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Jamie Burrows | Chief Executive Officer & 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 | Chief Impact Officer & 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 | Chief Project Officer

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 | Chief Operating Officer

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 | Chief Research Officer

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 | Chief Financial Officer

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

Previously Managing Director of prominent family office, Seek Ventures.

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Maria Pia Alais | Chief of Staff

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

Gustav Holst Stuge | Chief Commercial Officer

Formerly at Google and worked in a series of tech start-ups in various capacities. Also, an MBA graduate from London Business School and speaks four languages.

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 100 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.

Aleks Anderca | Senior Engineer

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

Dr. Paul Gaynor | Electro-mechanical Engineer

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

Ross McKean | 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.

Caleb Mossey | Electro-mechanical Engineer

Mechatronics engineer with extensive experience at the intersection of software and hardware.

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.

Maria Teresa Roa | Junior Plant Scientist

Professional Agricultural Engineer, with a Masters in Postharvest Technology, and over 10 years of experience in biological research and the agricultural industry.

Dr. Carlos Flores Ortiz | Senior Plant Scientist

Over 12 years of experience in both fundamental research and agricultural companies. Masters in Plant Sciences at the University of Chile and a PhD in Biosciences at the University of Birmingham.

Felipe Becerra Sánchez | Junior Plant Scientist

Masters in Agricultural sciences between the University of Barcelona and the University of Southampton, where he learned about watercress breeding. Followed by a PhD in sweetcorn Postharvest quality.

Brett Spence | CAD Designer

Over 25 years of experience working in the mining and steel construction sectors, completed numerous turnkey projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa as well as in Europe.

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

Cambridge University graduate with a Masters in Engineering and 20 years experience as a full-stack/mobile developer. Former CTO at a logistics start-up.

Edmund Chan | Embedded Systems Engineer

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

Yonas Abraham | Senior Finance Manager

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

Andrew McHardy | R&D Facility and Operations Manager

Graduated in Agricultural Management at the Royal Agricultural University, and, following his degree, he joined the G'S FRESH LIMITED graduate program.

Alice Ironside | Executive Assistant

Sussex University French and Drama Graduate, 10 years of experience across multiple sectors, including television and theatre production, food retail, public relations, and hospitality.

Constance Tong | HR Manager

Experienced Human Resources professional with 15 years’ experience of working and volunteering across the third sector.

Jack Williams-Ellis | Senior Business Development Manager

Before joining spent the last four years heading up the expansion in North America of British-based agricultural tech company Hummingbird Technologies. Studied Business and Finance at the London School of Economics and speaks Spanish having lived in Mexico City for two years.

Erin Livesey-Becks | Senior Business Development Manager

Two years experience at leading American hydroponic greenhouse grower, and previously consultant for an analytics software company, working with Fortune 500 companies to create data-driven strategic decisions.

Holds a BA in Environmental Studies with Honors from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Leadership

Jamie Burrows | Chief Executive Officer & 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 | Chief Impact Officer & 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 | Chief Project Officer

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 | Chief Operating Officer

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 | Chief Research Officer

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 | Chief Financial Officer

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 | Chief of Staff

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

Gustav Holst Stuge | Chief Commercial Officer

Formerly at Google and worked in a series of tech start-ups in various capacities. Also, an MBA graduate from London Business School and speaks four languages.

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 100 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.

Engineering

Darren James | Chief Project Officer

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.

Dr. Paul Gaynor | Electro-mechanical Engineer

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

Ross McKean | 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.

Caleb Mossey | Electro-mechanical Engineer

Mechatronics engineer with extensive experience at the intersection of software and hardware.

Plant R&D

Dr. Jennifer Bromley | Chief Research Officer

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.

Maria Teresa Roa | Junior Plant Scientist

Professional Agricultural Engineer, with a Masters in Postharvest Technology, and over 10 years of experience in biological research and the agricultural industry.

