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Kindred Capital
Kindred Capital

Executive Assistant



Zürich, Switzerland
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Here's the tl;dr:

  • We are on a mission to make programming biology easy. We provide biologists with the software, machine learning & services to discover, design and optimise enzymes and their cell-factories to ultimately produce almost anything.

  • We're an experienced team. We have built many successful products before and we have raised enough funds to have plenty of runway for the years to come!

  • We're focused on building the best possible team culture. We're distributed across two locations, and are flexible about when and where we work.

  • We offer top of the market salary, a generous equity stake in the company and a wide range of benefits from health and wellbeing, financial, to training and career progression opportunities.

This is Cradle

Cradle helps teams to engineer proteins with fewer, more successful experiments. We use generative machine learning models, accessible through user-friendly software interfaces, to help engineer protein properties such as stability, expression, activity, binding affinity and specificity. We are bridge builders who bring together the best of machine learning, synthetic biology, developer tools, and user experience design. Our mission is to enable a world where most of the products around us can be easily made and degraded biologically using a cell-factory instead of (petro-)chemicals, plants or animal agriculture.

What we're looking for

We are looking to hire an Executive Assistant to provide exceptional support to our CEO, enabling them to perform at their best. You will be joining a rapidly growing startup with an experienced founding team. Your role will be crucial in ensuring our CEO can work at peak efficiency. You'll need to understand their needs and priorities, proactively removing any obstacles. Your responsibility is to ensure that every team meeting, email, trip, customer interaction, and investor meeting is executed to the highest standard. This demanding position requires flexibility and the ability to adapt quickly. This is an in-office role in Zurich. As an Executive Assistant to the CEO, your responsibilities will include:


  • Calendar Management: Manage calendars, schedule meetings, and coordinate appointments.

  • Email Management: Triage and prioritize emails. Communicate on behalf of the CEO with the team, customers, and partners.

  • Meeting Preparation: Ensure meetings are well-prepared and run smoothly.

  • Travel Coordination: Manage business trips, book travel and accommodations.

  • Task Management: Record tasks, prioritize work, and follow up.

  • Administrative Support: Manage expenses and other administrative tasks.

  • Commercial Support: Keep track of key accounts and relationships.

  • Team Support: Track progress, plan team activities, and assist with onboarding.

  • Event Organization: Organize team or company events.

  • Review Preparation: Collaborate with the team to prepare business, operations, product, and engineering reviews.

  • Personal Assistance: Coordinate personal tasks and appointments for the CEO.

  • Special Projects: Occasionally run special projects as needed.


  • A university degree in a relevant field (e.g., business administration, management, engineering) or equivalent experience.

  • At least 3 years of experience supporting senior executives in high-velocity environments (e.g., growth startups, demanding C-level roles).

  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize effectively, and work with urgency.

  • Excellent organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail.

  • Full fluency in English with strong written and verbal communication skills, capable of independently communicating with C-level executives.

  • Proficiency in office productivity software (Google Suite, Microsoft Office).

  • High level of discretion and the ability to handle confidential information.

  • Demonstrated initiative and a proactive, self-motivated approach to work.


  • Multilingual Proficiency: Working proficiency in additional languages, particularly German and/or Dutch.

  • Industry Experience: Previous experience working in a biotech or engineering environment, with an understanding of industry-specific challenges and requirements.

  • Data Analysis Expertise: Advanced skills in data analysis, including proficiency in data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, Power BI) and statistical software.

  • Technical Savvy: Strong technical skills, including familiarity with CRM systems (e.g., Salesforce), project management tools (e.g., Asana, Trello), and other relevant software.

  • Event Planning Skills: Demonstrated experience in planning and executing high-profile events, including conferences, seminars, and corporate retreats.

Cradle helps biologists design improved proteins in record time using powerful prediction algorithms and AI design suggestions.

We use generative machine learning models, accessible through user-friendly software interfaces, to help engineer protein properties such as stability, expression, activity, binding affinity and specificity. Our mission is to ultimately help more people build with biology and replacing traditional farms and factories for a more sustainable world.

You will be joining a high-growth, highly ambitious startup with an experienced founding team, whose motivation is building a more sustainable world using biology. We are backed by some of the most well known investors and industry veterans. Joining us now means you will be getting in on the ground floor; you will have a significant impact on how we shape the company, and success will mean an outsized reward.

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