Business Development Associate

London, UK
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Acumen is looking for a dynamic self-starter with 2-4 years’ experience in sales support, client services, and/or administration; someone who has exceptional energy and detail-oriented execution skills, who thrives in complexity and has a proven commitment to addressing global poverty.

About Acumen:
Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $111 million in 104 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.

About the Role:
Acumen’s BD team in London is small, fun and committed and the BD Associate will play a few important roles. Firstly, you will support on research, event planning and coordination, documentation, and local logistical support for all things Business Development. This will include creating documents and pitch decks, running local reports and keeping our BD database up to date, and prepping BD team members for external meetings with top-notch research on prospects.

Secondly, the BD Associate will specifically support the Senior Director of BD in London. In this role your responsibilities will broadly include supporting the Senior  Director’s strategic relationship management with external stakeholders, communications and logistical support for fundraising meetings, events and related activities.

Lastly, you will support on basic administration in the London office to ensure smooth daily operations. Your responsibilities cover all administrative and logistical elements of the London team’s operations including event planning and visitor support.

Specifically, the Business Development Associate will:

Business Development:
+       Supporting follow-up and coordination of engagement opportunities with our local community of Partners
+       Preparation of materials for internal and external meetings including printing and updating PowerPoint decks, etc.
+       Coordinating logistics for local Acumen events, planning and coordinating with the host, managing guest lists, effective capture and follow-up
+       Ensure robust communications by updating contacts and business cards into our CMS system
+       Maintain a presence at desk in order to efficiently and expediently respond to the immediate needs of the BD team

Administration (shared responsibility):
+       Receive inbound calls for the general Acumen office line and route the calls appropriately
+       Act as internal resource and liaison for various operational needs (technology, insurance, security, general office administration, etc.)
+       Ensure smooth administrative entry for new hires including email, laptop and phone set up; building security/entry and overall  orientation and integration

Support to Senior Director of BD:
+       Arrange and ensure the seamless run of the day to day schedules of the Senior Director of BD
+       Manage all contacts of Senior Director in Outlook and Salesforce, and manage entry of his Call Reports
+       Process monthly expenses for Senior Director as/if requested

About You:
First and foremost, you are eager to learn and you are an enthusiastic team player. You enjoy a fast-paced work environment and the execution of multiple projects at a time. You are able to follow processes carefully and implement new ones when necessary but you are also sufficiently confident to spot areas for improvement and act on your initiative. You are energetic and passionate about Acumen’s mission, and you are excited to grow by working in an innovative, collaborative work environment.

You are hardworking, smart, and energetic. You are exceptional at execution, you have a strong attention to detail, you are a natural problem solver, and you are excited by a fast-paced, global work environment that demands excellence. You will be a self-starter, with strong written and verbal communication skills and presence, comfort with multi-tasking, and ease & effectiveness interacting with the full range of internal and external stakeholders on a routine basis.

You are a detailed oriented, savvy communicator who is comfortable supporting fundraising activities.  You are creative in working on a team working to seek out new relationships and develop meaningful partnerships. We have a small and energetic team, and this is a roll-up-your-sleeves kind of role.

More specifically, you bring:

+       2-4 years’ professional experience; bachelor\’s degree is required
+       Superior detail orientation; proven success in detail-demanding roles
+       Proficiency with PowerPoint is required; experience in is a plus
+       Curiosity and coachability; someone who is self-motivated and hungry to learn
+       Comfort in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; ability to prioritize and multi-task
+       Demonstrated interest in or commitment to tackling poverty, and/or social enterprise
+       Permanent work authorization in the UK

To Apply:
Please submit a resume and response to the following questions here:

1. Why are you on fire about working at Acumen? (MAX: 150 words)
2. What are your top two skills relevant to this position? Give evidence of these skills have made you successful in the past. (MAX 150 words)

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; deadline to apply is Monday, April 16th, 2018.