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Investment Director

Big Society Capital

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Posted over 30 days ago...

Make a lasting impact as an Investment Director with BSC and shape the future of social impact investing in the UK

Overview

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£72950 - £87525

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Hybrid / London, EC4A and homeworking

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Expires at anytime

Organisation summary: Join BSC, a trailblazer in impact investing, during an exhilarating period as we redefine our strategy for 2025-30. BSC has been leading change since 2012, aiming to address the UK's most challenging social issues through financial markets. Our diverse team is passionate about creating substantial, enduring social impact and is committed to fostering your growth and leadership in the industry.

  • Role Summary:
    • Lead development of new investment opportunities in various market systems.
    • Identify and build a pipeline of opportunities aligned with impact goals.
    • Manage investment processes and balance investment portfolios.
    • Supervise investment analysis, structure investments, and present recommendations.
    • Negotiate and close transactions, demonstrating investment excellence.
    • Oversee existing portfolio investments, evaluating financial and social performance.
    • Lead strategic projects and build key relationships for market system goals.
    • Drive systems change through thought leadership and partnerships.
    • Manage and develop a world-class social impact investment team.
    • Contribute to organization-wide initiatives to advance BSC's mission.
  • Role Requirements:
    • Passion for social impact and experience in investment.
    • Ability to create innovative solutions and build networks.
    • Experience in managing investment processes and portfolios.
    • Expertise in financial analysis and investment structuring.
    • Leadership skills to manage strategic projects and teams.

The opportunity: We are seeking to appoint one or more exceptional Investment Director(s) who will specialise in one of our focus areas or in our general investment activity. It is a unique opportunity for investment specialists who want to help transform the way mainstream financial markets help deliver deep and lasting impact on people in the UK. Your work will help to solve some of the UK’s most entrenched social issues, so we are looking for someone who shares our passion to improve people’s lives in collaboration with the wider organisation and our external partners, and who is enthusiastic about designing and developing creative solutions.

This is an exciting time to join BSC as we refresh our strategy for 2025-30, building upon what we have learnt since we started our impact investing journey in 2012. Our team comes from a wide range of backgrounds, and are driven by transforming the way mainstream financial markets help deliver deep and lasting impact on people in the UK. BSC also makes a significant commitment to your learning and development, with structured support and resources to accelerate your path to leadership in the impact investing industry.

The Investment Director will take responsibility for some of our investment objectives, working with colleagues across the organisation. The job holder(s) will: Lead the development of new investment opportunities including: Applying experience, knowledge and networks to identify social issues or market needs where social impact investment can help support a solution in our market systems (social and affordable property, social lending, impact venture and social outcome contracts); Identifying a strong pipeline of opportunities that aligns with our impact goals including through building networks and developing creative and innovative solutions to these identified social issues through collaborative partnerships with diverse stakeholders including investors, charities and government.

Manage prospective investments through our investment process in one or more market systems : Helping to build a balanced portfolio of investments, with potential to take increasing responsibility for portions of investment strategy Supervising and undertaking detailed investment analysis, including of the market, the prospective investee, and the financial, social impact and systems change cases; Structuring prospective investments; Preparing and presenting investment recommendations to our Investment Committee, and take a lead on investment decision making; Negotiating legal documents and closing transactions.

Demonstrating and championing excellence in investment delivery through the investment process Own the management of our existing portfolio investments in one or more market systems, including through supervising junior team members : Work with fund managers to evaluate and manage their financial and social impact performance; Implementing and supervising fund manager reporting so BSC can assess the contribution of the investments to our systems change, impact and financial goals across our portfolio and in the relevant market system Having accountability for performance of portions of our investment portfolio within a market system or a whole market system Systems change leadership Being or becoming over time an internal and external expert in a market system or investment process, with potential to lead or second on a market system.

This will include: Developing strategies for achieving BSC’s goals in the market systems, including identifying and leading strategic projects within market system Building and managing key strategic relationships that can help us achieve our market system goals, including with fund managers, investors and charities and social enterprises Influencing the behaviour of key system actors, through thought leadership and partnerships, working with our Engagement and Communications teams Team management Working with other Investment Directors to help build a world class social impact investment team and approach at BSC, including supervising and line managing Investment Managers and other members of the team.

Leading on discrete areas of our investment management approach or team management to help deliver our strategic objectives. Contributing to organisation-wide initiatives that help us deliver our mission such as working groups to improve the way we work or how we engage with certain stakeholders.

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