Business Operations Manager

  • Activate Global, Inc.
  • Bay Area, CA, USA
  • Jul 16, 2020

Job Description

About Activate

Activate enables entrepreneurial scientists and engineers to transform their research into world-changing products and businesses. Since 2015 Activate has partnered with leading funders and research institutions to support nearly 100 entrepreneurial fellows working on transformative climate, energy, manufacturing and microelectronics technologies. Activate fellows have launched over 50 startups that have set world records, defined new market categories, and raised over $150M in development funding. Activate supports fellows in Berkeley, CA and Cambridge, MA, with plans to expand to additional locations.


The Business Operations Manager will be responsible for developing and managing the systems and procedures that Activate Global relies upon for day-to-day operations. The ideal candidate will have the ability to create and maintain an efficient system of operation to support the needs and culture of the organization. Success will require a high-level parallel processing and working cross-functionally with different team members and leaders throughout the organization. The Business Operations Manager will initially be a part-time role that reports to the president of Activate.  

 Primary Responsibilities

  • Developing and maintaining operating procedures across core business functions 

  • Managing administration level access and privileges for business software systems

  • Leading procurement and asset tracking activities 

  • Supporting finance team with audits, taxes, and other business reporting deliverables

  • Collecting and analyzing operating metrics across HR, finance, contracts and administration

Ideal Candidate

  • Strong organizational skills, time management and attention to detail

  • Ability to manage and direct multiple projects with minimal supervision and intrinsically motivated 

  • 5 - 10 years of organizational business operations experience

  • Proficiency with G-suite Office and Microsoft Office tools 

  • Able to successfully interact with all levels of the organization

  • Professional communication skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent analytical and research skills

  • Feels like the world’s scientific and entrepreneurial talent should be focused on more serious pursuits than dog-walking apps

Activate Global, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

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