Investor Desk Associate - Funds & Capital Partnerships

CDC Group
London, UK

01 October 2020

Our Mission 

  • CDC is the UK’s development finance institution. Founded 70 years ago, we invest in the most challenging markets of Africa and South Asia with the aim of supporting economic development. CDC has net assets of £5.1bn, with over 1300 growing businesses in the portfolio.
  • Last year we committed over £1billion of capital across 50 transactions. 
  • CDC is wholly owned by the UK government, who has committed a further £3.5bn of capital for CDC to deploy over the next two to three years.
  • We are expanding our presence in Africa and South Asia with further new offices openings in 2020.
  • At CDC, we take an entrepreneurial approach to investment. We think innovatively about ways to deploy our capital, attract and mobilise other investors, and drive transformational impact.
  • Primarily, CDC invests to achieve impact and a financial return which is reinvested into more businesses. We aim to create jobs and accelerate economic prosperity and focus on sectors that will do this; manufacturing, food and agriculture, infrastructure, financial institutions, construction, health and education.
  • CDC works with like-minded ambitious people who are primarily motivated by our mission to deliver impact. We are a growing team of over 400 and place immense value on diversity within our organisation.
  • Read more about us on our website


Team and role overview

The challenges we work to address are deep and multifaceted. Therefore, in addition to our own investments, we increasingly focus on ‘mobilising’ co-investors into our markets to address these challenges at scale. Mobilisation is a core focus for our new strategy.

Mobilisation or ‘crowding-in’ of private sector capital is the only way to generate enough scale of capital to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CDC’s new Investor Desk has therefore been established to mobilise a wide range of co-investors to deploy capital into CDC’s investment deals and our markets more broadly, alongside our own funding, with a particular focus on international and local institutional investors.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a brand-new team and help build it up from scratch. While the primary role of the Investor Desk Associate is to facilitate data gathering, analysis, and reporting related to mobilisation, this role will provide full exposure to the Investor Desk function and opportunities to support the establishment of investor relations, investor arrangements, communications materials, and a strategy for the team itself.

The Investor Desk sits within CDC’s Funds and Capital Partnerships (FCP) team, which invests in private equity and credit funds in Africa and South Asia, deploying approximately $500 million annually across our Growth and Catalyst portfolios. It also takes the lead inside CDC on mobilising capital into our markets and on establishing partnerships with financial and operating partners to develop new investment products that further enhance our ability to invest in some of the more challenging regions and sectors in Africa and South Asia. 

Whilst the Investor Desk forms part of the FCP team, the services provided by the Investor Desk are also offered to CDC’s direct debt and equity investment teams and therefore serve all of CDC’s pipeline and portfolio.



As the first hire to the team beyond the Head of Investor Desk, the Associate’s primary responsibility will be to design, develop and deliver insightful analysis of CDC’s co-investor database, mobilisation metrics and externally-facing market information to inform and mobilise private investors. However, given the ‘start-up’ nature of this role, activities will include a broad spectrum of data/information-driven support to the Desk.


  • Creating the analytical foundation for CDC’s decision making on the highest value co-investment partners (across international institutional investors as well as those local to our markets in Africa and South Asia)
  • Mapping and documenting historic and current co-investor and co-investment information. Given this is a new function within CDC, information will need to be gathered from a range of internal and external sources, including through surveys and interviews, to ensure existing data is gathered in one place for further use.
  • Creating and maintaining Investor Desk CRM and other key databases needed to provide on demand reports and assessments of mobilisation and investor relations. As the data will feed into CDC's Annual Report, external reporting such as the OECD and MDB, and inform investor arrangements, we will require a high-quality output to be completed.
  • Developing CDC’s internal mobilisation performance metrics. An important part of the role will be to design metrics for measuring the progress and performance of the Investor Desk and wider CDC Mobilisation Strategy, over and above the more generic metrics reported to the OECD and MDB networks. This will help us to refine our strategy to maximise the impact of our work in mobilisation.
  • Providing analysis of our mobilisation and investor relations data to help define Investor Desk strategy and outreach.
  • Produce market intelligence suitable for different external investor audiences to increase mobilisation potential from the private sector.
  • Assisting the Investor Relations and Investor Arrangements functions by: tracking investor relations calls and follow-up actions; ensuring the CRM is up to date; liaising with CDC deal teams and other internal colleagues to facilitate data sharing; tracking progress on co—investment deals across CDC deal teams.
  • Responding to ad hoc requests as needed.


The candidate


  • Strong skills in analytics, ideally with professional experience in an investment firm / consulting or equivalent (including strong data visualisation skills).
  • Professional experience gathering, validating, and applying information in the investment process, development finance and/or in strategic planning.
  • Experience working independently and unaided, with evidence of ability to deliver quality products on time and to required quality.
  • Demonstrable interest in development finance in emerging markets (professional experience in relevant markets would be desirable).
  • Master’s in Finance, Development Finance, Economics or an equivalent credential preferred but not essential.

Personal Skills

  • Results Focus: Drive to achieve objectives/results
  • Personal Effectiveness: Organising self/teams to meet agreed deadlines
  • Attention to Detail: With ability to retrieve, review and quality assure large amounts of data and content
  • Learning Mindset and Adaptability: Energised by the prospect of setting up a new team, with a ‘no task is too small’ approach
  • Communication: Strong written and verbal communication skills to effectively carry out role
  • Team Working: Collaboration with own team and the larger employee community

Technical Skills

  • Excellent analytical skills and a proven ability to research and collate data
  • Ability to draw conclusions and present ideas
  • Excellent proficiency of Excel. Financial modelling skills and/or experience with CRM systems would be advantageous but are not required
  • Knowledge of finance and/or development finance and mobilisation
  • Knowledge of the investment process is preferred but not essential


CDC’s Values

We look for colleagues who are

  • Impact-led and commercially rigorous
  • Tenacious in the face of challenges
  • Collaborative and caring


CDC is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes all applicants regardless of gender, age, educational background, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation and religion.


Please provide a cover letter with your application.

Role opened: 07/10/2020

Role closes: 04/11/2020

Salary: Competitive


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