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Senior Investment Associate

ISP Central
, United Kingdom
Date Added: May 10, 2022

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The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of international schools which believes in amazing learning and is committed to getting better all the time. We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Investment Associate to join this dynamic and results-driven team. This role will be located in either Mexico City or Miami.

About ISP

The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of committed colleagues, in financially responsible schools around the world, all of which aim to be the school of choice in their local area. Learning is at the heart of everything we do for our students, colleagues, and parents. We are committed to getting better, all the time.

ISP was founded by an experienced team of committed educationalists and operators who have worked together over many years. Our growing group of private schools located in the UK, the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Switzerland Costa Rica, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and Vietnam educate children and students from 2–18 years of age. We have now expanded to 57 schools that employ over 8,000 staff and deliver multiple curricula to over 46,000 students located across the globe.

We believe that successful schools are the ones that put learning at the heart of everything they do, always aiming to create rounded individuals that can forge successful careers and lives, in a rapidly changing world. Our goal is to enable our schools to be the leading school of choice in their local area. At ISP we continue to engage with schools around the world that are interested in becoming part of our global group of schools and look forward to welcoming more students and staff to the group.

About the role

The Investment and Partnerships team is responsible for acquiring and building schools globally. This is a fast-paced team working across global time-zones to grow our family of schools.

The Senior Investment Associate will be located in either Mexico City or Miami, directly supporting the Group Chief Investment Officer and working alongside other Associates in supporting our investment efforts. Both cities are regional hubs for ISP, and the individual will have the ability to work both remotely as well as in an office environment. The team is extremely collegiate in approach and this individual will be expected to work across numerous cultures and geographies. There is close collaboration with Investment Directors who work across the globe to grow ISP’s platform. The successful candidate will be at the centre of our fast-paced team, and will be responsible for assisting with the sourcing, evaluating, negotiating and structuring of potential deals.

They will be a fast learner who is agile, able to adapt quickly and successfully to an ever-changing list of demands. A strong work ethic, positive attitude and commitment to be at their best professionally are all key qualities.

Great communication skills are essential in this role, which will involve deal origination and transaction management. Experience in excel and modelling skills are key.

Progression within the team and the company is well mapped and varied.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing market knowledge and identifying potential acquisitions of individual assets or group
  • Interpreting financial reports and creating financial models to build an investment case
  • Transaction management: interaction with the Group Heads of M&A, Legal and Tax to ensure deals are managed efficiently
  • Managing the approach to acquisition: identifying targets and liaising directly with business / school owners
  • Identifying schools’ attributes and owners; initial diligence
  • Engaging with prospective schools, creating a setting for a successful approach
  • Developing relationships with key stakeholders both internal and external
  • Collaborating with and supporting Investment Directors by creating schedules of meetings with relevant stakeholder and helping with the preparation for these meetings.
  • Maintaining the proprietary database of schools to ensure seamless cross team working
  • Writing investment reports for the Executive Team and Board
Additional Responsibilities

  • Writing and updating market macro-research and mapping reports
  • Collaborating with advisors on demographic and socio-economic analysisSupporting the team with any necessary research and data that informs the decision-making process throughout the transaction with input to investment reports, risks and regulation reports and other ad-hoc requirements
  • Drafting reports on specific topics and geographies based on own research and using clear referencing system
  • Responsibility for financial modelling to support new build projects and acquisitions

About You

Qualifications & Experience

  • University degree level minimum
  • Professional qualification such as CFA or CA preferred
  • 4-10 years+ experience in a commercial or professional services environment
  • Collegiate team focus
  • Commercial acumen, and ability to understand business drivers
  • Advanced financial understanding
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Confident, articulate communicator and presenter
  • Personable and a successful networker and persuaded
  • Ability to manage own priorities and work independently
  • Self-starter, motivated to succeed, able to deal effectively with ambiguity
  • Familiarity with the education sector would be an asset


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are therefore subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering their previous employment including:

  • An enhanced DBS disclosure / police check from country of residence / birth and any country of residence within the last 10 years.
  • The receipt of at least two satisfactory references


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