation to realise sustainable commercial investments for the clients and investors that SAIL advises.
SAIL offers a working environment with a highly competent, driven team as well as a diverse range of partner organizations across the globe, and the prospect of being a part of a unique venture in the sustainable investing space.
Fluency in English is a prerequisite. Portuguese, Spanish and/or French is beneficial. The role is fulltime. SAIL offers a competitive salary, an entrepreneurial office culture, and social benefits, including 6 weeks paid holiday annually. SAIL welcomes applications from all candidates fitting the profile and ability to work in the EU/Netherlands.
Please submit your CV and a short cover letter addressed to Johnny Brom using firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all information received will be treated as strictly confidential and not shared externally.
The deadline for application is 31 July 2019, after which you will receive feedback from us on your application within 10 business days.
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