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VC Associate @ Octopus in London, England

At Octopus we’re transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people. We’ve built market-leading positions in a number of specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ in excess of 800 people and manage more than £8.5 billion on behalf of over 50,000 investors. Our products don’t just help real people solve real life problems, they also make a positive impact on the world around us.

The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Real Estate, Octopus Investments, Octopus Ventures, Octopus Wealth and Octopus Renewables. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.

Please Include Your Responses On The First Page Of Your CV Document And Use No More Than 100 Words Per Question

We would like to get to know you a little bit better, so as part of your application please can you answer the following 3 questions.

What do you think makes a good investor?

What is your proudest achievement to date?

What is most important to you in your next position?

The closing date for applications will be Monday 27th January 2020.

Job Description

The Development Capital team at Octopus Investments provides growth funding to ambitious UK SMEs. It has had an active last 18 months, completing 10 new investments. The team has recently raised fresh capital and is looking to expand its team as part of an exciting long-term growth plan. It is currently looking to hire an Investment Associate to supplement the current team of eight investment professionals.

Primary responsibilities are to be involved in origination, structuring and execution of growth capital investments of up to £10m into UK fast-growth businesses. Investments are considered across a range of sectors, although the fund has a particular focus on software and tech-enabled businesses. Examples of recent investments include B2B software provider Natterbox, recipe-kit company Simply Cook and online catering marketplace City Pantry which we exited to a FTSE 100 acquirer.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to join the boards of portfolios companies and support management teams with their growth ambitions.

Core Responsibilities

  • Building and maintaining an origination network in the VC / growth capital market and establishing credibility across various subsectors of the technology space
  • Working collaboratively to execute all aspects of a deal, including evaluation/filtering of deal opportunities, financial modelling, deal structuring and due diligence
  • Helping to prepare investment papers and presenting them to Investment Committee
  • Other ad-hoc analysis, portfolio monitoring, fundraising and supporting team initiatives
  • Board observer involvement in portfolio companies

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in an investing role (VC, growth capital, venture debt or private equity) or strong transaction experience from banking, corporate finance or consulting
  • Excellent financial analytical, modelling, and commercial skills for assessing and analysing investment opportunities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the confidence to convey informed viewpoints to colleagues and external counterparties at all levels of seniority
  • A proactive, driven self-starter, who thrives on challenges, can manage multiple workstreams concurrently and is able to collaborate as part of a team
  • An enthusiasm for working with growth stage technology businesses; specific knowledge of tech/software investing and/or the growth capital ecosystems would be considered ideal but not essential

https://octopusinvestments.com/investor/our-products/venture-capital-trusts/octopus-apollo-vct/

https://octopusinvestments.com/growth-companies/

Please Include Your Responses On The First Page Of Your CV Document And Use No More Than 100 Words Per Question

We would like to get to know you a little bit better, so as part of your application please can you answer the following 3 questions.

What do you think makes a good investor?

What is your proudest achievement to date?

  • What is most important to you in your next position?

    The closing date for applications will be Monday 27th January 2020.

    Additional Information

    Our Values and DNA

    And While These Are The Principles That Guide Us As An Organisation, Our DNA Goes Even Further, By Revealing Our Inner Strength

    At Octopus we don’t just focus on what we do but also how we do it. Everyone shares our values of being straightforward, helpful and bold.

    We are loyal: we fully buy-in to the company’s vision and believe in everything that Octopus stands for. We are respectful: we live and breathe the Octopus values of being helpful, straightforward and bold. We are resilient: we have an inner strength that means we never give in We are intellectually curious: we seek to understand how the world works and we’re always learning, adapting and improving We understand who our customers are: and because we know them really well, we always give them our very best.

    What We Offer

    Octopus has built an exciting and inclusive high-performance culture where employees feel empowered. This means we welcome discussions around flexible working hours. We also understand the value of diversity, and we have a team dedicated to promoting gender, ethnic, socio-economic, LGBT and disability equality, to make sure we back up our words with actions. All Octopus employees are given the opportunity to develop new skills, aim higher and accelerate their careers.

If interested, please apply here.

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January 18, 2020 at 5:49 am

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