We're Hiring - Associate, Senior Associate, Investment Manager

July 28, 2023

Do you have a strong science or engineering background, and are seeking to apply it to achieve real world impact?

Pacific Channel invests in great people solving hard problems to create a better future. We aim to provide capital, capability and connections to NZ-based 'deep-tech' companies based on breakthrough science and advanced engineering innovation. Through this support, we seek to create significant value and thereby impact for New Zealand, our stakeholders and all those involved in our ventures. We have been operating for 18 years, and have a portfolio of close to 50 companies. Our networks extend into Greater China, the US and Europe. We have recently been investing from a NZD55m fund.

Pacific Channel is in the process of launching its next signature fund which will focus on the future of health, food and environment. We will invest in deep-tech companies from pre-seed to Series A stage. Our investments range from implantable medical devices to monitor debilitating health conditions affecting children, through to new battery chemistries. We take an active role with our portfolio to support their growth.

About the role:

Pacific Channel has an opportunity to bring a new Associate, Senior Associate, or Investment Manager into the team.  We believe in tailoring the role to the right individual, providing them with support to develop and grow further. If you are seeking the next challenge in your career and have the skills and experience relevant to these roles, we would love to hear from you.

As a valuable member of our team, you will need to evaluate potential investment opportunities based around complex biology, medical or engineering technologies. Conducting both technical and commercial assessments, you will play a pivotal role in shaping investment decisions.

Depending on the level of your role, you will be contributing to, or leading, investment transactions. Beyond this, you will provide ongoing support to the companies we invest in, to help them drive positive change in the world.

At Pacific Channel, we emphasise the importance of strong stakeholder relationships. In your role, you will be managing these key connections alongside a team of skilled investment professionals dedicated to venture investment and development.  

Our organisational structure is flat, fostering an environment where diversity and quality of ideas takes priority over titles and positions. We have a strong, inclusive workplace that values the contributions of each team member.


Skills and Experience required:

We are looking for a person who is passionate about science and technology and is motivated to see these being transformed into real-world applications that have meaningful impact.

Our team is experienced in science and engineering,and together we make informed data-driven investment decisions.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a field related to science, computer/ data science or engineering
  • Preferred: 1 year of relevant experience, but 3 – 5 years in a deeptech startup, technology commercialisation, corporate venture, or investment experience would be highly advantageous
  • Candidates with a post-graduate science/ engineering degree or more work experience are also encouraged to apply.

While prior experience in investing and supporting early stage companies is ideal, we believe there is no traditional pathway into venture capital. Therefore, we welcome applications from individuals who possess the drive, passion and eagerness to learn. Our commitment to promoting diversity within our organisation is unwavering, and we actively encourage women and those from ethnic minorities to apply.


Key Qualities:

We’re looking for a person to join our team who:

  • Loves solving problems and is capable of taking a deep dive into subjects (technical and commercial)
  • Has the ability to engage in robust debates, exchanging ideas with team members to facilitate growth and innovation
  • Is intellectually curious and has a desire to continuously learn
  • Has an appreciation for diversity of thought, background and experience
  • Is able to empathetically support other team members and external collaborators



  • Identify and evaluate potential investment opportunities in early stage companies
  • Conduct in-depth due diligence, analysing both the technical and commercial aspects of a project
  • Synthesise complex information into robust investment recommendations which can be presented to a broad audience
  • Collaborate with our experienced team to shape investment strategies and portfolio development


Why join our team?

You will gain unparalleled exposure to deep-tech start-up companies in New Zealand.  You will be joining a team with a broad range of capabilities who are passionate about investing in great people solving hard problems to make a better future.


Sounds like you?

Apply by emailing us directly at hr@pacificchannel.com. To apply, please send a one page cover letter that links to your LinkedIn profile and/or CV outlining:

  • What interests you about joining a Venture Capital fund?
  • What experience do you have that will be valuable in assessing whether to invest in a deep-tech startup or helping them achieve growth/success?
  • Describe your ideal work environment?
  • Can you share an example of a time your manager or a senior stakeholder disagreed with you. What was your response?
  • Optional: If there are any technologies or early-stagecompanies in NZ that you believe should receive investment, please let us knowand explain your reasoning why in one page.
Applications close on 11 August 2023.

For a confidential discussion, call Georgia Houghton on +64 9 377 9689.