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Jamie Burrows | CEO & Founder

Health Economist with 10 years of experience prior to Vertical Future. Specialised in life sciences, including roles at EY, Deloitte, and the Department of Health.

Educated to PhD level and attended the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs at the start of his career.

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Marie Burrows | CPO & Co-Founder

Formerly worked in health research in the NHS and in associated research units. Passionate about people and psychology.

Educated to Masters level in Neuropsychology, Human Resources, and Service Management. Originally from Paris, France.

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Darren James | Head of Engineering

35 years of experience in engineering both as a contractor and employee, working at companies including Transport for London (TfL) and Siemens. Passionate about technology & engineering.

Sebastien Chenhalls-Walker | Head of Data & Systems Architecture

Formerly worked at S&P & MARKIT, working on complex systems architecture and platform construction. Educated to Masters level in Energy, Trade, and Finance.

Dr. Jennifer Bromley | Head of Plant Research & Development

Former Head of Gene Discovery & Computational Biology at British American Tobacco. Obtained her PhD from Cambridge University. Has also worked internationally and cross-sector, including in biofuels.

Adam Proctor | Interim CFO

International banker with over 20 years of experience, most recently at CitiGroup, heading up its wealth management division for Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.

Currently (part-time) Managing Director of prominent family office, Seek Ventures.

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Lord Nigel Crisp | Chairman

Former CEO of the NHS and Independent Cross-Bencher at the House of Lords. Advocate for public health and nursing, especially in Africa

Ines Ures | Board Member

Ines is the former Global CMO at Deliveroo and CCO at Treatwell. A successful entrepreneur, Ines recently co-founded a 1 million Euro venture capital fund.

Fiona Nicolson | Board Member

Senior Partner at Keystone Law and leading authority in IP and commercial law. Former President of the International Licensing Executive.

Nazira Amra | Board Member

Pharmaceutical executive and consultant with over 20 years of experience, including in market access and drug development.

Stephen Page | Board Member

CEO of SFC Capital, a leading EIS fund and nominee structure that invested in VF.

Simon Thorn | Board Member

Managing Director of Acceleris Capital, corporate finance advisors to VF.

Aleks Anderca | Senior Engineer

Motivated manager with more than 10 years experience in mass production and manufacturing, specialised in metals.

Paul Gaynor | Electro-mechanical Engineer

PhD engineer, experienced in technology-based R&D across the automotive, aeronautic and metrology sectors.

Ross Davidson | Electro-mechanical Engineer

Chartered engineer with 13 years in the nuclear industry, specialising in electrical control systems.

Michael Lee | Technician

Qualified Automotive Technician with 41 years of experience in road rail plant and mechanical engineering.

Rob Kirby | Technician

Experienced technician with over 20 years of work in multiple sectors.

Zak Shaikh | Engineer

Highly motivated engineer with experience in electrical, mechanical, fibre optics, pneumatics and hydraulics.

Miga Isacov | Technician

Over 15 years of experience in construction work, mechanical fittings and fixtures.

Richard Moyes | Charge Hand Technician

Extensive experience in automotive, rail, construction, site surveying and site management, with supporting qualifications.

Tracey Bennett | Logistics Manager

18 years of management experience in Purchasing, Supply Chain, Commercial Procurement and Service Operations.

Patrycja Prokop | Logistics Manager

12 years of management experience working in various Purchasing and Supply Chain related roles.

Ethan | Apprentice

Motivated electrical apprentice, currently studying for his Level 2 in Electrical Installation.

Kevin Voight | Technician

Extensive experience with maintenance in the food industry working with companies such Tesco.

Matthew Montavon | Electro-mechanical Engineer

Engineer with background in the aerospace sector. Also formerly interned at NASA and spent time in the Peace Corps.

Dan Mahon | Electro-mechanical Engineer

Extensive history with hydroponics, both as system designer and grower.

Dr. Jim Stevens | Senior Plant Scientist (LED Lighting)

Former Researcher and Teaching Fellow at the University of Essex. Significant research undertaken in LED lighting technologies. Prior to becoming involved in plant sciences, Jim also had a successful career in banking, working in the City of London.

