VC Principal @ Octopus Ventures in London, UK

Octopus (LinkedIn, Crunchbase) is a leading London and New York based venture capital investor.  To us, Entrepreneurs are the people who create defining moments. 

Not just the high-five ones. The jarring, rocky, edge-of-the-seat ones too. Few Entrepreneurs go back to their original investors for their next venture. Ours do. We take that as a sign we’re doing it right. Valuing uniqueness, supporting ambition.

We like to be the first institutional money in to a seed or series A round, but we have the ability to follow our investment from a few hundred thousand right up to £25 million. The 60 or so companies we’ve backed in recent years include Big Health,, Evie, Eve, Magic Pony, Secret Escapes, Sofar Sounds, Swiftkey, Swoon Editions,, Zoopla Property Group and Zynstra. 

We are a tight knit team with the singular goal of being the most valued partner to the businesses we back. We’d love for you to join us!

Job Description:

You will take a leading role in investing and managing our venture capital growth funds.  You will have experience with, and be comfortable, investing from a fund with a venture capital growth mandate and understand the specific nuances presented by this mandate.

The Octopus venture capital growth funds will write cheques of £10m-£25m in businesses with at least £6m revenues and a revenue growth rate in excess of 50% per annum. 

You will be responsible for identifying follow-on investment opportunities from our early-stage fund, as well as analysing the UK and European landscape to source new investment opportunities.  

You will prepare written investment recommendations and you will undertake extensive evaluation and due diligence, particularly in performing financial analysis, modelling and interpreting both company and financial data to quantatively and qualitatively assess the strength of potential opportunities.  

You will lead transactions and manage the entire lifecycle of an investment, from negotiating heads of teams to further fundraising (in the private or public markets) and to an eventual exit. 

You will take board seats within our portfolio companies and contribute positively as a board member to assist companies in all areas of their strategic growth plans including financial and business development, recruitment and go-to-market strategy.


Minimum of 4 years relevant work experience, including experience in an investment role at a venture capital growth fund

Experience of sourcing venture growth deals across UK and Europe through your network of entrepreneurs, board members, corporate finance advisors and VCs

Board representation experience

Clear track record of leadership and established involvement in the technology sector 

Strong analytical skills 

Strong written and oral communication skills with an excellent ability to communicate insights from analysis of company and financial data to various stakeholders (including the investment team and fund LPs)

Foreign language and science / technical background a plus

Self-starter who can work independently with a committed work ethic

Ability to make an impact at the senior level of an organisation

Adaptable team member who is excited to be a part of a tight and ambitious team with shared values – to be one team, be bold, be straightforward and be helpful.

IF interested, please apply here.

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