Job description

  • Location:
    London - 30 Gresham Street
  • Employment Type:
    Full time
  • Salary:

Associate Director (6591)

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.

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!


An originator plays a key role in the realisation of Investec's objectives through (1) the origination and execution of debt finance mandates inclusive of deal structuring and execution; (2) the acquisition of new clients (primarily sponsor backed) to the bank; and (3) facilitating broad cross sell towards our corporate client base to maximise return on capital. The principal responsibility will be executing new lending opportunities and monitoring the portfolio of existing assets.


Description of role and key responsibilities

G&LF provides primary debt financing for mid-market corporates (predominantly with EV £50-500m) in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. 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 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 3.0% to 10.0%+. This provides the team a wide platform to optimise origination efforts and to deliver client financing certainty to clients across the investment cycle. 

An Associate / AD / VP level role within G&LF will have the following primary focuses;

  • Structuring and execution of originated debt opportunities, typically bilateral and multi-bank loans;
  • 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 G&LF team and assist in developing a strong and enjoyable working environment promoting teamwork, collaboration and personal development to maximise performance.

Core Skills and Knowledge

Technical Knowledge & Skill set

  • Extensive knowledge of and credibility within the European Leverage Finance market with strong external marketing / presentation skills. Deal origination skills are a fundamental requirement of this role and prior experience of structured 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 teams 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 managing and co-ordinating small teams (often cross-product) across multiple projects at a time as well as advanced 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

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London - 30 Gresham Street
30 Gresham Street, London, England, GB, EC2V 7QN

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