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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 off-sites

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

●  Opportunity to co-found and 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 advisory 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.

Ryan: background in materials science, dedicated to fighting climate change with technology at the intersection of innovation and economics. Ryan completed his PhD with a focus on low-carbon cement before going on to write about costs and opportunities in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) for BloombergNEF. Now exploring negative emissions technologies to drastically reduce the cost of removing CO2 from the air.

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.

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.

Ryan: background in materials science, dedicated to fighting climate change with technology at the intersection of innovation and economics. Ryan completed his PhD with a focus on low-carbon cement before going on to write about costs and opportunities in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) for BloombergNEF. Now exploring negative emissions technologies to drastically reduce the cost of removing CO2 from the air.

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.

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.

ABOUT US

DSV is optimising global R&D for impact and value creation. We redesign sectors with a top down vision, venture by venture.

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 work globally across 24 countries with nearly 400 people including advisors.

 

 

Contact

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