Whitecastle Investments – Partner

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About the Company

Whitecastle’s success has been built upon the blending of good business sense with the highest level of integrity. Evolving from entrepreneurial origins and having worked with so many entrepreneurs, Whitecastle understands the challenges of launching and growing enterprises. Whitecastle combines outside experience with expertise gained helping numerous companies to successfully grow and mature. Today, Whitecastle’s vision and strong commitment to assisting companies requiring capital to expand and capture new markets is manifested by Whitecap Venture Partners, Whitecastle Private Equity Partners and Whitecastle New Urban Fund.


Scope of Position

Whitecastle seeks to add a partner to its existing executive team. The incumbent will work with the firm's other partners in sourcing, evaluating, and negotiating investments that are aligned with the firm’s strategic objectives. Drawing on the broader resources of Whitecastle, the new partner will then support investee companies with financial, operational, strategic and networking resources in helping the firms reach their full potential.

 


Functional Tasks

  • Source, evaluate, and negotiate attractive early-stage investments for the fund.
     
  • Oversee portfolio companies.
     
  • Recruit, motivate and influence top management of portfolio companies.
     
  • Together with the other partners ensure that investments are made consistent with the fund’s strategy.
     
  • Perform extensive and in depth due diligence to ensure quality investments.
     
  • Enhance current ties while developing new networks to other venture capital funds for co-investing and deal sourcing, as well as adding credibility to the team.
     
  • Provide leadership to the existing team and contribute to developing the firm’s brand and market presence.
     
  • Assist in fundraising efforts, as may be required.
     
  • Add the element of domain expertise and bring in depth knowledge of one or more technologies - a “resource expert”.
     
  • Assist in raising additional capital for portfolio companies.
     
  • Sit and serve on the board of directors for portfolio firms.
     
  • Create high performance management teams by developing an environment based on the firm's values of collaboration and innovation.
     
  • Provide general strategic and financial advice, for both the firm and portfolio companies.
     

Key Performance Deliverables

  • In light of the identified responsibilities, the following are specific deliverables that the position is designed to achieve.

Specific performance measures will be agreed upon with the successful candidate prior to joining the organization.
 



Competency Profile
The following competencies listed below define the role of Partner at Whitecastle Investments:
 
Role Expertise
Demonstrates critical technical or professional knowledge/skills related to the role. Has thorough knowledge of relevant products, services and methods. Expands technical knowledge/skills and keeps up-to-date in own area of expertise.
Strategic Approach
Develops a strategic plan to realize the vision. Revises strategy in light of changing circumstances. Takes a long-term view of organizational success. Works to clarify long term organizational goals. Able to stand back from immediate problems in order to focus on more far reaching ideas.
Commercial Acumen
Applies appropriate commercial and financial principles. Understands situations in terms of costs, profits, added-value and return on investment. Appreciates the commercial impact of own work on the organization's total expenses and revenues.
Industry & Market Awareness
Seeks to anticipate and respond to industry and market changes/challenges by understanding key characteristics, issues and the factors driving them. Aware of competitor's products, services and position.
Information Seeking
Consults widely for business or technical advice, probes for facts and obtains information from a wide variety of sources. Differentiates the critical from the irrelevant or trivial.
Innovation
Generates new ideas. Challenges existing assumptions. Goes beyond the status quo. Recognizes the need for new or modified approaches. Brings various perspectives and approaches together, combining them in a creative fashion to implement effective improvements.
Initiative
Proactive. Seizes opportunities and acts upon them immediately. Takes responsibility for own actions and addresses problems before asked.
Decisiveness
Gathers and interprets all available sources of information. Willing to make solid and quick decisions when necessary. Can commit to a course of action without delay when faced with limited information.
 



Preferred Experience / Education
 

The following indicates specific industry, academic and functional experience/qualifications that are important to the successful achievement of the identified responsibilities and performance deliverables. 
  • Have thorough industry knowledge in either venture capital, or private equity investing or technology.
     
  • Should be comfortable and familiar with dealing in an environment that rewards not only individual deal performance but an organization that values the performance of the team.
     
  • Have strong negotiation and closing skills and be known for negotiating profitable, but fair, long-term deals.
     
  • Experience working with Boards of Directors of early stage, emerging technology companies is preferred.
     
  • A minimum of eight to twelve years venture capital experience with a successful track record of investing in early stage technology companies.
     
  • Senior management (VP, CEO etc.) experience with a technology background.
     
  • Be well-respected and well networked in the venture community.
     
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills in order to conduct original research and assess technology market opportunities.
     
  • Strong technical undergraduate degree preferred, with an MBA or other advanced degree desired.
     
  • An insatiable curiosity and appetite for gaining an in-depth understanding of how and why technologies work.
     

 

Remuneration & Benefits

  • Whitecastle Investments offers a competitive compensation package which consists of a base and carried interest, dependent on level of experience.