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The Opportunity

Montreal, QC
Can work Remote
Other
Experienced
Full-time - Permanent

As the Senior Director, Montreal, you will report to the Chief Accelerator Officer, Hussam Ayyad, and be responsible for the growth of the Highline Beta Accelerator business in the Quebec market and will lead the growth strategy and execution of the Station Fintech program, partnerships, and strategic relationships. You will play a key role to ensure effective communication of Highline Beta's strategy, direction, and strategic initiatives with Highline Beta team members, and of Highline Beta's products and services to prospective clients, corporate leaders and innovators. If you are passionate about taking on new initiatives and growing business, in particular in the Fintech space, and are a strategic thinker with execution and leadership experience, this role is for you. 

Highline Beta was founded with the mission of building better ventures. Our thesis is this: by unlocking the assets within large companies, we can help them grow beyond their core through internal and external innovation. 

We're blending an innovation consulting business with a venture capital business, giving us the best of both worlds. We're building a team of exceptional people that are excited by the prospect of working at a company that's doing something different and delivering incredible value.

We love building businesses. We love the mission of finding meaningful problems to solve, and then solving them with the right solutions. We love helping others achieve their goals, whether it's an innovation leader inside a large company, or a founder that's scaling her startup. Everything is a puzzle that needs to be figured out, and we spend our time at Highline Beta putting the puzzle pieces together.

We work across a host of different industries and believe in our mix of entrepreneurial chutzpah and rigorous innovation methodologies to get us to the answers we're looking for. We help some of the world's biggest companies find and shape new business opportunities that will propel them to continued growth. For example, we helped AB InBev build and launch the 100+ Sustainability Accelerator program, which has completed two cohorts with thirty eight startups. AB InBev has continued to work with over 50% of the startups beyond the accelerator program, which has also helped startups raise $200M in capital and grow their businesses, all while helping AB InBev achieve their sustainability goals.

Our team at Highline Beta are customer-obsessed doers, driven by outcomes over outputs. You will be collaborating with a cross-functional team made up of Program Directors like Lead Program Director Oksana Salamaszek and Program Director Andrea Fagundez, as well as senior leadership team members like Chief Accelerator Officer, Hussam Ayyad.

What you'll do

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute the growth and business development strategy of the Highline Beta Accelerator business in the Quebec market 
  • Develop and manage relationships with corporate executives on an ongoing basis for business development opportunities
  • Lead the design, planning and execution of Station Fintech Accelerator and Montreal based programs to ensure the delivery of superior programming quality
  • Lead communications with Station Fintech, Finance Montreal consortium members, and start-up partners to help guide their growth journey through a strategic consulting lens
  • Provide consistent progress reports to Station Fintech, Finance Montreal
  • Guide client through the process of running an accelerator program including all aspects of the program's design, public communication, startup management and suggest/provide advice on the effective execution of accelerators
  • Manage and select effective sourcing strategy, to attract high quality startups.
  • Coach startups on a weekly basis to support their growth, which might include, but not limited to providing advice on pitch decks, product design, business model, customer definition, and other areas of improvement.
  • Develop programming tailored to cohort's needs
  • Collaborate with the accelerator team to establish best practices, support most pressing initiatives that contribute to the overarching team goals

What you'll need

Qualifications

  • You are fluent in French and English
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with credibility among the innovation and fintech ecosystem. 
  • You have deep startup/innovation leadership experience coupled with corporate executive client management experience and a track record of building strong relationships
  • You have exceptional communication and people management skills
  • You have a background in and are passionate about the fintech industry
  • You are based out of Montreal as it will require in-person presence at our offices which are co-located with Station Fintech Montreal once current work conditions safely transition back to offices 
  • We would love it if you have experience as a founder (successful/unsuccessful)
  • We would love it if you have experience, serving and/or managing founders on their growth journey

We're looking for

Core Skills

Adaptability Communication Critical Thinking Entrepreneurship Leadership Project Management Relationship Management

A little bit about us

Highline Beta

At Highline Beta, we celebrate our inclusive work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please don't hesitate to reach out! 

Are you interested?

Work With Us

Interview Process

  1. Phone screen with Lisa Partridge, People Operations and Community Director
  2. Remote role alignment interview with Hussam Ayyad
  3. Remote case-study & cultural alignment interview with cross-functional HLB team members 
  4. Remote final Interview with Hussam Ayyad
  5. Conduct reference & security checks
  6. Offer

Following the advice of Canadian health authorities, to mitigate the risk of potential spread of COVID-19 and support social distancing, all recruiting activities including interviews and new hire onboarding will be conducted virtually.

Working with Us 

  • Competitive salary and employer-paid health benefits, including paid parental leave and access to Inkblot Therapy
  • Stock Options
  • Bonus based on performance of role and company
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year plus additional flex days if needed
  • A diverse team who is committed to inclusion

Salary: $130,000

Highline Beta is an accelerator builder, a venture studio, and a corporate innovation firm. We identify and build new venture & growth opportunities.

  • We are advisors and builders.
  • We are passionate about innovation and growing businesses. 
  • We are genuinely curious.