Dr. Katie Wilkins | Senior Plant Scientist (Imaging)

Specialised in hyperspectral imaging. Close to a decade of experience post obtaining her PhD. Also a Broodbank Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Katia Zacharaki | Senior Plant Scientist (Berries)

Specialised in berries. Significant practical and academic experience, having worked at other vertical farms and as a lecturer prior to joining VF. Also studying for her PhD at Harper Adams University and an active member of the UKUAT team.

Tom Bennett | Plant Scientist

University of Cambridge graduate with a passion for plant sciences and previous experience working in microbiology and lab-like environments.

Peter Ulijaszek | Plant Scientist

Specialised in seed treatment having worked at Germains seed technology, as well as a Research Assistant at Royal Holloway University.

Deji Abodunrin | Software Engineer

Highly driven full-stack developer with background in computational-biosciences. Proficient in working in multiple coding languages.

Buket Demir | Software Engineer

Highly experienced full-stack developer, who previously worked in financial services, education, and other sectors.

Sai Kee Wong | Embedded Software Engineer

Highly experienced, cross-discipline engineer with over 35 years of experience, including at large corporates.

David Butler | Software Engineer

Driven, highly qualified full-stack developer with a passion for data and proficiency in multiple coding languages.

Edmund Chan | Embedded Systems Engineer

Extensive experience in IoT systems and wireless technologies, coding, micro controllers, and embedded systems architecture.

Maria Pia Alais | Strategy Consultant

Trained lawyer and formerly worked in venture capital, counselling and advising start-ups.

Yonas Abraham | Senior Finance Manager

Experienced and certified accountant with decades of experience in a range of start-up, mid-sized, and larger companies

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Leadership

Jamie Burrows | CEO & Founder

Health Economist with 10 years of experience prior to Vertical Future. Specialised in life sciences, including roles at EY, Deloitte, and the Department of Health.

Educated to PhD level and attended the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs at the start of his career.

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Marie Burrows | CPO & Co-Founder

Formerly worked in health research in the NHS and in associated research units. Passionate about people and psychology.

Educated to Masters level in Neuropsychology, Human Resources, and Service Management. Originally from Paris, France.

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Darren James | Head of Engineering

35 years of experience in engineering both as a contractor and employee, working at companies including Transport for London (TfL) and Siemens. Passionate about technology & engineering.

Sebastien Chenhalls-Walker | Head of Data & Systems Architecture

Formerly worked at S&P & MARKIT, working on complex systems architecture and platform construction. Educated to Masters level in Energy, Trade, and Finance.

Dr. Jennifer Bromley | Head of Plant Research & Development

Former Head of Gene Discovery & Computational Biology at British American Tobacco. Obtained her PhD from Cambridge University. Has also worked internationally and cross-sector, including in biofuels.

Adam Proctor | Interim CFO

International banker with over 20 years of experience, most recently at CitiGroup, heading up its wealth management division for Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.

Currently (part-time) Managing Director of prominent family office, Seek Ventures.

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Board

Lord Nigel Crisp | Chairman

Former CEO of the NHS and Independent Cross-Bencher at the House of Lords. Advocate for public health and nursing, especially in Africa

Ines Ures | Board Member

Ines is the former Global CMO at Deliveroo and CCO at Treatwell. A successful entrepreneur, Ines recently co-founded a 1 million Euro venture capital fund.

Fiona Nicolson | Board Member

Senior Partner at Keystone Law and leading authority in IP and commercial law. Former President of the International Licensing Executive.

Nazira Amra | Board Member

Pharmaceutical executive and consultant with over 20 years of experience, including in market access and drug development.

Stephen Page | Board Member

CEO of SFC Capital, a leading EIS fund and nominee structure that invested in VF.

Simon Thorn | Board Member

Managing Director of Acceleris Capital, corporate finance advisors to VF.

Engineering

Darren James | Head of Engineering

35 years of experience in engineering both as a contractor and employee, working at companies including Transport for London (TfL) and Siemens. Passionate about technology & engineering.

Aleks Anderca | Senior Engineer

Motivated manager with more than 10 years experience in mass production and manufacturing, specialised in metals.

Paul Gaynor | Electro-mechanical Engineer

PhD engineer, experienced in technology-based R&D across the automotive, aeronautic and metrology sectors.

