Co-Founder and CPO (f/m/x) @ Early Stage HealthTech Start-Up

Berlin, Germany

Job description

Location: Berlin


Pharmio develops modular and IoT-powered factories to enable quick and flexible manufacturing of pharmaceutical ingredients at reduced up-front cost and lead times. We are on a mission to bring pharmaceutical production into the future of health, paving the way towards more patient-centric and individualized therapies coming in small batches.

We are a driven, multi-disciplinary team with significant years of experience in pharma, biotech, IoT, and venture development. Pharmio is backed by a leading machine economy focused company builder.

We are looking for YOU to jointly grow the venture and reshape a traditional industry, ultimately democratizing pharmaceutical manufacturing and lowering entry barriers for especially small- and medium-sized, innovative pharma and biotech companies. ****

As Co-Founder and CPO (f/m/x) you will lead the design, development and delivery of our core product β€” the modular, IoT-powered and on-demand manufacturing environment. This is the perfect role for a motivated and experienced leader excited about shaping a venture on a massive, transformative and purpose-driven mission early on.


  • Lead and own the ramp up of the core product in an iterative and incremental way towards your own product roadmap β€” always using hypotheses, conscious testing and data-based decision making
  • Scope the prototype and ensure development of first MVP in spec, budget and in time β€” including team hiring and development
  • Own and manage operations and end-to-end delivery of factories directly with clients
  • Co-drive company growth and support investment rounds, co-create business plans and related materials
  • Contribute your own entrepreneurial and innovative ideas, and accelerate growth and operations



  • Experience:
    • 5-10 years experience in the pharma or chemical industry, manufacturing and/ or (medical, bio-/ chemical) process engineering
    • Well versed in GMP environments with e.g. quality control processes, especially in-process control technologies (e.g. head of quality control and/or production, qualified person, auditor or GMP inspection expert)
    • Proven leader of cross-functional teams with experience in agile project management and able to form and drive high-performing teams
  • Education: Master's degree or PhD in engineering, or bio-/ chemical sciences (or related) from a top university
  • Passion: Deep understanding and zeal for entrepreneurship, business model innovation, and tech-driven products and services β€” specifically for innovation in healthcare, advocate of needed changes from current production methods
  • Toolbox: Knowledge of European and German legislation in the area of GMP, pharma and pharma manufacturing
  • Language: Proficiency in English and/ or German (both written and spoken)


  • Experience:
    • Worked for both small and large pharma or CDMO/CMOs
    • Previous experience either with modular manufacturing methods or collaboration in cross-company industrial associations (e.g., DECHEMA or NAMUR)
    • Experience in risk assessment and management, CAPA management, change management
    • Relevant work experience in a fast-paced environment like start-ups, or management consulting
  • Passion: Enthusiastic to work in VUCA environments and excited to use smart technologies to solve long-lasting challenges in traditional industries
  • Toolbox: Excellent office software (Microsoft and/ or Google Workspace), and basic knowledge of EBR and MES software solutions


  • πŸ‘©β€πŸš€ The opportunity to shape the future of health while actively disrupting the traditional pharma manufacturing space
  • πŸ’Έ Mix of salary and virtual stock options
  • 🏠 Flexible working hours, option to work remotely from home
  • 🏒 New and innovative office space in the heart of Berlin
  • πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈ Support for a healthy life style, fresh fruits in the office and discount on Urban Sports Club memberships


We value diversity and therefore expressly welcome all applications - regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, physical abilities, age, sexual orientation and identity.

Our different backgrounds and experiences allow us to grow as a company and individuals. With many years of expertise in strategy consulting, company building, chemistry, pharma and manufacturing, we constantly learn from each other and solve increasingly complex challenges in a traditional industry ripe for disruption.

We believe in flat hierarchies, pragmatic exchanges and a pro-active feedback culture. We enable team members to take ownership and drive impactful initiatives.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Updated: 4 days ago
Job ID: 3113647
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Next Big Thing AG is a Berlin-based IoT company builder that offers a complete framework for the acceleration of IoT ventures.
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