Sustainability- Partner

Yamaha Motor Ventures (“YMV”) exists to catalyze innovation by supporting entrepreneurs with Yamaha Motor’s unique capabilities to transform how we live. We have the resources and backing of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (“YMC”), but we also have the openness and agility of a startup. We also manage Yamaha Motor Venture’s dedicated funds with $300M in AUM that invests in exploratory areas such as Mobility, Manufacturing, Data & AI, Robotics, Digital Health and Wellness, FinTech and ClimateTech (the “Fund”).

YMV is searching for a Partner as a key part of the Fund’s Investment Team. Our Sustainability Partner plays a pivotal role in identifying, evaluating, and investing in startups that align with our mission of driving innovation for a sustainable future. The role is ideally suited for a high-energy individual with an intellectual curiosity for diverse technologies and business models. The Partner will conduct sourcing and due diligence, lead potential Fund investments, and support the investment team in developing investment recommendations. The ideal candidate will help support the ongoing influx of potential investment opportunities, will represent YMV at various events in exploratory areas, venture and startup ecosystems, and will build a strong network to source potential investments and support portfolio companies. The Partner must be able to work in a fast-paced, team environment.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop investment theses and drive due diligence processes specifically tailored to sustainability-focused startups within YMV's areas of interest.
  • Lead rigorous due diligence on prospective startups, including business, financial and technology analysis.
  • Proactively network within the venture ecosystem to source deals and assess potential investments with a sustainability lens.
  • Contribute to market reports by providing in-depth analysis of sustainability trends and insights.
  • Collaborate with Yamaha Motor Corporation's various businesses to align investment strategies with corporate objectives.
  • Monitor and track portfolio companies as well as take portfolio company Observer & Board Seats

The ideal candidate should possess:

  • Demonstrated expertise and passion for sustainability and venture capital.
  • Intellectual curiosity for diverse technologies.
  • Minimum bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Economics, and / or in Engineering or Science
  • Preference: Masters / PhD in Business (Finance, Accounting, Economics), Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, Chemical), Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) or Math
  • Minimum of 10 years of venture capital or similar investment experience, with a strong track record of leading sustainable investment deals.
  • Strong work ethic, able to contribute at a high level in less-defined roles.
  • Must have experience with equity and debt term sheets and a variety of investment structures.
  • Experience in leading in the venture capital process or similar investments.
  • Provide a track record or list of venture capital / private equity deals that you led.
  • Financial modeling skills including the ability to analyze company financials, build pro-forma cap tables and model exit scenarios.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License and a driving record from the state of your primary residence that meets YMV’s insurance standards.
  • Able to pass a seven (7) year background check.

Base Salary Range:

The typical range for this role is between $200K - $250K. Yamaha Motor has different base pay ranges for different locations within the United States which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently.

Travel & Location:

The position is based in Palo Alto, CA.

Frequent domestic and international travel of approximately 30-40% may be expected or required.

YMV is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


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About Yamaha Motor Ventures (“YMV”)

Our work encompasses venture capital investments, portfolio management, innovation projects, and strategic efforts in collaboration with Yamaha Motor’s global operations. We’re active members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and we value action-oriented efforts. Some of the areas we explore include the future of mobility, sustainability, robotics, agriculture, digital health, wellness, finance and insurance. YMV is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. For more information: