Analyst – Technology

Employment type: Full time
Location: 22 Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2JD

About Cambridge Innovation Capital
Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC) is a leading venture investor backing deep tech and life sciences companies connected with the Cambridge ecosystem. CIC manages >£500 million and has invested in 30+ companies. CIC is also a preferred investor for the University of Cambridge, Europe’s top source of founders for venture-backed start-ups. Cambridge Innovation Capital Manager Limited (FRN:918898) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Description
We are looking for an exceptional Analyst to join our Deeptech investment team. This is a great entry point for a career in venture capital and an opportunity to work at the heart of the UK Deeptech investment ecosystem, working with leading investors and entrepreneurs.

As an Analyst, you will be working closely with our investment and operations team to help develop our thesis in specific verticals, such as AI/Machine Learning, Semiconductors, Quantum Computing, Cleantech 2.0 and novel materials, amongst other areas. Your experience and personal style will shape this role as you work to develop a strong network in our sectors, engage with entrepreneurs, and identify the most promising businesses.

In this role, you will work closely with our partners to develop a deep understanding of specific verticals, closely monitor the ecosystem, and support the team in all aspects of due diligence and fund reporting.

You can expect the role to divide roughly into:

50% working on thesis building and market mapping:

  • Analyse and track companies and sectors relevant to our investment thesis
  • Develop and track key metrics in the space
  • Deep dive into selected industry sectors
  • Keep up to speed with the latest developments in emerging sectors

30% evaluation of new investments and market intelligence:

  • Perform due diligence on potential investments
  • Help the Investment Team build and present investment cases for potential deals
  • Articulate clear recommendations and rationale for investments. Provide critical judgement and considered opinions
  • Provide cogent analysis and due diligence, including market and competitive analysis, customer references, and financial modelling

20% contribution to our portfolio companies and the CIC funds:

  • Support the Partners on fund reporting and preparation for major events
  • Analyse portfolio companies on an ongoing basis, as an aid to company building and performance
  • Contribute to reviews of CIC’s strategy and competitive environment

About Success in the Role
Markers of success after 12-24 months in the role include:

  • Bringing high quality insights to the team, present well-researched insights and due diligence
  • Developing expertise in a sector or topic, become the known expert internally on key areas
  • Proactively taking on projects to help improve our team, our work, or CIC as a whole
  • Being universally regarded as a supportive member of the team; you repeatedly demonstrate strong alignment to CIC’s values

About You
To be the best at what you do, we believe you must possess the following functional strengths:

  • Intellectually curious: you seek out and learn about ideas with the potential to shape the future
  • Tech Education: Undergraduate degree in Science, Computer Science or Engineering
  • Highly analytical and financially literate: you excel at both quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • A deep passion for new technologies, business models and the start-up ecosystem
  • Self-directed: you prioritise well and deliver exceptional work with limited direction
  • Sociable: you enjoy meeting people at events and learning about them; you are outgoing, insightful, and a good listener
  • High EQ: you demonstrate excellent critical judgment and accurate gut feel
  • Open and honest: you build trust and respect quickly

About the CIC Fit
To fit into our team culture, you will be:

  • Thoughtful and accessible: you value and respect everyone’s time and attention
  • Bold but humble: you present and defend ideas, but you are not afraid to be wrong
  • Articulate and confident: make the complex simple and present your ideas with authority
  • A team player: contribute to making everyone better at what they do
  • Proactive: put your hand up and don’t wait to be asked, take initiative
  • Independent, autonomous, and flexible in working style: thrive in an entrepreneurial team, be adaptable to change, bring a huge capacity for hard work in a relentlessly fast paced environment
  • Committed to excellence: take pride in producing high quality work with great attention to detail

About the Process
We will be interviewing candidates in Q2’22, with the aim to make offers as soon as possible and with a start date in Q3 or Q4’22. The process will involve interviews and a case study. 

How to apply: Please submit your CV to talent@cic.vc