Temporary Business Development Analyst
Sapphire Energy - San Diego, CA

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Department description The Business Analytics group serves two critical functions at Sapphire Energy: *
  • Internal focus: Business Analytics ensures correct and detailed understanding of all industry and company initiatives to enable proper planning and implementation of our business. Example: Business Analytics has modeled the full value chain techno-economics of our algae-to-fuel business to redirect corporate investment to the most important areas for cost reduction and further research. *
  • External focus: Business Analytics supports partnership development efforts with outside organizations (e.g., financial, technical, government) and focuses on other external activities that enhance and enable our business. Examples: Business Analytics has created partnerships and relationships with politicians, states, nations, the USDA and the DoE, agricultural companies, CO2 providers, biotechnology supply companies, and oil & gas firms, among others.
These functions are by nature multi-disciplinary, and therefore require extensive communication and cooperation. Given the multifaceted and novel nature of our group’s initiatives, we require and rely on extensive and robust research and analysis.
Job summary Business Analysts will provide critical research support for project initiatives. Successful Business Analysts will utilize strong quantitative, communication, creative thinking, and critical analysis skills to discover critical information and effectively communicate results. Analysts will focus research primarily on topics significant to the transportation fuel, agriculture, and biotechnology industries. Examples include: value chain, political landscape, industry make-up, and competitive marketplace. Cross-functional skill sets will be important; Analysts must be able to integrate knowledge of finance, engineering, biotech, and agriculture-based disciplines to develop cohesive research plans and properly understand and analyze data. Candidates must be willing to learn at a fast pace, assimilate feedback quickly, and work in a high-stakes environment. As Analysts prove their capabilities, responsibilities can expand to include increasingly higher-level analysis and involvement in Sapphire’s business processes.
Job description *
  • Find and organize quantitative data and provide insights *
  • Description: locate one or more data sources, document the sources, organize the data in Excel and PowerPoint, summarize the findings, and maintain an organized database *
  • Example: find the 2 most reputable sources for the prediction of global oil prices from today through 2030, in real terms; place results in Excel *
    • Analyze research and policy papers *
  • Description: locate research/policy papers, read the document or relevant portions, prepare a summary of each paper in Word or PowerPoint, compare/contrast multiple papers on the same topic *
  • Example: compare and contrast the Obama Administration’s biofuels policy and the American Energy Innovation Council proposal; 2-page summary in Word *
    • Analyze recent news and provide insights *
  • Description: locate news sources, extract each article’s main points, aggregate the main points across multiple articles, summarize the findings *
  • Example: for each of Sapphire’s top 10 competitors in the algae field, find and summarize all investment activities (either investment rounds or purchases/mergers/JVs) in the last 6 months *
    • Prepare analysis, develop communication plan, and create PowerPoint slides *
  • Description: given a title and slide concept, develop multiple slide layouts, select the most effective, implement the slide using Sapphire templates and formatting rules (to be provided) *
  • Example: display a graph of global primary energy production in 1970, today, and 2020, broken down by primary energy source, with the title: “Demand is growing rapidly to approximately 600 quadrillion Btu by 2020, without significant substitutes for crude oil”

    • Required
      • Bachelor’s degree from top 50 U.S. school or top 10 Canadian university (US News)
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    • High proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and online research tools
    • Minimum 1 year working experience or minimum two 3-month internships
    • Highly preferred
      • Degree from a technical discipline (e.g., engineering, computer science, physical science)
      • Not required: a background in energy, biofuels, or biotechnology but a plus
    Innate qualities
      • Significant drive to meet the demands of multiple clients
      • Intellectual curiosity to discover new insights and push for creative outcomes
      • High stamina to operate in a fast paced start-up environment

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