Head of Coporate and People Operations



At Eligo, we are passionate about developing new drugs to address unmet medical needs!

Eligo, a biotech startup spun off from MIT and Rockefeller, has raised more than $20M from prestigious VCs to develop new therapeutic modalities to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Eligo has been elected one of the 30 most innovative companies in the world by the World Economic Forum (Technology Pioneer 2017) and its CEO has been awarded MIT TR35, Forbes 30U30, Young Entrepreneur of the Year by French Biotech, and Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

We are a quickly-growing team of motivated Eligonauts. If you thrive in fast-paced environments, are excited to solve real-world problems, and are looking for an opportunity as an Operations manager, THIS is the perfect opportunity!


To support Eligo’s fast growth and exciting developments, we are looking for a talented, driven, and inspiring leader to take our organization’s operations to the next level.

Your mission will be to provide management, professional, and operational support across Eligo, with an emphasis on operational efficiency and effectiveness, organization, corporate affairs, and people development.


Corporate Operations: Your mission will be to be an efficient executor to support daily corporate operations andbut also a strategic advisor, internal consultant, and change agent to support and/or lead initiatives for optimizing organizational effectiveness.

People Operations: Our People (the Eligonauts) are central to our success and as our first-ever People person, you’ll be critical to ensuring they thrive (talent development, culture, performance management, recruitment, policies, etc.).

Similarly, as we grow, we seek to leverage our core values effectively while strengthening our culture of learning, operational excellence, accountability, rigor, and competitiveness. Driven by a deep passion for making the world better, it is important for us to “walk the talk” and create a world-class environment for our employees as we scale.


1. People operations

Talent attraction and acquisition

  • Manage future recruiters, supervise recruitment processes, and sometimes directly hunt candidates yourself, so that we can keep hiring and retaining outstanding people 

Employee experience and engagement

  • Be fully responsible for all HR-related matters, building on our internal processes for on-boarding, organization, training, culture, recruitment, compensation policy, performance management, and employment legislation, so that every interaction is of the highest quality
  • Use employee insights and feedback to guide the business, so that resulting actions lead to high team engagement and commitment
  • Promote Eligo’s culture, values, and employer branding internally and externally

Learning and development

  • Coach and counsel People at all levels within Eligo
  • Ensure that our People have access to great growth and learning opportunities to enable them to achieve their goals at Eligo

Support and drive growth

  • Function as a strategic business advisor to the CEO regarding key organizational and management issues
  • Own Eligo People Strategy and be responsible for its implementation

2. Corporate operations

Organizational strategist

  • Constantly listen to and monitor organizational efficiency
  • Diagnose frictions and dysfunctions
  • (Re)define and develop organizational strategy and processes

Legal, Finance, and Admin

  • Supervise and manage all cross-functional financial activities related to purchases, budgeting, and managerial accounting (with the help of an external Financial Consultant and with the Office Manager as a Direct Report)
  • Coordinate investor relations for board meetings and shareholder annual meetings
  • Coordinate legal affairs and be point-of-contact for external counsels


    • Coordinate internal communication plans and processes
    • Support the CEO and coordinate external communication activities (media interviews, relations with journalists, website updates, etc)


The ideal candidate

  • The ideal candidate will be an amazing executor for operational matters and will bring expertise in setting direction in all phases of the organizational and talent lifecycle, including having a track record of building systems and culture to enable scalability.
  • Coming into a new role, s/he must be adept at quickly assessing the current state of Eligo, defining priorities, setting expectations, and proposing new ideas. This effort will need to address current organizational needs and anticipated future business, operations, and talent needs.
  • The ideal candidate will not only understand the systems, tools, and processes supporting corporate operations and talent management, but will also be a natural leader and an expert at change management, communications, execution, delivering on time, and leading through influence. Developing and setting up best-in-class organizational policies and programs will require a leader who is skilled at working with and through people and relationships to achieve organizational goals.

Key skills you’ll bring to the table

  • You are business-minded and commercially astute – starting with the business goals first and aligning People to add strategic value
  • You care personally about People and their success
  • You have a deep understanding of what “Fantastic” looks like in all areas of the Employee journey & experience, and the ability to deliver this
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • You have excellent active listening skills, are strongly empathetic, and are able to apprehend complexity, both intellectual and human
  • You are able to build brilliant, collaborative, and productive relationships with colleagues, clients, and partners
  • You work at speed to implement amazing and scalable solutions
  • You are a judicious decision maker and prioritizer and can provide clear, informed and knowledgeable advice
  • You strive for excellence in everything you do. You don’t accept mediocrity in yourself or your team.
  • You are able to solve problems elegantly and creatively – “find a way or make a way” –  and are not afraid to challenge the status quo
  • You have the confidence and gravitas to be a trusted advisor, and the ability to coach and counsel at all levels
  • You are adaptable and flexible, able to work in ambiguous situations
  • You have great attention to detail and are extremely organized
  • You are at ease with computers and software, and you are not afraid of testing new concepts and apps.
  • You have unimpeachable integrity, self-confidence, a high level of energy, and a sense of humor (while remaining humble!).
  • You are bilingual in English and French