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Associate Director for Energy

Building “optimised ventures” to accelerate the net-zero carbon transition.

Full time, starting asap, remotely (at least initially)

About the role

We’re looking for someone to take on all of DSV’s work in the Energy sector globally. You will be responsible for everything from deciding which opportunity areas we pursue and which partners we bring on board, to selecting founders and directing ventures based on your vision for what the sector should look like in 5-15 years. It’s essentially an opportunity to build your own portfolio of energy startups, backed by our funding, our expertise in in-house venture development and sourcing, and attracting founder-type technical talent.

You will also have the opportunity to work with pre-seed and seed stage companies that are already in our portfolio (we’ve got a number of exciting energy companies currently in stealth mode that are not displayed on our website).

As with other sectors we are already building out key partnerships that provide testbeds, rapid prototyping, specific investment and growth experience and academic partners, whilst carefully avoiding getting caught up in the status quo.  

 

About you

The role requires sufficient breadth and depth of insight across energy related fields both in terms of the science and industry dynamics. First-hand startup experience is ideal (either as a founder or part of an early team at a startup), although we’re open to other evidence that demonstrates opportunity-driven mindset and other founder-type characteristics.

 

Ideally you’ll have:

●  Background in biotech, engineering science or similar disciplines (e.g. PDEng, MIChemE, MSc or PhD in physics, nuclear engineering, biophysics, etc.) or demonstrated experience working with and progressing projects in complex technical subjects;

●  Experience of working in a startup environment with focus on commercial outcomes; and/or

●  Industry insight having worked with leading energy companies or spent time evaluating the sector.

 

Personality: More than anything we’re looking for you to bring a vision of how you would drive the development of the sector, the current constraints and how to overcome them, an eye for opportunity and the founder type mindset to bring together the right people to make it happen. 

 

What you’ll get

●  Industry beating equity-incentivisation

●  Carried interest from portfolio realisations

●  Cash commissions

●  Option to work either in Central London from high spec offices, or remotely with allowances for office equipment, co-working and travel to London

●  Opportunity to spend time in person with the team regularly with quarterly offsites

●  Tailored personal and leadership development plan and opportunity to progress to Director-level

●  Opportunity to co-foundand lead ‘spin-off’ business units of DSV

●  Paid sabbaticals for ‘deep focus’ work and learning, to allow you to develop expertise in a range of energy-sector specialities

●  Access to advisors as part of a carefully-curated sector advsory council, made up of exited energy sector entrepreneurs, world-experts, leading investors and industry figureheads

Your team at DSV

Our current energy founders

Lydia: Berkeley graduate with specific expertise in data and statistics, who was previously working at Palantir and CRUK, now joining the team to transform negative emissions markets.

Julien: background in Reservoir Engineering (at Sasol, Petrobras, Shell, BHP) with 30 years operated field experience. Now developing approaches for catalysing clean energy underground.

Mo: background in Mechanical Engineering (at Imperial College), was part of the founding team of a startup discovering next-generation protein therapeutics using ML. Now looking for ways to accelerate the rate at which negative emissions technologies are being deployed.

Lydia: Berkeley graduate with specific expertise in data and statistics, who was previously working at Palantir and CRUK, now joining the team to transform negative emissions markets.

Julien: background in Reservoir Engineering (at Sasol, Petrobras, Shell, BHP) with 30 years operated field experience. Now developing approaches for catalysing clean energy underground.

Mo: background in Mechanical Engineering (at Imperial College), was part of the founding team of a startup discovering next-generation protein therapeutics using ML. Now looking for ways to accelerate the rate at which negative emissions technologies are being deployed.

Raphaël: background in energy markets innovation (Blockchain and IoT at Capgemini), co-founded a startup architecting distributed solutions for the future economy. Now focusing on the design of a carbon-backed currency.

Nicole: background in sustainable finance applying data-driven, interdisciplinary approaches to designing business solutions to climate change (including consulting The World Bank). Now investigating approaches to support commodities and financial markets with climate-smart, net-negative emissions tools.

Shil: background in Chemical Engineering, MBA candidate. Sourced and evaluated technologies for BP Ventures in the area of CO2 utilization and conversion to valuable products. Now working on building the world’s most efficient and low-cost carbon capture technology.

Raphaël: background in energy markets innovation (Blockchain and IoT at Capgemini), co-founded a startup architecting distributed solutions for the future economy. Now focusing on the design of a carbon-backed currency.

Nicole: background in sustainable finance applying data-driven, interdisciplinary approaches to designing business solutions to climate change (including consulting The World Bank). Now investigating approaches to support commodities and financial markets with climate-smart, net-negative emissions tools.

Shil: background in Chemical Engineering, MBA candidate. Sourced and evaluated technologies for BP Ventures in the area of CO2 utilization and conversion to valuable products. Now working on building the world’s most efficient and low-cost carbon capture technology.

Aranzazu: background in Chemical and Process Engineering, experienced in clean energy tech, energy storage, water treatment and desalination, graphene and nanomaterials. Now developing approaches for catalysing clean energy underground.

Nick: background in Chemistry, worked with CERN, Max Planck Instutute, UCL and Imperial in materials science, catalysis, semiconductors, project management and product development. Delivered a €3.36M Transistor development project in collaboration with IBM Zurich and others across Europe. Working with Shil on carbon capture technology.

Mike: background in Nanomaterials and Chemistry, spent 5 years in Ceres Power responsible for developing and scaling a range of products, including Ceres’ proprietary Solid Oxid Fuel Cell technology. Now developing the world’s cheapest renewable hydrogen: simultaneously decarbonising the most polluting industries.

Aranzazu: background in Chemical and Process Engineering, experienced in clean energy tech, energy storage, water treatment and desalination, graphene and nanomaterials. Now developing approaches for catalysing clean energy underground.

Nick: background in Chemistry, worked with CERN, Max Planck Instutute, UCL and Imperial in materials science, catalysis, semiconductors, project management and product development. Delivered a €3.36M Transistor development project in collaboration with IBM Zurich and others across Europe. Working with Shil on carbon capture technology.

Mike: background in Nanomaterials and Chemistry, spent 5 years in Ceres Power responsible for developing and scaling a range of products, including Ceres’ proprietary Solid Oxid Fuel Cell technology. Now developing the world’s cheapest renewable hydrogen: simultaneously decarbonising the most polluting industries.

About us

We work across sectors from oncology to energy storage across the stack from cutting edge technology to fortune 100 partnerships (some have not been announced yet) and have built nearly 30 companies over the last three years. 

You’ll be part of a small adventurous exec team though with huge growth ambitions, driven by the desire to make a massive positive impact on the world.

We offer an equity stake in the company along with hefty business development incentives and base salary.

 

 

Contact

For further info and to discuss the role, please submit an expression of interest.