Operations Manager

Bloc Ventures is a London-based venture capital company which invests in the technology foundations of the future. We focus specifically on deep tech companies between Seed and Series A that are innovating in cloud, connectivity, data science and security. Companies in Bloc’s portfolio range from AI and machine learning to quantum and supercomputing.  

Bloc sees thousands of investment opportunities (deals) each year from which to select from. This deal flow process comprises of a fast-moving process of curation of investment opportunities including the categorisation, quantification and qualification of opportunities which ultimately lead to the selection of potential investments by the investment committee.

As we accelerate the rate of investment, we’re now expanding our team and are looking for an Operations Manager to help us scale our business processes and the business systems supporting this core activity. The role will be essential in ensuring the Bloc investment engine operates efficiently, across both the investment and the portfolio management aspects.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Manage the company-wide general business systems
    • Manage service providers to deliver business systems
    • The specification of systems and tools to support the business
    • Continuously look for improvements in business process
  • Manage the investment deal-flow process
    • Overseeing the investment deal-flow process. For example, working with the research team, leading weekly meetings, co-ordinating next steps, monitoring progress, owning reporting to executives.
    • Transaction support for Investment Managers
  • Manage the investment portfolio reporting process
    • Overseeing the portfolio management monitoring and reporting processes. For example, working with Investment managers and portfolio companies and co-ordinating materials for and leading monthly portfolio review meetings

Role progression

The role will provide the successful candidate with fast-track introduction to the early-stage venture capital world. The role provides an opportunity to make a material impact in a tight-knit team, by ensuring the effective running of business processes and the investment process. The culture of Bloc is to absorb best practice so there exists an opportunity to influence all aspects of business processes, systems and working practices. As Bloc grows and scales this could lead to a responsibility for a wider array of operational matters.

Skills and experience

The candidate should fundamentally have an aptitude for delivering a fast pace highly ‘agile’ programme of project and task management.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Experience of programme/project management to deliver fast turnaround short sprints
  • Driven and takes pride to repeatedly deliver both short- and long-term objectives on time
  • Accountable, self-starter, energetic, enthusiastic and perseverant
  • Able to demonstrate a structured way of working and influence others to do the same
  • Good written and presentation skills – concise, and able to quickly lead with a conclusion
  • Numerate (proficient at Excel) with usual ICT skills (Office 365, Airtable)

The ideal candidate would have:

  • Five years of experience in an operational role involving programme and project management or operations, preferably in a technology-centric company
  • Experience in both analytical and commercial roles
  • An appetite for science, technology, and innovation with a STEM degree

Further details

Location: Bloc Ventures, 51-52 St John’s Square, London, EC1V 4JL
Reports to: Max Neuberger, General Counsel and VP of Operations
Start date: Immediate
Salary: TBC depending on experience
Benefits: 5% pension contribution, up to 25% of salary as a bonus, 2x salary in growth shares and health insurance package
Holiday: 5 weeks