Associate, Sustainable Resource Investments

  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Salary: Competitive

The Associate supports and expands the technology transfer activities of the Bank in the area of climate change and resource efficiency technologies through the development of new financing schemes and the implementation of dedicated donor funded programmes.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was founded in 1991 when communism was crumbling in Europe and ex-Soviet countries needed support to nurture a new private sector and democracy. Today we invest to help build market economies from central Europe to central Asia and the southern and eastern Mediterranean. We are now the largest single investor in our region. Owned by 65 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, we provide project financing for banks, industries and businesses. We also work with publicly owned companies to support privatisation, restructure state-owned firms and improve municipal services. Wherever we are active, we promote policies that bolster the business climate.


End Date 13/11/2017

The Associate supports and expands the technology transfer activities of the Bank in the area of climate change and resource efficiency technologies through the development of new financing schemes and the implementation of dedicated donor funded programmes.

Reporting to the Direct Finance Unit Lead, the Associate is based in London and contributes to direct investment projects for financing the corporate sector, policy dialogue activities, capacity building, and specifically contributing technical expertise, in addition to developing knowledge of the banking life cycle.

The Associate will also be required to travel extensively to visit clients' operations across the EBRD's region and their role will also include support to business/pipeline development, client management, and policy dialogue.

The EBRD has invested more than €18.5 billion in over 1,100 sustainable energy projects since the Sustainable Energy Initiative SEI commenced in 2006 and has involved into the Green Economy Transition (GET). The main goal of the EECC team is to mainstream the GET by promoting sustainable energy and resource investments (investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation,  renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency, materials efficiency and waste minimisation) throughout the Bank's operations. 

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

* Work as a team member at the project level to identify investment opportunities for climate and sustainable resource technologies (energy efficiency, water efficiency, materials efficiency, waste minimisation), contributing to all aspects of project structuring and execution, including supporting the operation leader. 
* Under the direction of the Direct Finance Unit Lead, support banking teams with marketing and business development efforts in the relevant sectors and countries to build reputable market contacts to develop a broad deal flow and cross selling – may include leading and/or supporting
* Under the direction of more senior members of the EECC team, contribute to the identification and structuring of capital investment appraisals of sustainable resource investments and review the associated implementation and operational risks.
* Contribute to the structuring and management of outsourced assignments for technical and policy services to clients. These will include project preparation, sustainable resource audits and policy advice.
* Under the direction of the Direct Finance Unit Lead, contribute to the related transaction due diligence processes ensuring they meet the Bank's standards. This will also include support in monitoring project implementation with respect to the sustainable resource initiative components.
* In cooperation with relevant units within the Bank, support selected policy dialogue projects and contribute to policy dialogue activities in a contributing role or support function with local authorities and industry associations to improve the investment climate and strengthen the EBRD impact in the area of sustainable resources.
* Support provision of relevant information or documentation for meeting participation, towards efforts to procure grants and technical cooperation funds to complement investment projects or required as part of policy dialogue effort.


Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

* Relevant degree in a technical discipline, (e.g. process/chemical/mechanical engineering, environment, science); a combination of technical and commercial skills is advantageous.
* Significant, technical and commercial work experience gained from: i) an engineering and/or consultancy organisation; or ii) a company operating in the energy, chemical, construction, or manufacturing sectors; or iii) a bank, equity fund, advisory services, corporate finance firm; within a period of 5-10 years and demonstrable track record of successful project development/deployment.
* Knowledge and experience with resource efficiency technologies and practices with a very strong awareness and interest in the related issues (energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste management, process optimisation, materials efficiency, and operation of commercial assets etc.).
* Proven track record in managing consultants and related assignments.
* Sound understanding of business and finance principles (including notions of corporate credit analysis).
* Good understanding of policy analysis and policy formulation in the areas of climate change, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, technology transfer and energy.
* Experience in emerging markets, specifically the EBRD region.
* Computer literacy and excellent written/oral communication skills in English are essential. Knowledge of French, or Russian, or Arabic are of significant advantage.
* Ability to operate consistently within business guidelines and ethics and work sensitively in multicultural environments, building effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
* Self-motivated, ability to work to and meet tight deadlines and to plan and organise work unsupervised in a logical and efficient manner.
* Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in verbal and written formats, appropriate to the audience at the time and confidence in handling senior stakeholders.
* The ability to tackle issues and problems in a logical and practical manner.





Diversity is one of the Bank's core values which are at the heart of everything it does.  A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.


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The Associate supports and expands the technology transfer activities of the Bank in the area of climate change and resource efficiency technologies through the development of new financing schemes and the implementation of dedicated donor funded programmes.