COO

We seek a Startup COO who can provide the leadership, management and vision necessary to effectively grow the organization and ensure financial strength for our fast-growing start-up located in Madrid

How can you be part of our success? 

As the Startup COO, you are a visionary, yet hands-on leader that can build our world-class Operations teams —by: 

  • Driving the company to achieve and surpass sales, profitability, cash flow and business goals and objective being responsible for the operational P&L 
  • Working with the CEO and senior leadership to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes, and personnel designed to accommodate for the rapid growth of our organization, and developing new project 
  • Set up the Value Chain Services Development strategy 
  • Growing and managing the port and inland operations (stevedoring, transit, storage platforms, inland transportation, consignment stocks, etc.) 
  • Growing and managing the international service operations, closing strategic partnerships with inspection companies, insurances and banks 
  • Spearheading the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies 
  • Measuring and making effective all processes internal and external in terms of operations 
  • Providing day-to-day leadership and management to a service organization that mirrors the adopted mission and core values of the company 
  • Motivating and leading a high-performance operations team; attract, recruit and retain required members of the team 

What does this mean in practice? 

From day 1, you’ll be able to contribute and grow in your role: 

  • Within 30 days, you will be a key member of the management team, developing your understanding of the business needs while contributing to the hands-on resolution of pressing Operations challenges.
  • Within 90 days, you will ow n our company’s Operations strategy, improve and scale up our capabilities, start recruiting critical Operations employees, and build the foundation of the Operations platform to scale up the business.
  • Within 360 days, you will drive our Operations vision and implementation, empowering a high-performing team in close collaboration with the rest of the business. 

What are we looking for? 

For our Startup COO, we are looking for a hands-on individual who can build and lead the Operations function team to support our success. You should have the following qualifications and traits:

  • 8+ years of experience in port/inland logistic supply chain management; having built bulk supply chain service companies (from scratch) 
  • Experience in defining and achieving an Operations vision and plan, including steering based on OKRs and business value 
  • A visionary and execution-driven mindset with highly developed communications skills 
  • Experience establishing scalable blue-collar operations, e.g. warehousing, delivery/sales teams 
  • Strong leadership skills and the proven ability to drive an organization, ideally in a startup environment; having led a geographically distributed team is a plus 
  • High energy and passionate individual who inspires teammates to reach their maximum potential
  • Relevant industry experience in the concrete, cement, or raw material production industries or other B2B industries is a plus 
  • Fluency in English (proficiency in French and Spanish is a strong plus)
  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in engineering, supply chain or related field

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