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Investment Manager (Seed/Series A)

London
Full-Time
Posted on 
August 29, 2021
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Job Description


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 more than 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 and Octopus Labs. 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.

About Ventures

At Octopus Ventures we invest in the people, the ideas and the industries that will help change the world. Our investment team is built to specialise in the five areas where we see the most potential for growth and innovation: health, fintech, deep tech, consumer and B2B software. Since 2008 we have backed over 130 teams, some of whom have gone on to join forces with the world’s largest businesses including Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter.

With £1.7 billion under management and investing over £200 million a year, Octopus Ventures is one of the largest and most active venture investors in Europe. We tend to invest from £1 million for Seed to £10 million for Series B and we can continue to fund the companies we back right through to IPO. We are based in London and New York with a network that spans from San Francisco to China. The companies we back become a part of this network, with access to a formidable resource of experience and expertise.

Octopus Ventures is part of Octopus Group, managing over £10 billion on behalf of retail and institutional investors.


B2B Software team, Octopus Ventures

Octopus Ventures is one of the most active early-stage investors in the UK, with >£1bn AuM and significant capital to deploy in new investments.

Going forwards we aim to capitalise on our strong market position, track record and network by expanding our team focused on investments in B2B Software companies, predominantly at the Seed and Series A stages. The B2B Software team has recently seen a strong set of exits, has raised significant fresh capital and is looking to expand its team as part of an exciting long-term growth plan.

Octopus Ventures have backed the founding teams of nearly 100 companies including SwiftKey, Magic Pony Technology, Zoopla, Ometria, Elvie, Depop, and Cazoo. Some of our portfolio companies have gone on to join forces with the world’s largest businesses including Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter.

The Investment Manager will be a key member of the B2B Software team within Octopus Ventures – expected to help with sourcing and execution of new investments, take board seats and help shape the strategy and scaling of the team from early on. https://octopusventures.com/b2b-software/

You’ll Divide Your Time Roughly Into


20-30% Finding new opportunities

  • Attend and speak at industry events
  • Build and maintain a deep network in the UK and European VC ecosystem
  • Lead deep dives, industry analysis and market mapping of relevant sectors
  • Track and chase companies that you are excited about

20-30% Leading of new investments

  • Take responsibility of all aspects of the deal process
  • Lead due diligence, conduct site visits and expert interviews, assess market opportunity and sensitize financial forecasts
  • Prepare internal briefings and IC documents

20%-30% Portfolio / Board work

  • Take on Board positions representing Octopus Ventures
  • Draw on own and team network to support portfolio companies where possible
  • Build close working relationships with founding teams of portfolio companies
  • Manage complex situations within the portfolio incl. performance management, follow-on rounds and exits

10-20% Coaching more junior team members and leading the consumer origination efforts

  • Coach and mentor junior team members to help complement their investor skill set and make high quality investment recommendations
  • Lead the consumer teams concerted origination efforts, chair WIP meetings, own and track the team’s opportunity generation efforts
  • Support the team lead in defining the team’s strategy
  • Be proactive in suggesting and pursuing opportunities to grow Octopus Ventures’ B2B Software investment practice

Qualifications

We know you have what it takes, if you have relevant professional experience; likely but not necessarily including:

  • An experienced Operator in a B2B Software focused start-up;
  • Originating and leading investments in VC;
  • Working with and monitoring portfolio companies;
  • A strong passion for tech investing and knowledge of the VC ecosystem and B2B Software

You’ll be a great fit for the team, if you are:

  • A team player who wants to be part of a tight and ambitious team with shared values: – one team, be bold, be straightforward and be helpful
  • Naturally curious and passionate about the companies we invest in and the ecosystem they operate in
  • Somebody who enjoys liaising with different kinds of people, representing Ventures internally and externally
  • Result orientated and hands-on
  • Prepared to get involved in every aspect of fund management
  • Ambitious and take pride in your work
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment

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 Strengths

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 were 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.


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