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Director of Operations

| Greater Boulder Area
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “Director of Operations.” Include a couple of thoughts telling us what you love about grilling or cooking, plus what you think could be improved or what could use some fresh thinking about the grilling experience or the grilling category in general.
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Spark is a venture-backed startup with the ambitious goal of disrupting a stale industry. We are looking for a Director of Operations to join our 16 person (and growing) team. Our ideal candidate has experience with scaling management and operations in a fast growing startup environment and a unique ability to forge solid professional relationships with coworkers, management, and stakeholders. 

You will be a guiding force of operations, working closely with the Founder to spearhead our operations team and define the direction, architecture, and evolution of Spark. The work will require creativity, tenacity, adaptability in a rapidly evolving business environment, a passion for the unknown, and solid knowledge of various business functions.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Place Spark in a position of operational excellence with regards to business health and resource management. 
    • Management of ongoing operations including internal departments and their respective leaders.
    • Management of external resources including accounting, finance, and legal contracting. 
  • Foster a culture that inspires high levels of performance and retention.
    • Track company culture, moral, and performance. 
    • Identify areas for growth and improvement as well as implement change.
  • Report company performance and progress for both internal and external uses. 
  • Envision Spark in 6 to 12 months. 
    • Support the leadership team in meeting Spark’s mid range growth and scale goals and challenges. 
    • Look around corners and anticipate business and resource needs over time.
  • Develop strategic planning for the direction and control of business development activities.
  • Be a student of current industry trends, ensuring that the company maintains and expands its technology leadership position.
  • Recognize the role as that of both manager and support resource / mentor.
  • Willingness to roll your sleeves up and help out in any discipline. 
  • Help us inspire people to cook outside more. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 5 years of management experience guiding, developing, and managing research as well as development of strategic operating plans and budgets.
  • Ability to function in a high impact position within a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Ability to develop high levels of credibility and forge solid professional relationships with subordinates, peers, management and stakeholders inside and outside of the organization.
  • Experience with financial management including preparing and managing budgets, banking activities, contracts and negotiations.
  • Self-motivated with a strong bias for action, and excellent problem solving skills.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with CRM and ERP Systems.
  • A desire to learn more about the startup/venture capital environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

COMPENSATION, BENEFITS & PERKS

  • Generous equity package in a venture-backed startup.
  • Market based compensation.
  • A fun team environment, located right next door to the Rayback.
  • Plenty of room for professional growth as part of a small but growing team.

DISCUSSION

We’re applying engineering, design, technology, and, above all, fresh thinking to reimagine the modern grilling experience. Wait what? Grilling is an American pastime. It’s part of our social fabric. Why change something that’s not broken? 

We believe parts of the experience and category are broken or stale. Even what’s working can be improved – but we can’t ruin what people already love. That’s a tough balance to strike. But we believe there’s a huge opportunity. 

Spark combines the artisanship of the pre-gas era with the technology of today to give cooks the authenticity, taste and character of charcoal without all the hassle. 

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To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “Director of Operations.” Include a couple of thoughts telling us what you love about grilling or cooking, plus what you think could be improved or what could use some fresh thinking about the grilling experience or the grilling category in general.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • D3JSLibraries
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • FirebaseDatabases
    • Google Cloud StorageDatabases
    • SolidWorksDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • InstaganttManagement
    • StreakCRM

Location

We're located right next door to The Rayback in Boulder and frequently take advantage of the food trucks and community space for lunches and events.

An Insider's view of Spark Grills

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Spark has the best work-life balance of any company I've worked for. Our CEO has made it a clear priority and we all work together to support each other in taking time off as well as getting work done efficiently during the day so we all get home on time. The small team atmosphere has helped cultivate this attitude well.

Maggie

Mechanical Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

With my passion for the outdoors, cooking, and engineering it’s tough not to be thrilled about the perfect intersection of all those interests! I am currently working on the design of the grill which allows it to perform its function in a unique way. It is really cool to have so much input in such an integral part of the grill.

Lukas

Mechanical Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I’ve never before worked at a company that provides both room for creative expansion and targeted growth checkpoints quite like Spark Grills does. The culture, which is undoubtedly the product of the caliber of individuals that make up Spark’s team, offers me the daily opportunity to expand my perspectives and skill sets.

Doug

Software Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

I am a firm believer in hiring great people and giving them the context they need to make their own decisions. By having frequent all-team design reviews we are able to re-align on any differences of opinion, and get new perspectives. I am proud of the many times we have been able to work through a difficult problem as a group in a creative way.

Steve

Director of Engineering

What's something quirky about your company?

A spirited debate is both encouraged and enjoyable. It’s easy at Spark to become invested in the project and team which creates an environment full of admiration, mutual respect, and a desire to challenge and push each other. Even a difficult debate can be enjoyable because we’re all caring of our coworkers and we're fighting towards the same goal.

Jess

Recruiting & HR

What are Spark Grills Perks + Benefits

Spark Grills Benefits Overview

As a pre-revenue startup, we understand that our benefits are on the light side compared to other companies. Currently we offer health insurance and a flexible time off policy (a real one where we push team members to take enough time away). For the right person, Spark's benefits are more on the intangible side. Spark is a place where you can work with other talented and capable individuals and challenge yourself to tackle new things within a supportive and collaborative team.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Some Meals Provided
Professional Development Benefits
Cross functional training encouraged
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To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “Director of Operations.” Include a couple of thoughts telling us what you love about grilling or cooking, plus what you think could be improved or what could use some fresh thinking about the grilling experience or the grilling category in general.
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