Dr. Carlos Flores Ortiz | Senior Plant Scientist

Over 12 years of experience in both fundamental research and agricultural companies. Masters in Plant Sciences at the University of Chile and a PhD in Biosciences at the University of Birmingham.

Felipe Becerra Sánchez | Junior Plant Scientist

Masters in Agricultural sciences between the University of Barcelona and the University of Southampton, where he learned about watercress breeding. Followed by a PhD in sweetcorn Postharvest quality.

Software Engineering

Brett Spence | CAD Designer

Over 25 years of experience working in the mining and steel construction sectors, completed numerous turnkey projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa as well as in Europe.

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

Cambridge University graduate with a Masters in Engineering and 20 years experience as a full-stack/mobile developer. Former CTO at a logistics start-up.

Edmund Chan | Embedded Systems Engineer

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

Finance & Operations

Adam Proctor | Chief Financial Officer

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

Previously Managing Director of prominent family office, Seek Ventures.

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Yonas Abraham | Senior Finance Manager

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

Andrew McHardy | R&D Facility and Operations Manager

Graduated in Agricultural Management at the Royal Agricultural University, and, following his degree, he joined the G'S FRESH LIMITED graduate program.

Alice Ironside | Executive Assistant

Sussex University French and Drama Graduate, 10 years of experience across multiple sectors, including television and theatre production, food retail, public relations, and hospitality.

Constance Tong | HR Manager

Experienced Human Resources professional with 15 years’ experience of working and volunteering across the third sector.

Commercial

Gustav Holst Stuge | Chief Commercial Officer

Formerly at Google and worked in a series of tech start-ups in various capacities. Also, an MBA graduate from London Business School and speaks four languages.

Jack Williams-Ellis | Senior Business Development Manager

Before joining spent the last four years heading up the expansion in North America of British-based agricultural tech company Hummingbird Technologies. Studied Business and Finance at the London School of Economics and speaks Spanish having lived in Mexico City for two years.

Erin Livesey-Becks | Senior Business Development Manager

Two years experience at leading American hydroponic greenhouse grower, and previously consultant for an analytics software company, working with Fortune 500 companies to create data-driven strategic decisions.

Holds a BA in Environmental Studies with Honors from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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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

+ Much More

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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Accounts Payable Assistant

Accounts Payable Assistant

The Candidate

Vertical Future are seeking to hire an Accounts Payable Assistant to support and work within the Finance Team, working at our Monument Office, with some home working.

Main Responsibilities

  • Processing regular and urgent payment requests, including posting of invoices on xero.
  • Processing supplier invoices including matching with PO’s (where relevant).
  • Processing payments on Bank portal as and when directed.
  • Processing employee expenses and ensuring timely approval and payments of expenses to employees.
  • Invoicing customers on Xero when requested and ensuring approvals as well as emailing out customer invoices once approved.
  • Reconciling main business Account
  • Reconciling Credit Card transactions on various cards ensuring colleagues from other departments provide appropriate vat receipts for all their transactions.
  • Assisting the Finance Manager with month end, year end and any other ad hoc projects that arise.
  • Assisting the Finance Manager with project accounting in the quarterly submission of costing such as material, labour and capital costs reports to Innovate UK.
  • Assisting the Finance Manager in quarterly vat return reconciliations.
  • Assisting the Finance Manager in prepayment, accruals, other calculations and any ad hoc work that may be required.
  • Liaising with suppliers, landlords and others when reconciling accounts.
  • Dealing with suppliers and other queries on payments in a timely and efficient manner.

Requirements

  • A minimum of 2 years experience in similar roles in Finance.
  • Studying towards AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualifications.
  • Experience in Xero accounting software and excel.
  • Ability to take initiative.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work efficiently and in a time sensitive manner where urgent payment requests for example are made.
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage various expectations from colleagues and others within the business as well as from external stakeholders sometimes at a very short notice.

Remuneration

  • £23,000 – £28,000
  • Share options after 1 year of work
  • 25 days of leave (excluding bank holidays) with 5 day annual carryover
  • Other fun benefits!

Apply via Linkedin

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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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