We are supporting a top German mid cap private equity firm in the expansion of their new Growth investment platform. Backed by a distinctive and influential set of limited partners, the firm has raised a significant new fund for this strategy and has already made a number of investments into tech and tech-enabled businesses. They now wish to strengthen their leadership team by adding up to two Directors as deal leaders, bringing all the traditional execution skills and diligence of a classic private equity investor, but with a genuine growth mindset and flair for this specific strategy. Target deals will be found across Europe, and in particular within the home DACH market, forming creative partnerships with successful entrepreneurs. Equity investments may go up to ???100m, usually in a minority shareholding. The firm seeks to be an active, value-adding partner, supporting with input on strategy, organisation, M&A and internationalisation, drawing on the expertise of their existing team of value creation experts.
What the job involves The firm already enjoys excellent deal flow, so initially the focus for this position will be on execution but the role offers exposure to the whole life cycle of dealmaking and is seen to be on a clear path to partnership in the firm.
Lead the analysis of new deal opportunities, with a keen emphasis on understanding specific business models and exploring avenues to accelerate growth
Investigate buy & build and new market entry opportunities
Lead detailed due diligence workstreams and the internal investment committee approval process
Liaise with portfolio / value creation experts from within the group and externally to drive the business plan, including measuring and reporting on progress to all stakeholders.
Manage and develop junior colleagues
Who we are looking for
Exceptional commercial judgement, with an innate understanding of tech-related business models
Advanced social skills; the ability to build trust in creative partnerships with founders and entrepreneurs, able to share and enhance their ambitions with concrete, structured plans for growth
Proven deal leadership experience within a recognised investment firm - the aspiration here is to combine classic private equity diligence with a growth mindset
Native level German / fluent English; other European languages are a clear advantage