Head of Business Development and Venture Portfolio (Climate)

Deep Science Ventures

London, England, United Kingdom Remote United Kingdom

Full time

Nov 14

Deep Science Ventures (DSV) is a venture creator, combining available scientific knowledge and founder-type scientists into high-impact ventures, to build a future where both humans and the planet thrive.

DSV operates in 4 sectors: Agriculture, Climate, Pharmaceuticals and Computation tackling the challenges defining those areas by taking a first-principles approach and partnering with leading institutions.

In the climate team we are focusing on driving and accelerating the net-zero carbon transition. We think it is key to deliver innovations in carbon mitigation as well as carbon removal technologies to achieve maximal impact in solving climate change. In investigating carbon mitigation technologies, it will be essential to identify routes by which we can decarbonise heating, avoid material breakdown to CO2 or propose novel materials that can replace carbon intensive matter. Equally maximising CO2 drawdown capacity of biotic, abiotic and artificial strategies and proposing new ways of how CO2 can be stored or utilised are in the centre of our attention. On our path to achieve these outcomes we need to solve numerous constraints related to planet-positive investing, material development, process design and automation.

You can read more about our thesis here.


As Head of Partnerships and Portfolio you will work in close partnership with the Associate Director of Climate and Head of Scoping to source (through existing networks and/or by developing new ones) and develop value-add relationships and formal partnerships which will accelerate the impact of DSV's efforts in the climate space. You will also define portfolio support strategies and work with DSV portfolio companies to maximise their growth and impact after spinning-out.

While your main focus will be on partnership development and portfolio support, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved across all core functions of venture development, including recruitment, opportunity scoping and team building.


  • Build on the success of our existing ventures building partnerships in climate space including: Anglo American, the Net Zero Technology Centre, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures and the Grantham Foundation for the protection of the environment; managing programme delivery, developing a strategy for future expansion and driving further collaboration.
  • Develop new strategic partnerships with mission aligned companies, domain expert institutes, leading R&D laboratories and forward thinking investors across areas such as carbon capture utilisation/storage (DAC/CDR), decarbonising industrial heat, decarbonising transports, critical minerals, the future of the chemical industry, water-energy-nexus, cooling technologies and climate economics.
  • Working closely with our founding teams in climate both pre and post incorporation to help drive business strategy and strategic partnerships, and help hit their fundraising targets.


  • What DSV are trying to build makes a lot of sense to you.
  • You've worked in an early stage science/climate start-up or experience supporting early-stage science/climate start-up.
  • Experience designing and negotiating contracts (partnership/collaboration agreements, commercial agreements, MoUs, technology evaluation)
  • Knowledge of IP especially in relation to contract work.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Partnership/Business Development processes and nuances.
  • Masters/PhD in scientific or related discipline.
  • Background in business development and/or commercial strategy and fundraising in the climate space with intimate knowledge of industry-specific macro and micro dynamics.
  • Intimate understanding of the early-stage commercialisation process acquired through previous exposure to the startup/VC/CVC/TTO etc. environment;
  • Network-driven, enjoys supporting and guiding others through collaborative teamwork.
  • Demonstrable interest in science / R&D / innovation and commercialisation; advancing new ideas and concepts; enjoying highly entrepreneurial work environment;
  • Good knowledge of state of play in climate tech.
  • Demonstrated level of achievement, taking own initiative and delivering outcome-oriented projects from start to finish. You make things happen.


  • Competitive salary;
  • Flexible working environment (remote or hybrid);
  • Rapid personal development and massive learning curve;
  • Working with some of the most ambitious and impact-driven individuals you'll ever find;
  • Being part of building the next generation of climate ventures.

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Deep Science Ventures

We're creating a future in which both humans and the planet thrive. We combine available scientific knowledge and founder-type scientists into high-im...