Operations Manager/Chief of Staff

Ready to join a team of visionaries who is dedicated to solving one of humankind’s greatest challenges?

Get to know Climeworks

Climeworks removes CO₂ from the air to fight global warming and protect future generations to come.

We develop, build and operate direct air capture (DAC) machines which capture CO₂ directly from the air. The captured carbon dioxide can either be recycled and reused as a raw material or completely removed from the air by safely storing it underground, permanently.

Founded by engineers, Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks was built with a mission to inspire 1 billion people to remove CO₂ from the air, and is now the leader in carbon removal technology.

A true climate pioneer, Climeworks is featured as a TIME100 Influential Company 2022 and Global Cleantech 100 Company 2022, driving a revolutionary technology engineered to solve the most pressing issue of our time.

We foster a dynamic environment and are building a global purpose driven team. We are looking for disruptive thinkers, passionate achievers and inspiring leaders that are ready to take on the world’s greatest challenge.

Will you join us? 

Your mission

Job description
  • Your mission at Climeworks is to be the strategic advisor to our Chief Operating Officer acting as a second set of eyes and ears meeting safety, quality, cost and output targets- a unique role and opportunity!
  • You have a technical background and can apply first principles thinking to solve challenging technical and organizational problems that may be outside your formal field of education and experience.
  • You organize, prioritize and deliver initiatives that will allow the company to grow and scale to relevant CDR output.
  • You lead and manage cross-functional tiger teams to attack and resolve critical company obstacles.
  • You ensure seamless cooperation between the various departments in the organization and ensure organized growth and development across all units.
  • You will be responsible for taking on special projects to proactively resolve issues and bottlenecks in the organization.
  • You proactively contribute to strategy design, ensuring that goals and milestones are achieved in the future.
  • You plan, prepare and support COO`s internal and external communication

Your story

  • You have a Master of Science in Engineering, or Science. On top of this, business acumen or a Masters in Economics or Business Administration is required.
  • You bring at least ten years of professional experience in both fast-growing start-ups and a Fortune 500 company.
  • You bring an understanding of the principles of engineering and science that can be applied to resolving technical issues.
  • You recognize how and what technical influences impact the business and vice versa and you are able to manage and execute multi-million dollar investment projects.
  • You are exceptionally structured and have very good analytical skills. With your demeanor you have the capability to convince your stakeholders of your ideas.
  • In addition to your strong communication skills, you also bring organizational and political intelligence to the table.
  • You are fluent in English and willing to travel 20-30% of your workload. German skills are a plus.
  • Applications lacking hands-on technical expertise will not be considered.

What we offer: A horizontal organization, a great team, an improvement-oriented approach, and a scale-up venture with an innovative technology. Sounds like you? We are looking forward meeting you! Apply now by filling in the online application form and uploading your complete dossier to our careers portal: https://www.climeworks.com/careers.

Disclaimer: The percentage in the job title means that for this vacancy, you can decide if you want to be employed on a full-time or part-time basis, depending on what works best for your needs.

We do not accept candidates from agencies for our positions.

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