Careers

We believe in the power of transformative business to answer social and environmental challenges – our values are embodied by our people and in the way we work.

Our team at ClearlySo is made up of a diverse range of individuals, from many different professional and cultural backgrounds, and we
are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. Working in the growing impact investment space means that we offer something
different to the financial mainstream – you might make a lot less money, but you will have the chance to change the world.

To find out more about any of our vacancies, please get in touch:

RECRUITMENT@CLEARLYSO.COM

We are currently recruiting for the following roles at ClearlySo:

Senior Finance Manager

This is a permanent, full-time position based in ClearlySo’s London office.

ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank. We work exclusively with entrepreneurs and funds delivering positive social and/or environmental impact as well as financial return, providing them with corporate finance advice and assisting them in raising investment capital. ClearlySo has advised 100+ clients raising over £100m of investment, from a broad network of individual and institutional investors, to help them scale their business. We are seeking outstanding individuals who share our vision of a financial system that supports positive impact.

The Role

The Senior Finance Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Finance function, for improving ClearlySo’s capacity for financial tracking and planning, and for providing strategic financial support to the senior management team.

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Senior Finance Manager will take full ownership of ClearlySo’s accounting and financial systems, ensuring that they meet the required standards internally and with our stakeholders, as an FCA-regulated organization.

In addition, the Senior Finance Manager will play an important role in the growth and development of ClearlySo’s strategy.  They will work closely with the senior management team to develop budgets, manage financial performance, and provide analysis and insight on strategic decisions.

We are looking for someone who will thrive in a fast-growing, values-driven company, who likes to get things done, and will seek to continually improve ClearlySo’s financial management as it grows.

Key Activities

Manage day-to-day running of the Finance function:

Full ownership of ClearlySo’s financial accounting systems

Manage the completion of comprehensive monthly and annual management accounts and report on the financial position of the business, including consolidation of financial statements

Manage payroll, expenses and over overhead allocations

Administer company pension scheme and employee share scheme

Manage accounts payable

Raise invoices to clients and manage credit control

Submit quarterly VAT returns

Provide and interpret financial information:

Provide timely and accurate financial reports to the Board

Manage statutory accounts preparation and be the main point of call for auditors

Assist with reporting to ClearlySo’s investors

Develop external relationships with appropriate contacts including auditors, solicitors, HMRC, and statutory organisations

Support longer-term financial planning and analysis:

Develop and update budgets, and liaise with the senior management team around performance against budget

Model future scenarios to assess strategic business decisions

Complete ad-hoc commercial analysis

Continue to improve our financial management processes and controls, to meet compliance requirements and minimize financial risk

Must-haves:

Minimum 7 years experience within accountancy/finance based roles, including leadership positions

CIMA, ACCA or ACA qualified

Excellent numeracy and Excel skills

Good communication to non-finance professionals

Commercially astute

Commitment to accuracy and attention to detail

Ability to work independently; initiative to improve on current systems; must be a problem solver

Nice-to-haves:

Experience of Xero

Familiarity with FCA regulated companies

Experience in a financial intermediary, investment bank or corporate finance house

Familiarity with investment including debt & equity

Experience in an entrepreneurial environment, building a quality finance function within a small team

Experience running a finance function in an SME

Interest in ClearlySo’s mission of building a better financial system that supports positive social and environmental impact

What we offer:

A front row seat in the fast-growing field of impact investment

Salary within £50,000 to £60,000 range, depending on experience

Stock options after one year of employment, and bonuses based upon firm-wide performance

High level of exposure to businesses, entrepreneurs and investors at the forefront of impact investing

Opportunity to work alongside highly-motivated and diverse team with a strong commitment to achieving our mission

A pleasant, collaborative and dynamic place of work

How to apply:

To apply, please email recruitment@clearlyso.com with your CV and a brief letter telling us why you would be a great fit for the role.

ClearlySo is an Equal Opportunities employer.

