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Private Equity VP / Associate Director Job Description

Circle Square has extensive experience in the Private Equity sector and is always looking for highly skilled, talented investment bankers from various backgrounds.

Private Equity VP / Associate DirectorOur PE Division typically recruit in the following Sectors:

Generalist, Healthcare, FIG, TMT (Technology, Media and Telecoms), Consumer & Retail, Real Estate, Industrials, Power, Utilities & Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Energy, Oil & Gas, Metals & Mining & Business Services.


Private Equity VP/Associate Director Job Description

We generally look for VP’s on behalf of our clients due to expansion within the business or as a replacement. Investment Managers usually report to the Director/CEO depending on the size of the business.

Experience working in one of our specialist fields would be highly beneficial;

Investment Banking / M&A within the sectors of: Generalist, Healthcare, FIG, TMT (Technology, Media and Telecoms), Consumer & Retail, Real Estate, Industrials, Power, Utilities & Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Energy, Oil & Gas, Metals & Mining & Business Services.


Private Equity VP / Associate Director Key Responsibilities

  • Usually you need three to six years private equity investment experience before promotion to this level. Candidates are rarely recruited from outside of private equity, they be recruited from another private equity firm.
  • You will begin to source and lead mid-market transactions, playing a significant role on larger transactions. Self-sufficient and require experience to get to Investment Director / Principal level.


Private Equity VP/Associate Director Executive Skills & Requirements

  • Can enter as a VP or be promoted from associate

  • Ideally 5/6 years+ PE or M&A experience from a Tier 1 bank / top boutique

  • A good knowledge of PE and the ability to apply your skills creatively to diverse client needs

  • Sound judgment, particularly in valuation matters, with strong analytic skills and the ability to talk through previous deals comprehensively



Salaries for Private Equity VP/Associate Director vary depending on experience and company size, but generally the salary levels are:

  • £70 - 100k plus bonus/carry, again this depends on the lifecycle stage, the size and track record of the fund.


Career Progression

Two to three years in this role before promotion to ID/Principal. Carried interest starts to ramp up. Once you’ve have made it to that level, you will progress to run a larger fund or look after a portfolio of Fund/Investment Managers under you. However with carry paying out in the millions with 5-7 year lifecycle on the funds, we see more people staying at this level for long periods as there is normally a fundraising period which runs half way through the investment life cycle, so once all initial cash is vested, there will be more coming and with rolling carry it becomes difficult to leave due to the amount of money you have to leave on the table.. Unless you set up your own fund!


Our PE Division recruit for Financial Roles including:

Private Equity Analysts / Investment Executives / Private Equity Associates / Investment Managers / Fund Managers / Investment Directors / Principals

For more information on our Private Equity & Venture Capital Recruitment or Private Equity Jobs

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