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Impact Project Development Lead, Africa

at Acre Resources in London

About the Job

We are currently supporting an innovative impact project development company incubated by a leading sustainability businesses that builds and sells pioneering sustainable businesses and projects, across Sub-Saharan Africa. Our client covers a range of asset classes including sustainable industrial parks & special economic zones, real estate & social infrastructure, low carbon & accessible utilities and productive & regenerative land and ocean assets. They are currently looking for experienced project development professionals to lead projects and grow the company.

Responsibilities:

Commercial execution:

  • Leading engagements and negotiations with investors, offtakers and partners, including developing pitches and execution of legal partnership documents and contracts
  • Assessing and scrutinising the viability of business models, proposing creative opportunities and solutions to enhance bankability and impact potential
  • Structuring and analysing financial and operational models with the ability to draw key insights needed to make decisions

Project management:

  • Managing several projects at once, defining deliverables/outputs and developing workplans, resource requirements and budgets
  • Creating a conducive environment for client, vendor and internal teams, shifting priorities based on changing needs and managing time and resources effectively to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner and projects are executed

Business development:

  • Leveraging your existing professional and personal network in key markets to enhance partnership/project opportunities for the firm
  • Executing top-down country macro-economic analysis and bottom up stakeholder engagement to identify potential projects/opportunities to be developed
  • Actively building your project and the firm's networks and designing and incubating new ideas and opportunities

Stakeholder management:

  • Proactively building relationships across top-level management, managing client/stakeholder relationships and providing strategic advice across projects and workstreams
  • Providing constructive challenge to clients and building consensus within complex situation

People development:

  • Developing and supporting junior staff members to build robust business plans that: capture commercial opportunities with clear value propositions; illustrate a roadmap to bankability, and; highlight potential positive impact, with an astute understanding of risks to execution and mitigation strategies
  • Proactively looking for opportunities to mentor colleagues
  • Creating a supportive and fun environment for colleagues and enabling an atmosphere of empathetic teaming and collaboration that rewards constructive challenge

Qualifications

Requirements:

  • Extensive experience leading project development from concept through development stages to bankability and financial close
  • Transaction experience, ideally leading deals from sell or buy side, though advisory still highly valuable
  • Sector focus covering infrastructure, industrial real estate, power, utilities and/or agriculture
  • Geographic focus covering East and/or West Africa
  • Track record working with local and multinational partners in the financial and private sector
  • Demonstrated to have excelled in analytical & conceptual thinking, execution, project management, people & influencing, teaming & collaboration and entrepreneurship
  • Masters or equivalent degree
  • Ability to travel internationally, ideally for longer periods of time on occasion (travel requirements are flexible based on interest/needs)
  • Experience in the following are desirable: strategy consulting, project management and/or development, corporate business development, investment banking, commercial law, project finance and/or investment legal structuring.

This a great opportunity for individuals with a strong track record of excellence and execution, who are keen to work in a young, entrepreneurial company where you can get involved in a variety of work, will help shape the business and deliver maximum impact. Please reach out to George Roberts via george.roberts@acre.com today, or apply today if you could be interested in this opportunity.

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