VC Director @ Next47 in Palo Alto, CA

next47 is a global venture firm created by Siemens AG that invests in, and partners with, entrepreneurs who think big and build industry-defining companies. With offices in Boston, Beijing, London, Munich and Palo Alto, next47 gives start-ups unparalleled access to one of the world’s largest portfolios of customers in the areas of industry, energy and infrastructure as well as domain expertise in the deep technologies that impact those customers. Find out more at

Job Description:

Position Overview / Description 
• Expert in digital solutions familiar with concepts such as AI, IoT, Edge-Computing, ML, Cloud Computing and Data-Analytics and its application and infrastructure, mobility, industry and energy business
• Detect/identify new technology and innovations with the potential to generate new business with significant growth potential and/or disruptive characteristics for existing technologies and businesses
• Evaluate technologies/innovations in terms of technical applicability, industrialization and commercial deployment via Proof of Concept (PoC) and Use Case (UC) projects
• Support innovation transfer from start-ups into Siemens and/or new and/or existing customers of Siemens on a global scale
• Connect yourself with all for next47 relevant innovation eco-systems
• This role reports to the Catalyst Head, USA
• Develop a strong and sustainable network across next47, the global Siemens organization and with Siemens customers 
• Plan and execute PoC and UC Projects based on the next47 Catalyst Operating Model
• Manage/Lead projects
• Report regularly on the progress of the PoC Projects to the next47 Catalyst Partner
• Collaborate intensively with the global next47 catalyst team and with the entire next47 team
• Best practice sharing with the other next47 catalyst teams in order to build the global technology function and expertise
• Provide technology advisory to other next47 teams, Siemens partners and start-ups as a thought leader 
• Support technology transfer from start-ups into the Siemens network including partners and customers 
• Support the identification of new investment opportunities and support the next47 capital team in evaluating technologies
Required Knowledge/Skills, Education, and Experience
• PhD required, related to Computer Science, Automation or Energy 
• 10 plus years of experience in technology and innovation management of  executing and managing PoC (Proof of Concept) and UC (Use Case) Projects 
• Three plus years of team management experience, ability to motivate others to meet deadlines 
• Knowledge to all relevant and adjacent innovation landscapes on technologies related to next47 investment strategy and ability to connect them to next47
• Experience with project management concepts and methodologies (e.g. Scrum / Agile / PMI)
• Enjoys challenges and is resilient under pressure
• Strong result orientation combined with speed and sense of urgency
• Strong strategic thinking and proven strategy development and implementation capabilities
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
• Expert with Excel and PPT
• Able to work with different cultures due to the international character of the function
Preferred Knowledge/Skills, Education, and Experience
• Fluency in second and third language
• Experience working for start-ups 
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