Associate or Senior Associate

Desired start: Rolling start dates throughout 2022

Location:  Kampala, Uganda

Advancing African economies, building future generations of business leaders – Help us realize a big vision!

Who we are

Open Capital Advisors is a management consulting and financial advisory firm that drives growth, enables investment, and builds markets across Africa. We help high-impact businesses achieve scale, support investors to deploy capital, and enable development partners and the public sector to drive inclusive market-based solutions.

Since our inception in 2010, we have completed more than 1,000 engagements across 25+ countries in Africa and have raised more than US $1 billion in capital for impactful growing businesses. Our clients have transformed local industries ranging from agribusiness to off-grid energy, fintech, and healthcare, among others. We offer our clients best-in-class strategic, operational, and financial advisory services — we are deeply passionate and invested in designing innovative and impactful solutions— including market-building mechanisms, investment vehicles, and market accelerators—to help overcome some of the biggest challenges Africa faces.

Today, our Africa-based team is a diverse mix of 150+ talented individuals of 15+ nationalities, with gender parity across levelsWe are committed to building and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment and live by our values, to act together, own outcomes, question boldly, and believe in others. Our team brings experience from the world’s top consultancies, private equity firms, investment banks, development organizations, and the private sector, including The Boston Consulting Group, Bain, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, IFC, and The World Bank. We currently have offices in Nairobi, Kampala, Lusaka, and Lagos – in the coming years, our ambition is to double our team size, and to expand geographies. Our people are our biggest asset in achieving our mission and we proactively invest in their growth and development.

The Associate or Senior Associate role

We have built a platform to drive change through African markets and are seeking exceptional team members to join us in a 2-year minimum career-track role based in Kampala. During this time, you will work closely with our senior management team to develop new business and industry strategies, help organizations to improve their operations, structure capital raises, and pioneer products and services across Africa; we work in teams, and you will support us in coaching and mentoring our junior team members. You will be based in our Kampala office, working closely with our Uganda team of 25+ consultants, as well as on international projects working alongside our broader team from the Kenyan and West African offices.  

As an Associate or Senior Associate, you will support multiple live projects simultaneously across a range of high-growth industries and client types. On a day-to-day basis, you will perform market research, develop financial models and solutions to challenging business issues, and create business strategy presentations for clients, among others. You will also be expected to take ownership for large workstreams of client projects, interact directly and effectively with the client team, and support some of our team’s business development efforts. Associates/Senior Associates will receive training wherever needed and take on increasing responsibility as you grow in your role. Our work does not end with recommendations; often, Open Capital teams oversee execution and implementation, working with all levels of client staff.

You will join Open Capital at an exciting time – we are seeking to achieve broad, ambitious growth goals, and leverage our strong international brand across clients, service lines, and geographies.  We are being called to solve challenges in many diverse frontier markets – from Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda to Malawi, Sierra Leone, Niger, and the DRC. The right candidate should be excited to take on a new level of responsibility and genuinely motivated by the challenging strategic and financial questions we answer for our clients.

Your skills and experience

We are looking for exceptional, hard-working, and ambitious early career professionals who share our motivation and drive. Associates/Senior Associates should be able to develop insightful analyses, perform excellent work, contribute fresh ideas, and take pleasure in the work we do. Our team is energetic and driven and we are quick to reward performance and initiative.

  • Preference for candidates with 4-5 years of proven working experience in management consulting, investment banking, or a high-growth business with significant responsibility for deliverables and client service;
  • Significant experience leading or supporting relevant projects, including strong communication skills and analytical abilities;
  • Ability to effectively work with clients at all levels and backgrounds;
  • Interest in guiding teams and mentoring our Analysts and junior team members;
  • Excellent command in written and spoken English is required.