We’re Hiring !

Financial Analyst

 

About Uprise Africa: 

Uprise.Africa is South Africa’s only equity crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs and retail investors. We are looking for a passionate, flexible and creative Financial Analyst to join us in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to change the world by connecting entrepreneurs around the African Continent with the capital they deserve to make their dreams come true and, most importantly, provide returns for their investors. 

About you…

  • You have experience with startups and venture capital

  • You have a passion for startups, and technology

  • You are analytical and can do independent research on the internet

  • You have excellent written communication skills

  • You are outgoing and can talk to just about anyone

About Our Position 

This position is available immediately for someone who can devote at minimum 20 hours per week but prefer 40 hours. We are flexible with schedules but candidate may not work remotely. Our primary goal for this candidate is education and the potential for permanent hire.

Our aim is to encourage entrepreneurship and buffer the ecosystem that supports it. We hope our interns gain practical skills and real-world knowledge they can apply in the industries they’re interested in.

Role Overview:

As a Venture / Financial Analyst, you will be responsible for reviewing funding applications, nurturing companies through the selection process, and helping Uprise Africa and it’s partners select companies for our portfolios. You will research and uncover investment opportunities to enhance your investing acumen. 

The ideal candidate will have meaningful exposure to private company investing and a passion for quantitatively and qualitatively evaluating investment opportunities in the venture capital landscape.

You will be the one to ensure that our selection funnel is a well-oiled machine, moving the gears, and ultimately helping our companies be successful.

The area of responsibility for this role is very wide and thus requires thorough knowledge and most importantly a passion to learn and be involved in various company processes from both a strategic and execution standpoint. To be successful in this role, you should have extensive knowledge in the startup scene, finance, and CRM software. Ultimately, you will help ensure we only work with companies that fit within ours and our partners business objectives.

This position will propel your career opportunities forward by giving you exposure and real responsibility to make an impact on a growing team. 

You will have to spent time supporting portfolio companies by assisting with financial models and pitch presentations. 

You will help with…

  • Managing the Uprise Africa  application process

  • Send out interview invitations

  • Collect and prepare the presentation decks

  • Coordinate 1-on-1 interviews, both for selection and interviews

  • Score and rank applications for selection

  • On-boarding all new Uprise companies

  • Keeping Portfolio Overview documents up to date.

Responsibilities:

  • Your primary focus will be around identifying, researching and communicating best practices for crowd-investment success for our portfolio of companies, and helping to nurture new companies through the selection process.

  • You will help our portfolio companies meet the challenges of scaling their businesses as well as their campaign success by building a relevant network of executives, service-providers, corporates and growth stage investors.

  • You will help organize meaningful events for our portfolio and bring leaders together to share what they know via our community and webinars.

  • You will have the opportunity to perform due diligence research on potential portfolio companies, design and execute marketing and biz-dev plans, and observe applicant company pitches.

REQUIREMENTS

  • A bachelor’s degree in finance, business administration, economics, accounting, and or MBA. 

  • Ambitious and flexible, prepared to frequently step out of your comfort zone, work hard to deliver the team’s goals, and have a desire to create a positive, happy work environment.

  • A strong drive and the ability to self-direct, especially on multiple projects at any one time. Our work and time is open-ended by nature and you must be able to identify and execute on opportunities to contribute to the team with little, if any, management or direction

  • Personable, engaging and able to build relationships quickly and easily.

  • Able to research, assimilate and communicate complex ideas clearly and succinctly in writing and verbally. You will see the big picture, and you’ll sweat the tiniest details.

  • A leader and are able to initiate change with an ability to listen, counsel and coach.

  • Have had exposure to the technology industry within a startup, leading technology company or consultancy.

  • Have an outstanding network in the startup scene.

  • Graduated from a leading university with an excellent academic record.

  • Underwrite and evaluate investments-based risk and return fundamentals

  • Assist with deal structuring and the evaluation of term sheets

  • Prepare discounted cash flow analyses, competitive market analyses and development model analyses for current and pipeline opportunities

  • Join meetings with current and pipeline company management teams and co-investors

  • Assist in the preparation of pitch decks for companies

  • Limitless curiosity about business models, competitive dynamics and innovation

  • An interest in diving deep in more than one investment category, gaining exposure to companies across the financial technology landscape including cryptocurrency, trading platforms, data businesses and technology companies.

  • Passion for high quality work and the ability to relentlessly pursue continuous improvement

  • Interest in pursuing personal and professional growth by learning new principles

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office — specifically PowerPoint and Excel

  • Organized and planning ahead, but you don’t get stressed out when things change at the last minute. Because they will. You roll with it.

  • Write things down. You document your process and maintain records so that if you got hit by a bus we we’ll be very sad but still able to continue operating.

  • Are professional and presentable and greet everyone cheerfully. 

  • Have a reliable laptop computer and smartphone.

  • Comfortable with the Google Apps suite of products. You’re eager to learn about new tools and ways to be more productive.

  • Get to Inbox Zero every day.

  • Don’t gossip and have discretion.

  • Have a cover letter and resume that demonstrates strong attention to detail and appreciation for a polished product.

BENEFITS

  • Starting pay of 300 per hour up to 20 hours per week depending on level of experience (room for growth into a full time position that will help launch a new type of venture fund)

  • Competitive paid time off (vacation, sick days, and public holidays)

  • Potential for full time hire with industry competitive salary. 

  • Free weekly lunches, plus endless snacks and drink supply

  • Opportunity to make a meaningful impact in a revolutionary space

We’re looking forward to meeting you and wish you the best of luck in the recruitment process!

Interested candidates should send via an e-mail referencing “Financial Analyst” to admin@uprise.africa: a CV (maximum 3 pages) and a cover letter describing your relevant qualifications as well as your motivations for seeking a career opportunity in equity crowdfunding

NB Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted.