Airbus Ventures
  • Menlo Park, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.

A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defence as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader

Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than sixfold order book increase since 2000.

Position Summary: 

Support Airbus Ventures in its growth phase by contributing actively to (i) the deal-making practice (scouting, due diligence, execution) and (ii) the management of Portfolio companies (early stage deep tech start-ups)

Primary Responsibilities:

 Deal Making: 50%

  • Scout and Perform due diligence on early stage deep tech start-ups
  • Define Investment Analytical Frameworks related to Investment fields to support investment cases.
  • Make compelling investment recommendations to Airbus Ventures Investment Committee
  • Structure Investment Syndicate and establish a network of co-investors (globally)
  • Realize exit and measure financial performances (Cash-on-cash, IRR)

Portfolio Management: 50%

  • Ensure post-investment follow-up and monitoring of Portfolio Companies (KPI, Ratios, Cash Management)
  • Facilitate collaboration between Portfolio Companies and Airbus Ventures' parent company Airbus
  • Assess need for re-financing and build equity stories with Portfolio Companies' CEO

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training: 

 Education:

  • MBA or combination of Engineering and Financial education and experience.

Experience:

  • 10+ years in the either Aerospace or Venture Capital Industry / Investment Banking / Start-Up Environment.
  • Exceptional analytical skills.
  • Experience with strategy development and demonstrated ability to drive achievement of strategic and financial business goals.
  • Ability to assess and analyze business and financial impact of proposed initiatives and recommend appropriate action.
  • Ability to manage cross-functional project teams in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to lead competitor and industry research to support business strategies, leveraging both public and non-public sources; expertise to provide strategic insight on current and emerging trends in the industry.
  • Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:
  • Venture Capital investment and/or investment banking focusing on scouting or investing in US technology companies
  • Presentation / pitching capability
  • Autonomy / Agility / Start-Up mindset
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Team Spirit
  • Ability to operate in a multi-cultural business environment
  • Demonstrated ability to influence all levels of management cross-functionally and externally; ability to make things happen quickly and thrive in a fast-paced, fluid, and collaborative environment.
  • Excellent analytical, project, and process management skills.
  • Excellent engagement, partnership, and relationship building skills ability to lead and motivate others
  • Strong organizational skills ability to juggle multiple projects at one time
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills ability to interact with and influence colleagues at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent end-to-end problem solving skills ability to diagnose complex problems, determine key findings and opportunities, prioritize strategic solutions, and present clear and comprehensive recommendations
  • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills, including financial modeling and business case development

Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. Strong written and verbal presentation skills ability to communicate effectively and confidently
  • Proficient in English, ideally also in French and/or German and/or Spanish

Travel Required:

  • At least 30% Domestic and International

Eligibility:

  • Able to work in the US without a current or future need for visa sponsorship

Clearance:

  • None

Decision Making, Complexity:

  • Draft comprehensive Investment recommendations (IC memos) to Airbus Ventures Investment Committee
  • Operate with High degree of autonomy to follow portfolio companies and connect them to relevant stakeholders (Airbus, Regulator, Customers, Partners...)
  • Evolve in a Global environment (US, Asia, Europe) to leverage team expertise and experience.

Organizational information:

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

  • Expected to lead 3 to 5 deals (~10mUSD to deploy) per year from tech scouting to post-investment monitoring.
  • Support the growth of 5 to 10 portfolio start-ups

Nature of Contacts:

Involved, negotiation type communication on a  daily basis with internal and external parties

Physical Requirements:

Candidate should be comfortable working on computers for extended periods of time in an office environment, and able to travel independently. 

As a leader in our field, Airbus in America provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status.  In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits and training. 

Airbus in America expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status.  Improper interference with the ability of Airbus' employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified.  Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered. 

Airbus does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment.  Either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice. 

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