Sustainability Senior Associate

Yamaha Motor Ventures

Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on May 6, 2024

Yamaha Motor Ventures (“YMV”) exists to catalyze innovation by supporting entrepreneurs with Yamaha Motor’s unique capabilities to transform how we live. We have the resources and backing of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (“YMC”), but we also have the openness and agility of a startup. We also manage Yamaha Motor Venture’s dedicated funds with $300M in AUM that invests in exploratory areas such as Mobility, Manufacturing, Data & AI, Robotics, Digital Health and Wellness, FinTech and ClimateTech (the “Fund”).

YMV is searching for a Senior Associate as a key part of the Fund’s Investment Team. The role is ideally suited for a high energy individual with intellectual curiosity for diverse technologies and business models. The Senior Associate will conduct sourcing, due diligence and lead potential Fund investments and support the investment team in developing investment recommendations. The ideal candidate will help support the ongoing influx of potential investment opportunities, will represent YMV at various events in exploratory areas, venture and startup ecosystems, and will build a strong network to source potential investments and support portfolio companies. The Senior Associate must be able to work in a fast paced, team environment.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Analyze investment areas and drive investment theses in YMV’s areas of interest.
  • Lead rigorous due diligence on prospective startups, including business, financial and technology analysis.
  • Proactively network with the broader venture ecosystem building relationships to drive deal flow and diligence or prospective investments.
  • Contribute to ongoing market reports with analysis of trends and insights at times requiring in-depth analysis.
  • Understand the strategy and requirements of the various businesses with Yamaha Motor Corporation and support activities of the investment team.
  • Actively source and refer investment opportunities to the Investment Team
  • Monitor and track portfolio companies as well as take portfolio company Observer Seat

The ideal candidate should possess:

  • Intellectual curiosity for diverse technologies and a hunger to learn.
  • Minimum bachelors degree in Business Administration, Finance,Economics, and / or in Engineering or Science
  • Or: Masters / PhD in Business (Finance, Accounting, Economics), Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, Chemical), Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) or Math
  • Demonstrates a passion for venture capital and ClimateTech.
  • At least 4 years venture capital or similar investment experience required with ability to hit the ground running.
  • Strong work ethic, able to contribute at a high level in less-defined roles.
  • Experience working with startups.
  • Ability to create and understand financial models, cap tables and various forms of company valuations and transactions (equity or debt)
  • Experience in assisting in the venture capital process or private equity investments.
  • Able to a share list of venture capital / private equity transactions you were involved with.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License and a driving record from the state of your primary residence that meets YMV’s insurance standards.
  • Able to pass a seven (7) year background check.

Base Salary Range:

The typical range for this role is between $100K – $170K. Yamaha Motor has different base pay ranges for different locations within the United States which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently.

Travel & Location:

Position is based in Palo Alto, CA.

Frequent domestic and international travel of approximately 30-40% may be expected or required.

YMV is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


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About Yamaha Motor Ventures (“YMV”)

Our work encompasses venture capital investments, portfolio management, innovation projects, and strategic efforts in collaboration with Yamaha Motor’s global operations. We’re active members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and we value action-oriented efforts. Some of the areas we explore include the future of mobility, sustainability, robotics, agriculture, digital health, wellness, finance and insurance. YMV is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

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