• Icehouse Ventures

We're Hiring an Operating Partner for Flux

Our team are looking to hire an Operating Partner for Flux. This role exists to deliver an exceptional UX to the founders we back, and to scale Flux as a pre-eminent first investor in kiwi startups. Our ideal candidate is an operator ready to roll up their sleeves to help find new companies, support our existing group of founders, and manage the community around Flux to maximally impact the startups within it. We've now closed our third fund to empower ambitious early stage startups around NZ.


About Icehouse Ventures

Icehouse Ventures is an investment group that backs New Zealand's leading high-growth companies. The group includes the Ice Angels and ArcAngels investor networks, Tuhua Ventures, Eden Ventures, First Cut Ventures, a number of passive funds and the Flux Accelerator.

​We have collectively invested over $132m into 192 startups since 2001. Icehouse Ventures was capitalised in 2019 with investment from Simplicity, Jarden, Sir Stephen Tindall’s K1W1 and private investors to scale our investment and support for startups.


About Flux

Flux is New Zealand's leading accelerator. We are a combination of an early stage fund and mentor community who provide hands on support to every founding team we invest in. Our mission is to build the ultimate place in NZ to start a high-growth, venture-backed company.


Since the inaugural Flux programme in 2017, we've backed 18 startups around NZ, including: Genoapay (acquired by Latitude), Narrative, First AML, Jasper, Rocos, Social Club, Vidapp, Compostic and more. Flux alumni employ >110 people (and counting), and have raised >$16m from investors like Founders Fund, Chris Heaslip and Elliot Crowther (PushPay co-founders), iFlytek, M7, Tuhua, Eden Ventures, K1W1, Ice Angels and many more.


About the Role

What You'll be doing:


Deal Sourcing

  • Actively source new early-stage investments around NZ. Engage founders and educate them about Flux and Icehouse Ventures. Use creative strategies or our network to identify promising early stage teams that may not have heard about us yet.

  • Evaluate hundreds of early stage startups who seek investment, help or both from our team each year. Become a first port of call for seed stage startups within our team at Icehouse Ventures. Help identify prospective investments to run through due-diligence with support of our wider team.

  • Progress prospective investments, build trust with entrepreneurs through hands on help, and activate our mentor/ investor/alumni network to support their mission. Create advocacy for our brand among founders.


Network

  • Actively seek to build new relationships with exited entrepreneurs, investors, prospective mentors and partners that can add value to our community of founders.

  • Manage existing community relationships and activate them through timely, regular connection into our companies.


Operations

  • Host weekly office hours with each new intake of Flux teams (during their first 6 months at our office). Find ways to impact our startups on a regular basis.

  • Create and manage our regular event series for Flux companies. These dinners and lunches are a focal point in bringing our founder community together, and include sessions held by alumni founders, notable entrepreneurs, thought leaders and visting VC's.

  • Foster the community connection between Flux participants, alumni and mentors. Onboard all new companies to our space, and activate our wider community to support them.

  • Manage our pipeline of Ventures Talent (kiwis applying for startup roles in our portfolio). Spot opportunities to connect relevant applicants with startups in our portfolio who are hiring.

  • Keep track of company activities, metrics and press for reporting purposes.

  • Manage our Flux social accounts and keeping the website up to date with new investments and events.


What you could bring to the role:

  • Operating experience from starting, or playing a defining role in a high-growth startup/ high performing team.

  • Infinite curiosity, eager to learn about new ideas & industries.

  • Sharp critical thinking and desire to uncover the truth in our evaluation of startups.

  • Empathy for the founding teams we work with, paired with a willingness to go above and beyond to help them succeed.

  • Ability to manage internal and external stakeholders.

  • Persuasive written and verbal communication skills.

  • An ability to juggle multiple projects, in a number of different areas, at the same time.

  • A bias for action, ownership of your work.


We are accepting applicants from all backgrounds. We encourage you to apply even if your experience isn't a perfect match with our job description. This position is a full-time salaried role in Parnell, with further upside through carry on funds invested (aligned to the success of the companies you work with).

Apply by email before February 25th: talent@icehouseventures.co.nz

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