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Associate

London
Full-Time
Posted on 
October 10, 2021
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Job Description

Balderton Capital is one of the leading European venture capital firms. We back the best European-founded technology companies. Our five core beliefs reflect our absolute commitment to European technology, to supporting our founders on their journey to building giant global companies, and to playing our part to help nurture strong, purpose-led companies, born in Europe. Since our founding in 2000, we have worked with hundreds of extraordinary European founders and have raised nine funds, totaling over $4BN. Every day, our team draws on our operational knowledge, our personal experience building multi-billion dollar tech companies, and our twenty years of investing in Europe to give our founders the advantage they need to deliver on their vision. You can read more about us, the team and our portfolio here: https://www.balderton.com/

About the Opportunity

We are looking for an exceptional Associate to join our investment team to focus on the Nordics. This is an exciting opportunity to be a core and integral player, where you will be right at the heart of the European early-stage tech ecosystem, working first-hand with some of Europe’s leading investors and entrepreneurs to shape the future of technology.

About the Role

You will have the opportunity to build trust and gain the respect of the founders during the investment process and support our portfolio senior leadership teams throughout the company's growth. Internally, you will be an integral part of the investment team, supporting the Partners in all aspects of due diligence and fund reporting. They will expect you to proactively contribute and defend ideas based on in-depth research. You can either be based in London or any Nordic tech hub - the role will require some travelling post-Covid.

About You

Most associates have between 4-7 years of work experience and have come up through one of the following career tracks:

  • Currently, you’re an entrepreneur or in any operational role in an early startup. Before this, you spent time in a role that demanded structure and a high degree of analytical thinking, e.g. banking, management consulting, or at an international tech company
  • You’re a product manager or in a general management leadership role within a successful tech You may have spent time as an operator in an early-stage company and you started your career in a highly structured and demanding environment, such as the army or consulting

In addition, your experience and capabilities will demonstrate that you:

  • Have an interest and understanding of technology: either through education or experience
  • Are genuinely passionate about startups
  • Have a network in the Nordic ecosystem, and ideally speak at least one Nordic language
  • Have an international mindset, perhaps you studied, lived or worked abroad, or come from a mixed background
  • The role is sector agnostic, but experience or interest in B2B software is favourable
  • Are intellectually curious: you seek out and learn about ideas with the potential to shape the future
  • Highly analytical and have a basic financial understanding: you excel at both quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Have a strong instinct for recognising exceptional talent: you can distinguish truly great entrepreneurs
  • Are self-directed: you prioritise well and deliver exceptional work with limited direction
  • Persuasive: you command attention and tactfully get to a ‘yes’
  • High EQ: you demonstrate excellent critical judgment and accurate gut feel. You are open and honest: you build trust and respect quickly.

About the Balderton Fit

To fit into our team culture, you will be:

  • Bold but humble: you present and defend ideas, but you are not afraid to be wrong
  • Proactive: put your hand up and don’t wait to be asked, take initiative
  • Independent, autonomous, and flexible in working style: thrive in an entrepreneurial team, be adaptable to change, bring a huge capacity for hard work in a relentlessly fast-paced environment

Next Steps

If this sounds like you, we’d be delighted to talk in more detail. We have partnered with Kea Consultants on this opportunity, so please contact us via balderton@keaconsultants.com as soon as possible. Applications will be open until the 12th of November 2021 but could close earlier as we are speaking to candidates on an ongoing basis.

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