Project Finance Analyst

Ratings /
Full-time /
What is Sylvera anyway? ‍👩‍👨🌳
Sylvera provides carbon data for genuine climate impact. Our mission is to incentivize investment in real climate action. 

Purchasing credits through the carbon markets is one of the most established and scalable ways to channel finance from the private sector to effective climate solutions and work toward societal net zero. Unfortunately, the voluntary carbon markets have been plagued with mistrust and a lack of effectiveness since they’ve emerged – until Sylvera. 

To help organizations ensure they're making the most effective investments, Sylvera builds software that independently and accurately automates the evaluation of carbon projects that capture, remove, or avoid emissions. With Sylvera's data and tools, businesses and governments can confidently invest in, benchmark, deliver, and report real climate impact. 

Our team is made up of leading minds in climate change from scientists to policy, finance and carbon market experts. We work in partnership with scientific organisations, universities, governments and think tanks to develop and test rigorous and holistic ratings methodologies, leveraging the latest technology. Founded in 2020, Sylvera has 150+ employees across the world with offices in London, New York, Belgrade and Singapore. We’ve raised over $96million from leading VCs like Balderton Capital, Index Ventures and Insight Partners to date. 

What will I be doing? ‍‍👩‍💻👨‍💻
Having found an early product-market fit in a nascent, rapidly growing space, we’re scaling our Ratings Team at pace to support our upstream carbon assessments. We’re looking for a mission-driven senior analyst to conduct upstream carbon project assessments and help build our expert assessment methodologies. The Financial Analyst will be devoted to ensuring our carbon project assessments are built on robust and comprehensive data and analysis. It’s a critical role at the heart of our business - you’ll work within a large team of multidisciplinary analysts, working together to leverage all the skills and insights necessary to drive value for our customers. You will report to our Head of Ratings.

Specific responsibilities will include:

    • Conducting carbon project financial assessments, providing deep due diligence on carbon projects laser-focused on providing value to the customer through timely and robust data and insights
    • Assessing projects execution risk, financial feasibility, and financial additionality
    • Assess upstream and early stage carbon projects that are not yet issuing credits 
    • Contributing towards the carbon project assessment process improvement; ensuring a balance of materiality, scalability, interpretability and comparability across our assessment methodologies
    • Writing reports on projects quality and risk
    • Collaborating across the Ratings Department and with other internal data teams to ensure that knowledge is shared and approaches are challenged with empathy and shared understanding
    • Ensuring that critical quality assurance processes are upheld to maintain our status as the markets most trusted data provider with our carbon project assessments
    • Promote and uphold best practices in the team, including keeping customer value at the heart of what we do
    • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research, such as assessing project documentation, third party data, news reports and modelling formulas

We’re looking for someone who: 🧠💚

    • Has 2-3 years of experience in project finance or project risk at an investment bank, project developer, consulting firm, ratings agency, or similar institution 
    • Has experience assessing project finance risk and project risk assessment 
    • Has deep critical thinking skills and ability to apply logical principles in order to quickly determine actionable solution pathways to complex problems 
    • Excellent written communication and collaboration skills
    • Fast learner, self-starter, intellectually curious, quantitative and ready to get up-to-speed in a complex and technical domain 
    • Has knowledge of early stage infrastructure projects 
    • Has a basic knowledge of carbon offsets or carbon markets - or a clear willingness to learn
    • Takes initiative, excellent time-management skills, and adapts easily to change especially when operating toward deadlines
    • Is a self-starter who thrives in constantly evolving environments, ideally with early-stage experience
We’d like someone highly ambitious, motivated and eager to propel their career forward. We prioritise grit, positivity, and the willingness to get stuck in, and encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't exactly match this job description

Benefits 💰
- Equity in a rapidly growing startup
- Private Health Insurance and Life Assurance 
- Unlimited annual leave - and encouragement to actually use it!
- Enhanced parental leave 
- Up to 20 days paid sick leave 
- £500 WFH allowance 
- No corners cut in having the best tech to do your job
- Access to Mental Health support via Spill
- Monthly team socials

Location 🌍 
UK (with access to an office in London if you wanted to come in) 

Our Values 🙌
Own it: We make new mistakes. We build on the momentum of our wins and reflect on and learn from our failures.
Stay curious: We keep our focus on the long-term, even if that means short-term challenges.
Do what’s right - even when it’s hard: We take a growth mindset to our work, our customers, our market and the opportunities ahead of us. 
Collaborate and challenge with empathy: Our teams deliver through active collaboration. We invest in each others’ success and make the company stronger in the long-run.
Empower Customers: Make extraordinary efforts to exceed our customer expectations. If we’re serving our customers to the fullest, we can help direct more investment into real climate impact.

What if you’re a partial fit? 🌱
We prioritise grit, positivity, and the willingness to get stuck in, and encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't exactly match this job description. 

Equal employment opportunity 🌈
Sylvera is an equal opportunity employer: we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.