Vice President of Business Development at Industrial Microbes
About the role
Industrial Microbes (iMicrobes) is hiring a Vice President of Business Development to help set business strategy and lead business development.
The VP of Business Development will play a pivotal role in our growing team, helping to lead the company’s transition from an R&D to a commercial organization. We are seeking a leader, ready to lay the foundations for commercial success as we begin to scale our patented gas-to-chemicals platform. The successful candidate for this high-profile role will be an independent thinker, able to bring creative solutions to new challenges and manage others in a collaborative environment.
At iMicrobes, our mission is to create cost advantaged and more sustainable ways of making chemicals and materials for the largest markets. We are inventing and scaling new fermentation methods that use greenhouse gases as raw materials. Our synthetic biology team has built the world’s most programmable gas-eating microorganism, capable of converting biogas, natural gas, and carbon dioxide into a wide range of products.
About you: We are looking for a creative, organized problem solver to source, negotiate, and close partnerships with large companies. The ideal candidate will have a strategic mindset and a desire to influence the commercial direction of the company, balancing deal-making with visionary thinking about how best to commercialize our unique technology
The successful candidate will work closely with senior management to craft our partnership strategy and develop business cases. We are looking for a candidate with a significant track record and demonstrated ability to run a systematic partnership process and to close deals.
This position requires international travel to meet with partners. While the position is flexible and some work can be done remotely, there is a requirement to be on-site in Alameda, CA regularly.
What you’ll do: Develop strategies for prioritizing chemical targets and partners Nurture and develop customer relationships Run sales processes for new projects Travel to conferences and customer sites Draft term sheets and partnership contracts with the legal team Manage customer relationships
The ideal candidate will have following qualifications: Experience selling large contracts to corporations with multiple stakeholders with a corresponding deal-sheet Substantial knowledge of chemistry and chemical value chains A strong network of contacts at chemical producers Basic knowledge of patents and intellectual property Experienced negotiator
Company Values: Ensuring a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace (DEI) where we learn from each other is central to our culture. There’s a lack of diversity in our industry and that needs to change. Industrial Microbes is deeply committed to DEI in all of our practices. Achieving our mission depends on our ability to build a positive and supportive team of people with different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. Candidates in underrepresented and marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer; all are welcome to apply.
Applicants are encouraged to read our Core Values at imicrobes.com/careers
Benefits: Stock options Health, dental, and vision insurance 401(k) plan 4 weeks of paid vacation and a flexible schedule Monthly stipends for personal wellness and learning 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents Daily lunches and snacks in the office
To Apply: Follow this link to our application page or go to imicrobes.com/careers Let us know if you need access accommodation at any point. You must be currently authorized to work in the United States.
About Us: iMicrobes is developing bio-manufacturing methods that can produce sustainable materials that have both reduced costs and reduced environmental impacts. Our processes use custom microbes with metabolic abilities not found in nature. We work with partners to scale our microbes to get products into the market where they can make a real impact. See www.imicrobes.com
Company Values: Leave the World Greener ⧫ Find the Full Half ⧫ Take Ownership ⧫ Data Win! ⧫ Keep Your Sense of Wonder ⧫ Communicate! (Early and Often) ⧫ Unfinished Over Unsafe ⧫ Be Yourself - We Like It That Way See imicrobes.com/careers for more detail on each.
Why you should join Industrial Microbes
iMicrobes is developing bio-manufacturing methods that can produce sustainable materials that have both reduced costs and reduced environmental impacts. Our processes use custom microbes with metabolic abilities not found in nature. We work with partners to scale our microbes to get products into the market where they can make a real impact.