Senior Advisory Associate Intern
CrossBoundary
Lagos, NG
4d ago

Senior Advisory Associate Intern

Investment Advisory

About the Firm

Founded in 2011, CrossBoundary is a mission-driven investment firm committed to unlocking the power of capital to make a substantial return while creating a lasting difference in frontier markets. We take a transaction-centered approach to frontier markets. CrossBoundary provides investment advisory services, having developed a specialized expertise in unleashing investment across all sectors in fragile and frontier markets. Our advisory clients include governments, development finance institutions, private equity firms, Fortune 100 companies, and research institutions. Learn more at www.crossboundary.com.

Job Description

CrossBoundary is recruiting a short-term Senior Advisory Associate Intern to join the CrossBoundary office in Lagos, Nigeria. As a member of the transaction team, you will actively contribute to a powerful intervention that has the potential for significant impact on investment into Nigeria, in addition to building CrossBoundary’s long-term presence in the region.

CrossBoundary is not a development firm and is not seeking typical development skills. As a, you will identify and evaluate investment opportunities, conduct macroeconomic market assessments, and provide investment transaction support. Candidates should have 4+ years of experience working in high-caliber finance or consulting organizations and experience working in developing countries – ideally in Nigeria. The Senior Advisory Associate Intern position begins in early July 2022 and continues until December 2022 (with some flexibility around dates). This is a 6-month commitment.

Who We Are

CrossBoundary operates in frontier markets that also hold immense investment opportunities. The CrossBoundary team is a unique group made up of people who are genuinely excited by the opportunity to make a difference in some of the most challenging yet exciting markets in the world. Team members come from diverse backgrounds, but share a number of qualities: curiosity, humility, integrity, a drive for excellence, and a bias for action.

Who You Are

  • Self-starter who is passionate about creating lasting change in frontier markets
  • Willingness to take on new types of work, even without prior experience or direct supervision
  • Willingness to work and live in a sometimes-challenging environment
  • Comfort with ambiguity; ability to operate effectively in a changing context

Primary Responsibilities

  • Overseeing technical and operational aspects of the implementation of CrossBoundary’s advisory mandates in Nigeria and Anglophone West Africa
  • Leading complex transactions, managing project performance and overseeing reporting of all project activities and results to key program stakeholders.
  • Provide continuous client coverage of private capital investors, development finance institutions (DFIs), corporates ranging from SMEs to MNCs, and other relevant organizations to proactively identify advisory opportunities
  • Provide deal and project leadership and execution oversight to a wide range of transaction-related advisory engagements:
    • Investment target identification and screening
    • Investor identification, relationship building, and management
    • Detailed commercial due diligence/vendor due diligence
    • Draft investment memoranda and teasers, author and update sophisticated financial models
    • Recommendations on optimal transaction structures based upon near-, medium- and long-term company strategic objectives and capitalization parameters, available instruments, and investor preferences
    • Market assessment and ongoing market analysis

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • 4+ years in top tier banking, consulting, private equity, or similar
  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA or another advanced degree strongly desired
  •  Experience working in developing countries, experience in West Africa is particularly relevant
  • Demonstrated leadership skills; preferably in fast-moving and complex environments
  • Excellent analytical ability and discipline; ability to think clearly, structure problems logically, and then design and implement solutions that focus on the core issue
  • Excellent quantitative skills; ability to apply analytical rigor to complex and uncertain tasks
  • Knowledge of corporate finance, familiarity with company evaluation and valuation techniques
  • Ability to build strong relationships with clients and colleagues in stressful environments
  • Excellent presentation skills; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse audiences
  • Comfort with ambiguity; ability to operate effectively in a changing context
  • Willingness to work and live in sometimes challenging environment
  • Knowledge of the West African investment landscape (or previous work experience in West Africa)
  • Experience working with a range of stakeholders (including private equity firms, Development Finance Institutions, and development agencies) to support investments in high impact sectors

Location

The Senior Advisory Associate Intern will be based in Lagos, Nigeria. Frequent travel is expected.

Equal Opportunity Employer

CrossBoundary is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements in the country where we operate. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to human.resources@crossboundary.com

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