VP Operations

  • Kiverdi
  • Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Mar 19, 2020
Full Time Operations

Job Description

Air Protein of Berkeley, CA is seeking to hire a full-time VP Operations who will play a pivotal leadership role as the company scales-up novel food technology to commercialization.  If you are excited about sustainability, food innovation, and you are an experienced, effective, tech savvy business leader who is comfortable with ambiguity, who thrives on managing diverse functional areas, and enjoys the excitement of building teams and operational procedures, we would love to hear from you! 

Air Protein, an exciting new startup, is pioneering a new field of air-based food production.  Our mission is to replace animal agriculture with the most sustainable protein available to consumers.  As an Operations Leader you will work closely with the CEO and be a part of a team that is working to scale solutions that will sustainably feed the world on a global scale. Air Protein focuses on addressing the increasing demand for food production through a form of protein created from elements found in the air we breathe. This new air-based technology will reduce greenhouse gases and save our planet’s land and natural habitats for future generations. Sound exciting? Come join passionate change-makers dedicated to real-world solutions made possible by carbon transformation who want to have an impact on feeding our growing population without putting a strain on natural resources.

To learn more about Air Protein and Kiverdi, the company that developed the technology go to:  www.airprotein.com and www.kiverdi.com


You will have an exciting “hands-on” and pivotal role in helping to build and grow a cutting- edge new company that is commercializing a technology that will change the way we produce food. In this role, you will develop and execute against commercialization plans that will lead to the first-ever introduction of air-based food into the marketplace. You will be responsible for securing and managing co-packing vendors, flavor houses, and go-to-market contractors. In addition, you will ensure that all plant operations are running smoothly, oversee regulatory approvals, and implement quality control processes. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide day-to-day operational leadership and management in a way that mirrors our mission

  • Spearhead the implementation of Air Protein’s operational strategy, including plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes and personnel to support our short and long-term growth strategies

  • Set comprehensive goals for performance against operational plans, and oversee execution of those plans to achieve goals

  • Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics. Measure the effectiveness and efficiency of internal and external processes. 

  • Provide timely, accurate and complete reports on the operating status of the company

  • Build, implement and maintain policies and procedures to help streamline overall productivity that supports a culture of operational excellence

  • Develop supply chain and manage outside contractors as required 

  • Oversees regulatory/QA processes and interacts with the Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory bodies

  • Build and lead a high performing team by attracting, recruiting and retaining A-players; provide mentoring as a cornerstone of a professional development program


  • MBA or equivalent degree or work experience

  • Prior experience as a Management Consultant highly desired

  • 8+ years of progressive work experience in operational roles

  • 5+ years of work experience managing CMO’s

  • Prior experience interacting with regulatory agencies

  • Knowledgeable about Quality Assurance regulations and requirements

  • Brings an exceedingly high level of integrity, leadership and teamwork in your interactions with others across all levels of the organization

  • Data-driven approach to creating, assessing and altering processes

  • Ability to execute and negotiate against plans that can rapidly change, with the foresight to develop contingency plans

  • Excellent listener who seeks broad input and provides feedback in order to gain consensus across the organization. Open to criticism and new ideas

  • Passion for building cross-functional teams and developing people 

  • Successful experience in a startup environment

  • Demonstrably strong project management skills

  • Fits with Air Protein’s culture and mission

LOCATION:  Berkeley, CA and Pleasanton, CA. 


Food & Agriculture,   Waste Reduction & Circular Economy  

Climate Solutions


Experience level

Senior Level  


1-10 employees  

Organization type


Role Type


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