Operations Manager

  • Heirloom
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Apr 29, 2021

Job Description

Company Summary

Our mission is to accelerate our planet’s transition to a carbon negative society. We will capture 1B tons of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2035 (equivalent of ~60M Americans’ annual emissions today), and build a multi-billion dollar business along the way. The problem we are solving is that according to IPCC, billions of tons of CO2 need to removed from the atmosphere (in addition to decarbonizing the entire economy) by 2050 to keep global warming to 1.5 °C, but current technologies are too expensive and not scalable to the volume necessary.

Unlike traditional engineered removal solutions, our Nature published technology combines the natural properties of minerals (carbon mineralization) with engineering to provide a low cost path to $50/tCO2 for Direct Air Capture (DAC), the cost at which carbon removal will be transformative. 

Our early customers are corporations and other entities that need to reduce and offset their carbon emissions to meet compliance requirements or carbon pledges. Our go-to-market strategy allows us to be unit profitable from day one, and reach >$1B in revenue just from existing markets and pledges. Our $100B opportunity lies with carbon markets set for creation in the EU, US, and other markets. 

Over the next 18 months, we will de-risk our cost estimates, build a demonstration plant, and validate the commercial viability of this technology.

About the job

The Heirloom team is on a path to creating the world’s first sustainable, scalable, and economically viable carbon removal system.  This technology - which requires a unique blend of geology, chemistry, industrial engineering, and process engineering -  doesn’t yet exist at the scales necessary to make a difference, so we need to build it ourselves.  We are looking for dedicated and driven hardware scientists and engineers to help us design and build systems that capture CO2 directly from the air and enable us to process it into a variety of products (carbon credits, carbon negative materials, etc).

You and your nascent team will design and build the hardware, software, and infrastructure to capture and measure the CO2 we capture from the air we breathe.  While our laboratory results demonstrate the general concept, we must scale from lab bench to industrial scales.  You will help shape and drive exploratory research and development phases to evaluate and test new ideas and setups.  You revel in both complexity and uncertainty and delight in breaking down and translating huge problems into actionable and testable systems requirements.  As we scale, you will help us design and build the infrastructure necessary to operate at the industrial levels necessary to effect global change on our CO2 footprint.  Your work has the potential to directly shape our fight against climate change. 


  • Help build an exciting, supportive, and energizing office environment
  • Handle an ever-changing list of tasks and responsibilities as the organization grows 
  • Oversee the administration of multi-million-dollar state and federal grants and contracts
  • Assist in the preparation of new proposals for federal and state funding, including federal budgeting
  • Knowledge of organizational effectiveness and operations management
  • Manage government registrations and compliance, including permitting
  • Be the “hub” for company systems (think payroll, accounting, benefits, etc.) and the go-to problem solver for daily operations
  • Lead the search for a company HQ and demo plant
  • Keep our facilities operational, well-maintained and in compliance with regulatory standards (e.g. HVAC, electrical, plumbing, security/alarm systems)
  • Manage relations with building management, vendors and contractors, and assist with contract renewals
  • Manage other vendor relationships, contracts, purchase orders, invoices, and records
  • Directly support the team in business, financial, and logistical operations

Minimum Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in research assistance or office/facilities management
  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Compassion and respect for teammates, and a passion for helping those around you
  • Comfort with technical concepts and language
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Superb project management, planning and organization skills
  • Ability to learn and use cloud based organizational tools
  • A customer service mindset for working with vendors, contractors, and facilities 
  • Capable of learning quickly and problem solving in an ambiguous, fast paced environment
  • Ability to effectively interact with a broad range of colleagues
  • Passion for new technologies and the climate

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior operations management experience
  • Experience in writing and managing technical proposals and grants for large-scale projects
  • Experience managing US state and federal grants and contracts
  • Experience managing budgets and forecasts for technical projects

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Carbon Removal & Utilization Engineering