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Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Kellerhals Carrard Startup Desk Team

Kellerhals Carrard Zürich KlG

Veröffentlicht 07.09.2022

Who we are

We from the Kellerhals Carrard Startup Desk are an agile, diverse and multilingual team composed of dedicated lawyers, business consultants, paralegals and staff that operates in all parts of the country and collaborates closely and with no barriers. Meet your future colleagues here.

While we are in essence corporate and commercial lawyers, our specialty and primary focus lies in advising startups, especially spinoffs from ETH and other Swiss universities, and their investors. Our clients rely on us when they need us to structure and negotiate a financing round, to secure their intellectual property, to set up an employee incentive plan, when the time has come to exit their company or if any other legal issue arises along their growth journey.

We have been among the first ones in the thriving startup and venture capital market in Switzerland, and as such our firm with its Startup Desk has emerged as the leading law firm for entrepreneurs and investors. We do not take it for granted that we have the privilege to act at the forefront of the ever-growing Swiss startup scene and the technological evolution, and we enjoy every moment of it. We get to work with the brightest, but also most challenging minds: founders, researchers, professional investors, professors and many more stakeholders.

Why you should join us

We have the ambition of putting together nothing more and nothing less than the best startup lawyer team this country has to offer. Why? The amount of capital being invested in technology startups in Switzerland has increased almost exponentially in recent years and is bound to reach new record levels going forward. Similarly, the number of university spinoffs aiming to commercialize cutting-edge innovations is ever increasing. Thanks to the trust of our clients, our Startup Desk’s practice has seen and will continue to see substantial growth. Convinced yet?

You are the Chief Operating Officer (COO) who orchestrates and develops, alongside the Partners of the Startup Desk, the various activities of our team of almost 20 people to the next level. You will oversee our organization’s ongoing operations and procedures. You will lead our staff team with around 5 people, including accounting/finance and assistants. As member of the executive management, you will report directly to the Partners.

You know that sometimes you need to walk the extra mile but you also know that it will be highly rewarded with trust and opportunities for personal development. You see yourself not just as an employee of a law firm but as an entrepreneur.

By the way, we don’t really care about your post-grad titles (but appreciate if you have any). But we do support you at all times in further strengthening your skills in those fields that you further wish to explore.

What we offer

You will be onboarded to a professional, dedicated and loyal team who will always have your back. From day one, you will be asked to build relationships with our employees and partners, of course guided by the more experienced members of the team. You will experience a large degree of freedom in exercising your work. Can you make processes more efficient? Sure. Want to establish a new collaboration with another player in the market? Be our guest. Wish to give the Startup Desk Team more visibility (online)? Go for it.

Your efforts will be valued monetarily but also with respect to your role within the firm. And because it’s one thing to build a team but another to build a great team, we will invest a lot into making sure that you will be a valued and appreciated member of the team from the very beginning.

What to bring:

  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in a COO or similar role
  • Experience (further) building and managing teams
  • Experience in (digital) marketing and stakeholder management
  • Fluent in English and German
  • Swiss or EU/EFTA work permit
  • Excellent people skills, business acumen and exemplary work ethics

What to do

It’s simple. Just send us your resume and your motivation letter to karim.maizar@kellerhals-carrard.ch and thierry.barbey@kellerhals-carrard.ch and we will get back to you in order to take you to the next level of your career. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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