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Social Finance

Social Finance

Social Finance is building a pioneering organisation to develop financial products that marry the ambitions of investors and the social sector. We support social organisations to raise and deploy c...


London, United Kingdom

4 Jul 2014

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Compensation details:

Competitive within the UK social sector

Associate Director, Social Finance

We are looking for experienced and committed individuals to join the team and develop their careers with us.

London, United Kingdom

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Compensation details:

Competitive within the UK social sector

Job Type:
Senior Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
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Social Finance is a not for profit organisation that partners with the government, the social sector and the financial community to find better ways of tackling social problems in the UK and beyond.

Social Finance brings together individuals with expertise in finance, strategy consultancy and the social sector to drive innovative, sustainable and scalable investment propositions. Our team combines a deep understanding of social issues with expertise in financial modelling, business case development and investment structuring.

Social Finance developed and launched the first Social Impact Bond in the UK in 2010, focused on rehabilitation services for short-sentence offenders released from Peterborough Prison. We have since developed outcomes-based investment structures and raised capital in areas as diverse as children’s services, homelessness, youth unemployment, substance misuse and health. As a result of this work, Social Impact Bonds have attracted considerable interest in the UK and internationally. We have also developed our enterprise advisory business and are working with a range of dynamic organisations in the third sector.  Internationally, we are also working on Development Impact Bonds, a new financing instrument based on Social Impact Bonds that would bring together investors, governments, the private sector and civil society to provide public services in developing countries.

Social Finance attracts the very brightest individuals from the world’s best financial services and consulting firms. They are united by their desire to use their experience to bring a different approach to important social issues.

Social Finance is at the vanguard of developing the social investment market in the UK in internationally.  More information can be found on our website www.socialfinance.org.uk


Social Finance has grown from two to fifty people over the last five years and is now experiencing another period of rapid growth. We are looking for outstanding individuals to join the team and develop their careers with us.

 Role and Responsibilities

 An Associate Director is someone who is promoted from Associate with a minimum of seven years' + experience, or comes as an experienced hire from banking, finance, consulting or third sector with a post-graduate qualification (academic, professional and /or technical).  

Associate Directors typically take day-to-day leadership and project management of client engagements and other projects, with strategic support from a Director.  At any time Associates Directors will work on the following types of project. 

  • Product innovation – developing new financial products that align social and financial returns with the interests of the social sector and socially motivated investors.

  • Advisory projects – assisting social sector organisations and potential outcome funders to create financial solutions to social challenges.

  • Research & market intelligence – developing research to assist investors to deploy capital to generate a social and financial return, for example developing practical guides to social investment.

  • Capital raisings – supporting social sector organisations to scale their operations and impact by raising debt, equity or outcomes-finance at scale.

  • Sales, marketing and thought leadership activities

An Associate Director draws upon analysis to develop solutions for clients and solves problems as they arise.

Skills and Experience

We are looking for entrepreneurial and experienced professionals who have an interest in applying investment approaches to deliver social change. Candidates must have:

  • Strong interest in how investment approaches can be used to drive social impact

  • Strong social research skills and the ability to quickly research, synthesise and summarise key lessons on unfamiliar topics

  • Experience in managing and delivering projects to deadline with multiple stakeholders

  • Experience in managing teams

  • Ability to create and analyse solutions to complex problems

  • Strong communication skills across diverse audiences

  • Experience of client management

  • Logical with strong numeracy skills, ideally with financial modelling experience

  • Prior experience working or volunteering within the social sectors

  • Working currently as an Associate Director or Senior Associate (or equivalent) within their existing organisation and 2.1 degree from a good university

Experience of at least three of the following areas:

  • Research, advisory or capital raising

  • Building financial models in Excel

  • Working in an innovative social sector organisation

  • Developing PowerPoint presentations

  • Relationship management with clients or key stakeholders

Social Finance is interested in hearing from candidates from the social sector, investment banking/finance and consulting industries.


Competitive within the UK social sector


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