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Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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This is a Contract position in Sherbrooke, QC posted January 10, 2022.

Our client, a Sherbrooke-based renewable energy start-up, is currently looking for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to join their growing team of about 15 employees.

The COO will be a key person in the organization and will work closely with the CEO: brainstorming, challenging, discussing, suggesting strategies, assisting in making difficult decisions, etc. He/she will wear multiple hats and be responsible for the execution of multiple concurrent projects and operations.


  • Build, manage and motivate the technical team including engineers and product developers;
  • Manage multiple high priority projects;
  • Help build the company’s capacity to design, build and transition to manufacturing;
  • Implement company-wide management systems (with CEO);
  • Agree and build OKRs, key metrics and important timelines;
  • Own, build and share company intellectual property and technical knowledge;
  • Manage and attract key technical partners and subcontractors, including product developers, manufacturers, OEMs;
  • Understand the various products, technologies, projects and make sense of priorities – how it all fits together (challenge product
  • development leaders, project managers and their engineers);
  • Track and address the competition;
  • Oversee the evolution of the company’s technical spaces, tools and workflow.

Support :

  • CEO on company strategy and growth plan;
  • CEO in creating and maintaining a good working environment with a high degree of autonomy;
  • CEO in sales, finance and other functions;
  • Prepare plans and budgets for ongoing capital raising;
  • Build a culture of excellence, engagement and connection.

Requirements and desired profile:

  • Have managed industrial product development including:
    • Product development roadmaps;
    • Reports;
    • Industry standard practices (RFPs, RFIs, POs, WOs…)
  • Have led the transition from prototype to full-scale commercialized products;
  • Have managed teams of at least 10 people;
  • Have managed budgets of $5M+;
  • Have participated in business planning and financial control;
  • Have worked in an entrepreneurial environment in a high growth company;
  • Experience in medium to large companies;
  • Engineer (or related, such as naval architect, etc.);
  • Fluency in English and basic French;
  • Desire to have a sustainable impact on the planet;
  • Assets: marine environment and international experience, renewable energy (wind, solar or other), desalination or water treatment technologies, industrial, energy and water processes, project finance, venture capital experience, having participated in non-dilutive funding rounds (such as SDTC, DOE, H2020, etc)

Working environment and conditions:

  • Salary & ESOP (Employee Stock Option Plan) to be discussed;
  • 80% on site in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada;
  • Ability to travel at least 10% on sites;
  • Group insurance paid including dental care;
  • Dedicated, growing and cohesive team;
  • Rapid growth and changing environment.