Ross Davidson | Electro-mechanical Engineer

Chartered engineer with 13 years in the nuclear industry, specialising in electrical control systems.

Michael Lee | Technician

Qualified Automotive Technician with 41 years of experience in road rail plant and mechanical engineering.

Rob Kirby | Technician

Experienced technician with over 20 years of work in multiple sectors.

Zak Shaikh | Engineer

Highly motivated engineer with experience in electrical, mechanical, fibre optics, pneumatics and hydraulics.

Miga Isacov | Technician

Over 15 years of experience in construction work, mechanical fittings and fixtures.

Richard Moyes | Charge Hand Technician

Extensive experience in automotive, rail, construction, site surveying and site management, with supporting qualifications.

Tracey Bennett | Logistics Manager

18 years of management experience in Purchasing, Supply Chain, Commercial Procurement and Service Operations.

Patrycja Prokop | Logistics Manager

12 years of management experience working in various Purchasing and Supply Chain related roles.

Ethan | Apprentice

Motivated electrical apprentice, currently studying for his Level 2 in Electrical Installation.

Kevin Voight | Technician

Extensive experience with maintenance in the food industry working with companies such Tesco.

Matthew Montavon | Electro-mechanical Engineer

Engineer with background in the aerospace sector. Also formerly interned at NASA and spent time in the Peace Corps.

Dan Mahon | Electro-mechanical Engineer

Extensive history with hydroponics, both as system designer and grower.

Plant R&D

Dr. Jennifer Bromley | Head of Plant Research & Development

Former Head of Gene Discovery & Computational Biology at British American Tobacco. Obtained her PhD from Cambridge University. Has also worked internationally and cross-sector, including in biofuels.

Dr. Jim Stevens | Senior Plant Scientist (LED Lighting)

Former Researcher and Teaching Fellow at the University of Essex. Significant research undertaken in LED lighting technologies. Prior to becoming involved in plant sciences, Jim also had a successful career in banking, working in the City of London.

Dr. Katie Wilkins | Senior Plant Scientist (Imaging)

Specialised in hyperspectral imaging. Close to a decade of experience post obtaining her PhD. Also a Broodbank Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Katia Zacharaki | Senior Plant Scientist (Berries)

Specialised in berries. Significant practical and academic experience, having worked at other vertical farms and as a lecturer prior to joining VF. Also studying for her PhD at Harper Adams University and an active member of the UKUAT team.

Tom Bennett | Plant Scientist

University of Cambridge graduate with a passion for plant sciences and previous experience working in microbiology and lab-like environments.

Peter Ulijaszek | Plant Scientist

Specialised in seed treatment having worked at Germains seed technology, as well as a Research Assistant at Royal Holloway University.

Software Engineering

Sebastien Chenhalls-Walker | Head of Data & Systems Architecture

Formerly worked at S&P & MARKIT, working on complex systems architecture and platform construction. Educated to Masters level in Energy, Trade, and Finance.

Deji Abodunrin | Software Engineer

Highly driven full-stack developer with background in computational-biosciences. Proficient in working in multiple coding languages.

Buket Demir | Software Engineer

Highly experienced full-stack developer, who previously worked in financial services, education, and other sectors.

Sai Kee Wong | Embedded Software Engineer

Highly experienced, cross-discipline engineer with over 35 years of experience, including at large corporates.

David Butler | Software Engineer

Driven, highly qualified full-stack developer with a passion for data and proficiency in multiple coding languages.

Edmund Chan | Embedded Systems Engineer

Extensive experience in IoT systems and wireless technologies, coding, micro controllers, and embedded systems architecture.

Finance & Operations

Adam Proctor | Interim CFO

International banker with over 20 years of experience, most recently at CitiGroup, heading up its wealth management division for Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.

Currently (part-time) Managing Director of prominent family office, Seek Ventures.

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Maria Pia Alais | Strategy Consultant

Trained lawyer and formerly worked in venture capital, counselling and advising start-ups.

Yonas Abraham | Senior Finance Manager

Experienced and certified accountant with decades of experience in a range of start-up, mid-sized, and larger companies

We’re on the lookout for talented individuals that have a passion for all things vertical farming. Take a look at our current vacancies below & get in touch.

