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February 28, 2022

We are looking for a (Senior) Investment Manager, Forestry and Agriculture

Finnfund is a Finnish development financier and impact investor. We build a sustainable future and generate lasting impact by investing in businesses that solve global development challenges. We invest 200–250 million euros in 20–30 companies in developing countries each year. Our focus sectors include renewable energy, sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture, financial institutions, and digital infrastructure and solutions. Today Finnfund’s investments and commitments total about 1.070 billion euros, half of them in Africa. The company has 90 employees.

We are now looking for a

(Senior) Investment Manager

into the Forestry and Agriculture team in Helsinki.

Sustainable forestry has long been one of Finnfund’s focus areas and at the end of 2021, our investments in forestry represented almost 20% of Finnfund’s total portfolio and commitments. Finnfund invests in commercial plantations and related industries, such as sawmills and plywood mills in emerging markets. Forestry investments are a key part of Finnfund’s carbon strategy.

Sustainable agriculture is another key sector for Finnfund. We have invested more than 60 million euros in agribusinesses in emerging markets with a focus to improve primary farm production, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

We are looking for an experienced (Senior) Investment Manager with a forestry or agriculture -related degree and experience to join Finnfund. We offer a vantage point to impact investing with exciting working environment.

What you will be doing

As a (Senior) Investment Manager, Forestry and Agriculture, you will originate and execute new investments in forestry, forest industry and/or agribusiness in emerging markets. You will have overall responsibility for dedicated investee relationships and manage internal project teams of dedicated projects consisting of legal, analytical, impact and environmental and social experts. This position includes close collaboration with our existing and new investees as well as co-financiers.

The key areas of responsibility include:

  • Originating new investment opportunities
  • Investment structuring and execution of transactions
  • Leading the project team throughout the investment process cycle, including pre-investment evaluation, preparation of investment committee materials, negotiations, structuring, and documentation
  • Carry out and manage due diligence processes, which require travelling
  • Portfolio performance monitoring (financial and operational); visiting portfolio companies regularly
  • Monitor and contribute to internal and international discussion on forestry and climate change
  • Building and maintaining relationships with investees, co-financiers and other stakeholders
  • Actively participating in marketing of Finnfund and participating in relevant investment conferences, often as a speaker or panellist

Who we are looking for

An ideal candidate for this position has strong expertise, minimum of 5 years, in the field of forest and/or agricultural investments, including evaluation of companies engaging in forestry/agribusiness. A successful candidate for this position is proactive, independent, comfortable in a changing environment and capable for managing complex projects. Ideally, you have executed financial transactions and have experience of different financial instruments. Experience from emerging markets and an existing, relevant network is considered an asset. We are looking for a committed employee who wants to do meaningful work in the field of impact investing.

Fluent English and good communication and negotiation skills are necessary to be successful in this position.

This position requires some travelling.

What’s in it for you

We offer a unique opportunity to work as an impact investing professional focusing on impact, profitability, and sustainability. Employee well-being, work-life balance and job satisfaction are important to Finnfund and we offer our employees good health care services that go beyond what the law requires. Through this, Finnfund motivates its employees to take care of their well-being and health.

We are based in Helsinki. Finland is consistently ranked as the happiest country in the world, and Helsinki as one of the best cities globally to live in.

Our working model is hybrid which means that you will work in our office in Ruoholahti, Helsinki with a possibility to combine it with working from a home office. For this position, you should already be residing in Europe and eligible to work in Finland.

Get in touch

For more information about the position, please contact Head of Agriculture and Forestry portfolio Ilkka Norjamäki  +358-(0)40-8668642 preferably on 3 March between 10 am and 12 pm Eastern European time or 8 March between 3 pm and 5pm Eastern European time. During other times, Nina Kalajoki, MPS recruitment consultant, will respond to enquiries at +358-(0)20 7469413.

We look forward to receiving your application by 13th March, at the latest. Please attach your CV and salary request with your application here.

We encourage applications from qualified individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. While we have a common vision, we value a team made up of diverse skills, experiences, and abilities.

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