Careers

Business Development Analyst or Associate – can be remote

VSS is seeking a new junior team member for the business development team. This person will be focused on support the deal origination effort for VSS and its affiliated funds / portfolio companies. Success will be defined by ability to develop more meaningful relationships with existing deal referral contacts, identify and establish dialogue with new deal referral contacts, and explore new avenues for establishing contact with interesting businesses that fit the acquisition criteria for VSS and its portfolio companies.

HIGH-LEVEL DUTIES

  • Relationship management with deal referral relationships
  • Support Head of Business Development with ongoing refinement of strategy
  • Participation in ongoing effort to optimize the VSS intermediary network database

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop deep relationships with intermediary firms that could periodically be representing companies or know of potential targets that would match up with VSS’ investment interest. Contribute to qualitative assessments of the potential value of each relationship and play a role in shaping their classification in the VSS coverage system.
  • Oversee new initiatives for automating engagement with longer tail intermediary firms that may not warrant typical relationship building activities.
  • Assist the Head of Business Development with strategy development and execution for engaging new markets for potential deal flow including: other financial sponsors, lenders, attorneys, accounting firms, industry executives, and business owners.
  • Support existing marketing activities and contribute to the development of new and innovative marketing campaigns.
  • Support database administration needs to ensure CRM system has up-to-date and accurate records of all relationship building activities and contacts
  • Support the continued analysis of new technologies to enhance data collection and outreach efforts

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • The ideal candidate will have the following competencies/qualifications:
  • 0-3 years of work experience in one of the following or a combination of the following roles:

    • Deal origination on behalf of a private equity or private credit investment fund or business development/sales focused on originating new client relationships with private equity or investment banking clients
    • “Hunter” mentality with proven track record of developing relationships
    • Working knowledge of and capability to learn new professional business technology systems
    • Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills
    • Team player that thrives in collegial culture built on trust, respect, integrity and partnership

All resumes must be accompanied by a cover letter outlining your achievements and interest in VSS. Please email both your resume and cover letter to recruiting@vss.com

Private Equity Associate

VSS is a private equity firm that invests in the information, education, business services, and healthcare sectors.

VSS provides capital for buyouts, recapitalizations, growth financings and strategic acquisitions to middle market companies and management teams with the goal of building companies organically and through a focused add-on acquisition program.

VSS makes privately-negotiated investments across the capital structure and has the ability to invest in situations requiring control or non-control equity, mezzanine securities and structured equity securities.

We are seeking a talented and highly motivated Pre-MBA Associate to join our team. Please note that this is intended to be a two-year position. This individual will work in support of senior investment professionals with primary responsibilities in the areas of due diligence, financial modeling, structuring and documentation of new investments as well as monitoring existing investments.

Required Qualifications Include:

  • BA/BS degree from a top university with an outstanding academic record
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience in commercial or investment banking, strategy consulting, or a comparable financial environment
  • Experience in mergers & acquisitions or leveraged finance/credit analysis preferred
  • Experience in VSS’s targeted industry sectors preferred
  • Strong understanding of accounting, corporate finance and valuation concepts
  • Top analytical and modeling skills (LBO, DCF, P&L forecasting)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Solid PowerPoint skills
  • Highly motivated team player, able to work well under pressure

Candidate Profile:

  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills
  • Build financial models
  • Perform valuation & comparable analysis
  • Conduct market and competitive research
  • Evaluate key business drivers (e.g. unit economics)

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Author investment memoranda
  • Present deal opportunities to Managing Directors

Strategic thinker

  • Analyze investment opportunities and make recommendations to Managing Directors
  • Formulate investment theses and create market maps to drive sourcing efforts

Intellectual curiosity

  • Passion for learning about new sectors and companies
  • Desire to understand the key tenets of a business and whether a deal is a good investment (vs. an interesting company)

Mature, professional personality

  • Can effectively represent the firm’s brand in the marketplace and within the firm

Self-starter

  • Can work independently in an unstructured environment
  • Bias for action

Robust work ethic

  • Willingness to work nights/weekends and travel as necessary

The resume should include your GPA (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable) as well as standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, and GMAT, if applicable). All resumes must be accompanied by a cover letter outlining your achievements and interest in VSS. Please email both your resume and cover letter to recruiting@vss.com