Project Developer & Partnerships Lead - Metabolic Ventures

About Metabolic Ventures

Metabolic Ventures is a non-profit foundation designed to build new ventures and non-profit organizations that remove critical barriers and lead to transformational change. Our focus is on building new ventures as a vehicle for such change, but we also create programs that generate new ventures from scratch, do consulting for pioneering organizations, and develop useful approaches to intellectual property, governance mechanisms, and financing vehicles.  

Metabolic Ventures is part of the larger Metabolic organization, which specializes in combining systems thinking and data science to assess where to intervene, and develop solutions that can dramatically shift how the economy functions. Alongside venture building, Metabolic has a consulting branch, a think tank, and a software arm. 

About the Position

The position of Project Developer & Partnerships Lead mainly involves identifying the right business development strategies and bringing in the right projects that help our small team meet its commercial and impact objectives. For Ventures, which is focused on building new organizations, building out key knowledge, and implementing unique programs, this can be a challenging task, requiring you to know the market and the needs of different stakeholders, help shape projects we want to be working on, and balancing different types of income (such as EU projects, consulting, and our own project development) that satisfy income goals. As part of that, the role also asks you to build and nurture partnerships with organizations we want to work with, as well as with funders and aligned organizations from whom we can acquire aligned income. The role also involves doing some work on projects, mostly to more fully understand what the team does and where its expertise lies.

Role and Expectations

  • Helping to shape, co-develop, and refine small, medium, and large projects and propositions that support the broader strategy of Metabolic Ventures, ensuring a balance between impact and commercial objectives
  • Identifying and scoping relevant funding and income approaches that align to the goals of Metabolic Ventures
  • Developing and maintaining a deep understanding of the current landscape, system, and market trends on the one side and the capabilities of the Ventures team on the other – helping to ensure and evolve a product-market fit
  • Identifying and building relationships with the appropriate financiers, clients, and partners
  • Developing and deepening complementary partnerships with aligned organizations 
  • Working with other teams within Metabolic that have overlapping objectives, as well as teams like business development and marketing, to identify opportunities and align expectations
  • Closing the appropriate projects in order to meet our financial objectives and enable the team to grow 
  • Sensechecking with the ventures team to align intended projects and services with internal capacity and plans for execution 
  • Working with the ventures team on project execution on per needed basis, adding your unique skills and expertise

The position has an intended starting date of September or October of 2023, although the exact starting date is flexible. The position also requires you to live within or close to Amsterdam in order to work alongside the Metabolic Ventures team; however, it’s worth noting that Metabolic has a flexible office and work-from-home policy.


  • Passion and affinity for creating deep, positive impacts through the development of new organizations
  • Experience and proven track record with fundraising and business development
  • The ability to navigate new markets and innovative work within a commercial capacity
  • Experience with helping to build the commercial side of early-stage organizations
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English
  • Working knowledge of impact-focused venture building 

Nice to haves:

  • Experience in venture building more generally
  • Experience in innovative approaches to building high-impact organizations

Our Offer

Be part of a dynamic and ambitious team that is passionate about sustainability and technology and making an impact. Collaborate and work alongside world-class experts in the fields of sustainability and circularity across our ecosystem of organizations. We are growing fast and are very passionate about changing the world together.

This opportunity will place you in an environment that values people with their own ideas and initiatives. We believe in flat hierarchies, shared decision-making, and impact over profit. You will be able to participate in an evolving decentralized governance system and be part of a close-knit community of people with shared interests and a strong company culture. 

We are based in Amsterdam, but operate a hybrid working model, giving you the freedom to work both at home and at our vibrant office in Amsterdam. The people and relationship-oriented nature of this role requires you to work in Amsterdam at our offices several days per week.

How to apply:

Please submit your CV and letter of motivation in English via the Apply button below.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 29th, at 23:59 CET, but please note that we will be interviewing on a rolling basis. 

In case of questions, please feel free to contact [email protected]