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Chief Operating Officer (m/f/d)

  • Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Operational team

Job description

Cavalry Ventures is embarking on an exciting phase of growth, and we are seeking a dynamic and visionary Chief Operating Officer (COO) to work as a key member of our leadership team. 

The COO will serve as a linchpin in our strategic evolution, orchestrating pivotal functions essential for the fund’s future trajectory. This role demands a seasoned leader with a holistic understanding of venture capital dynamics coupled with a fervent dedication to operational excellence.

  • Collaborate closely with Managing Partners to formulate and execute strategic initiatives, primarily focusing on future fundraisers and the sustained growth of Cavalry Ventures.
  • Drive the structuring and establishment of new funds, in alignment with Cavalry’s overarching investment strategy and growth objectives.
  • Assume stewardship over Cavalry’s most valuable assets: the platform comprising over 300 Limited Partners (LPs) and our burgeoning portfolio of visionary startups.
  • Spearhead the seamless orchestration of Cavalry’s core operational functions, including finance, legal, HR, and other strategic business support areas.
  • Oversee the end-to-end financial ecosystem of Cavalry Ventures, encompassing financial planning, budgeting, accounting, tax compliance, audit, and cash management.
  • Lead the development and implementation of robust financial strategies tailored to support Cavalry’s mission of empowering Europe’s foremost founders.
  • Foster strategic partnerships and manage relationships with key external stakeholders, including external accountants, fund administrators, auditors, and financial institutions.
  • Assume responsibility for risk management, ensuring adherence to regulatory compliance and industry best practices across all operational facets.
  • Uphold stringent anti-money laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) protocols, overseeing investor onboarding, ongoing data monitoring, transaction surveillance, and annual audit compliance.

Job requirements

  • Extensive track record in senior financial leadership roles, ideally within the realm of fund management (VC/PE) or leading accounting firms.
  • First experience from and insights into capital raises for Funds, ideally across different investor types and asset classes
  • A profound comprehension of financing structures and instruments prevalent in the venture capital landscape, with a keen awareness of European market dynamics.
  • Thorough familiarity with German regulatory frameworks is highly advantageous.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, coupled with a proactive, self-starting demeanor conducive to driving initiatives independently.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset coupled with a hands-on approach to problem-solving and execution.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, adept at stakeholder management, and fluent in both German and English.
  • A penchant for meticulousness, coupled with an innate affinity for numbers and financial intricacies.
  • If you are a seasoned leader with a passion for driving operational excellence in the venture capital landscape, we invite you to join us in shaping the future of Cavalry Ventures.

About Cavalry 

Cavalry Ventures, established in 2016 by a cohort of seasoned entrepreneurs, is a pioneering early-stage venture capital firm headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Our mission is to champion bold entrepreneurs in crafting a brighter future through transformative technology. As a first-check investor, Cavalry focuses on European pre-seed or seed-stage technology startups spanning both enterprise and consumer domains.

At Cavalry, our ethos is deeply rooted in entrepreneurship. We foster and have a deep respect for visionaries who translate extraordinary ideas into tangible realities. Guided by this principle, our platform is our key asset: facilitate and foster connections between entrepreneurs and a diverse network of stakeholders, including investors, technologists, academics, executives, and industry veterans. This platform empowers the Cavalry ecosystem to thrive and scale ambitiously. To date, Cavalry has supported over 60 enterprises, including Forto, Usercentrics, Spread, Aleph Alpha, and many others.