We’re looking to hire a start-up Chief Operating Officer!
  • Highly competitive salary
  • EMI-qualifying stock options
  • Based at Second Home, London

About Spacehive:

Spacehive empowers people to shape their towns and cities by crowdfunding projects that make local places better – from hanging gardens on old railway lines, or bustling street markets, to a new bridge across the Thames.

Not only can people now efficiently and transparently fund change in their local area, we partner with the public and private sector to bring financial clout to our projects, opening up millions in funding from the likes of The Mayor of London, Tesco and Airbnb.

We’ve spent 5 years designing a model that works: mechanically, culturally, politically. During that time, 300 projects worth £6.4m have already been delivered and there are £21m more in the pipeline. Now we’re ready to scale fast – nationally, then internationally.

Our vision is to become the platform that people, businesses and government use to transform the fabric of communities, globally.


Spacehive has an entrepreneurial Founder & CEO who, supported by an incredible team, has built the company over the last 5 years. Reporting only to the CEO, the COO is a deeply talented operator with a track record of impact.

She/he has a burning desire to make a difference by building out and running the engine room of the business – designing and constantly improving our systems, processes and standards, and getting the best out of the team – so that we can deliver on our vision.

COO responsibilities:

  • CEO’s partner who aligns vision and strategy with execution: company-building, operations & finance.

  • Assist the CEO with the development of strategy by considering the operational dimension.

  • Put in place a set of policies, structures, and goals that maximise the company’s performance across KPIs and help us maintain quality and our values as we scale.

  • Establish policies that promote a positive, proactive, winning, data-driven culture within the team.

  • Oversee daily operations of the company and the work of team members.

  • Lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against goals.

  • Champion best practice and discipline across the company’s functions.

  • Manage execution of ad hoc company strategies and projects – for example entering a new market or setting up a joint venture – by coordinating across functions.

  • Working with the Accountant and Operations Manager, generate regular Financial and social impact reports and forecasts for internal and external audiences.

  • Constantly identify and recruit top talent to the team.

  • Put in place and manage structures to retain and develop staff.

  • Manage interface with lawyers on projects.

  • Provide reports to the CEO in all matters of importance.

  • Assist CEO in fundraising ventures.

Must have:

  • At least 4 years management experience in a high-growth technology startup – ideally a marketplace

  • Track record of growing revenues and operational KPIs through relentless data-driven focus and execution

  • Aptitude in problem-solving and decision-making

  • Natural leader who gets the best out of people – and who is passionate about finding and motivating exceptional talent

  • Excellent academics and comfortable analysing operational and financial KPIs

  • Ambitious, high impact player with an entrepreneurial “get things done” attitude and startup work ethic

  • Persistence in holding internal and external stakeholders to account under deadline, whilst establishing and maintaining strong relationships

  • Outstanding process-oriented manager who creates systems and structure

  • Comfortable in a high pressure environment with multiple balls to juggle

Nice to have:

  • Quantitative degree and an Excel whizz

  • Experience growing a startup internationally and working with international clients

  • Hands-on business development and sales experience to the public sector and corporates

  • Instrumental to a successful venture capital fundraising process

  • Deep understanding of SaaS or online marketplaces

To find out more and to apply, please email us at info@spacehive.com.