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Investment Associate

Evolve Energy

Evolve Energy

Accounting & Finance
Munich, Germany
Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2023
As part of the wider Octopus Energy group, Octopus Energy Generation sources, invests in and actively manages a range of utility scale renewable energy assets. We are looking to expand our team as we continue to scale our investments base of c£5bn.
Since entering the renewables market in 2010, Octopus Energy Generation has grown to become the largest investor of solar power in Europe and a leading investor in onshore wind. We currently manage an increasingly global portfolio of renewable energy assets. The operational portfolio includes over 250 energy generating companies, delivering revenue in excess of £250m pa.
Having originated, invested and managed assets in the renewable energy sector for over a decade, our energy investment and asset management team of c.100 professionals is one of the largest and most experienced in Europe. The team is structured for scale and long-term ownership of energy assets.
We are looking for an Analyst/Associate to support the Country Lead in Germany, as well as work closely with the core Investment deal team in London.
We strongly encourage applications from a variety of candidates - we believe that different experiences result in increased ideas, collaboration and success. The first stage of the process will include a run through of our company culture, as well as a conversation around what is important for you in your next role.

What you'll do

  • Assist in origination activities including market research, organising and attending meetings, tracking potential investment opportunities.
  • Evaluate new investment opportunities, considering returns in the context of identified risks, how these can be managed and other mitigating factors.
  • Analyse, own and maintain complex financial models.
  • Conduct financial, legal and technical due diligence on new investment opportunities, managing specialist external advisors.
  • Prepare and present investment papers detailing new opportunities to the Investment Committee.
  • Assist in the preparation of transaction contracts – reviewing and assisting negotiations of contractual terms.
  • Arrange project finance which will include the management of lenders and their advisors
  • Manage interactions with professional advisors including legal and technical.

What you'll need

  • Keen interest in the international Renewables sector
  • Prior experience is required, ideally in a transaction role, from an investment bank, project finance lender, a fund manager, industrial or in a corporate finance team at one of the big 4 accountants. Prior experience in Renewables / Infrastructure / Energy sector is preferred but not essential.
  • Strong analytical and Excel financial modelling skills, including VBA.
  • A strong understanding of financial valuation theories coupled with core accounting and tax skills and an ability to read financial statements confidently; professional financial qualifications (accountancy, CFA/CA) and/or MBAs desirable but not essential.
  • Exceptional project management and organisational skills. Evidence of managing complex workloads in a fast-paced environment.
  • An ability to understand risks, reach a balanced appraisal of probability and severity and build workable risk mitigation strategies.
  • Strong commercial mindset, able to understand the impact of commercial positions on potential investments and the potential to own increasing degrees of decision making over time.
  • An ability to focus on the ultimate customer (the investors who trust us with their money) in all aspects of the role is essential.
  • A willingness to travel where required.
  • Growth mindset to continually improve the way we work and the results we achieve.
  • Fluency in German, both written and verbal.