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Sector Director, Mining tech

Founders Factory


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Join Founders Factory as a Sector Director, Mining Tech and drive the future of climate tech and entrepreneurship


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Founders Factory, a pioneering force in the startup ecosystem, partners with entrepreneurs and leading corporations to build and fund innovative startups globally. With a climate-focused mission, the company has launched a new Climate Tech platform in Perth, Australia, in collaboration with the Western Australian Government and Rio Tinto, to support startups tackling critical challenges like decarbonisation and biodiversity.

  • Lead a cohort-based accelerator program for 12 startups annually, focusing on areas such as nature, water, exploration, productivity, safety, and decarbonisation.
  • Collaborate with partner Rio Tinto to facilitate commercial opportunities and build a network with international founders and investors.
  • Guide startups through product development, commercialisation, and fundraising strategies.
  • Act as the main contact for startups, ensuring access to Founders Factory's expert operations team.
  • Maintain strong relationships and serve as a subject matter expert with corporate partners.
  • Deep experience in hardware, deeptech, or climate solutions, and a track record of scaling and selling to industrial customers.
  • A passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and a commitment to eco-friendly industry practices.
  • Strong networking skills in the mining and startup sectors, particularly within Perth & Australia.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a dynamic, multi-functional team environment.
  • Residency in Perth, Western Australia is required.

Who we are:

Founders Factory builds and funds startups together with exceptional entrepreneurs and the world's leading companies. Headquartered in London, Founders Factory backs visionary founders with capital, dedicated support from a team of 60+ operators, and unrivalled access to a coalition of industry leading corporate partners. Since 2015, our 300+ portfolio companies have raised $950mm follow-on funding from leading investors in four continents.

We believe climate change is one of the major challenges of our time, and that technology and entrepreneurship have a critical role to play in the development of solutions that will drive our transition to a net zero future. In mobilisation towards this objective, Founders Factory has built a global Climate Tech platform to invest in transformational technologies across key industries and international hubs. 

Located in Perth, Western Australia and investing globally, we have launched a new hub and two Accelerator programs in partnership with the Western Australian Government and global mining company, Rio Tinto. Through these programs we will fund over 72 startups over the next 3 years in areas including decarbonisation, exploration, nature, safety, and productivity. 

We’re now hiring a Sector Director, Mining Tech to operationalise the delivery of our Rio Tinto Mining Tech Program, being hands-on and orchestrating a team and providing the key expertise to drive the development, funding and commercialisation of the startups we back.

What you’ll do: 

You will be responsible for operating a four month cohort-based program supporting 12 pre-seed and seed stage startups a year that are transforming nature & biodiversity, water, exploration, productivity, safety and decarbonisation.

As Sector Director, you will ensure the exceptional delivery of our accelerator program, bringing in experts from Founders Factory and beyond to deliver the program. You will work closely with our partner Rio Tinto to establish relationships, problem statements and facilitate commercial opportunities between them and the portfolio. 

The role will also involve building relationships with international founders, angels, VCs and universities in the climate, deep tech and mining tech sectors. Good candidates should have outstanding people skills, hustle, resilience, deep empathy with founders and a high curiosity for technology and tech startups. 

Startups will have a strong hardware & deeptech focus, and the ideal candidate will have extensive experience building and scaling complex hardware or climate solutions, and selling those solutions into large-scale industrial customers.

You will work directly with founders throughout the accelerator program, closely supporting on building out their product, finding routes to commercialisation, defining their fundraising strategy, and supporting them to raise their next round of funding.

Coordinating support for startups in the portfolio:

You will be the key point of contact for the startups, ensuring they are getting the most out of the program and connecting them to our Founders Factory operations team for specialist support across product, commercialisation & GTM, fundraising strategy, data science, and more.  Candidates should also have extensive knowledge about building and growing  hardware, deeptech, or climate startups, including knowledge on selling products in these categories

Corporate credibility with our partners:

Identifying and unlocking the unfair competitive advantage that our corporate partners can provide for each startup that joins the accelerator  Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders  to ensure alignment and support for founders in the program Prepare startups to work with our partner, Rio Tinto, evaluating piloting opportunities and enabling paths for commercial contracting Act as a trusted advisor and liaison between portfolio founders and stakeholders, providing regular updates on strategic progress and addressing any concerns or challenges  Demonstrate credibility and expertise in partner relationships, a deep understanding of their business and processes, and serve as subject matter expert on relevant topics, such as regulatory requirements, market trends and technical advancements

What you’ll need:

Passion for technology and entrepreneurship Previous experience working as an operator in deeptech, hardware or climate, with knowledge on commercialising, scaling, and selling in these businesses Passion for decarbonising heavy industry and accelerating the transition toward net zero Ability to connect, emphasise and collaborate with top tier founder talent Relentless energy and passion for finding opportunities, building relationships and execution Personal networks across the mining sector and/or startup, VC and talent communities in Perth & Australia  Ability to communicate authoritatively and passionately and share details of the Founders Factory vision, differentiation and operations Ability to operate effectively, and to be calm and productive in the face of adversity and uncertainty Ability to work across geographies, time zones and multi-functional teams Based in Perth, Western Australia


- Competitive salary and management company equity

- Pension & Private Healthcare

- 25 holidays (plus any statutory holidays) 

- Hybrid environment: flexible working in a fast paced environment

- Gender neutral family leave policy

- Quarterly mental health days 

- Travel to London HQ for bi annual company wide away days

Founders Factory is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where people can authentically be themselves and are free to challenge, take risks and think creatively. We recruit, develop, compensate and promote our team members based on merit. We know how important it is not only to include, but to actively seek out diversity of thought and experiences.


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