Investment Manager, Sustainable Land Use

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all continents across the globe, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

The Fund Management team is responsible for developing and managing sustainable impact funds, as well as other facilities, vehicles and platforms for investments in climate action. Our scope of expertise covers a variety of topics related to sustainable land-use, low-carbon energy, climate-smart cities and/or clean technology, to name just a few. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic sustainability professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!


Job summary:

As an Investment Manager, Sustainable Land Use you will work together with the Managing Director of the Landscape Resilience Fund (LRF) to source investment opportunities, conduct due diligence, and structure soft loans for small businesses to scale climate-resilient land use in developing countries. The LRF is a newly developed fund that aims to scale private investment in climate change adaptation by addressing the funding gap often faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that work with vulnerable people in rural landscapes. As part of a growing impact funds team you will pilot and scale flexible financial instruments, continuously update and improve investment processes, contract technical assistance providers, and monitor and evaluate positive impacts as well as manage associated risks. Further, you will assist in fundraising, partnership building, business development, and investor reporting. 

If you are eager to take initiative and excited at the prospect of working in a stimulating, demanding, and flexible work environment then this opportunity may be just the right fit for you. Join an international, multidisciplinary team dedicated to developing effective solutions to mobilise private sector investment in climate action, biodiversity, and inclusive sustainable development. 


Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Identify small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working on sustainable land management in developing countries, conduct due diligence, and structure soft loans
  • Create and revise financial models to assess business cases, analyse cash flows, and plan budgets for program implementation
  • Prepare presentation materials to pitch investment opportunities to the board
  • Conduct research on suitable technical assistance services for potential investees
  • Engage in venture building by supporting SMEs in improving their business models, contractual structures, financial and risk management, and impact monitoring 
  • Assist in the contracting and transacting of soft loans
  • Monitor and control SME progress against agreed financial and sustainability targets, review SME reporting, and write annual reports to the board
  • Write investor reports and contribute to thought leadership and blog posts for the LRF website
  • Support business development and proposal elaboration for potential clients 
  • Coordinate business development and implementation with other South Pole units across offices in a dynamic and team-oriented culture

Requirements:

Essential:

  • Relevant work experience (at least 5 years) in finance; with alternatively other private sector experience, particularly related to sustainable land management and/or agricultural produce sourcing, also considered
  • Undergraduate/bachelor’s degree, preferably in finance, business, or economics; or a degree in agriculture, forestry, or sustainability-related fields in combination with demonstrated financial modeling/investment skills; Masters degree would be an advantage
  • Demonstrated financial modeling and analysis skills, ideally for debt financing
  • Ability to create high-quality investor reports, fundraising proposals, and online articles
  • Methodical approach to work, detail orientation, drive for continuous improvement
  • Proven ability to work across multiple teams and in multi-disciplinary projects
  • Entrepreneurial and proactive mindset, willingness to take initiative 
  • Fluency in English; other language skills (e.g. French, Spanish) are a plus.

Desirable: 

  • Professional finance certifications (CFA, CAIA, etc.) or financial modeling standards (e.g. FAST) are a plus
  • Familiarity with climate change risks and adaptation in rural landscapes and climate change adaptation and resilience
  • Work experience and familiarity with venture building in developing countries
  • Familiarity with sustainability impact monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in venture capital, micro finance, or business model incubation

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people. We all have a contribution to make and South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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With such an important mission, we expect a lot from our employees, and strive to give a lot in return. Because we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet.

  • Health & Wellbeing

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  • Work-life balance

    From flexible working hours to flexible workplace (home office), with above-average vacation allowances, we strive to make the work and family life puzzle an easy one for our employees.

  • We practice what we preach

    From Vegan Days to plastic-free lunches, off-setting our own Company emissions and countless other initiatives, we fully live our values and lead by example on a daily basis.

  • Company outings and events

    It is not only hard work, we also have lots of fun! We frequently get together to celebrate our successes, do activities together and get to know each other better

What makes us unique

At South Pole, we are first and foremost a purpose-driven Company. People join us because they believe in our mission and want to be part of a community that fights together for our shared values and beliefs. But that is not the only reason why working at South Pole is such a rewarding experience...

  • We know that our vision to help create a greener world is both bold and challenging. To achieve it, we settle for nothing less than the absolute best.  We form a Community that is stronger than the sum of its parts.
  • Entrepreneurial at heart.  It’s not just our founders who are entrepreneurs. We actively promote an innovative mindset at all levels of the organisation, where each and every employee is encouraged to challenge the status quo and empowered to make decisions.   
  • Growing employees in a growing company.   With a team of smart, passionate and engaged colleagues, as well as an increasing demand from our clients, opportunities to learn, develop our skills and grow our careers are endless. 
  • All for one, and one for all!.  Above all other things, what truly drives our dedication and commitment to our purpose is our colleagues.  We learn from each other and grow together. Because that is who Penguins are.

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