Applicants must have an appropriate visa to work in the UK.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Impact Fund Advisory - Consultant

ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank. We work exclusively with entrepreneurs and funds delivering attractive financial returns as well as positive social and/or environmental impact, providing them with corporate finance advice and assisting them in raising investment capital.

ClearlySo has advised 100+ clients raising well over £115m of investment, from a broad network of individual and institutional investors, to help them scale their business. 2016 saw significant milestones including Octopus Ventures becoming our largest institutional investor, moving into upgraded office premises, a surge in impact fund mandates, and being named ‘Business Consultancy of the Year’ at the British Small Business Awards.

You can read more about the work we do and the clients we work with at our website: ClearlySo.com.

About the Role

ClearlySo’s Impact Fund Advisory team provides bespoke research, structuring advice, and capital-raising services to impact funds across the UK and Europe.  Recent successes have included capital-raising strategy and execution for a leading impact-focused UK equities fund, a feasibility study for an early-stage venture debt fund, and an impact sector analysis for a lower mid-market private equity investor.

Impact Fund Advisory is a fast-growing business division at ClearlySo with a full and exciting pipeline of opportunities. As a result, we are seeking Consultants to support the existing team, initially on a project-led short-term basis. The position can be full-time or part time, depending on the candidate and the project.

We are looking to hear from Impact Fund Advisory Consultants with experience across one or more of the following areas:

– Research and due diligence into investment opportunities for private equity funds

– Strategic and financial advice regarding fund design and structure

– Financial modelling of fund structures to assess potential for scale and profitability

– Sales and distribution of fund opportunities including devising a fundraising strategy, liquidity analyses of investor appetite, preparing marketing documents, and executing capital-raising from individual and/or institutional investors

 

In addition, all candidates should be analytical, commercially-minded, and enthusiastic about the opportunity to support the growth and development of impact funds.  Previous experience in impact investing is a bonus, but not essential.

The length of the consultancy projects will vary from 1 to 6 months initially.  We anticipate full-time roles will potentially develop for the right candidate.

If you are interested, please email us on recruitment@clearlyso.com with an up to date CV, and a brief letter telling us why your skills and experience make you a good fit.

Impact, Research & Innovation – General Application

We are always on the lookout for outstanding candidates to join ClearlySo’s Impact Research & Innovation team.

ClearlySo’s IR&I team are delivering a new set of tools and services to empower private equity investment firms to take action to increase the positive impact of their portfolios. This is a challenging and innovative project, breaking new ground in incorporating impact into the investment decisions of private equity firms.

Throughout 2017 there will be several exciting roles available within the team, with possibilities to join full-time, part-time or freelance.

As of January 2017, we are particularly looking for:

Part-time or freelance ESG/impact analysts, who bring a wealth of knowledge about existing ESG & impact measurement best practice, and strong research and analytical skills.

Part-time or freelance business development experts, who know the private equity industry inside out, with a deep understanding of the opportunities, constraints and people within it.

The team is currently small, so there are lots of opportunities for growth. All candidates should be analytical, commercially-minded, and enthusiastic about the opportunity to influence private equity investors to actively consider impact.

If these roles sound exciting, or you have other suggestions of how you could contribute, please email us on recruitment@clearlyso.com telling us why you find the work of the Impact Research & Innovation team appealing, and what skills and experience you could add to the team.

About ClearlySo

ClearlySo is the leading UK financial intermediary in the growing impact investing space.

As an investment bank, we work with ventures and funds delivering positive social and/or environmental impact as well as financial return. Primarily, we provide ventures and funds with corporate finance advice and assisting them in raising investment capital. ClearlySo has advised clients raising over £100m of investment, from a broad network of individual and institutional investors, to help them scale their business.

In addition, we have launched a new team, Impact Research & Innovation, that provides tools to support private equity investors to integrate impact into their investment and portfolio management decisions.

ClearlySo seeks outstanding individuals who share our vision of a financial system that supports positive impact. You can read more about the work we do at our website: ClearlySo.com.