Managing Director, Consumer

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

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    👋 Hey, We're Founders Factory

    Founders Factory is improving the odds of startup success, empowering anyone to impact the world through entrepreneurship.

    We’re changing the venture model, trusting our ability to make a real difference to the companies we invest in. Our platform gives entrepreneurs market access to multi-national corporates, and bespoke operational support from a big and brilliant team. This allows us to do things that don’t scale, tailoring a program to every startup that joins. Letting our startups tap into skills they need but can’t yet access.

    All of this is funded by our corporate partners, but their role is not simply cash. They bring the best bits of their businesses to our startups - validation, distribution, insight and capital. These are ingredients that startups others don’t have, which is why you see startups here that can not exist anywhere else. 

    We’re here so founders who see the future differently get the skills they need to make it a reality. We’re proud to back founders others wouldn’t and we back ourselves to make them successful. We know the biggest impact comes from those that don’t fit the mould so we’ve made Founders Factory their home.

    💪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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