Company Benefits

Excellent Pay

We offer excellent pay for outstanding talent, irrespective of seniority or company function.

Share Options

Every Vertical Future team member owns a part of the company so can therefore benefit as we grow.

Mentoring

Mentoring from senior team members and board members is made available to every member of the VF team

Away Days

We all need a break from time-to-time, and away days also provide a great opportunity for team bonding

Flexible Working

In today's world, it's important to allow flexible working. It can also lead to better mental health, less expenditure, and greater efficiency

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As we grow, we will also start looking at gym memberships and other ways to reward our team members... and we're open to ideas!

Careers

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager

The ideal candidate will support the full scope of Human Resources responsibilities and partner with the organisation on strategic initiatives.

They will maintain and enhance the organisation’s human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating human resources policies, programs, and practices.

Responsibilities

  • Manage our online HR platform
  • Recruit and Onboard new hires
  • Conduct performance management; and
  • Provide feedback Manage Payroll and benefits for employees

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience
  • 5+ years’ experience in Human Resources
  • Strong recruiting and demonstrated ability to improve talent acquisition strategies
  • Demonstrated expertise training managers and employees
  • Strong organizational, critical thinking and communications skills
  • Attention to detail and good judgement

Remuneration & Benefits

  • £40,000 – £45,000
  • Share options after 1 year of work
  • Other fun benefits

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Chief Commercial Officer

Chief Commercial Officer

Our business is growing rapidly, both in the UK and internationally. Most of our business to date has been organic, but with unicorn status as one of our goals, the organisation needs an experienced, credible and well-organised Chief Commercial Officer who can take us to the next level. The role would involve working directly with the CEO and wider executive team and reporting into the Vertical Future board.

The Candidate

  • Self-starter who is detail-oriented and well-organised.
  • Collaborative with peers, leaders and teams.
  • Open, authentic, and humble.
  • Tenacious, resilient, fun.

Responsibilities

  • Create and execute commercial strategies aimed at accelerating revenue growth.
  • Develop, mentor, and manage the commercial and sales teams.
  • Provide insights on industry trends and create an effective commercial strategy based on validated opportunities.
  • Market research, target identification, lead generation, sales, marketing, PR, and maintenance of partnerships all sit in the remit of this role.
  • Work with the Engineering, Software Engineering, and Plant Science teams and to develop an understanding of customers’ product and service needs and make sure they are met.
  • Alongside Executive team colleagues contribute to the motivation, drive and development of new talent within the organisation.
  • Responsible for ensuring all commercial activities are in line with the organisation’s objectives.
  • Establish relevant commercial KPIs for the company to track and be responsible for their achievement.
  • Lead the marketing team to create strategies that raise company and product awareness and generate leads.
  • Work with Executive Directors to develop and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders aimed at accelerating the company’s growth.
  • Assist in the development of budgets and other financial systems within the company.
  • Working with other members of the Executive, lead the development, evaluation and on-going refinement of the company’s product pricing and positioning.
  • Define reporting requirements and provide reports for Teams, Exec and Board.

Essential Skills

  • Master’s degree in finance, business administration, or related field.
  • 10 years’ relevant experience.
  • Prior role as a CCO or similar in a start-up or larger organisation.
  • Operating at Exec level in a close knit and collaborative team Leadership and management especially building a new team.
  • Shaping and defining new markets.
  • Sales growth and client relationship management
  • Market research and analysis
  • Budgeting processes and performance improvement
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Marketing and PR
  • Communication – written and verbal
  • Strategic and business planning.

Benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • Share options, aligned with performance
  • 25 days annual leave (excluding bank holidays)
  • Flexible working hours and location
  • Offices across London
  • Positive and supportive environment
  • Access to training resources
  • Exposure to different industries
  • Access to collaborative workspace
  • Enhanced pension

 

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HQ

Vertical Future
18 King William St
London
EC4N 7BP

Manufacturing

Units 4 & 5. Raynham Road, Bishop’s
Stortford, CM23 5PD

R&D Centre

3 Creekside,
London,
SE8 4SA

Growing Centre 1

3 Creekside,
London,
SE8 4SA





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