| May 13, 2024

Investment Principal, Climate Ventures

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  • Full Time
  • New York
  • $121.8K/yr - $197.1K USD / Year

Website Autodesk

Position Overview

Reporting to the Director, Climate Innovation & Investment, the Investment Principal will support, and over time lead, all elements of Autodesk strategic investment process in early-stage climate tech and sustainability startups – spanning vehicle structuring, thesis development, opportunity sourcing, due diligence, deal execution and portfolio management. You’ll work as an integral member of the Impact Team in close coordination with Corporate Development, Finance, and Autodesk product and strategy teams.


  • Establish and institutionalize best-in-class corporate VC operations
  • Support global deal sourcing efforts and initial company screenings
  • Perform detailed technological, financial and market due diligence of potential investments, including management, product, market analysis, impact forecasting, and financial analysis
  • Refine investment operations through deepening co-investor networks of like-minded venture funds, accelerators, and corporates
  • Conduct sector and industry analyses to sharpen and define entirely new investment focus areas
  • Serve as a board observer and support governance and reporting across the portfolio
  • Partner across business units—including product, Autodesk Platform Services, Industry Strategy and Autodesk Research—to identify high-value strategic opportunities for corporate engagements with the existing ventures portfolio
  • Support the build out of an optimal post-investment process to maximize value to the portfolio and to Autodesk
  • Analyze and distill industry insights from the portfolio for key internal and external audiences, including Autodesk executives and Autodesk’s Board of Directors
  • Hire and nurture a high-performing team of investors

Minimum Qualifications

  • Relentless focus on having an outsized impact on climate change and social equity by leveraging the speed and power of markets and the private sector
  • 7+ years of work experience that translates into understanding Autodesk’s industries of construction and manufacturing through a digital technology and innovation lens. Ideally this is in a related field (VC/PE, startup, management consulting, investment banking, or corporate development)
  • An ideal candidate has climate technology experience specifically within construction, manufacturing and/or real estate ecosystems
  • Strong entrepreneurial background and spirit, with experience helping build new efforts within larger organizations
  • Deep analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Experience with corporate VC investment operations and management, including market, financial and business model analysis
  • Proven communications skills, both written and verbal, to distill complex solutions and market opportunities into actions that yield results
  • Excitement to lead the inner workings of corporate impact strategies and participate in shaping the future of Autodesk and its industries using innovation

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About Autodesk

Welcome to Autodesk! Amazing things are created every day with our software – from the greenest buildings and cleanest cars to the smartest factories and biggest hit movies. We help innovators turn their ideas into reality, transforming not only how things are made, but what can be made.

We take great pride in our culture here at Autodesk – our Culture Code is at the core of everything we do. Our values and ways of working help our people thrive and realize their potential, which leads to even better outcomes for our customers.

When you’re an Autodesker, you can be your whole, authentic self and do meaningful work that helps build a better future for all. Ready to shape the world and your future? Join us!


From health and financial benefits to time away and everyday wellness, we give Autodeskers the best, so they can do their best work. Learn more about our benefits in the U.S. by visiting https://benefits.autodesk.com/

Salary transparency

Salary is one part of Autodesk’s competitive compensation package. For U.S.-based roles, we expect a starting base salary between $121,800 and $197,120. Offers are based on the candidate’s experience and geographic location, and may exceed this range. In addition to base salaries, we also have a significant emphasis on annual cash bonuses, commissions for sales roles, stock grants, and a comprehensive benefits package.

Equal Employment Opportunity

At Autodesk, we’re building a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture to give more people the chance to imagine, design, and make a better world. Autodesk is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. We also consider for employment all qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

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