Business Operations Associate

About us

Vow is a food company - a very different one. We’re creating real meat products from animal cells instead of the animal itself. 

We’re bringing together cutting-edge innovations in science, engineering, culinary and design to make sustainable food that’s both irresistible and available to billions of people worldwide.

The role:

As a Business Operations (“BizOps”) Associate at Vow, you’ll be our strategy and operations guru and “jack of all trades” who can dive into any challenge, learn quickly, and hit the ground running. You’ll be tasked with ownership of specific ‘discovery’ or operations projects, ranging from validating future markets for Vow products, to developing a strategy for a regulatory filing, to project managing a pilot facility build-out for Vow.

We’re looking for empathetic, structured problem-solvers who love working across teams. The work you do as a BizOps Associate is always focused on enabling and driving action across different teams at Vow, so you’ll have the chance to engage with all “Vowzers,” ranging from clever PhD scientists, to brilliant mechanical engineers, to our magical “food inventors.” 

You have:

  • 2+ years of experience working on strategy and operations projects at a high-growth startup, management consulting, or in a similar, fast-paced environment. 
  • A passion for learning and continued growth, and are able to operate and create clarity in ambiguous environments.
  • An ability to think strategically and ask the right questions, but have a bias to action and know when to dive in and get shit done.
  • Experience with cross-functional project management and amazingly high EQ. You love and thrive in working with others who are different from you.
  • Top-notch analytical and research skills.
  • Superb time management and prioritisation skills.

You will:

  • Lead 'discovery' projects to understand and develop strategies for new functions, processes for Vow.
  • Co-manage “programs” - cross-functional teams focused on critical goals for Vow - by functioning as a right-hand partner to senior product managers, manufacturing leaders, and others Vowzers laser-focused on guiding these teams towards our objectives.
  • Identify areas for improvement across the company (processes, structures, etc) and use data-driven approaches to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Lead and/or support the actual execution and ongoing operations of these initiatives (e.g., help with strategy for a new product and then drive go-to-market operations).
  • Support our Head of Operations with long-term planning, fundraising, and other “special projects” as they pop up.

What success looks like:

In the first month, you’ll ramp up on all things Vow and cultured meat and will start to own focused discovery or operations projects at Vow. You’ll spend heaps of time being a “sponge” and getting to know people across all teams at Vow, how they operate, and where they need assistance.

Over the next few months, you’ll dive head on into projects focused on our company objectives for 2022/23, helping to set a strategy where the critical path is unknown, and helping execute and drive operations forward for activities in flight. In just a few months, you’ll be a critical member of the team that launches Vow’s first product or will be laser-focused on the strategy and planning for many other amazing food products in our pipeline.

In your first year at Vow, you’ll be given the opportunity to own your own cross-functional projects, work with amazingly bright people with differing expertises and from around the globe, and will make your mark on this immensely important push towards more sustainable food production.

Vow, more than just a job.

Who we are and why join:

  • We are building a diverse, mission-driven dream team of “Vowzers.” Our mission is to make food products for everyone. To do that well we need a workforce that’s representative of the people we serve. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view - so we’re building a culture to match. Be yourself and come as you are.
  • Work on cutting-edge technology. We’re bringing together cutting-edge innovations in science, engineering, and food, to recreate the world’s most tantalising and unique culinary experiences. All without compromising on ethics or our planet along the way. Since our inception in 2019, we have held the title of being the first startup to cultivate meat from the cells of an undomesticated animal, and have served up our exotic meats ranging from kangaroo dumplings to alpaca sliders in tastings with world-renowned chefs.
  • Work with and learn from the best. Our team includes some of the world’s top scientists, innovators, operators, and creatives with decades of industry experience. Despite our experiences though, we all strive to build, break, learn, and repeat. We see the impossible as temporary and strive to learn and support our company and fellow Vowzers' growth as much as possible.
  • We’re fully funded and ready to go. We are a growing Aussie biotech start-up backed by Square Peg Capital, Blackbird Ventures, Grok Ventures and Tenacious Ventures. Read more about why our investors are so excited about the future of Vow here.

Vow perks and benefits:

  • Everyone is an owner. In addition to competitive base salaries, each and every ‘Vowzer’ owns equity in the company so we can all benefit from our hard work and future success.
  • Generous paid parental leave. We offer 12 weeks for primary carers and 4 weeks for secondary carers.
  • Generous relocation budget & support. Support for interstate or overseas team members  and their families (including pets!)
  • Flexible working hours and location. We value work-life balance. While we’re mostly back in the office, you’re free to choose the best way for you to work.
  • Unlimited Personal Leave. At Vow we recognize that sometimes you need time off to recuperate, look after your mental health, or simply deal with an emergency. We put unlimited personal leave in place to empower you to truly bring your best self to work every single day and you are always paid for days taken off as personal leave.
  • Transparent culture. Active transparency to let you effectively contribute to every facet of the business.
  • Heaps of tasty samples from our culinary centre. Our fantastic "food inventors" on the Vow team are always cooking up new product prototypes, and all Vowzers are given the opportunity to taste, give feedback, and learn from their culinary prowess
  • Company wide professional development & coaching. A huge focus on career support and growth, with access to lots of learning and development opportunities through lunch and learn events, access to webinars and conferences, and networking with our investor and tech community.
  • Company wide social events. Monthly birthday celebrations, "Bio Beers" happy hours, breakfast before our fortnightly companywide "All Hands”, annual end of year event and many more. 
  • An awesome converted warehouse office in Alexandria. Complete with a glass-walled lab, free snacks, a culinary centre and professional-grade coffee machine + premium coffee bean subscriptions available for all to use in the cafe, and a DIY workshop for all hands-on projects.
  • Human and dog friendly office! An inclusive community and culture, in a welcoming office, complete with friendly “Vowzer” dogs!
  • A variety of social clubs. We encourage all our Vowzer’s to build the culture with us and share what you love by creating social clubs across the business. From book clubs to hiking groups, we’re always looking for ways to learn and engage with our team.
Full Time
Sydney, Australia

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