WNT Ventures is looking to hire a newly created Investment Manager role to be based in New Zealand’s most amazing city, (a little bias perhaps!), Tauranga. WNT Ventures has recently secured commitments from existing and new investors nationally for its Second Fund.  With the new fund up and running, and following the completion of the initial investment phase of its first fund (www.wntventures.co.nz/portfolio), WNT is searching for another group of pre-revenue, science-backed opportunities to invest and build into global companies.

Tauranga – Home to WNT Ventures

To help its small team with this, WNT is looking for an individual to find, develop, invest into and incubate these companies to help the entrepreneurs to achieve their vision.

The Investment Manager Job Description

This is a newly created role within the WNT Ventures team and will be actively involved in all aspects of growing WNT’s portfolio.  The primary focus will be on sourcing new technologies and companies, negotiating and managing investments as well as an ongoing engagement with the companies in the WNT Ventures portfolio – ranging from hands-on involvement, advising, mentoring and possibly governance roles.

Specific duties include:

  • Finding and evaluating technologies for investment and incubation
  • Reviewing technical information to identify commercial opportunities
  • Advising, mentoring and supporting portfolio companies utilising your own knowledge and networks
  • Developing commercial strategies in collaboration with entrepreneurs
  • Building and managing relationships with Crown Research Institutes, Universities, and the private sector
  • Conducting due diligence assessments and liaising with external technical experts
  • Preparing investment recommendations and negotiating terms

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a science or engineering qualification
  • experience working in or building a high growth, start-up company
  • A diverse viewpoint to bring to our team
  • An interest in developing your investment capabilities

Also of value are:

  • Corporate experience and strong global networks
  • Innovation experience and expertise
  • An understanding of commercialisation

Technical Skills/Competencies

Scientific or engineering background, commercial acumen, strategic thinking, information gathering, analysis and judgement, communication and relationship management skills. Must be capable of working with limited direction while managing multiple projects – a sense of humour is a must and a passion for working in the early stage industry will get you a long way.

Applications for this position close on 30th September 2017. To apply, complete this Seek Application Form.