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Job ID:  43427
Date:  May 4, 2021
Job function:  Innovation
Experience level:  Experienced Hire
Business:  DSM Innovation Center

Investment Director (DSM Venturing) - San Francisco Bay Area, CA

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. 


More information can be found at www.dsm.com


At DSM, we are working to create brighter lives for all.  A future that is rooted in our passion for science, finding smart solutions to solve society's greatest challenges.  A future which inspires us to step up, challenge conventions and progress together.

We’re #hiring:

Investment Director – DSM Venturing

Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

You are invited:  Bring your passion.  Build the future. 

You will play a central role in realizing DSM’s innovation and growth strategy via investments in and collaboration with innovative startups. As you progress in the role, you will be managing several investments with a longer term business impact.


You will build and maintain extensive external and internal networks in anticipation of emerging DSM business needs. In the deals you close, you will join as a Board Member to support the startups in creating value and realizing successful exits.


You’ll be responsible with your DSM Venturing colleagues to:

  • Track the market and scope potential investment opportunities and represent DSM Venturing when scouting and screening investment opportunities
  • Connect and align with internal DSM stakeholders (e.g., Business Group Leadership Teams) to identify synergies between potential investments and the business group and collaborate to understand the future strategy of the business
  • Lead multidisciplinary due diligence teams to assess, negotiate and close investment deals
  • Develop term sheets when acting as lead investor, and/or participate in the development of a syndicated term sheet with other VCs/CVCs and leading family offices as co-investors
  • Work successfully within global multinational and startup environments
  • Extend DSM’s knowledge of the future nutrition, health and wellness and biosciences markets across the entire value chain
  • Negotiate and close multiple deals in your first year


Get the reward to match your passion

Working for DSM means the opportunity to really contribute to improve people’s lives and solving the challenges of today’s world. Challenging jobs, career opportunities and an inspiring environment allow you to enhance your personal development. DSM recognizes that the on-going success of the company depends on the continued development and engagement of our employees and pursues a fair and competitive remuneration policy, recognizing individual and team competencies and performance. 


At DSM, we Do Something Meaningful.


What we look for in you:

We want a seasoned investment professional with a track record of success in boosting innovation & growth in startup companies.  You understand and enjoy the speed and innovation typical to startups, as well as the market leadership and operating excellence of a global company.   If you have proven experience in venture capital, we need you here. 


If you want to build and manage DSM Venturing’s startup investment portfolio that focuses on innovative growth options in Nutrition, Health and Wellness and Biosciences - we want you here. 


Would it motivate you to be part of an organization that invests in innovative companies with strong science?  This is YOUR opportunity!


What we like to see in your experience:

  • Minimum 10 years of venture capital/corporate venture capital and/or startup leadership experience required with investments, board positions and divestments  within the nutrition, health and wellness and/or biosciences fields
  • A strong network that includes startups, venture firms, academia and other corporates in the SF Bay area
  • Relevant investment experience in the nutrition, health and wellness and/or biosciences related to nutrition space
  • Proven ability to work within global companies as well as in start-up environments
  • Integrated/deep understanding of nutrition/health & wellness markets, business, the entire value chain (to end user), trends and timing, financials and sufficient technical, IP, legal understanding as a basis to negotiate and close complex investments and to support entrepreneurial companies after investment
  • Acceptance and respect at a board level, both internally and externally. As a (minority) shareholder/board member able to act on and solve critical issues. 
  • Strong insights with the capability to challenge and influence and develop
  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred


Interested and excited? Then get ready for action: Apply for this position by uploading your CV and motivation letter in English on the DSM career website (www.dsm.com/careers)


About DSM Venturing

DSM Venturing is the corporate venture capital arm of Royal DSM. We invest in startup companies in human and animal Nutrition, Health and Wellness and Biosciences. Thereby we increase innovation opportunities for DSM  while  supporting startup inventors and entrepreneurs with everything from ideation to operating a sustainable business. We tend to take an active role in these startups as a shareholder and by providing experienced Board Members.  At the same time we are startup investors who take minority participations, usually with other seasoned and domain-expert VCs, CVCs and family offices as co-investors.  We always encourage the startups we invest in to retain and further develop their entrepreneurial drive, team, agility and business responsibility.


Perhaps most importantly, our commitment to these companies we invest in goes beyond funding. The DSM Venturing team draws upon all our collective experience as startup operators and investors to coach entrepreneurs whenever (and wherever) needed; and this is supported by the immense scientific and commercial resources within DSM - in everything from IP, validation, scaling manufacturing, quality and safety, market intelligence, partnering and licensing and new technology scouting.  The DSM Venturing team operates from three hubs, close to the world’s most vibrant startup ecospheres:  – Boston/New York (USA), the  San Francisco Bay Area (USA) and Amsterdam (NL). This position will be located in the San Francisco Bay Area.


DSM NA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. DSM is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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