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Investment Principal - Main Sequence

Date: 21-May-2021

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity

  • Are you a passionate entrepreneur and investment expert in Deep Tech?
  • Do you want to create global businesses that solve real world challenges?
  • Are you looking for a truly flexible workplace?


Main Sequence is a subsidiary of CSIRO established to manage the CSIRO Innovation Fund.  As an Investment Principal, you will source, research, support and lead investments in “deep tech” early stage companies.


This is a great opportunity for an amazing venture builder who understands how venture capital works and has a passion for creating global businesses from Australian R&D.


Recruitment is being managed by CSIRO, however the successful candidate will be engaged by Main Sequence via an immediate secondment from CSIRO to Main Sequence.

Your duties will include:

  • Discover, build, and close new deals for Main Sequence. This includes attending pitches with founders, creating deal review documentation, assessing market/business opportunities, lead investment proposals and support team members on new deals.
  • Actively contribute to the Australian entrepreneurial and start-up community through professional networking and communicating with LP’s.
  • Build, implement, and enhance our portfolio support systems by mobilising our professional networks, and recognising, capturing, and sharing best practices to solve common challenges among portfolio companies. These include recruiting talent and building high-performance organisations; effective sales and marketing strategies and tactics; creating and sustaining user engagement; building strategic relationships with partners; effective public relations and media engagement; ESG (environmental, social and governance considerations) and diversity and inclusion.
  • Work closely with the broader Main Sequence team to understand what we do, how we work, and what we could do better.
  • Communicate openly, effectively, and respectfully with all staff, clients, and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of both CSIRO and Main Sequence’s reputations.


Location:  Sydney or Melbourne

Salary:  Attractive salary package offered

Tenure:  Indefinite

Reference:  74181

To be considered you will need:

  1. Tertiary qualifications, ideally with a minimum of 10 years’ experience, in an entrepreneurial or research or STEM or similar context.
  2. Highly effective writing skills, a bias toward action/getting things done with high self-motivation; and an ability to work in a largely unstructured but goal-oriented environment.
  3. A history of building business relationships easily with the most senior to the most junior.
  4. Ability to multi-task and manage multiple assignments and deliverables simultaneously.
  5. Resourcefulness and intellectual curiosity demonstrated by not being satisfied with ‘not knowing’ how it works or what it means; being a self-directed and continuous learner.
  6. A passion for “Deep Tech” and entrepreneurship. 


For full details about this role please view the Position Description.


Please also note that we are currently recruiting an Investment Associate for Main Sequence.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy


At CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.


Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

20 June 2021, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT