Co-Founder & COO (m/f/x) @ Early-Stage Bio-Tech Venture

Founder & Entrepreneurs in Residence
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
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Description

ABOUT MICROHARVEST

MicroHarvest is an early-stage startup in Hamburg and Berlin that focuses on the production of an alternative protein from bacteria. But not just any protein –– better protein. Using the power of our bacterial strains and proven technologies we will produce highly nutritional protein solutions for the global feed and food market at scale. With that, MicroHarvest contributes a sustainable solution to the global challenge of feeding the world. With Atlantic Food Labs as an operational Investor and strong Biotech Advisors on board, we are now looking for a mission-driven Co-Founder & COO in Berlin or Hamburg to join us!

YOUR ROLE

As COO & Co-Founder (m/f/x), you will build up an early-stage biotech company and transform it into an international business. You will join your Co-Founder, Kate, in the AFL Founder Studio and will define and execute the company's vision, business case, and supply chain roadmap. As an international supplier of ingredients, MicroHarvest is set out to have an international supply chain and future production sites at different locations in the world. With your hands-on attitude, analytical finance skills, and passion for all things operations, you will enable MicroHarvest to choose the perfect setup and build a company set up for growth.

YOUR TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Own the setup and execution of all operations from day 1, both internally and externally

  • You will continuously develop hypotheses and validate them (e.g. through expert interviews, market analysis, customer surveys, etc.)

  • You will define the core activities of the business in detail and set up all required processes for a successful (international) market entry

  • Support your co-founders in all fundraising-related activities 

  • Build up relevant supply channels and the complete operations strategy from scratch, i.e. by running trial deliveries, negotiating first partnerships, etc.

  • Own the operative KPIs and build a scalable operations playbook

  • Recruit, build, and manage a team of A-players

Requirements

WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

  • Experience in Finance or Operations in a startup

  • 5+ years of high-performance environments: strategy consulting, investment banking, or VC - previous experience in biotech or food/feed company is a strong plus

  • Experienced in building and growing partnerships in international supply chain operations and/or production processes

  • Strong track record in negotiations

  • Experience with quality assurance or quality control of great advantage

  • Entrepreneurial mindset and drive to always be in problem-solving mode in a highly ambiguous environment

  • Able to translate short and long-term company vision into a concrete action plan

  • Strong hands-on attitude and willingness to take on various tasks inside and outside your field of expertise

  • Strong communication and influencing skills – clear, concise, and persuasive in style

  • Comfortable when making decisions using limited information and resources

  • Integrity, self-motivation, and an open and critical mindset, which allows you to turn 1 + 1 into 3

  • A passion for biotech, food, nutrition, and sustainability drives you

  • Fluency in English is a must


WHY JOIN

  • Work in an energetic, international startup environment

  • Involved in the development and implementation of what will be the forefront of modern-day industrial biotechnology

  • Direct and high impact by bringing to market innovative and sustainable solutions to feed the world

  • The opportunity to build your own business together with strong VC-backing

  • Full ownership over exciting and challenging projects

  • A team of talented and motivated individuals looking to change the world

  • Great networking opportunities within the Atlantic Food Labs family and Berlin startup ecosystem

  • Free office space in our amazing office in Berlin in Mitte (incl. rooftop terrace)

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