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Principal VC Job at Shell Technology Ventures in Houston, TX

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with over 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. In the US, we have operated for over a century and are a major oil and gas producer onshore and in the Gulf of Mexico, a recognized innovator in exploration and production technology, and a leading manufacturer and marketer of fuels, natural gas and petrochemicals. We deliver energy responsibly; operate safely with respect to our neighbours and work to minimize our environmental impact. We are in search of remarkable people who will thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment to deliver exciting projects locally and globally. People who are passionate about exploring new frontiers. Innovators and pioneers. People with the drive to help shape our future. Because remarkable people achieve remarkable things.

Shell Technology Ventures (STV) invests approx 30-50 mln$ per annum in start-ups and has several hundreds of millions to spend over the coming 6 years. Although the initial investments are relatively modest – $1-5 mln per deal with $10-20 mln headline (spent over a deal’s lifecycle) – STV Deals are normally quite complex, with many stakeholders involved (both internally and externally), complex Intellectual Property (IP) considerations and unusual deal-structures. The Venture Principal is expected to lead and close 2+ investments per annum and is deeply involved in the implementation of the investments post-close.

The Venture Principal is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, structuring and implementing technology investment opportunities for Shell in the outside world, with the objective to create preferential access for Shell to these technologies and speed-up the deployment of new technologies in Shell. Shell Technology Ventures is Shell’s in-house Venture Capital (VC) Fund for doing minority investments in exciting technology start-ups. This is an all-round techno-commercial role in which the Venture Principal is asked to take an investment opportunity from “cradle to grave”: from scouting and delivery to implementation (act as member of the board and/or Shell’s shareholder representative).

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Written by John Gannon

February 7, 2017 at 8:51 pm

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