Investment Director - Berlin

Verdane is growing and we are looking for an Investment Director to join our team in Berlin

Candidate role

 

Investment origination

  • Highly involved in sourcing new investment opportunities in the DACH market
  • Grow and maintain networks of portfolio companies, owners of companies and portfolios, entrepreneurs, intermediaries, advisers and corporates
  • Set up Verdane’s new office and team in Berlin and actively develop the firm’s presence in the German market
  • A key part of this role is educating the market about why and how Verdane is different, both externally and internally

Investment execution 

  • Deal Captain on the day-to-day analysis and execution of investments, driving the project from start to finish
  • Distil and validate the core principles of the investment thesis, championing the deal to the Investment Committee

Portfolio management

  • Work closely with management teams of investee businesses, often as a board member, to implement the value creation plan
  • Active assessment of ongoing organic and inorganic opportunities for incremental growth, through to exit
Profile description
  • Strong alignment with Verdane’s value set (diversity, results-driven, best in class, passion, respect for both people and the environment)
  • Outgoing, confident but humble personal style, a natural originator and relationship builder
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and a genuine passion for technology-enabled companies, with incisive commercial judgement and the ability to spot a value opportunity
  • Extensive network in the growth space, monitoring trends and developments in the market
  • Drive, resourcefulness and ability to find creative solutions when obstacles arise
  • Work effectively as part of a team with high levels of self-motivation and energy
  • Clear partner potential


Qualifications and Experience
 

  • Strong academic background (for example in engineering, science, business, finance) with excellent quantitative and analytical skills
  • Five to ten years of operational and/or transaction experience gained at a start-up, a larger tech-driven group or in strategy consultancy, or potentially an investment firm. Earlier experience in for example M&A may be helpful but should be balanced by subsequent relevant experience in other areas
  • Entrepreneurial exposure through either having founded or worked at a start-up or at a similarly dynamic firm with extensive operational and market-facing responsibilities
  • Meaningful transaction experience as owner, manager, investor or adviser is preferrable
  • Experience from the consumer internet or software sectors is especially important
  • Native-level German and excellent English language skills are required
For further information or to apply, reach out to blenda.lagerkvist@verdane.com

 

About Verdane

Verdane is an established and highly successful Nordic growth fund specialising in technology-enabled companies in Northern Europe. Verdane invests equity tickets of €15m and upwards into companies in the software, consumer, advanced industrials and energy sectors. Since spinning out of a local venture capital firm in 2003, Verdane has built a position as leading Nordic growth investor and taken on a European leadership role in the acquisitions of portfolios. The firm is currently investing a €320m fund (2016 vintage) focused on secondary direct portfolio transactions and more recently raised a fund (€320m, 2018 vintage) dedicated to single company majority or minority investments only.

Verdane has increasingly broadened its focus to include German companies and has so far partnered with nine German firms. The plan is now to strengthen Verdane's presence in the DACH market by setting up a new office in Berlin. A number of Verdane partners will rotate into the new office from early 2019 and be physically based in Berlin for the next few years. The aim is therefore to hire a Director and two Associates to work locally. The main focus of the Berlin based office will be on portfolio acquisitions but some direct investments may be made selectively.

The Berlin team will be very active in developing local dealflow, reaching out to entrepreneurs and their wider network to source new opportunities, and work with owners and managers to assess partnership options for growth. There will also be significant active portfolio work.