Managing Director, Consumer

Team: Factory - Operations (Full-time)
Location: London, United Kingdom

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    👋 Hey, We're Founders Factory

    We're the world’s best partner for founders. Started by Brent Hoberman and Henry Lane Fox, Founders Factory has received investment from L’Oreal, easyJet, Guardian Media Group, Aviva, Holtzbrinck, CSC and M&S. We have also launched in Johannesburg with Standard Bank. Combined with our full-time team of 70 specialists we offer founders the best platform to launch or scale their startup.

    Our incubator creates 13 new startups every year. We validate ideas, build founding teams, find first customers and invest directly in each startup. Our accelerator invests in 35 startups every year. We invest cash, six months of bespoke support from our team and provide commercial opportunities with our investors. We're also Europe's Hottest Startup Accelerator according to the Europas, read more here.

    💪The Opportunity: 

    As we scale the Founders Factory model across new sectors and internationally, we are seeking a Managing Director for our newest consumer sector who will ultimately be responsible for launching two new startups from scratch and investing in five existing startups each year. This role encompasses creating new startups, hiring exceptional talent, making investment decisions and working with some of the world’s largest corporates.

    As the Managing Director of the consumer sector, you will determine the strategic direction and investment decisions in this vertical and have overall ownership of this sector to ensure the exceptional delivery of our program. This is an incredible opportunity to create, build, invest in and scale startups in the this sector. Ideally, you are passionate about the environment, natural products, biodegradable packaging, anti-plastic, sustainability, etc.

    💪 Responsibilities:

    • Hire world class founders and/or founding team members for incubation projects
    • Manage the conceptualisation, build, hiring and launch of 2 new startups annually
    • Source, qualify and invest in 5 startups annually for our consumer accelerator
    • Operate, resource and provide strategic advice to 5 startups in the consumer accelerator program
    • Identifying and unlocking the unfair competitive advantage that our corporate backers for our consumer sector provides for each accelerated and incubated business
    • Managing a team of 3-4 individuals (sourcing, business development, engineering, product, concepting) dedicated to the operating activities in the consumer sector, whilst utilising a pool of shared resource (design, growth marketing, data science, talent) to ensure success of each business in the sector
    • Build exceptional relationships with the entrepreneurs in the consumer program
    • Grow Founders Factory’s network of corporates, investors and talent pools in the consumer space

    🎯 Requirements:

    • Previous experience as a founder, angel investor and/or experience within in a startup studio environment
    • Previous experience hiring and retaining a world class team
    • Experience translating customer needs into innovative new products, based on your deep expertise in the consumer sector
    • Commercial and/or product experience taking an early stage business forward 
    • 5 - 7 years of experience in a leadership capacity within a high growth startup
    • Previous operational expertise in e-commerce, marketplaces, consumer brands, and digital services
    📈 Benefits

    We provide all the excitement and freedom of an early stage startup but with the stability and resources of a large organisation. This is your rare chance to contribute across the full business spectrum to become a founder in the future:

    Growth: Work with and meet exceptional talent. Learn faster than you ever have before. Access our large network of investors and customers.
    Autonomy: Freedom to execute, build businesses, not just products.
    Support: marketing, legal, finance, fundraising, growth, business development and recruitment.
    Health and Wellness: Comprehensive extended health care coverage from Vitality.
    Office Space: Desk space in fully-serviced office on High Street Ken with table tennis table, scooters and breakout spaces.
    Office Meals: Catered lunches 2 days a week, unlimited breakfast, healthy snacks, freshly ground coffee and Paul’s Irish Bar.

    We are committed to building a diverse culture and are eager to receive applications from all backgrounds. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination.

    Please note: we have an overwhelming number of applications and will do our best to get back to you within 72 hours if you fit the bill.

    Could this be you?

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