Are you our next COO?

We're looking for a brand new COO

Are you passionate about sustainable food systems and experienced in business development or industrial operations management? Join our innovative team on a mission to change the food industry!

Nordic Umami Company Ltd. is a circular food technology startup developing and manufacturing umami innovations from plant-based agricultural and food industry by-products. Founded in 2021, our mission is to accelerate the shift towards a sustainable food industry and culture. We have a pilot plant in Kera (Espoo), that already delivers umami products to customers such as the UN, SOK and Fat Ramen. Now we're looking for an operational leader to help us grow.

We’re hoping you to be an experienced leader with great communication skills and understanding of innovation management, process development and business development. The chosen candidate will be an integral part of the management team. 

Main responsibilities:

  • Business and business model development

  • Industrial partnerships

  • Leading, developing and managing the whole supply chain

  • Leadership of daily operations (people, processes, finance incl. profit-loss)


  • M.Sc. in Business, Economics or Engineering

  • 10+ years experience in business development or industry operations management

  • Proven track record in people management

  • Experience in agile decision-making and problem-solving

  • Understanding of innovation management and/or commercialization

  • Willingness to work in a dynamic start-up environment

  • Excellent communication and team working skills

We offer:

  • A purposeful work in circularity and sustainability

  • An opportunity for the right candidate to join at an early stage and take part in financial success in the future

  • An inspiring and forward-leaning team

  • A fascinating working environment at Keran Hallit

Diversity matters to us. We want to assess you based on your achievements. Therefore we kindly ask you to leave out any personal details and information, including but not limited to pictures, age or nationality. 

Send your application to no later than November 14th 2022. The position will be filled once a suitable candidate is found. This means that the selection of candidates may already start before the application deadline.

For more information, please contact our CIO Reetta Kivelä Tel. +358 40 6690824, CEO Eetu Viuhkonen Tel. +358 400 470 450 or Chair of the Board Pekka Siivonen-Uotila Tel. +358 41 5044443.