Job description

  • Location:
    London - 30 Gresham Street
  • Department:
    Direct Lending
  • Division:
    IBP Financial Institutions Coverage UK
  • Employment Type:
    Full time
  • Salary:

Associate - Direct Lending (DACH) (9594)

Investec is a distinctive Specialist Bank serving clients principally in the UK and South Africa. Our culture gives us our edge: we work hard to find colleagues who'll think out of the ordinary and we put them in environments where they'll flourish. We combine a flat structure with a focus on internal mobility. If you can bring an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to learn and collaborate to your work, this could be the boost your career deserves.

Team Description:

IDL provides primary debt financing for mid-market corporates (predominantly with EV £50-500m) in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe (DACH and Benelux), mainly sponsor backed. This role is for an Associate level candidate for the DACH strategy (focus on Germany).

Debt finance provision is typically event driven and includes LBO's / MBO's, M&A led finance, recapitalisations, growth and syndicated finance. Our core capabilities include originating, structuring and arranging capital for both financial sponsor and corporate clients and, thereafter, portfolio and balance sheet management.

We have a flexible financing approach and seek to customise debt solutions that fit the client's needs. Structures are typically senior secured debt and range from term loans, unitranche, RCF, capex / acquisition facilities with the ability to provide underwrites and/or bridge structures where a client need exists. We also provide debt capital market solutions from the same team. Target returns range from gross yields of 4.0% to 10.0%+.

Description of role and key responsibilities:

An Associate level role within IDL will have the following primary focuses;

  • Structuring and execution of originated debt opportunities.
  • Providing full origination, execution and deal support across a deal life-cycle.
  • Execution – Ensuring excellence in credit analysis, due diligence assessment, financial modelling, deal structuring (including active balance sheet management / optimisation) and execution (including gaining credit approvals and legal documentation negotiation).
  • Internal Effectiveness – Actively contribute to the delivery of financial budgets and return hurdles including income, contribution, ROC / ROE and capital efficiency measures.
  • Team Development – Challenging, harnessing and nurturing the talents of the IDL team and assist in developing a strong and enjoyable working environment promoting teamwork, collaboration and personal development to maximise performance.

What are we looking for?

  • German native/fluent speaker
  • Extensive knowledge of and credibility within the UK corporate market with strong external marketing / presentation skills. Deal origination skills are a fundamental requirement of this role and prior experience of corporate debt origination and execution is necessary.
  • An existing client base with established management relationships.
  • A high level of competence in the analysis of company financial statements, business / operational and financial risks for the purpose of assessing potential opportunities.
  • Highly numerate with strong execution and structuring skills and a proven ability to execute and drive forward strategic plans to meet financial targets set against proven risk assessment, monitoring and control skills.
  • A deep knowledge of Structured Finance and Investment Markets. The identification and structuring of appropriate financing solutions and the negotiation of legal documentation.
  • In depth and demonstrable knowledge of all aspects of the internal Credit authorisation process / policy.
  • Ensuring full compliance with internal Procedures / Compliance / Organisational policies and frameworks in order to maintain the team's licence to operate.

Personal Skills & Attributes:

  • A proven deal doer with a relentless hunger to execute great deals with great clients.
  • An entrepreneurial desire to build an asset portfolio and to further enhance our strong brand and reputation.
  • A team-first collaborative Able to work in alongside a team of professionals in an open, collaborative and non-hierarchical team environment.
  • Must have the ability to build rapport and relationships with business leaders and decision makers. Highly developed interpersonal, communication and team skills are critical for this role. This role requires experience in working in small teams and across multiple projects at a time as well as negotiation, problem solving and networking skills.
  • A self-starter with a drive for results. High attention to detail and a motivation and ambition to deliver a consistent high quality output. An on-going drive for personal development and continuous improvement.


As part of our collaborative & agile culture, our working week is 4 days in the office and one day remote.

Investec offers a range of wellbeing benefits to make our people feel healthier, balanced and more fulfilled in their lives inside and outside of work.

Here is a selection of what we offer;


Wellbeing Subsidy, Corporate Gym Membership, Virtual GP, Peppy Health App (Fertility, Menopause and Early Parenthood), Optional Private Medical & Dental Insurance


Non-contributory Pension & Discretionary Bonus

Life & Income Protection

Life Assurance, Critical Illness & Income Protection


Season Ticket Loan & Electric Vehicle Scheme 

Embedded in our culture is a sense of belonging and inclusion. This creates an environment in which everyone is free to be themselves which helps to drive innovation, creativity and ultimately business performance. At Investec we want everyone to find it easy to be themselves, and to feel they belong. It's a responsibility we all share and is integral to our purpose and values as an organisation.

Research shows that some candidates can be reluctant to apply to a role unless they meet all the criteria. We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit here and welcome you to do the same – if the role excites you, please don't let our person specification hold you back. Get in touch!

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London - 30 Gresham Street
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Luke Richardson


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Private Medical Cover
Virtual GP
Gym Discounts
Psychologist Service
Annual Leave
Life Assurance