Jobs in our community

Find your next role in helping to solve humanity’s most pressing challenges.

Chief of Staff



People & HR, Operations
London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Shellworks London

Chief of Staff

About the Job

🎯 Chief of Staff

🌍 London, N4

🏛️ 4 days in our office, 1 day working from home

🤝 Insiya Jafferjee, CEO

💰 £45-60k per annum (depending on experience) + equity

Join Shellworks as a Chief of Staff and help us materialise a better future by eliminating plastic pollution.

About Shellworks

Developed for a throwaway culture, plastics have caused significant pollution to our natural environments with 90% of all plastics ever created never being recycled. More so, recent studies have identified that plastics impact goes beyond pollution to chemicals and micro-plastics that impact human and environmental health.

We believe there must be a better way and our first innovation Vivomer does just that, if nature made a plastic this would be it. Vivomer, a polymer made by microorganisms, behaves just like plastic in use, but degrades upon disposal in any natural environment. Developed through cutting-edge material science, mechanical engineering, design, and operations, Vivomer represents a groundbreaking step towards a pollution-free future.

The nature of our work is frequently described as impossible, but if like us, you’re driven by the challenge to prove that there is a better way to do things, join us. You will play a critical role in developing the future of materials, how products are created and directly contribute to reducing plastic pollution.

About the Role

As Chief of Staff, you will work directly alongside our visionary CEO and Chief Product Officer, gaining unparalleled insights into building a business from scratch, solving complex problems, and achieving ambitious goals. The Chief of Staff role at Shellworks is diverse, spanning finance, business development, people, communications, and legal. You will collaborate with an incredibly multidisciplinary team and have the freedom to shape initiatives that push our mission forward.

Your Impact

  • Finance operations: Develop and execute our business model. Explore non-dilutive funding options such as grants, loans, and R&D tax credits. Collaborate with accountants and investors on quarterly reporting requirements, including board meetings, investor updates, and fundraising documentation.

  • Business development: Expand Shellworks’ impact through identifying and partnering with industry innovators who are eager to adopt our groundbreaking technology.

  • People operations: Partner with the founders to build and maintain a world-class team. Implement and manage company OKRs, all-hands meetings, feedback, and pulse surveys. Engage with and leverage Shellworks’ incredible advisors.

  • Communications: Craft and disseminate communications highlighting our work and impact to build an engaged audience. Work with the founders to manage their LinkedIn and social media platforms, spreading our vision and cultivating a community around our mission.

  • Legal: Support on commercial contracts, NDAs, and other legal documentation, ensuring compliance and safeguarding the company's interests.

What We Are Looking For

  • 3-4 years of experience in investment banking or consulting, accustomed to learning quickly, working diligently, and thinking analytically

  • Educational background in STEM preferred

  • Proactive mindset with a strong bias to action and creative problem-solving skills

  • Results-driven, highly reliable, and eager to invent and streamline current processes and practices

  • Ability to operate effectively with high degrees of ambiguity and uncertainty, and to execute tasks against tight timelines

  • Passion for combating the plastic pollution crisis

What We Offer

🌴 21 days holiday + birthday off + 27-31st December, in addition to all statutory and public holidays

📚 Opportunities for growth and development as we expand and scale our impact

🥼Access to a fully kitted out on-site lab (incubators, autoclaves, bioreactors, etc.) and pilot line workshop (machine tools, injection moulder, extruders, blow moulders, etc.)

👍 Competitive salary and equity options

🎉 Regular social events and fully stocked office kitchen

🐚 Part of a tightly knit team aiming to make a meaningful social impact.

Join Our Mission

Becoming a part of Shellworks means being part of a team that’s passionate about sustainability and innovation. Our world-class team includes experts in materials science and visionary entrepreneurs dedicated to creating a better future. Together, we’re redefining what’s possible.

Are you ready to help us lead the way in sustainable materials? Apply now and be part of something truly impactful.

Shellworks London

About Shellworks

Shellworks aims to address one of the biggest challenges of our generation: plastic pollution. We raised a 6.2Mn Seed round by top-tier investors globally and shipped our first 100,000 units in 2022. We're now scaling our team to help us accelerate towards our mission.

We’re a group of critical optimists from backgrounds like design, engineering, and science. We aren’t bound by existing rules and stereotypes and are fundamental believers that there must be a better way. As an early-stage startup, you’ll play a fundamental role in shaping Shellworks’ future.

Shellworks London

Chief of Staff

Already working at Shellworks?

Let’s recruit together and find your next colleague.