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Director of Operations



Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024
About Magrathea

Magrathea is a California technology company with a mission to radically reduce the socioenvironmental impacts of producing structural metal from natural resources. We are doing this by developing a new generation of electrolytic process technology for making carbon neutral magnesium metal from seawater and brines. We are backed by the most sophisticated energy and materials technology investors on Earth. This includes the earliest supporters of Tesla and SpaceX, a portfolio of major industrial families from across Europe, and the US federal government. Find out more on our website.

What’s in it for you?

You’ll be working with a global, diverse team of smart, creative people who are looking to challenge the status quo of today’s industry to positively impact the socioenvironmental impacts of making structural metal. Check out some of our team on Linkedin .

There will be no waiting around, you’ll get stuck in from day one. This is a key role in our team, and you’ll be instrumental in driving the next steps of Magrathea’s technology. If you're passionate about pursuing and cultivating innovation through cutting edge technology, we should talk!

About The Role

As the Director of Operations, you will lead our manufacturing operations , delivering carbon neutral light metal made from seawater to our customers . You will oversee all aspects of our production operations team, including building up a world-class facilities, maintenance, and EH&S program at Magrathea . Our Director of Operations will be one of the most critical leaders in the entire company for ensuring we can execute on our ambitious timelines wi th high capital efficiency . S he or he will be given the opportunity of a lifetime to deliver real product that solves real environmental and national security problems.

Role Expectations

  • Build asset care and maintenance processes, ensuring process performance and reliability, including initiating and managing minor CAPEX and revenue engineering projects to provide safe, reliable , and cost-effective operations.
  • Develop and implement operational excellence ; environment, health and safety ; and facilities policies and procedures for the efficient operation of our facilities.
  • Develop and define clear scopes of work for outsourced contractors, ensuring all external work meets our standards and contributes to our operational goals.
  • Lead a team of R&D technicians and operators who are responsible for operating, monitoring, and improving Magrathea’s existing pilot, maintaining collaboration with the Director of Engineering and Director of Technology to achieve our technology goals.
  • Plan and oversee facilities as needed to accommodate growth ; including coordinating and overseeing maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of equipment and infrastructure and leading procurement.

Ideal Background

  • Minimum 5 years practical experience in a similar manufacturing or industrial role, either in large-scale or start-up production.
  • Strong knowledge of facility operations, maintenance best practices, and safety regulations in California.
  • Excellent negotiation, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Preferred: University degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, or Manufacturing Engineering.


  • Salary range: $120-$170k annually (commensurate with experience)
  • Competitive stock option package
  • Health insurance
  • 401k with pre- and post-tax investing options

How To Apply

Apply online through our website .


Magrathea is committed to providing a professional work environment free from discrimination and harassment, including discrimination and harassment based on a protected category, and an environment free from retaliation for participating in any protected activity. Magrathea is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.