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Private Equity Investment Director Africa

at BlueOrchard Finance in Zurich

About the Job

In this position, you will analyse and lead the company’s origination and execution of private equity transactions in Africa, with a focus on East and Sub-Saharan Africa, and financial institutions and insurance companies. You will take a leading role in strengthening our private equity practice worldwide. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, you will work closely with BlueOrchard’s investment teams around the globe.

Key tasks

  • Source primary fund investments opportunities in Africa, specifically East and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Manage the origination of private equity transactions in Africa, specifically East and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Execute transactions, including structuring and negotiation with external counterparties
  • Monitor the existing Africa investment portfolio
  • Coordinate post-deal monitoring, reporting and value creation
  • Lead relationship management and active engagement of the portfolio companies
  • Coordinate and liaise with internal clients and support functions
  • Conduct industry research and systematic market coverage in the African region
  • Involve in team-wide efforts and projects cross-regionally
  • Support business development globally and lead local distribution efforts


Required skills and experience

  • At least 8 years’ experience and proven track record in private equity fund investing, with African institutions, in direct transactions and related areas in Africa
  • High visibility in the African private equity field and excellent industry networks with entrepreneurs, intermediaries, and other Private Equity fund managers in this region, specifically East and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Personal track record in sourcing and managing private equity portfolios in Africa, specifically East and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Board experience in African institutions
  • Relevant experience in the assessment of financial or insurance institutions
  • Extensive financial experience, strong analytical skills, and detailed understanding of African business concepts
  • Proven skills in client interaction and communication with African clients and investors
  • Proactive, high energy, convincing, self-confident and entrepreneurial mind-set
  • Confident dealing with ambiguity and acting successfully under pressure
  • University degree in business administration, finance, economics or an MBA
  • Fluent in English and in one African language, French is a plus

To apply

Please apply in ENGLISH, including CV and cover letter via

BlueOrchard Finance

BlueOrchard is a leading global impact investment manager and a member of the Schroders Group. The firm is dedicated to fostering inclusive and climate-smart growth in emerging and frontier markets, while providing attractive returns for investors. BlueOrchard was founded in 2001, by initiative of the UN, as the world’s first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments. The firm has built a distinct track record in offering premium impact investment solutions, including credit, private equity, and sustainable infrastructure. Being an expert in innovative blended finance mandates, the firm is a trusted partner of leading global development finance institutions. BlueOrchard has invested to date more than USD 6bn for sophisticated global private and public clients, enabling tangible social and environmental impact.