Director @ SVB Financial Group - London, England

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For more than 30 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovators, enterprises and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. Today, we provide a full range of banking and financing services to businesses of all sizes in innovation centers around the world. SVB Financial Group, the parent company of Silicon Valley Bank, has had a presence in the UK since 2004. The bank is committed to supporting disruptive technology and life science businesses within the UK’s vibrant innovation sector.

SVB Financial Group has approximately 3000 employees, over $50 billion in assets, and serves entrepreneurs around the world through its 28 offices in the United States and international operations in the UK, Ireland, Israel and China.

SVB has built a culture based on five core values:  being enterprising, ethical, driven, dedicated and united. Both internally and with our clients, we value professionalism and emphasise its importance in communication, responsiveness and approach.

SVB’s singular focus on technology and life science businesses and the venture capital and private equity firms that serve them, the breadth of the services it provides to its clients, its global growth strategy, and its core values create a unique and satisfying environment for members of the team.

As our business continues to grow we are looking for a senior professional to lead SVB’s Emerging Manager Practice in London.  This is an exciting opportunity to develop the business in the UK and to partner with the next generation of leaders in the UK Venture and Growth ecosystems.

The role is focused on building deep relationships with the founders and General Partners of new and emerging ventures firms and accelerators in the UK.  By working closely with these teams, the individual will operate as trusted advisor to these firms, leveraging SVB’s capabilities, network and experience to help these partners grow their firms.  The role will also including developing relationships with the founders of their most exciting businesses in partnership with the commercial bank.

Reporting to the European Head of VCRM in London, the successful candidate will build effective internal networks with multiple teams across the bank, including the highly successful Early Stage Practice and Venture & Growth teams that lead relationships with leading venture companies, the Global Funds Banking team that provides banking to VC and PE firms globally and the Global VCRM team that works with leading venture firms around the world.

The role will specifically include:

  • Developing the fund coverage model and identifying key Emerging Managers in the UK

  • Building deep relationship with the founders and General Partners of Emerging VCs and accelerators to enable them to efficiently understand and access relevant parts of the SVB platform.

  • Generating new business for SVB through both fund and portfolio company banking and identifying opportunities to support portfolio companies with lending and credit products.

  • Developing the SVB brand by representing SVB in the market at industry events and conferences and creating high quality media, speaking and thought leadership opportunities.

  • Building effective internal networks within the SVB platform to enable full success in the role

  • Providing insight into the SVB platform on key industry and company trends to ensure SVB is developing its business to meet the needs of the innovative ecosystem.

Qualifications

This individual will likely have the following background/attributes:

  • Extensive experience working in the venture capital and start-up ecosystem

  • Prior experience as an investment or operations professional at an early stage venture capital firm or an institutional investment firm/family office which has invested in the venture asset class

  • Has a strong network with the General Partner/Limited Partner/Founder community in the UK

  • Passionate about technology start-ups and the venture ecosystem

  • Authentic relationship building skills and extremely self-motivated and success driven

  • Desire to be part of a market leading franchise in the technology and venture capital industries

The individual should have an entrepreneurial, collaborative approach and a flexible style that allows for the input of others. They must share the core values of SVB and be focused on achieving the best outcome for the organisation versus individual achievement. They must have a proven track record of delivering results.

Location

Based in London and covering venture capital firms across the UK.  The role will involve some international travel for conferences and events and to meet with international investors