At Octopus we’re transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people. We’ve built market-leading positions in a number of specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ over 500 people and manage more than £6 billion on behalf of more than 50,000 investors. Our products don’t just help real people solve real life problems, they also make a positive impact on the world around us.
The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Investments, Octopus Property, Octopus Ventures and Octopus Labs. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.
We are looking for an experienced Portfolio Director to oversee funds invested in energy generating assets valued in excess of £2.7Bn. The operational activities include solar power parks, wind farms, gas fired generators (also called Reserve Power, RP) and biomass and landfill gas projects as well as anaerobic digestion systems (AD). The Funds invested are a mix of Octopus managed retail products (EIS, VCT, ITS), institutional fund LPs and project finance from a range of banks. This role will be a key point of contact for investors and will represent Octopus at fund board level and on the Boards of investee companies.
The role is a senior member of the Octopus Energy Asset Management (OEAM) team within the Octopus Energy Investments (OEI) department. The underlying investments, in c.300 energy generating companies, are managed by specialist teams within OEAM who focus on driving performance from the underlying assets. The Portfolio Director manages a team of three, reports to the head of OEAM and is a member of the OEAM Management Team.
The overall aim of the Portfolio team is to concentrate on the needs, structure and mandate of clients and ensure that those needs are met and, where possible, exceeded.
We are looking for someone with experience working with institutional investors, preferably in infrastructure. Strong (proven) communication and marketing skills are essential in order to deliver impeccable investor reports, to fundraise effectively and to interact with and influence stakeholders across the business. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years portfolio management experience including some transaction experience, will be highly numerate, potentially an ex-accountant, and will be an experienced people manager. They will thrive in fast moving and growing business – continually improving the systems, processes and the quality of deliverables. They will have years of experience writing clear, concise, open, honest, accurate and easy to read board level reports and papers as well as marketing materials.
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