Investment Officer

World Bank Group

Bucharest, Romania

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

The Europe Infrastructure department is a dynamic team with members in Vienna (main hub), Belgrade, Warsaw, Tbilisi and Kyiv, which makes investments in infrastructure transactions ranging across several sectors including power, natural resources, transportation, telecom, technology and urban infrastructure.  Our geographic focus countries include Ukraine, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.  
We are seeking an Investment Officer in Bucharest, Romania. IFC together with the World Bank is present in Romania for over 30 years and has an operating office with 69 investment and support staff including coverage of all of the three IFC industry departments, i.e. MAS, FIG and now expanding its Infrastructure footprint. The selected candidate will work as a fully integrated member of the Infrastructure team across the IFC business cycle, with focus on client relationship management, business development, deal execution, and portfolio investment management.  The geographic focus of the selected candidate will be Romania, however the selected candidate would work across all of emerging Europe.

Role and Responsibilities:

The role and responsibilities of the position will include but not be limited to:
  • Develop a network across IFC and the World Bank Group to take a holistic approach to the development challenges in Romania.
  • Romania market coverage.  This includes gathering market intelligence, mapping market players, analyzing trends, emerging risks and opportunities.
  • Business development with focus on Romania. Includes generating and strengthening client relationships, understanding client needs, and bringing IFC’s suite of advisory, project collaboration/co-development, and full range of financial products to generate a robust pipeline in line with IFC’s business objectives.
  • Lead investment transactions.  Supervise investments in IFC’s portfolio.  Financial products will span a wide range and will include project finance, corporate debt, mezzanine financing, equity.  Sectors will span across IFC’s Infrastructure and Energy practice listed above.  Geographies will span across IFC’s emerging Europe coverage, listed above.
  • Mentor and coach more junior team members.  
  • Actively contribute to and help shape a healthy and productive working culture that supports business delivery and professional development.
Selection Criteria:
  • Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification from a renowned university with a specialization in Finance, Business, Economics, or another relevant field.  
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in investment/corporate banking, project finance, infrastructure project development, and/or equity investing.
  • Broad understanding of infrastructure sectors such as power, transportation, utilities, natural resources, telecom and technology, industry drivers, latest trends and changes, and standard market transaction arrangements; or deepening knowledge within one of the infrastructure sectors are highly desirable.
  • Thorough understanding of economic and commercial trends, investment environment, and key private and public sector players in the region.
  • Prior experience in Romania a plus, but not a requirement.  Prior experience in emerging Europe a strong plus.
  • Strong analytical and financial structuring skills (including financial modeling experience) and sound business judgment.
  • Demonstrated client relationship skills including the ability to assist clients with project development and interact effectively with counterparts at all levels.
  • Appreciation of legal, technical, environmental, social, and other considerations in project and corporate finance.
  • Fluency in English is required.  Fluency in Romanian is a plus but not a requirement. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Skilled at project planning, analysis, and execution.
  • Ability to work in culturally diverse and geographically dispersed teams.
  • Proactive, self-motivated, and well-organized.
  • Ability to work well under time pressures with minimal instruction or supervision.