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People & Operations Associate/Manager 

Hello and pleasure to meet you!
We are Cultivated, and we are looking for a great new team member to join us on our amazing journey to improve the food system with our creamy, dairy-free, ingredient solution!


Horgen, Zurich, Switzerland


Permanent Hybrid

Cultivated Biosciences, yeast cream, texture, alternative dairy, dairy-free, creamy, biomass fermentation, ingredient, foodtech, innovation

About Cultivated Biosciences

We're building a world in which animal-free dairy is the better choice for everyone.

​Our mission is to empower plant-based dairy to give it the creaminess and mouthfeel consumers strive for. To do this we are developing creamy functional ingredients from non-GMO yeast to be sold as B2B ingredients. We have a fantastic team, investors and advisors by our side, such as Arturo Elizondo and Lukas Böni, and are now eager to make better ingredients than any factory farm could together with you! 

Your mission

As a People & Operations Associate/Manager, you will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of our company. You will work across multiple disciplines such as HR, Communications, Executive Management, and Business Operations to ensure our company runs smoothly. You will play a crucial role in managing office operations, enhancing employee performance and happiness, and organizing company events. Your efforts will support the CXO team and contribute to fostering a positive and productive work environment.


  • Manage recruiting, onboarding, and offboarding processes

  • Oversee office management and administrative tasks

  • Enhance manager and employee performance and happiness by identifying and solving problems, evaluating potential solutions, and implementing selected strategies; provide coaching and counseling to managers and employees

  • Complete special projects by defining objectives, setting schedules, conducting research, organizing information, and ensuring timely delivery

  • Embody, uphold, and protect the organization's values

  • Organize company events and retreats to foster team cohesion and morale

What you need to succeed

  • Proven experience in a high-growth startup environment with constant change; 3+ years in a People Partner, HR Manager, HR Program Manager, or similar role

  • Strong values and purpose-driven leadership

  • Excellent problem-solving, reporting, and analytical skills; quick to identify and adapt to new IT tools

  •  Demonstrated ability to research and analyze issues at a senior level, providing feedback and guidance

  • Understanding of Human Resources practices and legal requirements

  • Strong verbal communication and consulting skills, with the ability to work effectively at the senior leadership level

  • High level of emotional intelligence and empathy to connect with employees and address their needs

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to juggle long-term strategic projects while managing day-to-day operations

  • Discretion, sensitivity, and confidentiality in handling confidential information

  • Proficiency in English is essential; German and Swiss German are strong advantages


You are a great candidate for this position if you:

  • Are proactive and can take the lead in fostering a positive people and culture environment

  • Can manage essential aspects of office management efficiently

  • Are not afraid to explore undefined territories and are tenacious in solving problems

  • Can handle both practical tasks and long-term strategic planning

  • Are happy to work independently and thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced startup environment

  • Are ready to grow with us and help shape the future of our company

Bonus points

  • Experience with managing cultural and operational aspects in a startup environment

  • Additional language skills, especially in German and Swiss German

Why join?

We are a young and dynamic startup based in Zurich, creating a revolutionizing ingredient for plant-based dairy. We function with a flat hierarchy. The teams’ success will be the company’s success. 

We will offer the following:

  • Flexible working hours

  • Regular team events (including retreats in the Swiss alps!)

  • 25 days of vacation

  • A competitive salary package including stock options

  • An inclusive and diverse team, that also enjoys spending time together

We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity. We consider all applications equally regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity. We strongly encourage individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech to apply.

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