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Saint-Gobain External Venture Manager -Nova in NORTHBORO, Massachusetts

NOVA by Saint-Gobain is the Saint-Gobain unit dedicated to developing strategic partnerships between the Group and start-up companies all over the world, and making investments in specific cases. The External Ventures team serves as a unique interface for start-ups to create and develop links with all the Group’s activities. NOVA is seeking an External Venturing Manager to continue to drive Saint-Gobain’s innovative business growth through the exploration of external partnerships and strategic investments.

As part of an energetic global team, you will bring the most promising external innovations to the Saint-Gobain Group and will help Saint-Gobain businesses to benefit from access to new technologies, new business models, and passionate entrepreneurs. In this role, you will work with Saint-Gobain business leaders to advance innovation and grow business activities through identifying and engaging with start-up companies that align with the strategic focus of the business and/or the Group.

You should have a passion for sustainability and energy-related topics. A combination with your strong background in material science will help you evaluate strategic opportunities in industrial energy transition/cleantech/climatetech and related fields.

This will be done by:

  • Building and growing Saint-Gobain’s network in the external innovation ecosystem, and representing Saint-Gobain at industry, investor, and partner conferences Facilitates collaboration between targets and SG businesses

  • Understanding overall strategy within internal business units and translating those business objectives and strategies to identify opportunities aligned with current efforts

  • Dealing with high visibility within the organization, especially with executive teams, potential impact on the business strategy

  • Conducting due diligence, leading deal structure, and negotiating contracts with prospective start-up partners

Competencies:

  • Strategic thinker

  • Strong business acumen

  • Demonstrated passion for customer-centricity

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 12 years of experience; Master’s Degree with 7 years of experience or PhD with 3 years of experience in Engineering/Science with additional background in Business, Finance, or Legal being a plus

  • 2 + years of experience in Start-up, Venture Capital Investor, or M&A experience or experience in fields like strategy, consulting, finance, business development, investments, etc. preferred

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Saint-Gobain Research (SGR) North America is one of Saint-Gobain’s largest industrial research laboratories. The center is home to more than 400 employees working at the leading edge of innovation on multidisciplinary industrial research, preparing the future by designing tomorrow's products and processes across an amazing variety of markets and technical disciplines. Since 1985, SGR North America has been supporting existing businesses, developing future businesses, and nurturing talent.

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.

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