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Secondary Associate



Job Description

We are currently seeking candidates for a 2-3 year Secondary Associate position in our Secondary Investment group in London. This position is for an immediate or Summer 2018 start, depending on the candidate’s availability.

The Secondary Associate’s responsibilities will include evaluating and executing private equity investment opportunities in the secondary market. The Associate will gain exposure to all types of secondary transactions including the purchase of limited partnership interests in venture, buyout, and mezzanine funds; secondary direct transactions involving the purchase of portfolios of direct company interests; and structured secondary deals. The principal job responsibilities include investment analysis, due diligence, investment recommendation, negotiation, coordination of the closing process, and investment monitoring. Specifically, the Secondary Associate will be responsible for detailed partnership and company modeling, as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis of managers, company capital structures, and relevant industries. Given the small nature of individual deal teams, the Secondary Associate will play an integral role in determining price and communicating with others, both inside and outside the firm. The Secondary Associate will also be expected to help lead smaller transactions, while working closely with senior investment professionals on larger transactions. HarbourVest is investing out of its ninth dedicated secondary fund and has several billion of available capital to invest in new secondary transactions today.


  • Must have the ability to multi-task with little supervision;
  • Must have superb written and oral communication skills. European language skills are a positive;
  • Must have proficiency in Microsoft Excel and modeling skills;
  • European work authorization preferred.


BS/BA or equivalent


2-3 years of bulge-bracket investment banking, private equity, or consulting experience

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