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5.1. VP of Refining Operations

Menlo Ventures

Menlo Ventures

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Burlington, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024
About Phoenix Tailings

Phoenix Tailings is a rapidly growing clean mining and metals production startup dedicated to sustainable and economic critical metals production. Our mission is to be the world's first fully clean mining and metals production company, producing the resources needed for the next generation of our economy.

Why Phoenix Tailings

At Phoenix, we believe that nothing great is ever accomplished alone or without the passion of people who push and motivate one another. If you are someone who shares our relentless pursuit of a better future, passion for innovation, and are excited about working with some of the top innovators in the world, then this is the place for you.

Our Values:

  • You are only crazy if you are wrong, it’s ok to be wrong
  • Lead with Compassion
  • Be Resourceful
  • Listen
  • Hustle

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership and Technology Integration:
  • Drive the strategic direction of the operations as the company scales from pilot to commercial
  • Collaborate with the CTO to achieve and sustain the technology roadmap for scaling, ensuring alignment with strategic objectives.
  • Operational Excellence:
  • Expand refining operation capacity through strategic planning and execution.
  • Build out and optimize the refining operation, establishing foundational processes and protocols.
  • Develop and manage the operations team, fostering a high-performing, adaptive work culture.
  • Manage contractors involved in refining processes, facility construction, and real estate.
  • Drive continuous process optimization for enhanced efficiency and cost reduction.
  • Implement effective inventory management strategies.
  • Manage budgets in a start-up landscape, identify and capitalize on cost-saving opportunities.
  • Compliance and Quality Assurance:
  • Implement and enforce stringent safety, environmental, and regulatory standards.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive quality control management system.
  • Work towards obtaining ISO 9001 certification for the highest standards of quality.
  • Supply Chain Management:
  • Oversee supply chain and sourcing strategies, ensuring reliability and efficiency in raw material procurement.


  • Bachelor's degree in Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field. Advanced degree (Master’s or MBA) is a plus.
  • Proven experience in a senior leadership role within refining operations.
  • In-depth knowledge of metallurgical processes, extraction technologies, and industry best practices.
  • Strong understanding of safety, environmental, and regulatory requirements in the mining and metals industry.
  • Excellent leadership and team management skills, with a track record of developing high-performing teams.
  • Strategic mindset with the ability to drive operational excellence and continuous improvement.

We offer a competitive compensation package that is based on expertise. We also offer the following benefits:

  • Healthcare, we care about you and your family: 100% Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing venture-backed company.
  • Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families.
  • Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.
  • Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, and celebrations.
  • Learning: Learning and development Opportunities to grow your skills and career.
  • Great team: Working with fun, hard-working, kind people committed to making a difference!
  • Flexible culture: We are results-focused. We don’t work at the office every day.

At Phoenix Tailings, we have an open culture that values learning, and we are looking to grow the team with enthusiastic individuals who share our vision of sustainable mining.

Phoenix Tailings, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we value diversity at all levels. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information, or any other applicable protected characteristics, and these characteristics will not be a factor for consideration of any work-related decisions (including but not limited to hiring, firing, compensation, and discipline).

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