VC Associate @ Rite Hite in San Francisco, CA

Rite-Hite is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of industrial loading dock and door equipment. Our innovative products and world class sales organization ensure solid, consistent growth, both for our company and our staff. We are always looking ahead to develop innovative new products and services to improve our customers’ safety, security, and productivity. To continue our growth, we have an excellent opportunity for a Corporate Development Venture Associate at our corporate office in Milwaukee, WI (Brown Deer, WI).

Job Description

This position is responsible for market research, investment analysis, financial modeling, deal structuring and due diligence support of new market entry, early and growth stage technology investment opportunities and strategic partnerships, as well as other corporate development venture initiatives.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Market Research / Deal Diligence: help identify opportunities in existing and new markets / focus areas and emerging technologies, including meeting with entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, venture capital investors and other participants in the venture community.

Source potential investments through active outreach and relationship-building to the venture and technology communities , strategic partners and academia.

Perform competitive and strategic analysis of technology sectors and/or companies.

Create financial valuation models, including possible deal structuring opportunities. Coordinate with functional groups to produce operating models and deal synergies, including a forecast of future growth for investment opportunities to ensure a positive impact on Rite-Hite Holding’s financial performance. Perform other ad hoc analysis including company comparables and precedent transactions.

Prepare and present business case analysis and risk evaluation for investments and partnerships, including proposals to the executive team. This will also entail business plan creation for organic growth opportunities. Participation in new market, organic growth business plan execution.

Use venture/technology background and experience in negotiations to assist with negotiation strategy. Advise on the on the impact to current and future valuations of negotiating points as they develop.

Ensure high-quality interactions and provide clear and consistent communications with internal and external partners.

Proactively collaborate with internal colleagues to understand programmatic needs. Thoughtfully seek contacts with key external stakeholders within the applicable industries and venture community to find solutions to unmet programmatic needs.


Analysis driven business cases on new market opportunities and technologies.

Develop and continually improve a process for evaluating the success of investments and partnerships.

Supervisory Responsibilities


Language Skills

English fluency required.

Licensing Requirements


This position typically operates in an office environment. However, frequent domestic and international travel is required. In addition, this position will occasionally require work in a manufacturing or warehousing/material handling environment.

Required Experience

Rite-Hite sells the best, and we hire the best. Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree is required. Master’s Degree is a plus. The position requires 2-6 years of experience in venture capital, startup company and/or experience as an entrepreneur with venture capital financing. Prior experience in investment banking is strongly preferred.

Strong transactional experience, and an outstanding record of professional and academic achievement

Preferable experience in emerging technologies, software and/or data analytics

Motivated, hardworking team player

We Offer

Rite-Hite provides competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package with medical, dental, and vision coverage along with life and paid medical leave. We also provide a retirement savings plan that combines 401(K) with company match and profit sharing. Paid holidays and vacation round out the package.

Rite-Hite is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer offering a drug free workplace for our customers and employees.


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