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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) / Country Manager Germany

Ackerherz

Application ends: June 6, 2024
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  • Date posted
    May 7, 2024
  • Location
    Onsite
  • Apply before
    June 6, 2024
  • Career Level
    Manager

Job Description

Description

Ackerherz is Germany’s fastest-growing online organic supermarket for members. Similar to a shopping cooperative, we offer our members delicious organic foods at significantly lower prices. This makes organic food more affordable to more people 🤩 🙏

Ackerherz is the German expansion of the French scaleup La Fourche. With over 100,000 members and 300 employees, La Fourche is the leading sustainable e-grocery brand in France. Founded over 6 years ago, they have reached over 50m€ revenues in 2023 and secured funding recently due to a steady 75% growth. With Ackerherz, this successful model is now being brought to Germany 🎉📈 

We are looking for a CEO to take full ownership of the German business. You will have the opportunity to take over a fantastic team and help it grow together with the Company. You will have full P&L responsibility and will be in charge of steering, team management, finances, HR, marketing, PR, customer service and whatever comes up. You will work together with a Offering & Operations focused COO (ex-HelloFresh). You’ll be directly reporting to La Fourche’s CEO and be in constant discussion with the other founders on specific topics. 🔨🤝

This is an excellent opportunity for a strong generalist to learn grow a startup – the ideal role for future founders 💪🚀

Responsibilities

  • P&L Management: Ensure we hit our sales and burn targets by managing our budget and problem-solve all challenges along the way. You will have a large autonomy in your decisions to meet those goals 
  • Strategic decisions: Define and execute Ackerherz strategic initiatives to help the company grow while reducing cash burn
  • Team management: Continue growing our great team culture and managing the team of ca. 10 people
  • Negotiation: Negotiate important contracts and other deals with suppliers together with the COO
  • PR/Brand: Represent Ackerherz to media, give interviews and grow our brand awareness 
  • Growth/Paid: Manage operationally our shop and acquisition channel – currently low effort – and grow an extended team once we add more channels 
  • Finance: Manage our finances together with French finance team and the German tax accountant
  • HR/Recruitment : Ensure smooth day-to-day operations including “mundane but important” tasks like the monthly payroll with our tax accountant or doing employment contracts; own the full recruitment cycle with external recruiters for your team
  • Legal: Enable legal compliance of our company and communicate with lawyers if necessary; formal representation of the German entity as Geschäftsführer

Application Process

  1. Get to know call
  2. Deep-dive interview with Vincent, current CEO
  3. Case-based interview with Nathan, La Fourche CEO
  4. Live case study and presentation to La Fourche founders + reference calls
  5. Investor interview

Requirements

  • Motivated to make sustainable consumption accessible to every German family
  • 6+ years of work experience in high-impact generalist roles, ideally in startups/consulting/tech; Bonus: Experience as country manager or co-founder
  • Experience resolving complex problems in a structured manner; Very structured working style
  • Strong business sense with knowledge of finance/accounting; Bonus: Prior experience with PnL management
  • Track record of managing and motivating teams; Bonus: Hired your own team before
  • Founder mentality – you are excited about getting your hands dirty, not just managing others; we don’t look for a “corporate person”
  • Autonomous work style and strong sense of ownership 
  • Willingness to travel to Paris and suppliers (approximately 5-10%)
  • Native-level German speaker (C2) and fluency in English (C1); Bonus: French
  • Based in or willing to move to Berlin area 
  • Bonus: Experience with online marketing, i.e. growth/paid acquisition and brand/PR
  • Bonus: Experience with e-commerce logistics/warehouse operations
  • Nobody can meet all requirements – feel free to apply even if you don’t meet all the prerequisites 🌻

Benefits

  • A culture of strong ownership and autonomy enabling you to have a large and direct impact
  • Attractive compensation with performance-based pay
  • Significant company equity
  • Building a rapidly growing startup in the organic/e-commerce sector
  • A steep learning curve with the impact of a startup combined with knowledge from a scaleup
  • A great team that sets high standards and supports each other
  • Flexible working hours that you can align with your needs
  • Hybrid workplace in Berlin (approximately 3 days/week in the office)
  • 30 days of paid vacation per year – we appreciate good work but also value healthy leisure time
  • MacBook for work and everything else you need
  • Regular team events including offsites in France and additional events in Germany
  • Learning budget that you can use for further education – up to €2000/year
  • Free Ackerherz membership and an additional 20% discount on everything in our shop