Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Head of Supply Chain and Manufacturing



Brisbane, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2024

About Us

All across the world, from the azure pools of Turkey and Oman to the travertine terraces of Yellowstone, our planet quietly pulls carbon dioxide from the air and turns it to stone. For eons, Earth has relied on this process to balance its carbon cycle. What if it could be harnessed? What if we could do it faster, in larger quantities, and at a low enough cost to make it an effective tool in the fight against climate change?

At Heirloom, we are turning that into reality. We use the natural carbon capture properties of abundant minerals to pull CO2 from the air, and store it permanently underground. We come to work every day to slow climate change, and are united behind a single, common goal - to remove 1 billion tons of CO2 from the sky by 2035, and to not stop before we get there.

We bring together the precise recipe of science, technology, know-how, and strategy necessary to make low cost, high quality carbon removal a reality. If we’re successful, we will directly mitigate climate change, build a world we can proudly hand over to our children and grandchildren, and catalyze an industry that will rival the largest the world has ever seen. If you want to change the planet, come join us.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As temperatures continue to rise, individuals from marginalized communities will face the harshest impacts of climate change. We believe wholeheartedly that building a diverse company is critical to Heirloom’s success. To accomplish this, we’ve put recruiting, hiring and retaining individuals from underrepresented groups at the top of our priority list.

We encourage you to apply if you identify as Black, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Hispanic or Latino, LGBTQ+ – or with any other underrepresented group – even if you don’t tick all the boxes in the description below.

The Role

Reporting to the CEO, the Head of Supply Chain and Manufacturing will build and direct the company’s long term supply chain and manufacturing strategy. This is a hugely instrumental endeavor that will be fundamental to Heirloom’s mission of unlocking gigaton scale carbon removal. You will support our Technology (Engineering and Research) teams by building strategic relationships with suppliers or building up entirely new supply chains and overseeing their progress to ensure timing and delivery targets are met while mitigating costs. You’ll collaborate with these teams to build and maintain a schedule, identify roadblocks, and help unblock them yourself. You will oversee a supply chain team that will have immediate impact by helping build our first field deployments and pulling our first tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere!

What you will do

  • Craft our near term, medium term, and long term supply chain strategy

  • Closely partner with engineering and deployment teams to build out a strategic vendor network to support rapid scale-up of our deployments

  • Recruit and mentor effective supply chain managers, buyers, and planners

  • Develop strategic relationships with suppliers to facilitate cost savings and timely delivery of parts and tools needed for deployment

  • Ensure Heirloom is every supplier's priority #1

  • Find creative ways to save time and cost such that our vendor network is not a constraint but an accelerant for deployment

  • Anticipate future supply chain bottlenecks and build a reliable vendor network to stay within timeline and budgets

  • Work with engineering to build bottoms up models for hardware costs at scale, buy vs. build analyses, etc. to guide strategic decisions

  • Build a robust supply chain infrastructure - supplier quality/performance processes, inventory systems, seamless buying and receiving processes, etc

What you will bring

  • Mission driven mentality with a commitment to reversing climate change

  • 15+ years of experience building intricate and large scale hardware supply chains - with many unique custom and off the shelf parts, and a delicate balance of international and domestic, including experience standing up factories or manufacturing lines

  • Demonstrated success negotiating complex licensing and supplier agreements

  • Ability to assess and analyze the make vs buy decision and provide recommendations

  • Experience building and managing excellent supply chain teams, with the passion and willingness to do it again

  • Relevant policy and regulatory experience with a proven ability to unlock all current and emerging federal tax incentive programs

  • Experience building a supply chain team from zero to one at a startup a plus

  • Experience in a construction environment, with exposure to an EPC delivery model

  • You’re incredibly well organized, detail-oriented, and a superb project manager, but able to see the big picture as well

  • Highly collaborative mindset, strong communication skills, with an ability to “just get it done"

Location: SF Bay Area or TX/LA Gulf Coast preferred

Why you should join Heirloom

  • We are solving the engineering problem of our generation. Climate change is an existential threat, and we need as many of the world’s motivated minds as possible to help. There is no greater challenge or opportunity than fighting climate change.

  • We have done this before. We’re engineers, scientists, and concerned humans from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are pooling our knowledge and skills to collectively build a more equitable, prosperous future for all.

  • We are a united, resilient, and optimistic bunch. We are all here for the same reason - to slow climate change. We recognize the magnitude of the challenge ahead of us, and believe we can solve it. We can see a hopeful future where we eventually reverse climate change. It won’t be easy, but we won’t quit.

  • We are backed by the best climate partners in the world. We’re well funded by investors from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Ahren Innovation Capital, Carbon Direct, Microsoft, Lowercarbon Capital, ARPA-e and the National Science Foundation. Our early customers include Stripe, Shopify, and Klarna, and we’re building durable partnerships that enable us to tackle this decades-long problem.

Perks and Benefits

  • Robust health coverage. Excellent health, dental and vision insurance covered up to 100% by Heirloom. FSA option.

  • Generous parental leave. 16 weeks paid leave for all Heirloom employees, regardless of primary/secondary caregiver status.

  • Generous stock options.

  • Flexible time off. Unlimited PTO for exempt (salaried) employees & 80 hours for full time non-exempt (hourly) employees.

  • 401(k).

  • Stay healthy. Monthly health and wellness reimbursement.

  • Learn on the job. Robust annual education and conference budget, including airfare and hotel costs.