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Sector Manager: Food & Agriculture

The role is simple: Building world leading science driven ventures.


Particulars: Full-time, London-based, remuneration on enquiry and dependent on experience


What you will do: lead DSV’s venture creation activity for Food & Agriculture. Your primary output will be at least 6 world-leading science companies per year, though you will by no means work alone to achieve this! Your day-to-day will involve bringing together gifted scientists and engineers with advisors and corporate partners to inspire and drive forward innovative, convergent, commercially opportunistic science.


What you will gain: There are few jobs which allow such a hands-on experience of the complete venture creation process. We take a first principles approach to reinvent tough, high value sectors. This represents an opportunity to develop knowledge, network and experience at the cutting edge of innovation in a sector that you are exceptionally passionate about. The role is intellectually challenging, highly creative, and exceptionally people-focused. Moreover, we are really just at the beginning of DSV’s journey: you will be joining a grass-roots, fast-growing, hierarchically flat organisation that is constantly evolving.



      1. OPPORTUNITY IDENTIFICATION AND IDEATION: Unearthing opportunities and being the go-to person for our thesis in Food & Agriculture
      • Working with and managing a team of subject matter experts to identify broad areas of opportunity for new ventures
      • Manage the process of idea generation ensuring teams think “big enough”
      • Responsible for becoming an expert on the Food & Agriculture sector, keeping track of what we learn about new business models, technologies and approaches
      1. RECRUITMENT AND TEAM FORMATION: working with the most gifted, entrepreneurial scientists in the world to form unique, highly specialist founding teams
      • Working closely with our resident subject matters to identify skills requirements, interview and onboard new potential founders
      • Travelling to conferences and events and leading on our own events to ensure exposure to best potential founders
      • Organising the day-to-day process of team formation and role development for each company, ensuring that each company has the best people in the world for the thing they’re building
      • Working as part of small team of track managers to continue developing our programme and internal content
      1. VENTURE DE-RISKING AND VENTURE ACCELERATION: coordinating break-neck commercial and technical development to de-risk brand new companies
      • Ensuring that early stage teams move rapidly through the market testing process through weekly team check-ins and
      • Supporting teams to prototype a technical narrative and to develop razor sharp R&D strategies
      1. CONSORTIUM CREATION AND MANAGEMENT: be the main point of contact for our industry-leading group of renowned experts, pushing them to rethink their sector from a convergent scientific, startup perspective
      • DSV consortia are independent entities for the development of best practice in venturing for a particular sector, chaired by an external figure, but co-ordinated by DSV
      • Track managers are responsible for coordinating workshops, summits and meetings for your track consortium, concentrating the most interesting contrarian thinkers, best investors and deepest commercial expertise into one room on a quarterly basis
      • Working closely with corporate innovation, corporate venture capital and corporate R&D teams to deliver significant industry partnerships where interests align
      • Coordinating meetings between consortium members and founding analysts to instil critical experience into founding teams


Role requirements:

Must have

Technical background in a relevant field up to at least MSc:

  • Bioengineering / Synthetic Biology / Biochemistry / Biochemical Engineering OR
  • Plant Sciences / Plant Biology / Plant Biotechnology OR
  • Nutrition / Dietician / Chef

Experience in:

  • working in the food & agriculture sector / chemicals / farming
  • Herbicides / pesticides / fertiliser
  • working in a startup, ideally as a [co-] founder
  • science commercialisation / spin-outs
  • managing senior stakeholders
  • business and customer development 


  • entrepreneurial
  • highly creative
  • critical thinking and deep analysis
  • network-driven


Nice to have

Commercial experience in this sector or with closely aligned technologies: 

  • venture capital, corporate innovation
  • brainstorming / ideation / design thinking
  • recruiting
  • community creation and growth
  • content writing, public speaking, event-management


How to APPLY

Email Santa Astratova via with your CV attached.