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Director, Venture Creation Operations

Diagram Ventures

Diagram Ventures

Montreal, QC, Canada · Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Who we are:

Diagram is a venture builder that conceives and launches companies in fintech, insuretech, Web3, healthtech, and climatetech. We've designed a unique platform for entrepreneurs who have a proven track-record and domain expertise to start their next business by combining access to venture capital investment, hands-on support, and access to a vast network of partners and incumbents. Since 2016, Diagram has raised over $250M and launched 18 new companies across North America. Our ecosystem is home to 100+ angel investors, including 60+ entrepreneurs with >$15B in exits and an extended global network of corporate partners, investors, and builders.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for a Director of Operations to help the Venture Creation function at top velocity and quality. You’ll work directly within the Venture Creation team who has the responsibility of launching new companies each year. Your core responsibility will be to maintain and improve the team's "Playbook" i.e. set of tools, resources, best practices, to keep track and report on metrics and process, and to coordinate with internal and external stakeholders. The Playbook covers but is not limited to: how to source ideas, how to source founders, how to validate ideas with customers, etc.

You’ll report directly to the Partner, Head of Venture Creation, and work closely with our 3 Venture Creation pods (Fintech, Crypto/web3, and ClimateTech).

What you’ll be doing:

  • Act as the owner of the Venture Creation process from idea to Seed, and the product owner of the Playbook that documents our process and serves as the onboarding and day-to-day manual for the team. This means documenting and continuously improving the process, and being the go-to person for team members on "how-to" questions.
  • Track metrics, report on performance, survey team to define priority areas to improve in the process/Playbook, and execute on those improvement opportunities (e.g. writing new documentation, finding and trial-ing new tools/vendors, conducting deep-dive projects).
  • Own tooling and vendor relationships for the Venture Creation team.
  • Own internal and external communication for the Venture Creation team (with other Diagram teams, with Partners, LPs, founders, and our broader ecosystem).
  • Own organization of key team meetings (standups, investment meetings, brainstorming with other funds, team events, etc).

You’ll thrive in this role if you:

  • Are extremely organized, proactive, and detail-oriented - you enjoy bringing structure to chaos and developing robust systems and processes
  • Have strong written communication skills
  • Thrive in a very fast-paced environment and want to work with ambitious people on a bold mission
  • Are comfortable with ambiguity and have strong business judgment - you’ll be empowered to problem-solve with little guidance
  • Are curious, enjoy understanding the big picture and learning every day

It would be great if you:

  • Have education or certifications in/relating to project management (PMP, CAPM, agile/scrum, etc)
  • Have experience in one (or more) disciplines involved in our Venture Creation process such as: market / customer research, talent sourcing, customer prospecting, etc such that you can act as a coach to the team in that discipline
  • Have an understanding of early stage tech startups and an interest in the startup ecosystem

You should have:

  • 5+ years of work experience in fields relating but not limited to hands-on operations, project management, consulting, project delivery, Chief of Staff, and program management
  • Experience working in teams (ideally multi-disciplinary), and a collaborative mindset;
  • A track record of outstanding performance (work, school, sports, hobbies);
  • A proven entrepreneurial mindset.

What we offer:

  • An essential role in something big, meaningful and different;
  • The opportunity to push yourself, have ownership and impact;
  • A team of accomplished, ambitious and supportive individuals that will help you grow;
  • An ecosystem with many stretch opportunities including the potential to join a Diagram portfolio company;
  • Competitive compensation, including upside in the companies Diagram creates;
  • Beautiful office in a great location and a flexible hybrid working model in Montreal or Toronto;
  • Generous benefits including a telemedicine service for your and your family.
Diagram Ventures is an equal opportunity employer.