VP of People Operations

People · Emeryville, California
Department People
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive
Compensation DOE

Company Profile


MycoWorks is a biotechnology company that makes fine leathers from mycelium (mushroom) for applications in luxury fashion, footwear, and beyond. We are currently shipping product, and we are backed by some of the leading venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Our mission is to impact the world with new materials that have superior performance to animal leathers and plastic. Our products currently match or exceed animal leathers in their performance, so we are embarking on an aggressive scale-up plan to meet extraordinary customer demand while also continuously innovating to create new materials and methods of manufacturing.


We are looking for talented and enthusiastic individuals to join our team. You must be excited by delivering amazing product to customers, a fast-paced and ever-evolving work environment, advanced manufacturing, and revolutionizing the fashion, apparel, and luxury industries through environmentally sustainable processes and products.


Our shared values as a company are: Quantifiability, Excellence, Transparency, Inclusion, Empathy and Thriving. MycoWorks is committed to building a diverse team and creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, formerly incarcerated, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Job Summary
Mycoworks is seeking a VP of People Operations to direct the company’s strategic organizational growth and to lead a forward-thinking, trusted and well-rounded People Operations program that operationalizes our company values as we scale. Working in close partnership with the CEO and the Chief of Staff and Culture, the VP of People Operations will establish the foundation and systems for a high-performance, employee-focused culture. The core function is to build a broad-based Human Resources support system, including strategic organizational planning, learning and development programs, performance and employee relations management, full-cycle recruiting and more. The ideal candidate is a people and outcomes-focused leader who uses data to strategically leverage HR processes and functions to bolster organizational success. Our team includes engineers, scientists, production line workers, artists and designers, so the ideal candidate brings intersectional awareness, compassion and exceptional emotional intelligence to all policy development and communications. 


Required Skills and Experience


  • Experience working as a partner to the CEO in scaling a fast-paced, early-stage technology-based company, including leading people functions through scale-up and implementing HR systems from scratch and for scale.

  • Minimum of 15 years Human Resources Management, including broad-based HR experience across identified functional areas

  • Proven ability to lead strategic staffing planning process with leadership team to anticipate department-specific and organization-wide tactical and strategic objectives, identify gaps/weaknesses, and employ appropriate hiring/staffing solutions

  • Experience working with a highly interdisciplinary team that includes engineering and scientific senior staff, as well as manufacturing professionals and technicians.

  • Experience establishing relationships as a trusted advisor with the highest degree of integrity, exercising confidentiality and good judgment in complex and sensitive situations

  • Ability to manage a complex set of stakeholders and advocate change through influence and data, rather than authority

  • Comfortable rolling up your sleeves to get things done, and taking part in deeply complex strategy discussions

  • Outstanding leadership, communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills, coupled with high social and emotional intelligence

  • Applicant should have a thorough understanding of cultural, racial, socioeconomic and gender unconscious biases; demonstrated commitment to driving organizational Diversity and Inclusion

  • Understanding of People Ops policies, programs, laws, and issues in relation to regulatory compliance

  • Strong emphasis on continuous improvement and using data to inform practice

  • Ability to work with a high level of autonomy and to integrate easily into collaborative teamwork

  • Strong experience administering HRIS/ATS/payroll systems required; BambooHR and Gusto preferred

  • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP highly desired

  • Bachelor’s degree from a university (4-year program) required; graduate degree preferred


Essential Functions


The functions and duties described below may not be the only requirements of the position. It will be necessary to follow other instructions and perform other duties as required.


  • Provide comprehensive strategic people support and business partnership in a fast-paced, venture-backed biomaterials manufacturing start-up organization

  • Create and maintain People Operations Dashboard to track department KPIs and milestone progress

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the People Ops function, with accountability for team growth and success and balancing strategic leadership with tactical/operational responsibilities

  • Optimize the team and process for recruiting, including team structure, recruiting KPIs and their continuous improvement to drive growth strategy.

  • Develop and manage a competitive compensation program through regular market analysis, design pay and equity structures that integrate with performance review cycles and employee progression paths.

  • Design and lead implementation of programs, processes and policies that drive cross-functional collaboration, employee engagement and satisfaction, and strong business results, including:


            Compliance oversight


            Employee benefits management


            Full cycle recruiting


            Performance management and compensation


            Employee relations


            Workers compensation and Safety

  • Educate, advise and influence on organizational design, employee development, employee engagement and retention, performance criteria and measurement, talent reviews, and change management.

  • Prioritize Diversity and Inclusion in recruiting, hiring, employee development and policies.

  • Lead as a coach at all levels, from strategic advising to company founders and leadership team, to mentorship of new employees

  • Partner with Chief of Staff and Culture on Learning and Development programs to prepare employees for more significant responsibilities as the company grows and scales.

  • Supervise and work closely with People Operations Generalist to provide support across all functional areas.

  • This position reports to the Chief of Staff & Culture and partners closely with the CEO.


Compensation and Benefits 


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience

  • Competitive equity packages

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and other benefits

  • Flexible and generous vacation policy

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  • Location
    Emeryville, California
  • Department
    People
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Executive
  • Compensation
    DOE