Posted: Sep 28, 2022

GM/VP of mineral processing

Impossible Metals - Pasadena, CA
Salary: Annually
Application Deadline: N/A

Impossible Metals is a world leader in the supply of EV battery metals, which is growing at an amazing 25% CAGR. The company is well financed with Tier-1 partnership creating a unique opportunity for the right candidate.

Our Vision: 'Accelerating clean energy by delivering the most sustainable battery metals’

Our Mission: ‘To harvest and process critical battery metals from the seabed, while protecting the environment’

We are an early stage company of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who love what we do. Our core values are:

  • Planet comes first: environment & people before profit
  • We encourage, share and accept all perspectives
  • We embrace and learn from every failure
  • We seek good enough designs to move fast
  • We are always expanding our scientific knowledge
  • We act as owners because we are

We have two main activities: Design and development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for harvesting of poymentalic nodules and the refining of ore using bacterial respiration which we call bio-extraction. The role is for a senior executive to lead the bio-extraction team as its General Manager and VP. This person will also be part of the leadership team reporting to the CEO.


Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Set a vision/strategy/focus/goals and resource allocation for the mineral processing business unit for both polymetallic nodules and terrestrial ores/wastes
  • Lead the Bio-extraction team of scientists based in Pasadena, LA
  • Recruit and lead a new team of engineers to build a pilot Bio-extraction plant
  • Support the Chief Sustainability Officer / VP External Relations in engagement with customers to form partnerships to commercialize and demonstrate this technology
  • Participate in major company strategic decisions as a member of the company leadership team
  • Participate in fundraising including VCs and government grant applications


Required Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor degree or higher in chemistry, biology or directly related fields
  • Significant experience in development and commercialization of applied biology, chemistry or related fields
  • Demonstrated success in managing, motivating and continually strengthening a multi-disciplinary team including scientists and engineers
  • Exceptional leadership skills, with the ability to communicate vision, set direction, as well as inspire, motivate and mentor a cross functional team
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills to all employment levels
  • Ability to work with a remote team, across time zones and with competing priorities


Desirable Additional Experience:

  • Entrepreneur / startup leadership experience
  • Metallurgical or mineral processing experience
  • Experience in large extractive industry organizations, e.g. Mining


Remuneration, Perks and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, plus 25% annual performance based bonus
  • Significant stock options, with considerable upside potential
  • 21 days of paid time off from day one, rising each year
  • Flexible working hours
  • Competitive benefits package including health insurance and 401K with matching.