Director/ Principal, Investments

Xora Innovation


Full time



Sep 14

Xora Innovation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek, invests in disruptive, world-changing ventures forged by ambitious founders and powered by compelling scientific breakthroughs. Headquartered in Singapore, Xora is an early-stage deep tech investing platform of Temasek. We are looking for individuals with creativity, intellect, passion, grit, curiosity, openness, and resilience.

About The Role

We are seeking an experienced Principal/Director, Investments for our growing investment firm. This is an exciting opportunity to lead promising investments into transformative deep tech venture across the globe.

The Principal/Director, Investments will possess prior deep tech investment experience, bring to bear established relationships with top tier syndicate partners and entrepreneur/founder networks, and have experience mentoring/management of junior investors.

This position requires you to work from the Company’s headquarters in Singapore.



  • Develop and pressure-test compelling investment theses, based on robust analysis of global trends, grand challenges, technology and IP landscaping
  • Drive pipeline development and deal hunting activity against approved theses
  • Build strong relationships with like-minded deep tech investor partners, venture studios, and entrepreneur/founder networks

Due Diligence/Deal Making

  • Develop a network of highly qualified advisors and consultants that can be tapped for commercial and/or technical diligence
  • Drive due diligence on target opportunities, overseeing direct reports and collaborating closely with counsel as needed
  • Oversee the preparation of cogent and concise investment arguments in written memos and verbal presentations to the IC
  • Drive negotiation of deal terms and deal structure with target opportunities and syndicate partners


  • Provide hands-on leadership for all aspects of an investment opportunity – from origination to exit – with the goal of maximizing portfolio company returns
  • Serve as a director or observer on portfolio company boards, as requested/appointed by the Company
  • Serve as a resource and mentor to direct reports, junior team members, and other colleagues at the Company
  • Foster a collaborative and high-performance culture within the Company
  • Ensure compliance with applicable internal policies and SOPs by direct reports
  • Support requests by auditors/external valuation firms
  • Other duties as may be requested by executive management


  • Graduate degree (PhD preferred) in a scientific or engineering discipline or MBA with undergraduate STEM degree from a top-tier academic institution
  • At least 10 years of relevant business experience required (e.g., as a financial analyst, market analyst, data analyst), ideally, in a global VC/PE/IB or other investment setting (e.g., M&A consulting, corporate finance), with at least 4 years in an early-stage, deep tech VC practice
  • At least 2 years of experience in commercial R&D organization (e.g., within a start-up or innovation group within a large company), preferred
  • Proven track record of successful investments and in-depth knowledge of the VC industry, startup ecosystem and investment best practices
  • Strong financial modeling, valuation, strategic and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with network of entrepreneurs, investors and industry stakeholders
  • Experience serving as a director on VC-backed deep tech company boards is a strong plus; experience serving as an appointed board observer is required
  • Experience managing and mentoring junior investors
  • Exit management/divestment experience is a big plus
  • Ability to produce well designed, professional PowerPoint presentations
  • Exceptional verbal and written English communication skills

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Xora Innovation

We invest in disruptive, world-changing ventures forged by ambitious founders and powered by compelling scientific breakthroughs.