Head of Operations
The Good Food Institute Europe
Helping people, animals and the planet by building a new organisation in Europe to promote plant-based and cultivated meat
Industrial animal agriculture is at the root of many of the most pressing global issues of our time, from climate change and global hunger to antibiotic resistance and the exploitation of billions of animals annually.
The Good Food Institute (GFI) is at the forefront of the movement to use food technology and markets to replace the products of industrial animal agriculture with plant-based and cultivated alternatives.
We are just getting started in Europe and are looking for a Head of Operations to help build, from scratch, an effective and impactful organisation.
How You Will Make a Difference
Your role will have high responsibility and high impact. Reporting directly to the Managing Director of GFI Europe, you will be in charge of setting up and running the entire day-to-day operations of GFI in Europe, starting with our bases in the UK and Belgium. Your performance in this role has the potential to make a significant impact on how quickly Europe and the world moves to a more ethical and sustainable food system.
Alongside the Head of Operations, we are also recruiting for a Head of Philanthropy and Development. Together with the Managing Director, you will form the nucleus of our new organisation and help to drive concrete change in the European and global food system. We will start off as a small team, and plan to grow in future.
The Head of Operations will:
- Establish and run all aspects of GFI Europe’s operations - building, from the ground-up, an effective, impactful, happy organisation.
- Work with the Managing Director for Europe to oversee GFI Europe’s establishment as a legal entity and registered charity in the UK. Liaise with the UK Charity Commission to secure charitable status, and ensure ongoing compliance with the Charity Commission’s requirements.
- Ensure GFI Europe is fully legally compliant by liaising with lawyers.
- Establish GFI Europe’s financial presence and ensure banking and accounting needs are met and managed in partnership with an accounting firm.
- Serve as our human resources manager and create and implement GFI Europe’s human resources and payroll system, including maintenance of employee files, hiring and separation protocols, government reporting, grievance procedures, and all other workplace issues. Review and periodically update the GFI Europe Employee Handbook and respond to staff inquiries regarding GFI’s policies.
- Oversee new employee recruitment efforts, including writing job descriptions, evaluating candidates, onboarding and training.
- Negotiate and manage relationships and contracts with lawyers, accountants, insurers, PR agencies, and other service providers.
- Coordinate with GFI colleagues in the USA to ensure compliance with GFI’s financial and legal reporting systems and obligations.
- Oversee administrative, IT and technical needs and requirements of the organization, including helping to find and manage office space, etc.
- Organize team retreats and travel.
- Manage a GFI Europe Intern and Fellow Program, including assisting with intern/fellow onboarding and management.
- Assist the Managing Director, providing diary, administrative and research support as required.
- Perform the above duties for both of GFI Europe’s legal entities, in the UK and Belgium. Over time, oversee and drive GFI’s expansion to other countries in Europe, including setting up legal entities and operational systems in those countries.
- Represent GFI Europe in meetings with stakeholders and potentially at public events.
- Perform any other duties assigned by the Managing Director. As we are a start-up, you will be expected to help with a wide range of different functions on an ad hoc basis.
Who We’re Looking For
You must have:
- A passion for our philosophy and mission.
- A commitment to building GFI Europe as a successful organisation for the long term.
- At least 2 years of experience in operations, administration, HR, finance or other relevant field (interpreted broadly).
- Comfort working in a new, small, growing and evolving organization.
- A passion for devising and managing effective systems, fixing problems, and ensuring accurate administration.
- A personality that gets enjoyment and satisfaction out of making things run smoothly and ‘making the magic happen’.
- A very strong work ethic and self-motivation; a sense of ownership and responsibility to drive outcomes.
- Excellent people-skills — the ability to communicate, influence, build alliances, network and work well in a team.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
- Ability to work well independently and under pressure, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
- A positive, can-do, hands-on attitude. You must be willing to help with a range of tasks, some of which will be repetitive and unglamourous, and some of which may be unrelated to your core tasks.
- A high degree of organization and efficiency.
The ideal candidate would also have:
- Experience in successfully managing relationships with lawyers and accountants.
- Experience in successfully setting up a new organisation from scratch - e.g. a UK charity.
- Experience in successfully creating and managing systems in a start-up environment.
- Experience in fundraising and development.
- Ability to communicate well in one or more major EU language other than English.
- Experience managing a team.
We want the best people and we don’t want biases holding us back. We strongly encourage people of every race, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability to apply. Because we value a diverse workplace, we prioritize an inclusive climate absent of discrimination and harassment during the application process and after you join the team.
The Fine Print
- Terms of employment: Full-time
- Reports to: Richard Parr MBE, Managing Director of GFI Europe
- Location: Flexible - we will consider applicants from across Europe. You will mainly be working remotely: from your home, or wherever you choose. We will get together in London fairly often for co-working, so you must be willing and able to travel to London frequently (at least once a month, for at least a week at a time). You will also be expected to be able to travel occasionally to other major European capitals, especially Brussels. We are only able to consider applicants who are eligible to work in the EU or UK.
- Salary: Up to £43,000. This figure is based on a hire in London, and will be adjusted to reflect the local cost of living for hires made elsewhere.
- Application Deadline: 15th November. We will be assessing candidates on a rolling basis, so please apply now!
- How to apply: Please *both* send your CV and a cover letter, as email attachments, to europe "at" gfi "dot" org *and* complete this short form: forms.gle/QygY4rLf1DyWBoAr9 (just paste this address into your web browser) - thank you. Your cover letter should concisely explain what motivated you to apply for this role, why you think you’d be a great fit, and which bit of the job description energises you the most. Please also mention how you heard about this role. We really look forward to hearing from you!
- Any questions? Please reach out by email to europe "at" gfi "dot" org. If you’ve read this far but decided not to apply, please feel free to share this job description with someone else in your network who you think might be a good fit for the role! Thank you.