Tech Sector Team - VC Secondee

This role within the Tech Sector Team will offer the successful candidate substantial exposure to government policy-making and the opportunity to help improve DSIT's understanding of the UK venture capital ecosystem. The successful candidate will be part of a team which is dedicated to making the UK tech sector thrive.

Project overview:

The VC Secondee role will have three primary objectives. This list is not exhaustive and subject to change and discussion upon appointment: Download the Secondees Specification document here.

  1. Lead a project mapping the tech VC investor landscape in the UK. The successful applicant will have a degree of freedom to shape the scope of this research project, however the main output would be a research paper which summarises the dynamics underpinning the VC tech ecosystem in the UK, and policy recommendations as to how this could be improved. (40%)*
  2. Deepen HMG’s understanding of the VC landscape. This will be done through informal shadowing and providing insights which shape our strategic approach to engagement and policy development. This will also take the form of ‘teach-ins’, workshops, and other lesson-learning opportunities. (40%)*
  3. Broaden industry’s understanding of what HMG is doing to support the tech industry. As part of DSIT’s outreach, it is vital that we continue to cultivate a deeper relationship between government and industry to better understand the challenges our brightest innovators are facing. (20%)*

Candidate specification:


  • Currently working in a UK–based VC firm
  • Experience of investing in high-tech high–growth high-impact tech businesses
  • Deep understanding of the UK investment landscape


  • Experience managing complex projects
  • Strong strategy, engagement and policy development experience.
  • Excellent analytical and evaluation skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to deliver high quality work at pace.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to credibly engage with
  • domestic and international stakeholders across government and industry;

Download the Secondees Specification document here.


Anywhere in the UK, with occasional travel to London or other tech hub locations in the UK.


Approx 3 months - we are open to flexible and part-time working arrangements.

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest to both: [email protected] and [email protected] or by clicking the button below.