COO (Chief Operating Officer) – Agricultural Biotech (9022K)

Location: Lafayette, CO or San Francisco Bay/Central Coast Area

Our client is an agricultural biotech company with the mission to improve high-value crops. Their goal is to become the trusted leader in agricultural technology, for production of hemp, cannabis, and coffee plants/seeds through their state-of-the-art nurseries, breeding programs and contemporary seed testing and production. Our client has raised $14.5M of venture funding, has already recruited many senior leaders in agricultural biotech, and is rapidly growing.

They seek a highly motivated and seasoned professional with a history of managing agricultural/horticultural operations. As a key member of the senior management team, the COO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The COO is ultimately responsible for delivering our plants/seeds to our client’s customers on time, consistently, and with high quality. Our client is in growth mode, with facilities in CO, CA, and WI, 50+ employees, and very aggressive growth plans. The COO will be a crucial owner of this growth process, ensuring that the company can deliver on its vision and revenue targets.

Chief Operating Officer Duties and Responsibilities

  • Run the organization that delivers plants/seeds to their customers on time, consistently, with high quality
  • Recruit, train, promote, and retain an increasingly large organization to deliver on company goals and revenue targets
  • Implement and maintain culture throughout the organization to ensure consistent quality and aligned purpose
  • Work collaboratively with other senior leadership to ensure goals are met through sound implementation of operations systems, infrastructure, policies, processes, and staff
  • Responsible for driving the company to achieve and surpass sales, profitability, cash flow and business goals
  • High-level understanding of all business functions such as IT, HR, Finance, Regulatory and Legal, Marketing, Nursery and Breeding operations
  • Own expansion of facilities in CA and other states

Chief Operating Officer Requirements and Qualifications

  • BSc/BA in Business Administration or relevant field; MSc/MBA is a plus
  • 20+ years leadership experience
  • 10+ leadership at executive level, either VP or C-suite
  • Experience leading/managing Ph.D.’s and seasoned agriculture professionals
  • Agriculture and biotech industry background (recent) required
  • Management of 100+ headcount division/company
  • Management of $500M + division/company
  • Experience in directing IT, Accounting, HR, Operations (greenhouses, TC labs, and production facilities), Marketing, and Sales

Qualified candidates are invited to send their resume with LinkedIn profile to