Chief Operating Officer

    Maria 01
    • Full Time
    • Helsinki
    • This position has been filled

    Maria 01

    Maria 01 is the Nordics' Leading Startup Campus We are a not-for-profit combination of a selective tech-club, a community house and a tribe of people building the products and services of the future. We provide the best possible environment for early-stage startup teams to work alongside venture capitalists, corporations, and other startup organizations. Our community values are collaboration, trust, international and impact & responsibility.

    Location Helsinki

    Position Full-time

    Salary Competitive

    Founded in 2016, Maria 01 has grown to be the largest startup hub and ecosystem player within the Nordic region. Located in a beautiful old hospital in central Helsinki, Maria 01 serves as the home to over 180 tech startups, 22 venture capital funds, and other ecosystem supporters, with a total of over 1400 members working full-time on building the next, world-changing companies. Maria 01 is an international community, with members from over 65 different nationalities, awarded with the Internationalisation Award of the President of the Republic of Finland in 2021. Maria 01 operates as a community-driven, not-for-profit organisation co-owned by the City of Helsinki, Startup Foundation, and Helsinki Enterprise Agency.

    We are looking for Chief Operations Officer

    We are looking for an experienced Chief Operating Officer (COO) to oversee our organisation’s ongoing operations and processes. You will be the company’s second-in-command and responsible for the operations side of our business.

    The COO is a key member of the management team, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). You will maintain control of diverse real estate business operations, so we expect you to be an experienced and efficient leader. If you also have excellent people skills, business acumen and exemplary work ethics, we’d like to meet you.

    Being part of our team means that you will have the opportunity to build your network extensively and to influence how our campus will grow in the future.

    The goal of the COO position is to secure the functionality of operations and to drive extensive and sustainable growth.

    The COO’s tasks include (but are not limited to):

    • Design and implement our (real estate) operations strategy, plans and processes
    • Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth
    • Establish policies that promote company culture and vision
    • Oversee and lead daily operations of office leases, facilities, campus services and business development together with a fantastic team
    • Be responsible for our operations and service development (e.g. ERP, data management) and owner of our our development process and methodology
    • Be responsible for the company governance and documentation practices
    • Manage relationships with partners and vendors
    • Be a member of the leadership team and work closely with our board together with our CEO

    Great candidates will probably identify the following:

    • Real interest in the Nordic and Finnish startup scene and ability to take  actions that make Maria 01 the best environment for startups to grow
    • Strong team player with the ability to also work independently
    • Dedication to details and strong work ethic
    • Understanding the importance of diversity, inclusion and equality in company culture
    • Leadership skills and experience in working with board of directors
    • Background in real-estate, operations, startups or similar
    • Development mindset and experience in process and system development, process automatisation and software toolsets
    • Fluent in English and Finnish (additional languages are a plus)

    What we offer

    • Work with a diverse international team in a flat, flexible organisation.
    • Own your work, ambition and results.
    • Flexible working hours in a combination of remote and onsite work
    • Central location, good public transport and/or free parking
    • Additional insurance to cover also leisure time accidents
    • Free gym access, yoga room and sauna
    • Enjoy weekly events, social gatherings and networking opportunities inside the exciting startup ecosystem, including travel.
    • Recharge yourself with full 6 weeks of paid annual leave and one additional week of personal development
    • Company bonus scheme

    Got interested?

    Awesome! Tell us more why you would be the perfect candidate for this job by sending us your CV and resume. The final date for submitting is April 10th ,but do note that we are reviewing applications on an on-going basis.

    More info about the position from our CEO Ville Simola +358440700520. The best time slots to reach him by phone are March 25th between 9-10, April 1st between 13-14 & April 8th between 13-14. All call times are Helsinki time GMT +2.

    For more information or questions please contact us at or phone number +358440700520.

    Perks and benefits

    This job comes with several perks and benefits

    Flexible working hours

    Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.

    Free coffee / tea

    Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.

    Social gatherings

    Social gatherings and games; hang out with your colleagues.

    Near public transit

    Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.

    Free friday beers

    Friday is something special, let’s enjoy a beer together.

    Maternity / paternity leave

    Kids are the future, go spend time with them.

    Remote work allowed

    You know how you perform best. Work from your couch, your favorite cafe or abroad when you feel like it.

    Central office

    Your local office is your anchor point, thus, we placed it centrally at your convenience.

    Work life balance

    Carve out time for your kids, friends and personal cider projects.

    Pet friendly

    Dogs, turtles or goldfish are welcome in the office as long as they want to cuddle every now and then.

    Mental health support

    We care about your wellbeing. We take stress seriously and support you in times with any mental imbalance.

    Gym access

    Short, tall, skinny, chubby we like you just as you are. But if you dream about a bum like J-Lo we got you covered.

    Paid holiday

    Metropolitists, beach boys and mountaineers we salute you and pay you to go and explore the world.

    Skill development

    We want to take you from good to great.

    New tech gear

    Are you a true Tech Savvy? Macbook, trackpad, you name it, we get you covered.

    Daily allowance

    Chai latte, scrambled eggs or baos? We cover your expenses so you can stay fully fueled when traveling with work.