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August 30, 2021

We are looking for an Investment Manager to our Financial Institutions team

Finnfund is a Finnish development financier and professional impact investor. We build a sustainable world by investing in responsible and profitable businesses in developing countries. Each year we invest 200–250 million euros in 20-30 projects, emphasising 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 about 90 employees.

Do you want to help shape global sustainable development? Would you like to be part of our growth and success?

We are now looking for an

Investment Manager, Financial Institutions

for a full-time, permanent position in Helsinki.

What you will be doing

Financial Institutions is one of Finnfund’s key sectors. The team invests in profitable and high impact commercial banks, microfinance institutions and insurance companies in the emerging markets promoting financial inclusion and access to financial services. At present, Finnfund’s investments and commitments in this sector total 225 million euros.

As an Investment Manager, you will be responsible for originating, developing, and executing new investment opportunities in the sector. Part of the role is to manage the existing investment portfolio with the team. You will work closely with clients, co-investors, financial advisors, and other stakeholders in the emerging markets’ investment community and play a key part in the development of the investment pipeline and portfolio. Internally, you will work together with your team and with colleagues from other functions such as environmental & social, development impact, and legal. As Finnfund acts as an advisor and sole source for investments of the OP Finnfund Global Impact Fund I, you will work with the Fund Managers of the Fund, too.

The key areas of responsibility include:

  • Originating new investment opportunities and executing investments
  • Leading the project team throughout the entire investment cycle, including pre-investment evaluation, preparation of investment committee materials, negotiations, structuring, and documentation
  • Monitoring the development of financial institutions and services sector in Finnfund’s target countries
  • Actively marketing Finnfund’s services and participating in relevant investment conferences, often as a speaker or panelist
  • Building and maintaining relationships with investees, co-financiers, and other stakeholders
  • Developing internal skills and capabilities in the financial institutions space

What you will bring along

An ideal candidate should have a master’s degree in a relevant field and a minimum of 5 years of applicable professional experience and insight into financial institutions from investment or corporate banking, management consultancy, PE or VC fund, or a relevant corporate function with financial institutions focus. Excellent writing and communication skills in English are a prerequisite, while fluency in other languages, demonstrated expertise in corporate finance and international investment experience are considered an asset.

Who we are looking for

A successful candidate for this position is a proactive, flexible, and independent worker with strong teamwork skills. We are looking for a candidate with strong communication and negotiation skills, who is social, results-oriented, and not afraid of challenges. The position requires some amount of travel in Finnfund’s target countries (once it is safe to do so after the COVID-19 pandemic).

What’s in it for you

We offer a unique opportunity to work as development finance professional focusing on impact, profitability and sustainability enabling financial inclusion. You will be based in Helsinki. Employee well-being, work-life balance and job satisfaction are important to Finnfund and we offer our employees health care services that go beyond what the law requires, and we support our people’s sports and cultural activities. Through this, Finnfund motivates its employees to take care of their well-being and health.

Get in touch

For more information, please contact Mr. Antti Urvas, Associate Director, tel. +358 45 1130 547 preferably on September 2nd between 9 am and 11 am or September 8th between 2 pm and 4 pm. During other times, Nina Kalajoki, MPS recruitment consultant, will respond to enquiries at +358 40 5695229 or

We look forward to receiving your application by September 12th 2021 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. We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences, and abilities.

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