VC Principal @ Main Sequence in Sydney, Australia

Main Sequence

The Principal role is a unique opportunity for us to expand the venture capital talent ecosystem in Australia. We are doing this with a focus on attracting a diverse team of the brightest and most imaginative minds who bring differing perspectives, unique views and life experiences to the team. We have a few things in common that we need our Principal to share: respect for each other’s differences, personal passion, a thirst for learning, willingness to think the unthinkable, trust in the unexpected and believe in each other and the power of team.

The Investment Principal will play a key leadership role in the identification, evaluation, execution and management of investment opportunities within the Main Sequence Planetary Challenge areas. You will create and fund world-leading companies solving massive problems by commercializing Australian research, and supporting those companies along their journey, typically as a Board Director or Observer.

Sydney or Melbourne location preferred

Applications close 17 March 2023


Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the evaluation and due diligence process for potential investment opportunities, including conducting market research, financial analysis, and company assessments
  • Develop and execute investment theses within one or more of our Planetary Challenges, working closely with the investment team to identify and evaluate potential investment opportunities
  • Champion and build awareness of Main Sequence with founders, researchers and other stakeholders.
  • Act as a primary point of contact for portfolio companies, providing strategic guidance and support to help them achieve their growth objectives, and taking a Board seat where appropriate
  • Build and maintain relationships with co-investors
  • Contribute to the development and refinement of the firm’s investment processes and methodologies
  • Stay up-to-date on industry trends, emerging technologies, and competitive landscape in the deep tech sector
  • Mentor and develop junior team members, helping them to grow and advance in their careers


  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field, such as engineering, science, business or finance
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to understand and evaluate complex technologies and business models
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate and influence a diverse group of stakeholders
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience and demonstrated leadership in venture capital, private equity, consulting, or a related field
  • A passion for deep tech and a strong interest in supporting the commercialization of innovative research and technologies
  • A track record of success in leading and executing investment opportunities
  • Startup experience or demonstrated founder empathy
  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • A bias towards action
  • Service mentality to assist founders solve problems and generate returns for investors
  • Truth seeking about what it takes to build and run a successful company
  • Understanding of product importance in scaling a successful startup


Industry competitive remuneration package

Ability to work remotely

Industry competitive maternity and paternity leave