Co-Founder & COO @ NUX - E-Commerce Startup (f/m/d)

  • Hauptstraße, 51143 Köln, Germany
  • Full-time

Company Description

We are Stryber - the largest independent corporate portfolio builder in the DACH region. We help our clients launch new digital ventures from scratch (and fix the strategy behind it) as well as build our own ventures.

Our Approach. We build web/mobile prototypes and MVPs to test and iterate business ideas quickly in the market. Later, we scale and grow the most promising ones to let them become leading solutions in their market.

This is where you come in. We carve out several successful MVPs per year into separate legal entities, hire a dedicated management team, and raise an investment round, so the venture has the best chance to become the next unicorn! The business case is already validated, initial processes have been established, and a first loyal customer base exists. Now we need you to achieve a product-market fit and scale the venture further. For that the founder team also needs to raise a seed investment round within the first 6 months.

The venture. We have built the D2C store offering luxury goods without labels at affordable prices. Our mission is to enable customers to purchase fashion and other luxury products without high markups and from sustainable production. We connect people with the world’s best manufacturers, with no detours. We’re striving to make a high standard of living accessible to everyone by breaking down barriers.

Job Description

As Co-Founder you are part of the founding team and in the role of the COO you are fully responsible for the growth and operational excellence of the company – build a scalable kick-ass team and ensure continued business growth and excellence. This includes:

  • Being responsible for all business operations, focus on product sourcing and manufacturer relationships, order fulfilment processes and operating the e-commerce online store
  • Driving end-to-end new product development, from timeline development, design, sourcing, costing and packaging, through to delivery at scale
  • Driveíng continuous improvement of core components, with a “no component is too small” attitude to material and designs that both enhance quality and optimize costs
  • Building and maintaining long-term relationships with suppliers that treat them as part of the NUX family and journey
  • Setting up scalable and derisked supplier base, including dual-sourcing all critical components, new supplier qualification, performance reviews, volume allocation & cost negotiations
  • Proactively building and managing IP portfolio and working with manufacturers to commercialize innovations and protect our products
  • Maintaining a deep technical knowledge of fashion accessories (and other future product lines) and being the custodian for the NUX aesthetic and quality standards in our products
  • Partnering cross-functionally with all teams to ensure brand & strategy alignment and building strong feedback loops
  • In the beginning a very hands-on attitude (or work with external procurement & design experts), later hiring your team of experts for different tasks/departments
  • Raising a seed funding round right after the start as fast as possible (we will support and provide you with access to our network of investors)
  • Once seed funding is secured: hiring the key positions in Procurement, Design, Digital Product and Fulfilment as well as back-office and building high-performing teams

Together with your co-founders you will own the majority of the company, so this a real founder opportunity. We are an investor and not protecting the founders from default risks and challenges that come with starting a company (e.g. running out of cash).

The setup is equal to that of any startup, but with us you already get a proven idea with initial traction, co-founders, some small starting capital, and access to our network and expertises. Read more here.


  • You are among the 1% of people who are true entrepreneurs at heart! This is a real founder opportunity. You have a strong burning desire to start your own company and are willing to take all the sacrifices and risks it comes with (bankruptcy, not being able to pay you a salary for months, hard work needed day and night to close customers and funding rounds, etc.) Otherwise: don't apply and look for a regular employee job.
  • You have founded a startup or have held a Senior position in a startup with significant achievements in your role
  • Prior experience in the fashion business, D2C / e-commerce industry is a plus
  • Experience with procurement of fashion and other high quality products from markets like Italy or China is a strong plus
  • You hold a Bachelor or Master degree with outstanding academic results, preferably in the field of business, science or engineering
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with outstanding organizational and leadership skills
  • You are an inspiring leader who knows how to sell and convince others of your ideas
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • You are fluent in German and English
  • Strong analytical and creative problem solving skills
  • You are self-driven, ready to hustle every day (and night) and get things done
  • Achiever mentality: You can show a track record of extraordinary accomplishments and previous entrepreneurial activities
  • You are data and customer-driven and have a solid concept on how to implement this in your daily work
  • Being able to pay in your share capital amount (typically between 6.000€ and 7.500€)

Additional Information

  • A seed stage opportunity: a solid product, a business model proven by real transactions, attractive unit economics and a kick-ass founding team - You can build your own company from the ground up
  • A co-founder opportunity with an attractive equity package (you OWN this company together with your co-founders = you hold the majority of shares).
  • Depending on the monthly revenue and the initial runway provided by Stryber you can also pay yourself a small base salary, which is up to you and your co-founders to decide - you manage your cashflow! The salary increases appropriately over time (with additional funding rounds and increasing revenue), you can check out our salary template for indications. 
    Don't apply if: you feel not ready to survive with little or any salary for some months to keep the company not run out of cash too soon or you expect to earn beyond €50.000/anno
  • The senior team at Stryber always has your back: we are specialists in product, scalable operations, growth, fundraising ... and provide you with guidance, structure, and honest feedback
  • We will build a strong founding team around you with skills that complement you and significantly increases the likeliness of success
  • Fame and glory for what you will have built
  • Valuable support from peer startups within the Stryber portfolio and a highly professional operational team at Stryber, when needed
  • A highly dynamic and energetic environment within the Stryber family
  • Access to our co-investor as well as corporate network

Start date: asap

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