Purpose of Job
The Associate Banker contributes to all phases of the project cycle, including project origination, structuring, execution, and implementation and monitoring.
The Associate Banker will take responsibility for those tasks assigned to him / her by the operation leader, which may include undertaking comprehensive due diligence, including financial, market, integrity and EBRD policy compliance, as well as effective post-signing implementation and monitoring.
The Associate Banker carries out these tasks as part of a project team under the guidance of an operation leader or under the supervision / guidance of more senior bankers or the team Director.
The Associate Banker role may also include elements of business / pipeline development, client management and policy dialogue.
The role is dedicated to the Small Business Initiative Finance & Development Group (the Group ). The Group is responsible for delivering the Small Business Initiative ( SBI ), a Bank-wide strategic initiative dedicated to support and develop the institution’s SME business.
In particular, the Group is responsible for the strategic consolidation and coordination of all the Bank’s activities in the SME sphere and provides the direction and framework necessary to create, lead, and coordinate the SBI, ensuring a more integrated and prioritised approach towards the SME sector.
In the context of the SBI, the EBRD deploys several different instruments and initiatives aimed at supporting SMEs through the provision of finance and advisory services.
The Associate Banker will be performing different tasks and functions in support of senior members of the team providing support in the implementation of the SBI agenda through active participation to its different streams of work.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the operation leader or a more senior banker :
1. Structuring and Execution
Work as a project team member on transactions, contributing to all aspects of project structuring and execution, including working with client counterparts, consultants and other parties to progress the project;
Be the primary driver of the scope and quality of project due diligence, including financial, market, integrity and EBRD policy compliance;
Prepare internal project documentation, including approval project memoranda, financial models, draft term sheets, presentations, etc. as and when required;
Take responsibility, as TC operation leader, to design and process technical co-operation assistance, ensuring that TC processing and approval fits with the approval schedule of any related investment project or the related policy dialogue initiative;
Ensure that all tasks within his / her are completed within the specified time frames to a high standard and in line with the policies, procedures and objectives of the Bank.
2. Portfolio Monitoring, Value Creation and Reporting
Take responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of all projects to which the Associate Banker is assigned, including compliance with project agreements and Bank procedures related to disbursement;
monitoring of progress of the project implementation and financial performance of the client; assessing evolving risk factors and monitoring and assessing covenant compliance, in the case of more senior Associate’s they may become the OL for the project once it is in implementation and / or monitoring phase;
Prepare timely and comprehensive monitoring reports and include recommendations for corrective actions where required and ensure these proposed corrective actions and recommendations are brought to the attention of more senior team members;
As TC operation leader, ensure effective implementation and monitoring of TC assignments to ensure their compliance with donor reporting requirements, operational objectives and that all reports are of a high quality;
As a project team member perform all such tasks as may be assigned by the operation leader and provide constructive advice, guidance and supervision to more junior members of the project team.
3. Business Development
Assist, as required, with marketing and business development efforts.
The responsibilities of the Associate Banker are designed to allow for the development of transaction expertise and expansion of responsibilities, leading to assuming the role of an operation leader on standard, non-complex transactions.
In such cases, the Associate Banker’s accountabilities and responsibilities would be increased to undertake a role of an operation leader under the supervision / guidance of more senior bankers or the Team Director.
Qualifications & Skills / Experience & Knowledge
Qualifications and Skills :
Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred or equivalent experience in the areas of expertise.
Professional qualification such as ACA, CFA, ACCA, or CIMA desirable.
Strong quantitative / numerical skills are critical with the ability to interpret financial information and to design and use financial models.
Credit analysis skills, with the ability to interpret accounts, understanding local and international accounting principles and practice of credit analysis.
Computer literacy, conversant with Microsoft Office and spread sheet packages including financial analysis and modelling modules.
Excellent understanding of relevant systems and processes.
Ability to work effectively as a team member and to deadlines and under time pressure.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
Good command over the local / country language is an advantage.
Experience & Knowledge :
Relevant financial industry experience from an investment or commercial bank, private equity firm, asset management firm, or auditing / financial consulting firm operating to international standards.
Practical experience of participating in transactions through the full project life cycle.
Exposure to industry / country experience.
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