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Investment Associate

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July 18, 2021
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Job Description

  • Salary: £60,000-80,000 DOE, plus benefits
  • Location: London, flexible & hybrid working available
    12:00pm, 2nd Aug 2021 BST


BACKED is the human-centric venture capital fund backing a new spirit of entrepreneurship in Europe.

Early stage teams need so much more than funding, so we’re exploring the limits of human potential through founder development and community. We want to see what’s possible, with a kind of wholehearted, human-centric support that hasn’t existed before. Founders are our users: we shape everything we do around them. We’re in it together with them, for the whole brilliant, dark and messy journey.

Founded in 2015 by Andre de Haes and Alex Brunicki, we invest across sectors from cellular agriculture to fintech infrastructure to popular entertainment. Some of our investments to date include Thought Machine, LabGenius, THIS, Pollen, Harbr and Hutch Games.

About you and the role

As the second hire to the Backed investment team, you will have real responsibilities from day one, spending your days sourcing, evaluating and executing deals for our soon-to-close Backed 2 fund. Your closest relationship will be with the Investment Manager Pascal Suhrcke, who will rely on you heavily for due diligence and research projects.

You’ll work with our Venture Community to stress test the deals they pass to us, and find innovative and proactive ways to source deals on your own steam. You'll be developing close relationships with portfolio founders as well as networking with entrepreneurs, co-investors, LPs, representing Backed at demo days and hosting at events – at all times embodying our values: put people first, bring good energy, push the limits, and be an apprentice.Here’s a taste of what you’ll do:

  • Source and evaluate investment opportunities with Europe’s most enterprising technologists;
  • Manage deals referred by the unique Backed Venture Community;
  • Conduct complex founder assessment, competitor research and technical due diligence;
  • Get buy-in for Backed’s investment and Founder Experience platform;
  • Seek & research new sectors ripe for investment, keeping up to speed with sector trends and market performance of different products;
  • Attend and host events to boost the Backed brand and network;
  • Conduct market, competitor and financial analysis for portfolio companies.

About you

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be as obsessed with innovation in tech as we are, with ambitions to become an authority in this space;
  • Be entirely fascinated with the startup & venture worlds. If you’ve strong opinions about particular markets, or a fantasy portfolio in your head, we want to hear from you;
  • Enthusiastically bounce ideas around with the rest of the team;
  • Be technically minded, with a structured and methodical approach;
  • Be a firm advocate with senior stakeholders;
  • Have a deep and insatiable curiosity about people: what keeps them up at night, what drives them, and how to motivate them when they’re running on fumes;
  • Think creatively about complex industries, business models and technologies;
  • Communicate persuasively: able to bring together metrics on a deal, make an assessment, and build a compelling case for their position;
  • Have high emotional intelligence (EQ) and be able to speak to all kinds of people on a human level;
  • Thrive in an autonomous role, with excellent prioritisation, self-organisation, and execution skills;
  • Have a minimum of two years’ work experience (NB: no maximum!)


You'll benefit from:

  • Flexible working;
  • 25 days' paid holiday (+ public holidays);
  • Medical, dental & travel insurance;
  • Life Assurance;
  • Season ticket loan;
  • Cycle to Work scheme;
  • A nurturing, supportive work environment.

Next steps

To get started, click on the yellow button on the top right.

You’ll answer some questions that are related to your day to day job. After the job closes, your answers will go through our sift process: all answers will be anonymised, randomised and then assessed by a panel of reviewers.

If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to the next step, which includes meeting members of the team. Also, we love giving feedback, so at the end of the application process, we'll share how well you performed through a personalised feedback link.

Expected duration of this application process: 2 weeks.

We are an equal opportunities employer

At Backed we are insistent that all our roles should be accessible, desirable & welcoming to talented people regardless of their background. We were a launch partner to the #MovingForward movement in Venture Capital, and you can see our anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy here:

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