Chief Operations Officer (COO)



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Baytown, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, December 8, 2023
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About Cyclyx

Cyclyx International, LLC, is a joint venture formed in January 2021 whose current members include Agilyx ASA, ExxonMobil and LyondellBasell. Since its founding in 2020, Cyclyx has been a post-use plastic feedstock management company working with industry participants to develop innovative recycling solutions for all types of post-use plastics.

Cyclyx is leading the development of a comprehensive set of innovations focused on addressing the world’s plastic waste problem with the ultimate goal of increasing the recyclability of waste plastics from 10% to 90%. Cyclyx has developed the ability to assess waste plastics by their chemical properties vs. object identification and then using its algorithms to make custom blended feedstock for various mechanical and chemical recyclers specifications providing new recycling options that have not traditionally existed. In order to scale the technology Cyclyx has also developed a unique plastic processing facility called the Cyclyx Circularity Center (CCC) to process the waste plastics with new methodologies and has also developed a series of landfill deferral programs to divert waste plastics away from the landfill. The innovations Cyclyx has developed provide a disruptive platform to the existing recycling industry and we are looking for highly motivated, creative, and resourceful leaders to join our mission.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Cyclyx Chief Operating Officer (COO) is the operational leader and strategy-to-execution expert leading the company’s vision and infrastructure development to support the Company’s strategy by providing organizational leadership and the achievement of both operational and the organization’s financial goals. The COO provides leadership for all aspects of a consortium-based, supply chain operations, emphasizing growth and profitability through the execution of both long and short-term goals, key initiatives and through understanding and appropriately preparing for or reacting to the chemical complexities of plastic feedstock logistics.

The ideal candidate will have substantial and relative experience in the waste or recycling industry, preferably in the plastic recycling arena, and a track-record of building and scaling new technologies into operational businesses organizations with entrepreneurial experience in startups as a plus. With a proven history of successfully working with strategic partnerships, often larger than that of the organization, the ideal individual will have succinct and impactful influence and negotiation skills and capabilities. For this COO role, we are looking for an inspiring operational leader that knows how to effectively communicate an inspiring mission, engage others to follow and execute on the vision of making Cyclyx the industry-leading, groundbreaker and solution provider for customers who are looking for “plastic waste as a feedstock” to meet their needs for the circular economic for plastics.

The COO will partner with the Cyclyx Senior Leadership Team, function support departments and other key stake holders to support the development and negotiation of profitable deal structures and reflect the company in a way that will generate excitement about investing and supporting the company. Understanding the current vision of Cyclyx and developing the operational strategy is critical to ensuring all operational departments and key partnerships are aligned and collaborating to successfully meet/exceed the organizational goals. Working with the senior leadership team to set operational priorities, grow the operations of the business and achieve profitability through innovative, day-to-day operations, this position will ensure that critical business projects remain on track and the business continues toward sustainable growth and the development of real-time solutions for the future of a new circularity recycling industry.

Key Responsibilities

  • Will be responsible for the infrastructure development efforts and operational oversight of the following functions: Cyclyx Circularity Center (CCC) development and operations, sourcing, commercial sales, supply chain, engineering, lab and technical services, data strategy and integration and safety
  • Lead the development of assigned functional strategies that support the overarching corporate and business strategies
  • Effectively manage the HR components of the assigned functions including staffing, training, performance management while maintaining and advancing the company’s innovative and mission driven culture.
  • Provide key oversight to overall operations team and proactively communicate risks and opportunities to the CEO and SLT providing regular updates and feedback related to the strategic, operational, and programmatic matters impacting the business, and the challenges in meeting key goals and milestones
  • Evaluate the Profit and Loss (P&L) performance against budgets and take necessary action to address any substantial misalignments and deviations
  • Maintain, monitor, and report on operational and financial progress or failures ensuring both CEO and CFO are updated on any deviations from the business operations plan and budget
  • Promote communication and cooperation among divisions to create a spirit of unity in the organization
  • Develop and ensure a reasonable and well-planned annual operating budget that is aligned with the strategic goals of the business

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a relative field or substantial experience to meet the requirements of the position
  • A minimum of 10 years of executive/C-suite level experience in leading operations for first-of-its-kind operation with a field-service team across a multistate operation
  • Entrepreneurial experience in early-stage organizations a plus
  • Strong financial acumen and experience managing P&L including margins across divisions
  • Strong background in technology or engineering industries creatively solving both business and engineering challenges and creating opportunities
  • Experience managing or actively participating in successful deal negotiation process within a start-up, JV, M&A, or similar business environment
  • Proven history of success as a COO or in a similar leadership role within a middle market field service or route business
  • Willingness to travel up to 50% as needed
  • Demonstrated experience building highly effective teams with succession and development for future growth and expansion initiative
  • Displays a powerful executive presence to take leadership over any business operations area
  • Leverage highly developed leadership and managerial capabilities required to lead a rapidly growing operation organization
  • Excellent senior-level, executive financial acumen with the ability to quickly assess financial strengths and weaknesses in any business situation
  • Superlative communication skills, particularly the ability to communicate as an operational leader within a fast-paced, growing organization
  • Thorough understanding of leadership, management and financial practices in all areas and phases of operational management and providing business solutions

Position Mechanics

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Type: Salaried, exempt; Full time

Work Hours: Generally, 8:00-5:00, Monday to Friday. There could be occasional evening and weekend work.

Staff: 5-6+ Direct Report

Location: Houston, TX

Work environment: Primarily office environment but may also work in an industrial environment at times where the use of PPE is required.

Travel: Up to 50% travel is required, but travel needs may vary depending on business requirements

Physical Demands: The physical demands are that of an executive position which may require a strong dexterity and constitution to manage the demands of the role. Occasional lifting and walking; must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time in meetings or travel. Wearing PPE as needed.

Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship for employment visa status.

Company Benefits

Cyclyx offers a competitive benefits package which goes beyond just a paycheck. Our comprehensive benefits package includes a competitive company funded (up to 90% company-paid premiums) health, dental, vision and insurance plans to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, and much, much more. We also provide development and growth opportunities because we believe investing in your success is investing in our success. Also, working for a rapidly growing, fast-paced organization, you will have the opportunity to grow professionally and expand your network while building a rewarding and dynamic career.

Company Culture

We are committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining diverse and highly talented individuals. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive benefits package, an engaging and growing culture, and a variety of opportunities for our employees’ professional growth and development.

Cyclyx is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We value mutual respect and diversity in the workplace and are committed to Employment Equity and Inclusion. We celebrate the unique differences of our employees that drive curiosity, innovation, and the success of our business. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and do not discriminate any applicant’s status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Accommodation is available for applicants with disabilities.

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