Investment Associate for LEGO Ventures (APAC)


Shanghai
Thursday, September 5, 2019  

Founded in 2018, LEGO Ventures is the newly formed unit within the LEGO Brand Group and invests at the intersection of Creativity, Play, and Learning. LEGO Ventures is tasked with helping to deliver future growth and mission-driven impact for the LEGO Brand Group. This will happen through strategic investments, acquisitions and incubation of new companies – all focused within distinct strategic verticals.

The purpose of this role is to support the execution of the LEGO Ventures investment strategy and be a driver of the identification and execution of deals across all maturity stages. The position reports to the Partner for APAC.

Responsibilities include

Sourcing & Origination:

  • Take an active role in sourcing, screening, and selecting new investments and helping to feed and grow our venture pipeline
  • Monitor and track development of previously screened companies
  • Build market maps and understand the basic technical underpinnings of start-ups operating within sub-sectors of the LEGO Ventures Opportunity Spaces
  • Attend industry events and conferences to build top of funnel and network with relevant entrepreneurs and partners
  • Participate in meetings with prospective investee companies
  • Help identify and execute on all aspects of deal sourcing

Due Diligence:

  • Conduct initial screening and meetings with start-ups
  • Conduct due-diligence and market validation for relevant companies
  • Build robust financial models for potential opportunities
  • Be an active contributor to both financial and non-financial diligence, with high levels of precision especially in crafting drafts of deal memos
  • Develop investment insights and hypotheses by conducting market, product, customer, and financial due diligence

Portfolio Management:

  • Provide operational support to Partners and Portfolio Companies where needed
  • Assist in tracking portfolio company KPIs
  • Support the assessment of follow-on investments

Value-add & Strategy:

  • Support the on-going development and understanding of LEGO Ventures Opportunity Spaces and the fund’s core investment thesis
  • Build and develop a network of entrepreneurs, academics, and investors
  • Develop internal network across the existing LEGO branded entities

Expectations:

  • Strong academic track record
  • Proficient in English and Chinese
  • 2-5 year professional experiences in leading management consultancy, bulge bracket investment bank (sector or M&A team), or prominent VC
  • Experience in EdTech or Consumer products viewed favourably
  • Demonstrated strong technical and analytical skills; Financial modelling skill is a plus
  • Collaborative and hands on work attitude with an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Team-player with high standards of professional and ethical conduct
  • Flexibility with regards to travel, 10-15 weeks per year expected

Details

Title: Investment Associate

Department: LEGO Ventures

Team: Investment team

Location: Shanghai-based, with frequent travel around China and APAC region

Reporting: Partner for APAC

Hours: Full time

Benefits: Standard LEGO Group benefits including pension and perks (yes toys)