Open position - Chief Operating Officer

Hive Helsinki is seeking a highly motivated and hands-on COO to join the team

Hive Helsinki is a pioneering, peer-to-peer coding school that enables people from all walks of life to learn future-proof skills through collaborative learning. Hive has no teachers or lectures, and applicants do not need any prior coding experience, degrees, or diplomas.

We strive to bridge the gap between untapped talent and the increasing demand for highly skilled coders across all industries. [Read more about our school and mission.]

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As COO, you will:

  • Oversee and manage the daily operations of Hive Helsinki as part of the leadership team; this includes operational planning, such as student intake processes, as well as operational leadership such as team management, safety, compliance and quality
  • Establish and execute operational processes that align with Hive Helsinki's mission and goals, with a focus on delivering tangible results
  • Support the team by providing help and facilitate collaboration to ensure the smooth and efficient running of internal processes; this includes having monthly 1:1’s to assist team members and track their workload and wellbeing, as well as aligning the team and prioritising the team's focus and tasks
  • Develop and support student success initiatives such as efficient student employment
  • Ensure that Hive complies with relevant laws and regulations, such as educational standards, workforce requirements, and data privacy laws

Your main responsibilities revolve around the following topics:

Project Management

  • Partner with the team to manage and deliver on key projects
  • Develop project plans, allocate resources, and manage project timelines to ensure successful delivery
  • Keep the team accountable and actively track the project progress

Financial Management

  • Oversee and ensure monthly expenses are in order, reported correctly, and within the approved budget, aiming to maintain cost control and savings
  • Report salary information (employee holidays, benefits, days-off) to accounting and approve monthly payroll based on actuality
  • Support in fundraising and revenue-generating strategies

External Relations

  • Build strong and positive relationships with partner organizations, stakeholders, and the wider Finnish ecosystem
  • Represent Hive Helsinki in external meetings and discussions as needed

What we're looking for:

  • Passion for Hive Helsinki’s mission and for helping others, as well as interest in education and technology
  • Proactive problem-solving skills, driven attitude and readiness to ask for help when needed
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and project management
  • Capabilities to lead inclusively and with empathy while holding people accountable
  • Experience working as COO, Operations Lead, Project Lead or Product Lead is ideal
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluency in English

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What we offer you

This role will give you the unique opportunity and invaluable experience of developing a completely different kind of school, with potential to make a huge impact on our community and students’ lives.

You’ll enjoy a great deal of trust, independence and responsibility in running Hive's operations and coming up with new ideas to support our mission.

Our talented, small, and internationally diverse team is made of hands-on and proactive problem-solvers with a startup mindset, passion for education and inclusion. [meet us!]

And of course:

  • Lunch, travel, recreational and phone benefits
  • More annual holiday than standard in Finland (not the norm of 6-day usage for a holiday week; 5-day usage instead)
  • Pick the laptop and phone of your choosing
  • Health care services
  • One of the most colourful and vibrant working spaces in Finland [take a look yourself!]

Recruitment Process

The recruitment process has 2-4 steps during which you will get to know more about Hive and the position, meet the team, and introduce yourself.

We wish to keep the recruitment process conversational and relaxed, but ask you to prepare concrete examples of your previous work accomplishments.

This is a full-time position starting in August. Please apply by sending your CV and application to by 26.5.24

If you're ready to make a significant impact and shape the future of programming education, apply now and join our small and dynamic team at Hive Helsinki