Solugen

Houston, TX 77035

Position

Business Operations & Strategy Lead

About Solugen

At Solugen, we believe planet-scale change starts with the chemistry we use every day. So, we’ve built the world’s first carbon negative molecule factory. Fusing biology with chemistry and technology to make the materials we need to sustain life on Earth. Solugen, Inc. is a revolutionary product and technology company seeking to use biology to transform the chemicals industry. Solugen was founded in 2016 and is a post-Series D venture-backed biotechnology company supported by renowned venture capital firms including Founders Fund, FiftyYears, Refactor, Y Combinator, Temasek, GIC, and Baillie-Gifford. Located in Houston, Texas, Solugen has recently started-up a first-of-its-kind carbon-negative manufacturing facility - The BioforgeTM - that uses a novel chemoenzymatic technology to manufacture bio-based chemistries for a wide range of applications including water treatment, agriculture, personal care, and other applications. Solugen currently has 175+ full time employees.

Mission

Solugen’s mission is to decarbonize chemicals manufacturing. As a first step, Solugen is building a 10,000 tpy first commercial plant with the potential to offset up to 37,000 tpy of carbon dioxide equivalents. As the Business Operations & Strategy Lead you will support the strategic cadence and communication for the company. You will support the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) in the execution of complex and time-critical projects. To succeed in this role, you must thrive in a high growth, fast-evolving environment and be able to play a critical role in recommending, prioritizing, and driving strategic, operational, and organizational improvements with senior executives across the company.

Key Outcomes

  • Support the execution of complex and time-critical projects outlined by the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) by quickly understanding context and developing a prioritized scope and approach for resolution in ambiguous situation
  • Help drive Solugen’s strategic planning and OKR process, by supporting strategic planning sessions and broader leadership team communications
  • Coordinate key initiatives between departments and executive leadership
  • Communicate findings and drive recommendations through to implementation and results

Key Competencies

Job Specific

  • Effective communicator: Prepare and present deliverables in oral, written, and visual formats relative to operational performance, market intelligence and other topics as required
  • Relationship builder: Ability to build trust quickly and display a high degree of empathy and expertise at managing senior, cross-functional relationships
  • Data-driven: Synthesize business insight from data to support fact-based decision making - identifying trends, issues, and opportunities for improvement across the organization
  • Analytical problem solver: Demonstrated ability in developing data products that make data visible and create clarity across the organization
  • Performance management: Define and maintain KPI’s that measure success of objectives and drive continuous improvement in team productivity
  • Cross-functional partner: Own workstreams that drive business performance management and alignment from cross-functional leaders
  • Humble learner: Able to put team above self and display curiosity in asking high value questions
  • Time and priority management: Able to manage multiple projects and oversee work to effective completion
  • Collaborative team player: Work as a key player within a high-performing team
  • Adaptable: Comfortable with ambiguity that comes in working in a high-paced, start-up environment

Company Specific

  • Ask a lot of questions, be curious, and have insights into your work
  • Be nimble, embrace the speed and ambiguity of startup culture
  • A passion for green chemistry and fighting climate change
  • Ability to self-manage and set your own priorities and schedule
  • Be comfortable working in multiple roles
  • Emphasize safety above all else
  • Respect for others
  • Creative problem solving
  • Willingness to learn and research new engineering/science concepts

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in relevant field, or equivalent practical experience
  • 3-4 years of experience in a relevant role (e.g., management consulting, chief of staff, or equivalent experience)
  • Chemicals and / or manufacturing industry experience is a plus
  • Experience analyzing processes, business systems, and operating models to identify actionable improvement opportunities
  • Advanced skills with Excel, PowerPoint, Tableau, and other similar software
  • Experience partnering on cross-functional projects or teams, with the ability to influence without formal authority
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with ability to communicate insights to executive audiences
  • Excellent analytical, quantitative, and qualitative problem solving, and project management skills
  • Time and priority management skills – must juggle multiple time sensitive projects without failure
  • Be team oriented, but know when to drive results personally

Solugen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status