Business Operations Manager
Updated on 11/30/2023
Sublime Systems

51-200 employees

Develops electrochemical process for low-carbon cement production
Company Overview
Sublime Systems stands out as a leader in the cement industry by pioneering a low-carbon cement production process that replaces the traditional, fossil-fuel-intensive thermal calciner process with an electrochemical one, utilizing renewable electricity and operating at ambient temperatures. This groundbreaking approach, developed in Yet-Ming Chiang's lab at MIT, eliminates the energy and fossil fuel-intensive kiln stage, which is typically the most environmentally taxing part of cement manufacturing. Sublime's commitment to sustainable practices, technical advancement, and industry leadership makes it a compelling workplace for those seeking to make a significant impact in reducing carbon emissions.
Real Estate

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Somerville, Massachusetts

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Cambridge, MA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Operations & Logistics
  • Bachelors or 3-5 years of experience in a commercial/business/operations role at a high-growth company
  • People management and/or cross-functional leadership experience preferred
  • Strategic thinker with a hands-on approach and the ability to execute effectively with limited guidance
  • Highly versatile, embracing new challenges and adapting seamlessly
  • Proven track record of success and increasing responsibility, including operational and construction scheduling and budget management in a rapidly growing environment
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Microsoft Office, CRMs, and project management tools
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities; able to quickly collect, integrate, and execute on feedback from many sources, and communicate thoroughly, efficiently, and effectively across a dynamic team
  • Exceptionally organized and technologically proficient, with demonstrated ability to design new work systems for organizational efficiency
  • A high tolerance for ambiguity, positive attitude, and bias for action
  • Experience developing frameworks to facilitate strategic discussions and decision-making
  • Preferred experience in planning and delivering lab or manufacturing construction projects
  • Oversee strategic business and operational processes that will enable Sublime Systems to scale effectively and efficiently
  • Collaborate with R&D, engineering, operations, and business development teams to proactively identify bottlenecks to company progress and work with stakeholders to identify areas for improvement, drive decisions and ensure appropriate resourcing of critical efforts
  • Partner closely with Operations team lead on high-priority operational projects critical to Sublime’s strategy and long-term growth, including CRM optimization and function buildout
  • Assist in developing strategic plans that enable Operations to support the rapid expansion, such as expanding Sublime’s facilities operations and lab management functions
  • Develop and maintain internal operational documentation, training materials, and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) and team objectives and key results (team OKRs) to track the effectiveness of operational initiatives and provide data-driven recommendations for process improvements
  • Exercise your organized and detail-oriented project-management skills to enable rapid progress and consistent execution of key initiatives and operations processes
  • Employ strong critical thinking skills to prioritize, structure, and execute on long-duration, multi-threaded projects aimed at improving operational efficiency
  • Oversee vendor relationships, contract negotiations, and procurement processes as needed to ensure cost-effective and high-quality partnerships
  • Assist in Operational budget planning and management, tracking expenses, and identifying opportunities for cost savings
  • Support and mentor team members, fostering a culture of continuous learning, accountability, and excellence within the operations team
Desired Qualifications
  • Highly mission-oriented and motivated to address climate change
  • Excitement and ability to work in a multicultural team; in addition, excellent interpersonal skills that allow you to work with founders, team members and partners of diverse backgrounds
  • Relentless attention to detail, yet capable of keeping the ‘big picture’ in mind
  • Experience developing frameworks to facilitate strategic discussions and decision-making
  • Able to manage competing priorities/operating independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Entrepreneurial and unafraid to tackle complex problems with imperfect information
  • Highly capable of anticipating the needs of others
  • Emotional intelligence, flexible work style, and excellent diplomatic skills across all levels of the organization
  • Ability to give and receive feedback and constructive criticism