Acumen Latin America seeks a committed Senior Portfolio Associate with 5-7 years of experience to help build and manage a world-class investment portfolio of game-changing enterprises that impact the lives of low income communities across Latin America; fluency in English and Spanish is a must.


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 $106 million in 96 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.

Acumen Latin America

Acumen’s commitment to Latin America began in 2012. With an initial focus in Colombia and Peru, we have built an investment portfolio of eight companies, a committed team and strong community in the region. Core to our success is the ability to identify, resource, and build a world class portfolio that demonstrates the power of patient capital to solve the problems of poverty in Latin America and the world more broadly. Equally important is to leverage our experience into insights that compel this ecosystem of funders, operators, and policy makers to catalyze a broader paradigm shift in the battle against poverty.


As Senior Portfolio Associate, you will play a key role in the success, development and impact of Acumen’s portfolio in Latin America, with an initial focus on Colombia, Peru and Central America. As part of your core function, you will provide management support to existing portfolio companies by building relationships, identifying key challenges and mobilizing resources; and grow our portfolio by identifying and developing a strong pipeline of investment opportunities. In addition, you will play a critical role shaping Acumen’s portfolio strategy, management process, team and influence in Latin America.

More specifically, you will:

Identify, cultivate and execute an attractive pipeline of investment opportunities that impact low income communities  

  • Identify pipeline: Build an exhaustive network of relationships (including corporate, entrepreneur, NGO, academic, investor, advisory) to identify new pipeline opportunities for Acumen
  • Conduct Investment Processes: Develop attractive opportunities by building relationships with promoters; conducting evaluations and analyses; thorough due diligence; and structure and execute investments
  • Investment Documentation: Prepare, present, and maintain detailed and compelling investment documentation for Acumen’s Investment Committee, and Board of Directors

Develop and implement a post investment management strategy to add significant value to investee companies

  • Design and implement post-investment management
  • Serve in a senior relationship capacity for Acumen Latin America, developing close contact with portfolio company promoters, including representing Acumen as a Director on Boards
  • Design and evaluate key metrics to measure the social and financial returns on investments
  • Develop long-term relationships with external stakeholders including funders, investors, co-investors, advisors, thought leaders, sector and functional experts to provide business development and strategic post-investment management across the Lat Am Portfolio

Qualifications & Characteristics

  • Bachelor's Degree is required; MBA preferable
  • Fluency in writing and speaking English and Spanish is required
  • Strong financial, modeling and business analysis skills as demonstrated by prior experience is required
  • Ideally be familiar with the impact investing/social enterprise sector
  • Ideal candidates will bring:
    • 5-7 years of principal investing experience, including financial and operational due diligence of private companies. Understanding of early stage businesses and entrepreneurs is a plus
    • 5-7 years of management consulting or operational experience with a proven track record of delivering operational and management support to companies or internal units
  • Solid operational skills including problem solving and project management skills, including ability to work and deliver projects independently, proactively and under pressure
  • Strong communication skills and ability to be a "storyteller" of our work

Additional characteristics we are looking for:

  • Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, the organization’s mission and business model, and respect for our core values: generosity, accountability, humility, audacity, listening, leadership, integrity, respect
  • Ability to thrive when there is ambiguity, remain cool-headed when there are curve balls, and withstand the tests of a rapidly changing environment with resilience and resolve
  • A sense of humor (really)



The deadline for this position is 31st May, 2017. Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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