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Investment Associate for LEGO Ventures (America)

Location

USA, San Francisco

Posted Date

10/03/2019

Job ID

US9337

Category

Unlisted

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Investment Associate for LEGO Ventures (America)

LEGO Ventures is an outcome of The LEGO Group’s 87 years of awesomeness! We were founded in the fall 2018 to invest at the intersection of Creativity, Play and Learning with an eye on LEGO Group’s 100-year anniversary in 2032.

What will the world look like by then? Flying cars, hoverboards, virtual worlds? And how will this effect children and the way they play? Well, at LEGO Ventures we get to have a hand in shaping the future of play. Want in? We’re hiring.

LEGO Ventures is tasked with helping to deliver future growth and mission-driven impact for the LEGO Brand Group. This will happen through strategic investments, acquisitions and incubation of new companies – all focused within distinct strategic verticals.

The purpose of this role is to support the execution of the LEGO Ventures investment strategy and be a driver of the identification and execution of deals across all maturity stages. The position reports to the Partner for America.

Responsibilities Include

Sourcing & Origination:
Take an active role in sourcing, screening, and selecting new investments and helping to feed and grow our venture pipeline
Monitor and track development of previously screened companies
Build market maps and understand the basic technical underpinnings of start-ups operating within sub-sectors of the LEGO Ventures Opportunity Spaces
Attend industry events and conferences to build top of funnel and network with relevant entrepreneurs and partners
Participate in meetings with prospective investee companies
Help identify and execute on all aspects of deal sourcing

Due Diligence:
Conduct initial screening and meetings with start-ups
Conduct due-diligence and market validation for relevant companies
Build robust financial models for potential opportunities
Be an active contributor to both financial and non-financial diligence, with high levels of precision especially in crafting drafts of deal memos
Develop investment insights and hypotheses by conducting market, product, customer, and financial due diligence

Portfolio Management:
Provide operational support to Partners and Portfolio Companies where needed
Assist in tracking portfolio company KPIs
Support the assessment of follow-on investments

Value-add & Strategy:
Support the on-going development and understanding of LEGO Ventures Opportunity Spaces and the fund’s core investment thesis
Build and develop a network of entrepreneurs, academics, and investors
Develop internal network across the existing LEGO branded entities

Expectations

Strong academic track record. CFA, MBA, or CPA a plus
2-5 years professional experience in leading management consultancy, bulge bracket investment bank (M&A or equity research), prominent VC, or leading tech firm
Entrepreneurial, start-up, or operational experience highly regarded
Experience in EdTech or Consumer products viewed favourably
Excellent communication and networking skills, ability to interact effectively in a professional setting
Demonstrated strong technical and analytical skills; build financial models with ease and articulate precisely through writing
Process-driven orientation with a clear ability to make the complex simple - deep dive and put large amounts of information into context to help build a thesis around companies, industries and competition
Collaborative and hands on work attitude with an entrepreneurial mindset
Team-player with high standards of professional and ethical conduct
Flexibility with regards to travel, 10-15 weeks per year expected

Details

Title: Investment Associate
Department: LEGO Ventures
Team: Investment team
Location: San Francisco-based, with frequent travel around the US
Reporting: Partner, America

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Hours: Full time
Benefits: Standard LEGO Group benefits including pension and perks (yes toys)